Thursday, March 4, 2021

Dr Gladys West: One Of The ‘Hidden Figures’ Behind The GPS Talks To ‘Auto Trends’

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gladys west - Lt. Gov of Virginia Justin Fairfax and Dr. Gladys West reconnecting, after she was honored by the state for her contributions to the GPS.
Lt. Gov of Virginia Justin Fairfax and Dr. Gladys West reconnecting, after she was honored by the state for her contributions to the GPS.

*Atlanta, Georgia – In this day and time, where self-promotion is the name of the game, social media outlets and reality TV shows provide the perfect platform for those, with and without talent, yearning to be discovered.

However, every blue moon those not obsessed in living in this selfie generation manages to surface above the noise, even when they are not seeking attention. After years of quietly enjoying retirement, the world is just now discovering one of the latest ‘Hidden Figures.’

Since the late 50s, this ‘Black girl’ has been coding, well before the phrase was coined. Dr. Gladys West was one of the first Black women to be hired at the Dahlgreen Naval Support Facility in Virginia. This mathematician played a key role in developing the GPS (Global Positioning System). In fact, she was responsible for checking the accuracy of the system.

Unbeknownst to her, this brilliant lady did not realize while working on science that measures the size and shape of the earth and the measurement of satellite data, the impact it would have beyond the military base her family both worked and resided.

In her own voice, the wife, the mother, the grandmother and the living history maker shares how at a young age, while growing up in rural Virginia, it did not take long to envision a career beyond being a farm hand to the medical condition which pushed her to complete her PhD to the first time she was in a vehicle with a built-in navigation system. Ironically, in an interesting twist, the humble and kind spirit reveals how she prepares for unfamiliar road trips. Her road trip ritual will bring a smile to your face.

Because of Dr. West’s contributions to the satellite system, the world reaps the benefits of never being lost again, as a result of the GPS being embedded in our smartphones and our different modes of transportation.

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To Tune In
To hear the master teacher engaging and insightful conversation, tune in to Auto Trends with,” on Friday, March 23 at 12:00 p.m. ET on SiriusXM Channel 141. Encore broadcasts can be heard on Monday, March 26 and Wednesday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. ET and 6:00 p.m. ET, respectively. Cruise over to SiriusXM to find out more about free trials and how to listen.

About Jeff Fortson
Jeff Fortson is the host and the executive producer of “Auto Trends with,” a weekly multicultural automotive show, which airs in the both the United States and Canada. He also serves as the editor of, an educational car-buying website with a new-vehicle pricing guide. Fortson, who has over 25 years of both automotive corporate and automotive retail experience, has penned several extensive car-buying guides for Black Enterprise, Ebony and Essence, three of the premier magazines in the Black community.

In April 2009, Essence recognized him as a “The Top Guru for Sound Car-Buying Advice.” His contributions and articles have also appeared in The Washington Post, Jet,, and Added to that, he has appeared on such programs as CNN and NPR, serving in the role of an automotive analyst. Furthermore, Fortson uses his copyrighted car-buying clinic, which is housed with the Library Congress, to empower students through his signature traveling dream literacy-empowerment educational in-school modules, involving STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).

And his most recent automotive feature, detailing the future of the automotive industry, appeared in the November/December (2017) Consumers Digest magazine.





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