Born and raised in Houston, Kia Young is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University where she received a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering. While in school, she served as a mentor, tutor, academic success coach, and ambassador for Advancing Minorities in Engineering (AMIE).
Kia is a H.O.M.E Scholar, Dowdy Scholar, Harvard SVMP alum, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) alum, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She recently joined Shell as a rotating equipment engineer and spends much of her free time volunteering in the New Orleans community.
Kia studied in Thailand during her Fall 2014 semester and has since traveled to 10 countries including Singapore, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Mexico, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, and Japan.
Kia returned to campus after studying in Thailand and became an advocate for inspiring international travel amongst her peers, leading informational panel sessions and presenting the benefits of studying abroad to many other students.
In February 2016, she created hbcutravelers.com and founded HBCU Travelers, Inc. in efforts to encourage students attending other Historically Black Colleges and Universities around the country to overcome their fears of traveling the world.