Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
University of California Irvine, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, '21
Host Institution: Made in Space
Mentors: Clay Mowry and Tanya Harrison
Amy Huynh is a second-year pursuing a double major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at University of California, Irvine. Her interest in aerospace began in middle school with model rocket projects and her experience at a Federal Aviation Administration training as a Petty Officer in the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.
During her undergraduate freshman year, she joined the UCI CanSat senior design project where she helped with creating graphic visuals and meticulously enforcing document control of the Preliminary Design Review and Critical Design Review, which both earned 1st place in the international CanSat competition. She also assisted with the design and construction of the atmospheric probe’s carbon fiber heat shield. As a sophomore, she now leads the multidisciplinary team of ten in designing and fabricating an autogyro probe.
Her research experiences include working in the UCI Nanoscale Heat Transfer Lab to study the material analysis of semi-ordered nanostructures. She has also worked on building and improving the aerodynamic design of an MIT fog water collector to study effective freshwater collection techniques. She is also conducting her own research project to study how industry experience in the form of internships affects female engineering undergraduate students' learning experience in the classroom. In hopes of helping diversify the engineering enterprise, she plans to publish and present this, her latest research paper, at the American Society of Engineering Education Pacific Southwest conference in April.
As a first-generation Vietnamese-American student, she aspires to make a meaningful impact in the aerospace industry and to inspire future generations of girls from underprivileged backgrounds to confidently pursue their dreams of space exploration and aviation.
Currently, she is an intern at NASA Goddard working on the Remote Occulter for the 2030s project to increase the engineering feasibility of direct exoplanet observations. As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Amy will be working in Moffett Field, California, as an intern for Made in Space.