Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
M.S. Space Systems Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, ‘21
B.S. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering, ‘19
Host Institution: The Aerospace Corporation
Mentor: Doug King
Julia Mihaylov is a first-generation Bulgarian-American as well as the first of her family to attend college in the United States. Julia has grown up with encouragement of her parents in achieving her dreams, leaving her with the mindset that with the right amount of effort and determination, anything is achievable. She discovered her passion for aerospace from her Honors Physics teacher sophomore year of high-school.
Julia graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering focused in Astronautics. As a student, Julia had been active in many student organizations as a member, leader, and officer. She has worked as the Lead Cooling System Engineer, Lead Data Acquisition Engineer, Telemetry Project Manager, and Secretary for Eagle Works Advanced Vehicle Lab, a student-built and run organization dedicated to designing and fabricating an electric land speed vehicle intended to break the current electric land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. She has also worked heavily on a research and coding project in association with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) where she has aided in developing a Julia Language Ephemeris Reader as an additional tool for use in trajectory design, interplanetary travel, and other astrodynamics implementations. Julia held the position of Editor in Chief of Embry-Riddle’s on-campus newspaper, Horizons, and has also served as Chapter President, Financial Vice President, and Academic Achievement Director of her sorority, Alpha Xi Delta. She was also a member of Embry-Riddle’s Honors Program and is a current member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Order of Omega Greek Leadership Honor Society.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Julia worked at The Aerospace Corporation in the Modeling and Simulation Department, where she continued to work remotely during her senior year at Embry-Riddle. Following graduation, Julia worked as an intern at JPL, improving a spacecraft safe mode event simulation tool and providing safing analysis in support of the Psyche mission. She is now attending Johns Hopkins University pursuing her M.S. in Space Systems Engineering while working at JPL supporting Europa Clipper.