• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • McNeese State University, Mechanical Engineering, '19
  • Host Institution: Mojave Air and Space Port
  • Mentor: Michelle Murray

Kristen Lemaire graduated from Louisiana State University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. Though Kristen always felt a pull toward a career in STEM, during her first undergraduate experience, she worked several jobs in order to put herself through school and the timing wasn’t right for her career in Engineering to begin. Upon graduation, she married and had two sons, but even through the start of her family, she did not give up on her STEM aspirations.

She chose to pursue a second undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McNeese State University at the age of 25. While attending university, she also worked at Firestone Polymers as a Mechanical Engineering Intern in Capital Projects. In addition, she was the project manager in a NASA-funded research opportunity called the Louisiana Aerospace Catalyst Experiences for Students, where she and team of three other students created a payload to be launched at a nearby NOAA facility for their research in Long Range Radio Transmission. Though her journey has not always been easy or traditional, Kristen wants to show her sons and other women that it is never too late to relentlessly pursue your dreams.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Kristen will be interning with Mojave Air and Space Port in the Summer of 2018. She hopes to continue her pursuit of a career in the aerospace industry upon graduation in 2019.