For December’s #WIAAWednesday, we would like to spotlight a very special board member who has put in a lot of hard work to make this a successful semester for WIAA. This month’s #WIAAWednesday highlights our Graduate Student Liaison, Wanyi Ng!

Wanyi Ng completed her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University and is currently a graduate student in Aerospace Engineering here at the University of Maryland. Her research at the Alfred Gessow Rotorcraft Center is focused on advancing electric propulsion for rotorcrafts. She is also a Pathways Intern at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, where she works on space propulsion. During her academic career, she has received multiple awards like the 20 Twenties Award from Aviation Week, the Minta Martin Fellowship from UMD, and University Scholars Program from Duke University.

Wanyi’s Words of Wisdom: “I’ve learned that it’s important not to sacrifice mental and physical health for school or work. Those are the true long-term investments that matter in a lasting and successful career. For example, we can have decades left to learn about irreversible flow, but not getting enough sleep is irreversible too.

If you ever think you’re not good enough, remember that it was your hard work that got you where you are now, and you deserve to be here. Even if you fail, you deserve the chance to learn from your mistakes. I try to remind myself that it doesn’t matter how other people view me, as long as I’m giving my best effort to become who I want to be.

I have found that it’s helpful to ask trusted mentors, advisors, supervisors, etc. for feedback and suggestions. It opens up any reservations they might have about giving constructive criticism or advice, and I’m repeatedly surprised to hear positive feedback in areas where I had been doubting myself. A lot of encouragement remains unsaid because people in the field forget how important that encouragement was for them when they were starting out.”

Did you know?: Wanyi dances with a professional part-time dance company called DC Contemporary Dance Theater.



On November 13th, the Women in Aeronautics and Astronautics (WIAA) hosted their second annual WIAA Night with the help of the Aerospace Engineering Department, as well as corporate sponsors (Aerospace Corporation, AIAA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, GE Aviation)!

WIAA Night was a celebration of our organization’s accomplishments since its founding in 2015, a review of past events and future goals, and a chance to thank our sponsors and hear from our partners in industry. During the event, the WIAA members and Aerospace faculty had the chance to network with industry personnel over some light food and refreshments. Some lucky guests even got to take a personal tour of the new A. James Clark Hall with Dr. Darryll Pines, the Dean of the Clark School of Engineering. WIAA’s President, Rosemary Davidson, introduced the organization and provided a synopsis of the past three years. Dr. Norman Wereley, the Aerospace Department Chair, followed with a message to the guests. Our keynote from the Aerospace Corporation, Dr. Dewanne Phillips, closed the night by speaking about her experiences in the industry and providing advice on how to succeed in the industry as a woman. 

WIAA would like to give a big thank you to all the students, faculty, and industry personnel that attended! Thank you for making the second WIAA Night a success, and we hope that we can continue to have successful events like this in the future!

WIAA Night 2017