Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
Union College, Mechanical Engineering, '19
Host Institution: Planet
Mentor: Michael Simpson
Maddie Miller graduated with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Union College. Initially inspired by her high school physics classes, Maddie’s passion for aerospace took an irreversible course once she volunteered at the California Science Center and later participated in a tour of SpaceX's rocket factory. Thanks to these two seminal experiences, her dreams of traveling to Mars were launched.
As a student, Madeleine served as Vice President of the Green House council, President and Founder of the Rocket Club, President/Captain of the SAE Aero Club, and as a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority. She was a NASA research grant recipient, with her research focusing on conducting high temperature/high-pressure diffusion experiments as a way to date iron meteorites.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Maddie worked at the San Francisco-based satellite-imaging company, Planet. As part of Planet's spacecraft design team, in which she helped design components for flight in Planet's Dove satellites, she assisted in several key departments: developing and conducting material qualification tests; constructing testing structures for electronics boards; and evaluating advanced manufacturing techniques.
After interning at Ball Aerospace in 2018, Maddie accepted a full-time role as a Materials & Processing Engineer. Inspired by her participation in the Brooke Owens Fellowship, Maddie hopes to one day start an all-girls, STEAM-focused high school so she can pass forward the gift of inspiration to young science-minded girls.