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Emily Sheffield

  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • Harding University, Mechanical Engineering, '18

  • Host Institution: Commercial Spaceflight Federation

  • Mentor: Lori Garver

Emily Sheffield graduated summa cum laude with a Mechanical Engineering major from Harding University. She fell in love with space as an industry and as a profession after attending Space Camp as a 7th grader. Eventually, she sought to combine her love of math and science with her interest in policy.

As a student, Emily was active in band, theater, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), student government, social service clubs and honor societies, in addition to working as a teaching assistant. She also completed an internship through the WISE (Washington Internship for Student Engineers) program, conducting engineering policy research for the ASME as we as the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Emily worked at the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, a leading voice in space policy. She conducted research on startup space companies and on specific policy proposals and topics of critical relevance to the CSF's member organizations. She wrote OpEds, attended hearings on Capitol Hill, went to meetings, and got to learn how CSF operates.

Emily is currently in law school at Vanderbilt Law School, where she has founded the Space Law Society.