Phyllis Abraham Pelzer is a leader and a trailblazer in her field, becoming the first African-American female to receive an engineering license in the state of South Carolina in 1996. While this was a great accomplishment, due to the laws at the time, her license to practice was restricted. After twelve years of challenging the laws of SC, Phyllis received her full unrestricted license to practice engineering in 2008.
In 2009, Phyllis became an engineering teacher in order to help create a vast new pool of young and talented engineers. Pelzer has established a winning record both in and out of the classroom. As Advisor for the Orangeburg 5 Technology Center National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Pre-College Chapter, her students have won NSBE Chapter of the Year and several regional math and technical competitions.
Phyllis is the principal owner of PRM Engineering Group, LLC. She is also a licensed Residential Builder and owner of JPS Construction, LLC. She currently works with local homeowners and contractors to provide residential and commercial construction plans.