• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018

  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Spaceflight Operations, '19

  • Host Institution: Scaled Composites

  • Mentor: George Nield

Kryn Ambs first attended Eastern Michigan University in her hometown of Ypsilanti, Michigan.  Here she composed a Bachelor of Science in Individualized Studies: Mathematics, Science, and Aviation.  This degree allowed Kryn to conduct undergraduate research examining the influence of cockpit weather automation on pilot perception and decision-making in severe weather conditions.  Upon degree completion in 2014, Kryn worked at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As a Space Camp Crew Trainer, she conducted simulated missions with camp trainees onboard high-performance military jets, Space Shuttle, the International Space Station (ISS), and other Astronaut Training Facilities.  This position also enabled Kryn to teach the trainees about space and aviation history, model rocketry, and the future of human space exploration. Following this position, Kryn spent two years globe-trotting and working to obtain her private pilot license.

In 2017, Kryn attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to pursue a career in the Commercial Space Industry.  The Spaceflight Operations program at ERAU enabled Kryn to study an array of unique subject matter ranging from Space Policy and Law, Payload Integration, Spaceflight Training, Space Operations, Planning & Analysis, Life Support Systems, Spacecraft Systems, and Space Navigation.  This program further exposed Kryn to hands-on experience through student projects, such as the design and integration of an experimental payload onboard the WB-57 for the NASA high-altitude Student Opportunities in Airborne Research (SOAR) Mission and the Blue Origin Crew Capsule Flight 2.0.   Her coursework also enabled her to design and operate a simulated mission control for the ISS.  

As a 2018 Brooke Owens Fellow, Kryn had the unique opportunity to work at Scaled Composites, LLC in Mojave, California.  As the Flight Operations Intern, she worked closely with the Stratolaunch Flight Crew to improve Crew Resource Management and Safety.  As of May 2019, she graduated from ERAU, having earned her second Bachelor of Science in Spaceflight Operations and Human Factors. Following graduation from ERAU, Kryn pursued a Graduate Certificate in Commercial Space Studies, a program jointly led by the International Space University (ISU), Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), and the Aldrin Space Institute.

Kryn is now the Payload Operations & Safety Engineer at Made In Space, Inc. where she works to improve operational and safety processes.  In this position, Kryn will also command and control payloads on-orbit.