Jamaica’s Charlyne Smith engraves history, becomes 1st black woman to get a PhD in ‘nuclear engineering’ from the University of Florida

Jamaica's Charlyne Smith engraves history by becoming the first black woman to get a PhD in 'nuclear engineering' from the University of Florida.  

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Charlyne Smith engraves history by becoming the first black woman to get a PhD in ‘nuclear engineering’ from the University of Florida.  

The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness, congratulated Smith through his social media post and cited that, “Congratulations

 to our very own – Charlyne Smith, who is the first black woman to earn a PhD in – nuclear engineering from the – University of Florida.”

“Charlyne, who grew up in the region of St Catherine & is a former student of my – alma mater, the St Catherine High School, graduated with her doctorate from the University of Florida last month,” the post of Prime Minister further added. 

On making history, Smith felt proud and, in a tweet, asserted that “Mi seh! Wi nuh dun but wi PhinisheD! I’m so honoured to have made history as the first black woman to graduate with a PhD in ‘Nuclear Engineering’ from the University of Florida on the day of Jamaica’s Independence anniversary.” 

The young passionate, and a determined lady has completed his graduation in the year of 2017 with a degree in chemistry & mathematics, after which she was featured in the historically black colleges and universities – (HBCU) online news site, – HBCUbuzz. 

Giving credit of success to her grandfather, she noted that he had inspired her to practice her intelligence and drive to help to make – Jamaica a better place to live. 

“As a child in – St Catherine, Smith dreamed of becoming a scientist & an inventor so she could assist to resolve some of the basic problems faced by families like – hers who struggled to access electrical power and the other reliable infrastructure.” 

The news outlet stated that “She queried why, when she lived on a tropical island surrounded by the water, all – 2.8 million residents of Jamaica did not have access to power & clean water, % decided to do something about it and focused her energy toward – solving the energy problem for her nation and others like it.”