• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018

  • University of Southern California, Electrical Engineering, PhD ’23

  • MIT, Aerospace Engineering, ‘18

  • Host Institution: SSL

  • Mentor: Laurie Leshin

  • Pronouns: She/her

Lilly Clark is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Southern California. As NASA Space Technology Research Fellow, her research is on coordination and autonomy in robotic wireless sensor networks for lunar lava tube exploration.

She received her BS in Aerospace Engineering from MIT in 2018.

Lilly spent summer 2019 at the Aerospace Corporation as a Matthew Isakowitz Fellow investigating applications of blockchain in small satellite relay networks. She spent summer 2018 at her BOFP host company, SSL (now Maxar Technologies), on the Mission Systems Integration team. Lilly has held previous internships at JPL working on Mars mission concept studies (summer 2017) and project systems engineering and formulation (January 2017), and at Thales Alenia Space in the satellite testbed department (summer 2016).

Outside of classes and research, Lilly is on the organizing committee of the Women in Computing Club, enjoys hip hop dance, and conducts interviews for Robohub’s Podcast on robotics.