• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • Georgia Tech, Mechanical Engineering, ‘17

  • Host Institution: Blue Origin

  • Mentor: Dava Newman

Golda Nguyen is a graduate student in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department at MIT. Inspired by STEAM communicators and leaders like Carl Sagan and Dava Newman (who became her mentor through the BOFP), Golda’s passion for aerospace is rooted in the personal mantra that “aerospace is for everyone and there is space for everyone in it”. Through research and outreach activities, she continuously works to embody and communicate that philosophy. At MIT, Golda conducts research in the Human Systems Lab on using wearable technologies for medical and space applications. She is also an outreach chair for the Graduate Women in Aerospace group and helps to develop and host STEM programs for women and girls in the MIT and Boston communities.

Additionally, Golda is an alumna of Georgia Tech with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in aerospace engineering. During her undergraduate studies, she served as president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, outreach volunteer for the Society of Women Engineers, and mentor for the Women in Engineering M&M Mentoring Program.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Golda worked at Blue Origin on design, test, and analysis of a payload thermal control system for the New Shepard Crew Capsule. She has also interned at Virgin Galactic on the SpaceShipTwo payloads team and as a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow, at NASA Glenn Research Center through the MARTI Academy, at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on the PRANDTL-D project, and at Pratt & Whitney with the Advanced Combustors group.

In her free time, you can find Golda at a piano, running along the Charles River, or chasing sunshine and mountaintop views.