“You have to look forward to your dream, and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it”

Guinn is a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for the Space Launch System that aerospace company Boeing is building for NASA, which means she analyzes parts of a rocket that she says will be one of the biggest and most powerful in history.



She realized she wanted to be an aerospace engineer from a young age. In an interview with WBRC she said, “One day I saw a plane fly by and I just had this realization, ‘I can design planes. I’m going to be an aerospace engineer,’” she continued. “So every middle school class that I chose, it was directed towards that goal. The high school that I chose, that took me an hour to get to everyday, it was because I wanted to be an aerospace engineer.”

Her mom noticed her daughter’s impressive skills with math a young age.

“When [my mom and I] would go to the grocery store, she would get me to clip coupons [and] put it in my coupon organizer,” Guinn told WBRC News. “By the time we got to the register, I’d have to calculate the exact total, including tax. And I did that since I was six years old.”

Tiera be graduating from MIT with a 5.0 GPA soon.

Guinn pulls inspiration from her favourite movie Hidden Figures, and hopes to see more diversity her in field.

“You should see a black woman as rocket propulsion engineers, as rocket structural and analysis and design engineers. You should see more women in CEO positions.”

 “You have to look forward to your dream, and you can’t let anybody get in the way of it,” she said. “No matter how tough it may be, no matter how many tears you might cry, you have to keep pushing.”

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