Youngest Black Engineer receives Shine Award
By Socialgrlz Staff
At 6 months old, she was building pyramids with blocks. At 8 months, she was walking. And at 16, Britney Exline could have been spotted working at a small hedge fund on Wall Street. So it would only be logical that college was the next step. And that’s exactly the step Exline, now 20, took.
That step, coupled with other academic and professional achievements, will make Exline the recipient of a 2012 Shine Award – an online platform to honor the people that made things happen in ways big and small.
According to writers at NewsOne, when the then 19-year-old Colorado Springs, Colo., native walked across the stage at the University of Pennsylvania graduating cum laude in May 2011, she also walked in to the history books. Exline was the school’s youngest engineer and the nation’s youngest African-American engineer, earning her bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with minors in math, psychology and classical studies, and landing a job with a software company outside of Boston.
“I’ve never had less than five classes,” explained Exline, who is consistently ranked among Top Geniuses. “… I just made sure I had time to study.”
The daughter of Chyrese and Christopher Exline, Britney first made headlines when she graduated from her high school at 15, and was accepted into college on a full scholarship.
An active volunteer, Britney now spends her spare time as a motivational speaker.