“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”— Nelson Mandela
Higher education is not easy. Many struggle even to complete an undergraduate degree. To complete that, a higher education degree and to then dedicate one's life to making that more accessible to others is a monumental task. In the case of Norma Saiph Savage, she did just that. After completing an undergraduate degree at Mexico City's extremely competitive UNAM, she pursued and obtained her doctorate from University of California - Santa Barbara.
She has obtained a great deal of discernments, including becoming a Kathy Richards Faculty Fellow in Engineering.
Stars of Courage isn't about people who only obtain self-driven material success, however. Saiph's most qualifying actions have been in her advocacy for women seeking similar success. She has been involved greatly in Mexico City's Hackaton program, a social networking event for women hoping to enter the tech field, a predominantly male professional field. Her event was extremely successful and drew the attention of the greater tech field.
Something above and beyond drives Saiph and she has accomplished more than most people ever do in only a short amount of time. She was one of the first people that I ever met in this life. We grew up right next to one another in the University of Washington student housing. My grandma took care of both of us at times. She has stayed with me through real personal difficulties and we have been friends for a good three decades. Beyond just being an admirable achiever, she has been a real friend.
Her accomplishments, in full, are a bit too much for one post on this blog; please check out her website. Orion and Saiph, always. :D
Related reading: "The struggle of women in science is written in the stars," https://aeon.co/ideas/the-struggle-of-women-in-science-is-written-in-the-stars