Kaley Hassell

  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019

  • University of Oklahoma, Aerospace Engineering, '21

  • Host Institution: Sierra Nevada Corporation

  • Mentor: Tory Bruno

Kaley grew up in the small town of Prairie Grove, Arkansas and graduated from Prairie Grove High School. While at PGHS, she participated in a four-year pre-engineering program, where she fell in love with engineering and aerospace. After high school, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering with a minor in general business at the University of Oklahoma.

At the University of Oklahoma, Kaley participates in multiple activities. She has served as the chief aerodynamics engineer on the Formula SAE Sooner Racing Team, which designs and builds a formula-style race car to race at competitions. Kaley also participates in undergraduate research with the rocketry program, where she helps manufacture and launch high powered rockets for unique payloads. Kaley also serves as the Secretary of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) at OU, and is an active mentor and leader in the university community, serving in leadership positions in her sorority: Alpha Sigma Kappa-Women in Technical Studies, as mentor on the College of Engineering’s Dean’s Leadership Council, as well as others.

As Kaley progresses through school and into a career, she hopes to find work in the space industry helping build the mission that takes humans to Mars and beyond. She also hopes to spend her time outside of work actively helping children, especially girls, in rural communities pursue college and STEM careers.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Kaley spent her summer as a systems engineering intern on the Dream Chaser spacecraft team at Sierra Nevada Corporation. She worked issues relating to systems integration, implementation, and data management.