• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Aerospace Engineering, '19
  • Host Institution: Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Mentor: Meenakshi Wadhwa

Carson Brumley grew up in a small mountain town hiking, snowboarding, paddle boarding, and horseback riding. Her passion for adventure and curiosity of the stars drove her to pursue an Aerospace Engineering degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

During her undergrad, Carson conducted her own research in the Bioastronautics Laboratory at CU, studying the relationship between people’s vestibular thresholds and their ability to adapt to artificial gravity. She is also an avid entrepreneur who started and operated her own business: a bicycle powered food cart that sells baked potatoes. In the past, Carson has worked at a yoga studio, as a horseback trail ride guide and has taught kids art classes. As an intern at a non-profit art school, Carson enjoyed sharing people’s unique perspectives through art. She loves working with kids and wants young girls, especially, to know that being an engineer is both innovative and empowering.

As a student at CU, Carson has designed, built and launched a CubeSat; assisted with research on a human centrifuge device; and was a course assistant for a former astronaut. In her spare time, Carson plays intramural sports, goes horseback riding and does yoga.

As a 2018 Brooke Owens Fellow, Carson worked at Sierra Nevada Corporation as part of their systems engineering team on Dream Chaser. Carson’s main project was conducting human factors analysis, in which she quantified every interaction between the ISS crew and Dream Chaser to ensure every size astronaut could operate the equipment. Some of her other projects included: performing hands-on preliminary tests in a mockup, helping validate program requirements by implementing a functional architecture, assisting with the lighting design internal to Dream Chaser and allocating pressure vessel leak rates to subsystems.

Carson is currently completing her senior year at the University of Colorado and working part time at Sierra Nevada Corporation. She plans to return to CU for her master’s in bioastronautics and can’t wait to see Dream Chaser fly!