• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Spaceflight Operations, '19
  • Host Institution: Scaled Composites
  • Mentor: George Nield

Kryn Ambs is pursuing her second Bachelor’s degree in Spaceflight Operations at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She first attended Eastern Michigan University, where she composed an Interdisciplinary degree combining Mathematics, Science, and Aviation.

Kryn grew up in the small town of Ypsilanti, Michigan – the same town where Henry Ford built the Arsenal of Democracy and Rosie the Riveter assembled B-24 Liberators. Growing up in a town so rich with aviation history, Kryn fell hopelessly in love with flight; however, her eyes journeyed beyond the reaches of Earth’s atmosphere and into the great unknown. She finds herself equally in love with outer space. To her, Aviation and Space are a binary pair, there is no one without the other. Ultimately, Kryn intends to fuse her love for flight and her curiosity of the universe, devoting her life to human space exploration by way of Commercial Space Piloting or becoming an Astronaut.

The Spaceflight Operations degree has allowed Kryn to study Space Policy and Law, as well as get hands-on technical experience. As part of a class project, she assisted with the design and integration of an experimental payload on the WB-57 for the NASA high-altitude Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR) mission. This year she has been selected to participate in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge with a team of students from Embry-Riddle. She will also be attending the March Storm Legislative Blitz, a space-related Congressional visit in Washington, D.C.

Outside of school, Kryn has worked at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center as an Aviation Challenge and Space Camp Crew Trainer. This work further inspired her to fly and she is currently working to complete her Private Pilot license.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Kryn will be working at Scaled Composites, LLC in Mojave, CA. She will be working with the Flight Operations team on the Stratolaunch project, utilizing the simulator to monitor Crew Resource Management (CRM) to improve safety and efficiency for the 3-person crew onboard the aircraft.