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(The Root) — The number of black women in science and technology is larger than one might think, but still too small. The women featured in this gallery use their science, math and engineering degrees in sectors ranging from academia to finance to satellite research.

Wanda M. Austin, President and CEO
 The Aerospace Corp.: Wherever there’s a federal eye in the sky, Austin knows about it. It’s her job as head of Aerospace, “a leading architect for the nation’s national security space programs” — that and managing 4,000 employees and garnering about $850 million in annual revenues. The native New Yorker has a B.S. in math and a master’s and a doctorate in systems engineering.

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