Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
Georgia Tech, Aerospace Engineering, '18
Host Institution: SpaceX
Mentor: Nick Skytland
Dawn Andrews is a master’s student in Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Tech. She found her way into the field of aerospace from a fundamental love for math and science, but discovered her passion for participating in the incredible missions that push the bounds of human exploration.
As an undergraduate, Dawn was involved in various campus organizations, serving as Georgia Tech’s AIAA chapter President, SEDS chapter co-founder, and member of their Women in
Aerospace Advisory Board. She pursued research in the Space Systems Design Laboratory, most notably leading the structures team of Georgia Tech’s first CubeSat Mission (RANGE) which launched in December 2018. Outside of aerospace, she is also an avid musician and led the GT Marching Band as drum major for four years. She enjoys rock climbing, traveling, playing the piano, and serving her school and community.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Dawn began work at SpaceX in the Government Mission Management group. On this team she was part of the Falcon 9 rocket’s certification efforts between SpaceX and the US Air Force. After her BOFP summer, Dawn continued on with SpaceX for three additional internships, transferring to the Vehicle Engineering department in 2018. There, she worked on hardware design and testing within design criteria, even having the opportunity to design and manufacture a piece of flight hardware that launched on the SAOCOM 1A mission in October 2018.
Upon completion of her master’s program at the end of 2019, Dawn will begin work full-time as an engineer on SpaceX’s Vehicle Engineering Design Criteria Team. Given her initial motivation for being an aerospace engineer, she is very humbled and excited to be on this amazing adventure!