Chadwick Boseman played a superhero on the big screen, but he had a real-life superpower—the ability to inspire the next generation of underrepresented scientists, engineers, and innovators. He was one of many people lost too soon in 2020, but his legacy will live on.
I’m biracial—Black and white—but primarily identify as Black, in part because that’s how other people have always identified me. I’m also an engineer, scientist, educator, inventor, and entrepreneur who has drawn great inspiration from Boseman.
On and off the screen, he championed Black representation and embodied Black excellence. From the scientists of the fictional country of Wakanda to the supersuit he wore as the superhero Black Panther, the cinematic world he brought to life mirrors my own vision: a world of increased inclusion and diversity in STEM, one where real-life exosuits are commonplace and empower people of all abilities.
Faces like mine
I grew up in a community with few other faces like mine. I…