Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
University of Colorado, Boulder, Astronomy, ‘19
Host Institution: Museum of Flight
Mentor: Doug King
Kaitlin Engelbert is now a Marketing and Communications Specialist at Ball Aerospace, where she drives STEM outreach initiatives and science communication. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a B.S. in Astronomy in 2019. She traces her inspiration for an aerospace career back to a particularly talented and enthusiastic science teacher in her first Introductory Astronomy class in high school who strongly encouraged that the sky is not the limit.
As a student, she pursued dual minors in communication and education in addition to her astronomy degree. She was involved in CU’s Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the Director of Public Relations for her University’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter and was also Vice President of CU’s UnderRepresented Students in Astronomy (URSA), a community-based organization that promotes and provides the resources needed to increase retention rates amongst underrepresented students in the department.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Kaitlin developed and implemented a new STEM program within the Museum of Flight's education department, taught 23 middle school girls how to code SPHERE satellites on the International Space Station, while being the communication liaison between NASA centers, University partners, and program participants. One day, she plans to revolutionize the ways STEM education is taught while transforming the mindsets of the public to supporting and wanting to be involved in aerospace/astrophysical industries.