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 Cecilia Aragon — Pilot, Scientist, Keynote Speaker

I’m Cecilia Aragon, professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Washington, Seattle, and the author of fiction and nonfiction, including the memoir Flying Free. and most recently Human-Centered Data Science: An Introduction.

I’m also an aerobatic pilot.

As a professor, I study how people make sense of vast data sets, using a combination of computer science and art.

As a keynote speaker, I inspire you to overcome fear and whatever holds you back, to expand your life until it becomes amazing.

President Obama honored me with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and Hispanic Business Magazine named me one of the Top 25 Women of 2009.


I’m a co-founder of Latinas in Computing and a passionate advocate for girls and women in STEM.

I’ve been featured by KUOW for my work to bring more Latinas into STEM fields and how to conquer fear.

Interested in the Full Story?

My memoir, winner of the 2021 Nancy Pearl Award, Flying Free: My Victory Over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team (Blackstone Publishing, 2020) is now available as an e-book, audiobook, paperback, or hardcover in bookstores everywhere.