The field of Ballistics and Weaponry is a predominately Caucasian Male arena (it always has been). When we think of weapons and protections, it’s littered with images of Charlton Heston uplifting his beloved NRA, good ole’ boys going hunting, the military, and various other groups happily displaying their 2nd Amendment Rights. Black, Urban and Female is not what comes to mind, not in the slightest; but it does grab your attention.
She may be the first! An unlikely pioneer that has arisen in the seemingly tight circles of ballistics development. An African American Woman from the south side of Chicago. What’s more surprising is that she has no previous education or skills in the category; to date, her highest level of education awarded to her was a High School Diploma.
Her name is Yvette Kendall and she is garnering worldwide attention for her work in the Science & Technology fields. Her product is called “Ballisticks”
A ¾ inch thick, 12x12 inch square with a black soft rubberized encasement, when the unit is warmed it is very pliable and when it is cool its very sturdy. The inside of this futuristic panel is where the real science is. Layers of life-saving Kevlar and other proprietary materials that are married together with an undisclosed process- makes you want to see it in action!
Even more astonishing are the standardized verification test who's results proved that Ballisticks can (with no doubt) save lives; Ballisticks "PASSED" official test with flying colors. Kendall is also overjoyed to be going into production with Ballisticks, mass production can have these units avaible to the public relatively soon.
While I reviewed this alien tile, I felt like I was in an episode of Star Trek or charged with providing Will & Jaden Smith the necessary equipment for their characters in the space age movie “After Earth”. A rubbery tile can save my life, I thought to myself “Technology is moving fast”.
Although this (in and of itself) is incredible….What made this unlikely woman create such a thing-something so far removed from her background? Another question is, would she be accepted in the close knit community of weapon protection?
Here is what Ms. Kendall had to say:
“I never set out to invent Ballisticks, my innovations are presented to me by God as a finished thought. Once I receive the concepts mentally then it’s my duty to research them, get them professionally verified and then bring them forth. I have filed tens and tens of patent applications in my career of innovating and my intellectual property crosses the spectrum. As for my being accepted….I have never asked for permission or acceptance for something that I have been gifted to do, I don’t give anyone permission to limit my success.”
Ms. Kendall is accomplishing much these days, she is part of a California STEM Organization (A-Man) that is heading an Asteroid Initiative Team, which she made viable contributions to. Ms. Kendall was recently honored and received several Accommodations and Awards from A-Man for her work.
The STEM Organization which awarded Ms. Kendall works directly with NASA and it's Chairman and Co-Founder, Professor Hildreth Walker is a JPL/NASA Solar System Ambassador. Professor Walker was also a collaborator with Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment to measure the distance from the Earth to the Moon.
Kendall has several new ballistics products in the works and as her star rises, she is being invited into some pretty prestigious doors. It is apparent that her work speaks for itself and we will stand on the sidelines to see what she will do next. Let’s hope the road less traveled will be paved in gold when she is done.