Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Aerospace Engineering ‘19
Host Institution: The Aerospace Corporation
Mentor: Aschley Schiller
Katie Carroll is an Aerospace Engineering major at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She discovered her love of space as a child tinkering with a telescope and watching space shuttle launches and Star Trek episodes with her family.
As a student, Katie has been a leader in many student organizations including Women in Aerospace (WIA), the Illinois Space Society (ISS), and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), in addition to working as a tutor and as an Engineering Learning Assistant. Katie also worked at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Guidance, Navigation, and Control intern.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Katie worked at the Aerospace Corporation as a Technical Intern in the Systems Integration and Test Office, contributing to several projects. One of the external projects that she worked on was a GPS information transfer task contracted through the Air Force, in which she interacted with a lab software and developed code to validate various tests and test procedures. She also worked with the Astrodynamics Group, where she and another intern developed a 3D Visualization Tool for space debris collision modeling. Aside from the various work-related tasks over the summer, she also participated in the Aerospace Summer Games, played in a company-wide ping-pong tournament, and got to visit the launch pads at Vandenberg Air Force Base.
In addition to continuing her education at UIUC, Katie has earned an internship position as a Customer Operations & Integration Intern in the Government Mission Management team at SpaceX.