Destiny White: First African American Woman to Graduate in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University

Destiny White, CLD class of 2018, is the first African American woman to receive a bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from Purdue University. Destiny was a Stamps, Senator Richard Lugar and Center for Leadership Development Scholarship recipient.

While at Purdue, Destiny was one of 42 seniors inducted into The Barbara Cook Chapter of Mortar Board Class of 2022.

Destiny was instrumental in starting a brand new organization in the School of Nuclear Engineering – Minorities in Nuclear Engineering and Sciences (MINES), which is intended to provide a means for public education regarding nuclear energy, policy and technology. Its mission is to facilitate minority recruitment into the nuclear sciences and develop a cross-disciplinary network of minorities and allies across industry and academia. MINES members participate in professional development and mentorship opportunities and outreach efforts to community colleges, elementary and high schools. “The nuclear field is shrouded in public misunderstanding, which makes recruitment of individuals of all races difficult. It is MINES’ goal to plant and spread the seed of positive nuclear knowledge in underrepresented minority populations so that the nuclear workforce and academia may reap the benefits from increased diversity and inclusion,” Destiny said. “We also hope to develop a welcoming culture for people of all backgrounds at Purdue NE so that minorities and allies in nuclear STEM feel supported and uplifted.”

Interview regarding being the first African American woman to receive her BSNE:

Destiny is headed to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for a post graduate summer work program. She will start classes there in the fall ’22 for her masters in Nuclear Engineering on a paid assistantship.”