When Sylvia Acevedo was a young girl, she had an epiphany that made her realized that science was just like cooking.
“I had a big aha moment when I realized when you cook, you put ingredients together, you mixed them all up, and put heat to them, and that was the exact same thing I was doing when I was creating rockets,” Acevedo said. “And that gave me the courage and the confidence to study sciences and math and, therefore, I became an engineer and rocket scientist.”
Acevedo, an engineer and rocket scientist was honored on May 1 at the State Capitol by the California Latino Legislative Caucus with the 2017 Latino Spirit Award in health and science.
“I was so grateful to state assembly person Monique Limón from Santa Barbara. She knew of my background as a rocket scientist, she knew all the work I did as a technologist and working on grass group mobilization around education and she is the one who nominated me and I am very grateful for that,” Acevedo said. “To be in this amazing company of such super starts I am deeply honored.”
Acevedo, interim CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, is a longtime advocate for underserved communities, including girls’ and women’s causes.