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Meet - Wanjiku Chebet Kanjumba, Kenyan born Aerospace Engineer and Kenya's first Scientist-Astronaut

She holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Aerospace, Aeronautical, and Astronautical Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

She is the Co-Founder and Chair of Vicillion, technology research, and development firm that specializes in bringing its clients' product ideas to reality.

Wanjiku is also the Director and Assistant Head of Strategy & Communications of Space Partnerships and Research Company in Kenya (SPARC), East Africa's first independent space company.

"When I was younger, I was interested in science and learning about how the world worked and objects from outer space. So, I wanted to combine my passion for learning about space and how things work – and the answer was Aerospace Engineering."

"Pursuing my education has not been free of obstacles. Studying in the United States is very expensive, and I was supported mainly by my widowed mother; my father died from cancer when I was 12. She had to sacrifice a lot to educate me, and there were times when things were challenging when I did not have enough money for food or was not sure I would even graduate. It was not easy, but God has been faithful to us immensely and saw me through my Bachelor’s and Master’s program in Aerospace Engineering. I am also working on my own company, aiming to write my name in the sands of time."

"If you live with limitations on yourself, you won’t accomplish much, but the world is your oyster if you put no limits. There’s nothing worse than living in regret, so take a chance on yourself; you are capable of a lot more than you think," said Wanjiku Chebet Kanjumba.

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