Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
Utah State University, Aerospace Engineering, '21
Host Institution: The Aerospace Corporation
Mentor: Stephanie Bednarek
Grace is a student at Utah State University and a total space nerd majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Economics. She first learned about engineering during the summer between her junior and senior years of high school. That summer, Grace attended an engineering camp and ended up falling in love with the field. Once she had been accepted to Utah State University, she discovered the Aerospace Engineering degree and was thrilled that her love for engineering could be combined with her lifelong love for all things space.
In between graduating high school and attending Utah State University, Grace spent a year further developing the business she started with her father when she was seventeen. For her health food company called Elements: Meals for Athletes, she did extensive research into nutrition and food science, as well as overseeing customer outreach.
Grace is currently involved with the Utah State University Get Away Special Team, a small team of undergraduates developing a 1U Cube Satellite. She has worked on and done research for the mechanical, structural, and simulations teams. Grace is also the founder and current president of the SEDS-USU chapter and has served for two years on USU’s Engineering Student Council where she is currently the Executive Vice President of the council.
Grace is always pushing for more women to join the STEM field, conducting outreach through the Society of Women Engineers, and through the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Utah State University.
As a 2019 Brooke Owens Fellow, Grace will work at The Aerospace Corporation.