A living example of the American dream, Anousheh immigrated to the United States as a teenager and did not speak English.

But on September 18, 2006, she became first female private space explorer and also earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

Why she’s awesome?

– She immersed herself in education, earning a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, followed by a master’s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University.

– Anousheh served as co-founder, chief executive officer and chairman of the board for Telecom Technologies, Inc. After earning three key U.S. patents and growing the company to 250 employees with 100% sequential growth year over year since inception, the company successfully merged with Sonus Networks.

– Anousheh received multiple honors, including:

– The World Economic Forum Young Global Leader 2007
– DFW International Community Alliance Hall of Fame award
– The Working Woman’s National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
– George Mason University’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
– George Washington University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award
– The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Southwest Region

Ansari built a lifetime of accomplishments in a few short decades, from creating a multi-million-dollar business to driving technological change to blasting into space. She hopes her tale of determination, struggle, and ultimate triumph will inspire children and women everywhere to dream big, study hard and see obstacles as merely problems to be solved.

From: AnoushehAnsari.com