Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
University of Utah, B.S. Mechanical Engineering, '17
Host Institution: Made in Space
Mentor: Carol Lane
Maggie Goertzen is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Utah in 2017. Growing up in the mountains of Montana, Maggie was was fascinated by the night sky from an early age. Once in college, that childlike fascination with space developed into a passion for novel aerospace materials and their associative manufacturing processes.
As a student, Maggie was active with the Society of Women Engineers and served as an Outdoor Recreation Program Trip Leader. She also worked several research jobs, including a project studying the application of carbon nanotubes for advanced manufacturing and titanium dioxide nanotube-based sensing platforms.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Maggie worked at Made in Space, where she researched a concept for a fully autonomous farm for the International Space Station.
Currently, Maggie is working as a design engineer for an awesome product design firm based in Salt Lake City.
When she is not in the lab, Morgan can be found working on projects for her company (Deep Space Ecology), volunteering in her community, talking with students about space agriculture and STEAM education, and reading books and papers on soil science and civic ecology.