Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
University of Washington, Mechanical Engineering, '20
Host Institution: Northrop Grumman
Mentor: Jenn Gustetic
Anika is a Junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington. Through visits to science museums and observatories, working on robotics projects, and participating in engineering camps, she discovered a passion for engineering and space. She has dreamed of building rovers and space crafts to explore other planets. Eager to realize her dreams, she started her undergraduate degree through the UW's Early Entrance Program.
After entering university, she worked in Dr. Dee Boersma’s lab designing and building automatic tread scales used in conservation research on Magellanic penguins. As a sophomore, she joined the Husky Satellite Lab, a group that designs, builds, and tests cube satellites. She now serves as Structures Lead for the group and leads efforts to collaborate with UW labs on future space missions focused on experimentation in biology and medicine.
Additionally, Anika was awarded a Washington State Opportunity Scholarship, Paradise Scholarship, and Washington NASA Space Grant Scholarship. She is currently the President of SPACE, a club under Space Grant focused on industry networking, academic development, and youth outreach. Among other things, the club brings engaging educational programs to schools in under-served and underrepresented communities and promotes a diverse future for STEM fields.
Aside from having a love for engineering, Anika also dedicates time during university to foster her love for the arts. She serves as the President of the Early Entrance Drama Society, performed in theatre productions, played violin in the UW Campus Philharmonia, interned at the Henry Art Gallery, and loves to draw and compose music.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Anika will be interning at Northrop Grumman Innovation System during the upcoming summer.