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Date(s) - February 16, 2018
All Day

Steel Valley High School


 Harmony Club of Homestead

Black History Month Assembly


– speaker –

Elayne Arrington, PhD Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mathematics University of Pittsburgh was the 17th Black woman in the United States to earn a PhD in Mathematics in 1974, is proud of the strides she sees young women make every day as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh.  The National Merit Scholar, who earned the second highest SAT Score in mathematics the year she graduated from Homestead Senior High School, was awarded numerous scholarships and had the best academic record the year she entered the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Engineering.  However, she was denied a full scholarship sponsored by Mesta Machine Company because the organization refused to give the award to a woman.  Despite the slight, Arrington went on to become the Engineering School’s first Black Female Graduate, earning a degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  During her career she has held positions with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Foreign Technology Division as an intelligence analyst and as a consultant.   Arrington is author of several papers, has studied at Oxford University in England the University of Salzburg in Austria, was profiled by Princeton University for a publication on women in mathematics.  She sits on several boards which include the Community College of Allegheny County board of Trustees, the Allegheny Union Baptist Association board.  She has been recognized by the Steel Valley Chamber of Commerce as an outstanding citizen and was appointed dean of the Pennsylvania Baptist State Congress of Christian education.  She is a member of Morning Star Baptist Church.  After earning a Master of Science in Mathematics from the University of Dayton and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Cincinnati in 1974, Arrington has been employed full-time at the University of Pittsburgh’s mathematics department.  In May of 2018, Dr. Arrington will be inducted as a Heinz History Center history maker.