D.I.S.S Alumna of the Month: Urenna Onyewuchi

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Urenna Onyewuchi


Sursum ad Summum: Rise to the Highest.

That’s the Dority International Secondary School  motto.

It’s a motto that sticks to the mind of every student who graduates from Dority.

But is it easy to rise to the highest?

No, it’s not.

Sursum ad Summum is a motto that is hard to live up to.

It’s hard to be one of the best in your profession.

It’s hard to stand out from the crowd.

Urenna Onyewuchi, a D.I.S.S alumna of the 2001 Class, has lived up to the Dority motto.

After graduating from Dority, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree (B.Sc) in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University (2005), a Master of Science degree (M.Sc) in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (2008) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (2012).

Urenna Onyewuchi giving the commencement speech at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2012

Since her time as Deputy Senior Prefect at D.I.S.S, Urenna has been a leader and a role model.

She organized the first major D.I.S.S Alumni reunion and created Empower D.I.S.S, a mentorship program for D.I.S.S students.

She has inspired many young black women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics courses at higher institutions.

Urenna has worked as:

  • Lead Switch and Ancillary Engineer for Orbital Sciences Corporation
  • CAD Designer and Electrical Engineer for Phillips Engineering Group
  • Data Analyst for WesternGeco and Schlumberger

And she’s currently:

  • Power Africa Initiative Leader, IEEE PES (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – Power and Engineering Society)
  • Division Energy Manager and Senior Electrical Engineer for Corning Incorporated
  • Chief Executive of Anneru Solutions Incorporated

Urenna was named Pride Magazine’s Woman of the Month (December 2018) and one of Africa’s 100 Extraordinary Women in 2018.

For her enthusiastic and selfless contributions to D.I.S.S Alumni, her profession and society in general, Urenna Onyewuchi is our February Alumna of the Month.

Correction: This article previously referred to Urenna Onyewuchi as Alumnus of the Month. Alumnus is a Latin word meaning a male graduate or former student of a school, college, or university. Alumna is also a Latin word, meaning a female graduate or former student of a school, college, or university. The correct term for a female member of D.I.S.S Alumni is alumna.




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