As #BlackHistoryMonth comes to a close, SAI celebrates two Black civil engineers whose achievements helped shape our nation and the engineering field.
George Biddle Kelley, 1884-1962. George graduated from Cornell University’s College of Civil Engineering in 1908 before becoming the first African American engineer to register with the State of New York. While at Cornell, George co-founded Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first African American fraternity.
Hattie T. Scott Peterson, 1913-1993. Hattie is believed to be the first Black female engineer to gain a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Hattie was also the first African American woman to join the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1954.