• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • University of Texas at Austin, Aerospace Engineering, '18
  • Host Institution: Planet
  • Mentor: José Hernández

Josefina Salazar is a second year Aerospace Engineering student at the University of Texas at Austin. Born in Costa Rica, Josefina has dreamed of exploring the outermost edges of the galaxy and has always had a deep passion for discovering the unknown. Her goal is to become a leader in the space exploration industry.

At UT, Josefina is involved in a student-led research team called the Texas Spacecraft Laboratory, which aims to design and build small satellites, secure them into space, and operate them once in orbit. She is currently working on the Communications sub-team for the ARMADILLO, a CubeSat that researches and characterizes the space debris environment in low-earth orbit. 

She is also the Secretary for the Women in Aerospace for Leadership and Development, a student organization at UT whose objective is to facilitate the development of leadership skills for women in all undergraduate engineering majors. They are currently working on a hand tool that will allow astronauts to detect and cover sharp edges caused by MMOD impacts on the handrails of the ISS.

Josefina has a passion for leadership and empowering other women. She is a Peer Assistance Leader, a Peer Advisor, and part of the Publicity team for the Student Engineering Council. She also enjoys painting, playing video games, and watching sci-fi movies.

As a 2018 Brooke Owens Fellow, Josefina will be working with Planet this summer in San Francisco.