Aerospace engineer and TEDx Speaker to Deliver Keynote Address at the 3rd Annual YWISTEM Conference

Black Engineer of the Year – 2021 Legacy Award Winner, Sydney Hamilton, has

been featured on CBS’ Mission Unstoppable, in Marie Claire Magazine, on

NPR’s Wow in the World and across The Boeing Company for her innovative

contributions to the aerospace industry. She is an IF/THEN Ambassador for the

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to inspire youth

to pursue STEM fields.

IF/THEN’s mission is to inspire young girls, especially of

color, to be exposed to all of the amazing opportunities in STEM. If she can see

it, then she can be it. Sydney is an Aerospace Structures Stress Manager at Boeing in Long Beach, CA. She provides leadership for a team of incredible structural analysis engineers who support multiple programs in satellites, commercial aircrafts, airplane repairs, and aircraft modifications. Prior to that, she was Mechanical Design Engineer leading a cross-functional team developing Satellite Reflectors that redirect radio frequencies (like your GPS!) to desired areas. Throughout Sydney’s career, she has had the opportunity to design 3D-printed satellite parts, deliver structural repairs to Boeing’s fleet of 767 and 777 airplanes, as well as analyze for the 777X Folding Wing-Tip – the first commercial airplane with

mechanical folding wings! Her career journey has prepared her well for her leadership role.

As a passionate advocate for recognizing the power within diversity, Sydney founded Boeing

Generations 2 Generations SoCal employee resource group dedicated to improving workplace culture across the company’s rich, multi-generational talent pool. Sydney brings out her passion for STEM education through her partnership with the non-profit organization, Dramatic Results. Serving as President on the Board of Directors, Sydney has championed the success of extracurricular programs designed to bring STEM through Art (STEAM) into the hands of underserved youth. Sydney received dual degrees in Mathematics and Aerospace Engineering from Spelman College and the University of Michigan, respectively. She also studied Nuclear Engineering while abroad in Xiamen, Fujian, China. Outside of work, Sydney can be found scuba diving, puzzling or cooking (and

especially eating) new cuisines with friends. Registration for the conference closes on 6/5/2021!

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