by #TeamEbony,
July 16, 2018 Mary Spio’s got game. Born to parents of Ghanaian descent, she entered the Air Force after graduating from public high school in Syracuse, New York.

She had with dreams of becoming a jet fighter pilot, but injury stopped her training, so she followed in her dad’s footsteps and graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.

After receiving the prestigious National GEM Consortium Fellowship she continued on to graduate school. #hiddenGEM.

“The GEM Fellowship changed my life. It provided me with [a] full-tuition scholarship to Georgia Tech and allowed me to graduate with a master’s in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering without student loans  ̶  and to get my first job with the Aerospace Corporation.” After a stint at Panamsat, she joined the Boeing Company, where she received the prestigious Boeing Outstanding Achievement Award for her contributions to the field of Engineering.

While working in Boeing’s Digital Cinema Division, she helped pioneer the digital cinema technology used by Lucas Films in Star Wars, Episode 2. That tech is today’s industry standard. Read more from ebony.com…

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