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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • Columbia University, Electrical Engineering, '19
  • Host Institution: Generation Orbit
  • Mentor: Chris Stott

Julia Di is an Electrical Engineering student at Columbia University. She first became interested in space after reading a picture book in second grade about the history of human spaceflight. For most of her life she loved art and design, and later realized that engineering was a practical art form. Then much later, she realized that she could have an engineering career in the aerospace industry.

As a student, she co-founded the Columbia Space Initiative (CSI) in fall 2015. Now, as one of Columbia's most popular engineering organizations, CSI has entered and won multiple NASA design challenges, presented all around NYC, and taught K-12 students about aerospace engineering. She is also President of Women in Computer Science (WiCS) and a Super User in the Columbia MakerSpace. She previously has interned at Lockheed Martin Space Systems, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, and Carleton Laboratory. 

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Julia will work at Generation Orbit.

Currently, Julia is applying to PhD programs in HCI and space robotics.