When Sandra Johnson
was young, she
thought an engineer was a person who drove a train.
A few years later, she became the first black woman in the U.S. to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.
Now a Chief Technology Officer and Senior Technical Staff Member for IBM's Systems & Technology Group, Dr. Johnson believes it is imperative for black families to incorporate technology into their daily lives.
"There are any number of reasons blacks can't live without technology," Dr. Johnson
Here are her
According to Dr. Johnson
, there are a number of programs available, including Black Family Technology Awareness Week, that provide technology access and training.
"If America is to maintain its competitive advantage," she
says, "we must encourage our children to join the next generation of innovators, scientists and engineers, and our adults to build and improve their technology skills."