Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Business and Marketing Education, ‘19
Host Institution: XPRIZE
Jenna Kay Foertsch is studying Business and Marketing Education with an emphasis in Political Science at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Jenna’s love for STEM was discovered through participating in FIRST Robotics initially as a student, and now as a mentor. Through an innate curiosity for discovery, exploration, and helping others, she fell in love with the aerospace industry.
Before discovering her passion for aerospace, Jenna Kay was a blogger, freelancer, and innovator in the startup scene. Jenna specializes in creating viral products and researching trends under the now multimillion-dollar startup Wonghaus. Products that Jenna has helped develop have gone on to be featured on popular websites such as Buzz Feed, Metro.co.uk, and Product Hunt. Jenna works for other various startups where she helps to develop extensive business plans, build organization structure, and assists with intellectual property needs.
More traditionally, Jenna Kay has interned for UTC Aerospace Systems and just finished an internship in Houston with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award presented based on ingenuity, innovation, and significant contributions within Johnson organizations. Jenna specializes in data analytics and visualization where her work is being used by senior leadership at the Center. Jenna is continuing to work remotely with NASA, among a small team, to develop a Hackathon based on NASA’s Future of Work study.
At her University, Jenna is the currently working at the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Within the Center for Entrepreneurship, Jenna Kay is working with both MIN-Corps, and Grow North. MIN-Corps is the University of Minnesota site for the National Science Foundation I-Corps program and provides, “…coaching programs that help STEM students, postdocs and faculty develop the skills required to translate their innovations into product and services with real-world impact.” Grow North seeks to act as a hub for, “Accelerating and Connecting Minnesota's food and agriculture entrepreneur and innovation ecosystem.” Within the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Jenna Kay is specializing in branding, social media management, creating content plans, web design, and program management.
Some of her hobbies include baking, fishing, and spontaneous traveling.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, she will be working at XPRIZE where she will be working on various projects to help better humanity and further advance the future of aerospace.