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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
  • University of Colorado, Boulder, Astronomy, ‘19
  • Host Institution: Museum of Flight
  • Mentor: Brett Alexander

Kaitlin Engelbert is an Astronomy major at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She traces her inspiration for an aerospace career back to a particularly talented and enthusiastic teacher in her first Introductory Astronomy class in high school.

As a student, she is pursuing dual minors in communication and education in addition to her astronomy degree. She is involved with CU Science Technology Astronomy Recruits (CU STARS), an outreach club that goes to middle and high schools and teaches lessons about astronomy, as well as the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the Public Relations Student Society of America, and the CU Astronomy Club. She is also an Administrator 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. She hopes that she can 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.

Currently, Kaitlin is finishing up her junior year at CU. This summer, she will intern at Ball Aerospace, working with their Communications and STEM Education teams.