Why More Black Engineers Aren’t Being Hired In Silicon Valley
Courtesy: Melanie Maxwell
Courtesy: Melanie Maxwell

By: Michael Learmonth – International Business Times

When Joshua Mann set foot in SpaceX on the first day of his internship three summers ago, the scene was not entirely unexpected. “I’ll be honest. When I got to SpaceX there weren’t a lot of black engineers there,” he said. “There was a feeling, did I really belong here?”

Mann, at the time a 21-year-old Morehouse College student with a 3.96 GPA, had only two years of physics and pre-engineering classes under his belt while most of the other interns had at least two years of engineering classes, which meant more hands-on lab experience. The work itself was high-stakes: testing critical components of rocket engines that would one day take cargo and astronauts into space.

“Basically, what I had to do is seek assistance from people at the company — other people who had the insight I hadn’t learned in my classes,” said Mann, who is now 23. “I had to get to a place where I could believe I was there for a reason, that I could succeed.”

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1 comment
  1. So now is does not matter where you went to school (HBCU vs PWI) brother still cannot get hired by the elite firms. Really-we just went back to the sixties.

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