Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
The Ohio State University, Aerospace Engineering, '19
Host Institution: Amazon Prime Air
Mentor: Erika Wagner
Kayla Watson graduated from The Ohio State University with Aerospace Engineering major, Aviation Minor. She fell in love with aerospace after taking an Aerospace Science class in 8th grade because of its enormous breadth. It incorporated her love of fashion in designing space suits for astronauts to go to Mars as well as her love for sports when space tourism companies discussed putting a sports resort on the moon. From there she was hooked and would go home and watch the NASA channel for fun.
Kayla was president of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals at her school as well as a member of SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) as they worked on CubeSats that will go on the Buckeye Space Launch Initiative (BSLI) rockets. The group also designed experiments to go on the International Space Station. She was also a student researcher for the Battelle Center for Science, Technology and Public policy where she planned a proposal for a drone testing facility to Ohio Politicians as well as developing Commercial Space public policy. She loves to travel and does boxing, basketball and volleyball.
After interning at Amazon Prime Air on the reliability team, Kayla accepted a full-time position there as a systems engineer in 2019.