• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Aerospace Engineering, ‘19

  • Host Institution: The Aerospace Corporation

  • Mentor: Doug King

Julia Mihaylov is an Aerospace Engineering major with a focus in Astronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Prescott Campus. She 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.

As a student, Julia has 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 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 holds 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 is a member of Embry-Riddle’s Honors Program, 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. She is also currently the Structures Subsystem Team Lead for her astronautics senior capstone project to design and fabricate an Earth-based lander.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Julia worked at The Aerospace Corporation in the Modeling and Simulation Department, where she will continue to work remotely during her senior year at Embry-Riddle. Following graduation, Julia plans to attend graduate school and receive a Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering.