Barrington Irving '00
Barrington Irving accomplished his life's dream this year. He became the first person of African descent and the youngest person to fly solo around the world. The historic flight isn't just about Irving and his dreams, but about inspiring students also to live their dreams.
Irving is a 23-year-old college senior born in Jamaica and raised in inner-city Miami. At the age of 15, Irving got his first glimpse into the cockpit of a commercial jet and was hooked. He decided then and there that he wanted to be a pilot.
Throughout his teenage years, he spent his free time washing planes for private aircraft owners in exchange for half-hour flights or money for flying lessons. He whet his appetite for flying using flight simulation software. He was focused on his dream of becoming a pilot.
Irving worked hard in school and his community. He was awarded a scholarship through the Florida Memorial University/United States Air Force Flight Awareness Program. As a student at Florida Memorial University, Irving volunteered with NASA's Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Florida Memorial University is a SEMAA partner and the site of a SEMAA Aerospace Education Laboratory.