• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • Santa Clara University, Mechanical Engineering, '19
  • Host Institution: Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Mentor: Phil Larson

Kayleigh Dobson, a mechanical engineering student at Santa Clara University, has been drawn to space since she was a child. She bragged endlessly about her grandpa, who worked at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. She loved calling him “rocket scientist," and   always hoped that one day she would be able to call herself a rocket scientist as well.

When Kayleigh isn’t researching “best hikes in Colorado” or studying for her mechanical and aerospace engineering classes in the library, you can find her: in the Satellite Operations center, where she works on NASA Ames small satellite missions, leading a tour of Santa Clara's School of Engineering, riding horses on the Santa Clara Equestrian team, or exploring with her friends in search of the Bay Area's best brunch. Kayleigh is also the president of Kappa Kappa Gamma, the vice president of the Freedom Project, an anti-human trafficking club, and a member of Pi Tau Sigma, a mechanical engineering honors society. 

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Kayleigh will be taking a big leap towards childhood goal of becoming a rocket scientist by working as a systems engineering intern at the Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville, Colorado.