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Reading: Charlyne Smith: Young Lady bags PhD in Nuclear Engineering, sets record as the first-ever black person to achieve it in US university
Reading: Charlyne Smith: Young Lady bags PhD in Nuclear Engineering, sets record as the first-ever black person to achieve it in US university

Charlyne Smith: Young Lady bags PhD in Nuclear Engineering, sets record as the first-ever black person to achieve it in US university

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Young Lady bags PhD in Nuclear Engineering, sets record as the first-ever black person to achieve it in US university
Young Lady bags PhD in Nuclear Engineering, sets record as the first-ever black person to achieve it in US university

Charlyne Smith, an impressive 27yearold American, has made history at the University of Florida in the United States as the firstever black person to receive a PhD in Nuclear Engineering.

Smith, currently a Senior Nuclear Energy Analyst on the Nuclear Energy Innovation team at the Breakthrough Institute, sees her accomplishment as an opportunity to give more marginalized people access to innovation in this field.

Originally from St. Catherine, Jamaica, North America, Smith moved to the U.S. in 2012 to pursue a science and technology education at Coppin State University in Baltimore, where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors in Chemistry and Mathematics.

It was at a Coppin State alumni event that she connected with nuclear scientist Dr Nickie Peters and discovered her interest in Nuclear Engineering and the positive impact it could have around the world. Smith then attended the University of Florida to earn her doctorate and has big plans now that she‘s achieved it.

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Her goal is to help displace fossil fuel energy sources in the Caribbean and replace them with clean energy sources such as nuclear energy to assist in global carbon neutrality objectives. In addition, Smith is cofounder of a nonprofit organization called Empowering Garrison Girls (EGGs) that looks to tackle gender and economic inequality by targeting young girls living in Jamaican garrison communities.

To do this, Smith plans to create a summer engineering pilot program for high school students, as her hope is that this program will become a blueprint for designing STEMbased secondary institutions.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.