Hi, I’m Aisha Lawrey and I’m an Electrical Engineer. When I was a kid, I just knew I was going to be a lawyer. I watched shows on TV about Law and it looked glamourous to me. That all changed my junior year of HS, while talking to my geometry teacher. She said, “Do you know what engineering is? I replied, “No.” She explained, “Engineering is using math and science to solve problems. I know you would be a great engineer! But understand, there are not many women or minorities in this field.” That was additional motivation for me to study engineering. Solutions are needed for problems every day, so the world will always need engineers.
In my rewarding career, I got to conduct research, analyzed data, and developed products. I’ve worked at companies, for the government, and taught at a university. I have a family and a personal life. I get challenged intellectually and I’m a role model to girls who look like me. There’s NO LIMIT to what Engineers can do! Give it a try, Girls are Engineers too!
STEM advocate, Aisha Lawrey, has 20 years of experience on this journey. Working in industry, government, nonprofits, and education she knows how to engage many different stakeholders, at all levels. Her focus is on increasing the number of women and minorities in engineering. Aisha recently joined the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), Inc. as the Senior Director, Programs and Scholarships.
She is responsible for planning, directing and executing all scholarships and program activities. Prior to joining NACME, Aisha was the Director of Engineering Education with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME). She directed and guided the work of ASME in helping to shape the future of mechanical engineering and engineering technology. Aisha obtained a Master of Public Administration and Policy from Rutgers University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology. A New Jersey native, Aisha now resides in Maryland with her husband and 12-year-old twins.