- Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
- Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering ‘19
- Host Institution: The Aerospace Corporation
- Mentor: Danielle Wood
Makiah Eustice is an Aerospace Engineering student at Texas A&M University. Her "spark" came from reading the high school course catalog and seeing something called "quantum physics" for an advanced science class. Even though she was doubtful about pursuing STEM, she doubled her classes just so she could get into AP Physics by junior year. In a class of mostly seniors (and few girls), she learned what it meant to be an engineer from her favorite professor and robotics team teacher, Mr. Khan. She was inspired beyond belief and began to read popular science articles on material science, robotics, and, most importantly, space! Space X, with the ambitious goal of getting to Mars, had Makiah realize that she wanted to be good enough to take on an "impossible " mission and get humans to another planet!
As a student, Makiah has been involved with the very demanding, very structured lifestyle of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC. Wearing a uniform and learning military discipline has been a big part of her college experience. Outside of that, she has filled leadership roles in the Texas A&M chapters of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She also works as a research in a lab studying shape memory alloys research.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Makiah worked as a Systems Engineering intern at the Aerospace Corporation. She analyzed requirement management tools for restore and archive capability. She developed system requirements and collaborated with software developers to build customer support tool for managers. In addition, she created a repository for industry CubeSat parts for cost model analysis.
Makiah will graduate in May of 2019 and commission as a US Air Force Officer. Until then, she is creating a spaceflight training and research program for undergraduates, the first of its kind.