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Alumni Hall of Fame
Wanda Austin ‘71

Dr. Wanda M. Austin is an American businesswoman who is internationally recognized for her work in aeronautics and systems engineering.  
She is the former president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation. Austin led the organization's 3,600 employees and managed annual revenues of $950 million at 17 offices nationwide. As the sixth president, she was the first female and the first African American in the 57 year history of the organization.

Austin served on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Austin is currently a member of the Defense Policy Board having previously served on the Defense Science Board and the NASA Advisory Council.  She is a trustee for the University of Southern California.

She earned a BA in mathematics from Franklin & Marshall College, M.S. degrees in systems engineering and mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. In systems engineering from the University of Southern California.

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