Hispanic Lifestyle is pleased to recognize Engineer, Musician Aurelia Gooden as a 2020 Latina of Influence. Ms. Gooden along with our entire list of 2020 Latinas of Influence are invited to participate in Latina Conference taking place April 1 and 2, 2020 in Ontario, California.

Miss Aurelia Gooden is an Afro-Latina woman who is excelling in climbing the corporate ladder and excelling in the arts.

Miss Gooden is a long-time resident of Detroit and an engineer currently working in Michigan. In addition to her corporate ambitions, Miss Gooden is also a freelance pianist and chamber music composer. During her time at Jacksonville State University, where she studied piano for several years as well as percussion and composition, she received several academic scholarships and music scholarships.

During her formative years, Ms. Gooden participated in violin studies. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Jacksonville State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Special Honors in Music and a Master of Arts degree in Music. She also has a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems from Jacksonville State University. She was the valedictorian of Northern Senior High School in Detroit, Michigan and has studied music as well as science at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

She was an active member of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance from 2010 until 2015. She enjoys studying and performing piano music from the Romantic Era and cites her compositional style as Neo-Romantic. Ms. Gooden is extremely interested in the relationship between neuroscience and musical aptitude. As a synesthete and a person who experiences cross-modal perception, she dedicates her free time to exploring topics of this nature. In addition, music theory and Late-Romantic theoretical analysis are also among her avid interests. Ms. Gooden is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the Golden Key International Honor Society. She was selected as one of Plant and Control Engineering Magazines ‘40 Engineering Leaders Under 40’ and Oakland County’s ‘Elite 40 Under 40’.