Nefretiti Nassar is the bestselling author of “Play It to Win: Strategies for Millennials Starting in Corporate America.” Having ranked #1 in Amazon’s New Releases for four consecutive weeks, the career development counseling book guides young professionals to identify and navigate the unwritten rules of the workplace. Nefretiti has also published many engineering research papers in addition to achieving a number of honors, for example, the Hiram Whittle Legacy Award from the University of Maryland and selection as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program Finalist.
Nefretiti is also a Program Manager at a Fortune 500 company where she manages technology programs and research and development projects that create business opportunities and competitive advantage. She is technically sophisticated in leading multi-disciplined teams focused on driving ingenuity, achieving client goals, and talent development.
Nefretiti served on two corporate boards of directors and currently serves on the board of governors for the Alumni Association at the University of Maryland, where she supports the professional development of students and alumni.
She holds both a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is an avid international traveler and mentors students and young professionals.
A STEM PIPELINE SUCCESS STORY
Nefretiti is a successful product of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pipeline. She was first introduced to engineering at age 12 through a summer enrichment program. She continued in summer STEM programs until she became the recipient of the technology award, her senior year of high school. Nefretiti’s decision to attend college and pursue two engineering degrees was driven by her exposure to STEM throughout her youth. Upon graduating from college with her bachelor and master’s degree in engineering, Nefretiti’s career accelerated by "playing it to win." In only eight years, she has advanced from an entry level engineer to a program manager leading cross-functional engineering teams and managing the revenue for a multi-million dollar engineering program.