• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018

  • Princeton University, Astrophysics, '20

  • Host Institution: Bryce Space and Technology

  • Mentor: Beth Robinson

Emma Louden is currently a senior at Princeton University pursuing a major in astrophysics and a minor in Planets and Life. Originally from Utah, she fell in love with space as a little girl looking up at the stars in the night sky and watching the documentary Race to Space. Her passion grew and was eventually paired with a love for physics and astronomy leading to her major in astrophysics. Her love for space exploration was nurtured by science teachers, Space Camp, the Summer Science Program, and reading books by inspirational astronomers. She strongly believes in the power of space exploration to unite the world and bring out the best aspects of humanity. Her interests revolve around exoplanet research, planetary science, and international collaboration in space exploration.

While at Princeton, Emma joined the CanSat competition team with the Princeton Rocketry Club and co-founded the Princeton Astronomy Club, which seeks to share the beauty and power of the night sky with the larger campus community. She also serves as the head physics tutor for students in the introductory physics sequence and is the Outreach and Activism Chair for the Undergraduate Women in Physics program. In the summer of 2017, Emma interned at the Clark Planetarium in Salt Lake City, UT working in their education department to adjust the curriculum to match new state standards. In the summer of 2019, Emma served as a Teaching Assistant and Residential Mentor at the Summer Science Program where she mentored and advised high school students through an intensive 5-week astrophysics, math, and coding program in which they performed orbital determination on asteroids they imaged.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow in the summer of 2018, Emma worked at Bryce Space and Technology doing aerospace analytics.