Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
Arizona State University, Physics, '18
Host Institution: DigitalGlobe
Angelica Berner is a recent graduate from Arizona State University with a degree in Physics and a heavy background in Earth & Space Exploration. She spent her childhood growing up in Chicago, Illinois. One of her earliest childhood memories is riding her bike around the city as she questioned how everyday things worked. It was in middle school that Angelica was first exposed to the idea of climate change and it was this same subject that drew her into the world of Earth and Space exploration. She continued to explore and create, eventually leading the robotics club in high school.
Science and engineering maintained its strong presence in Angelica’s life and is the reason she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Physics at Arizona State University. Reflecting on her childhood, Angelica was surprised at the lack of mentors she had who were involved in STEM. Determined to change this, she got involved in as many projects as she could to help mentor underserved youth. Angelica served as a mentor every year of her undergraduate degree in the Sundial program at ASU, a project geared towards creating a community for women and minorities studying Physics and Earth & Space.
The drive to empower others to pursue careers in STEM did not stop with Sundial - Angelica also wanted to share the wonders of the cosmos and joined another on-campus student organization, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), during her freshman year. In her final year, she served as President of her SEDS chapter and continues to stay actively involved through outreach and event planning even after her graduation.
In addition to frequently participating in her community, Angelica started doing research the summer after her freshman year, having participated in a Research Experience for Undergraduates at The College of Wooster for an experimental physics project. She then participated in the ASU/NASA Space Grant for two years in the Emergence lab at ASU, eventually leading to her first publication. In the summer before she graduated, Angelica was a NIFS intern at NASA Langley working on SAGE III ISS, an active flight mission, doing data analysis. Angelica is a self-described scientist by trade, but an engineer at heart.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Angelica will be working at DigitalGlobe in Westminster, Colorado.