• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aerospace Engineering,  ‘19
  • Host Institution: Stratolaunch Systems
  • Mentor: Laurie Leshin

Christine Chappelle is studying Aerospace Engineering at MIT. She traces her passion for aerospace to her father's  influence--and particular to a childhood experience where the engine died during final approach on a small aircraft being flown by her father. After her father piloted the aircraft to a power-off emergency landing in a field and her family safely walked away from the incedent--even though the aircraft flipped over its front wheel tore through an irrigation pipe in the field--Christine was hooked.

Christine had multiple internships during her time in MIT like Amazon Prime Air, Rolls Royce and Aurora Flight Sciences. She was a mentor for FIRST robotics team 125, and an active member of MIT's Women in Aerospace (WIA) chapter, the MIT chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the MIT Flying Club member.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Christine worked at Stratolaunch, developing analytical and modelling software tools to help in various aspects of the engineering process. She collapsed the time it took to generate an estimate of the payload a rocket on the Stratolaunch platform could take to any given orbit and designed the network framework to install a camera system on the aircraft. She also coded a 6 DOF simulator of the aircraft to test potential launch orientations. Christine’s experiences pushed her to want to design the next generation of aircraft to make them even safer, and more agile and efficient.

Currently, Christine is in Singapore working for Rolls Royce, but will be back to school until 2019.