Engram proceeded to enrol for her PhD degree immediately after her Masters and finally made history as the first-ever black woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of South Florida.
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Engram says while there were moments that proved challenging as being the only Black woman in many of these rooms, she was determined to finish and obtain her degree to pursue the career of her dreams.
“That motivated me to keep on pushing. I can’t be the first one and stop. The Ph.D. is hard and with me being the only Black woman in this department, you don’t have a lot of people to talk to about your research that get you culturally,” she said in an interview with WFLA.
“I think it makes me work harder to get more people into this field that look like me because it’s definitely uncomfortable at this time.”
She hopes to inspire many other Black women to pursue their passions, no matter the field.