Noramay Cadena, LGO ’11, raised a daughter as a single mother while earning three degrees from MIT. Now she’s a leader among those promoting STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education for Latinas, and was a featured speaker at the ELLA Leadership Institute’s “Latinas Think Big” event in Los Angeles last month. Huffington Post blogger Graciela Tiscareno-Sato included Cadena’s remarks in the top 10 Twitter moments of the October 11 event hosted by Google (Cadena is at #4).
Cadena earned her LGO graduate degrees (an SM in mechanical engineering and MBA from MIT Sloan) in 2011, capping an MIT career that began with her arrival as a freshman—and single mother of a toddler—in 1999. After earning her SB in 2003, she worked at Boeing for several years before returning (with her daughter) to MIT as a Boeing-sponsored LGO student in 1999. She is now Satellite Assembly, Integration and Test Integrated Product Team Leader for Boeing Satellite Systems in El Segundo, California.
Read more about Cadena on the MIT LGO webpage.