MEEt ALLANté aka LL.
Allanté is a proud Detroit native. In 2007, she left Detroit to attend the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University to study Biological Engineering. It was there she discovered her love for research and chose to pursue a career in academia. She went on to earn a M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Afterwards, she led the McNair Scholars Program at Wayne State University before leaving to pursue a joint Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Melon University. Her research focuses on uncovering the environmental and social implications of autonomous vehicle technology. Through Strengths Not Strikes and her podcast, Blk + in Grad School, Allanté chronicles her experience as a Black woman navigating academia. She melds her passion for education and engineering by providing encouragement and tools for women and people of color to successfully navigate the graduate education journey. In her leisure, Allanté enjoys traveling, volunteering with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and spending time with her grandfather, Herbert Whitmore.