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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • Texas A&M University, Aerospace Engineering ‘19

  • Host Institution: The Aerospace Corporation

  • Mentor: Danielle Wood

2nd Lt. Makiah Eustice received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2019. During her time at Texas A&M University, Makiah was a member of the Corps of Cadets and Air Force ROTC. Wearing a uniform and learning military discipline has been a big part of her college experience. She was project director of the student SEDS chapter in 2017-2018 before becoming President and founding the Aggie Astronaut Corps program. She served on the Student Advisory Board for her department and is a NASA Social alum. She worked in research on shape memory alloy applications.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Makiah worked as a Systems Engineering intern at the Aerospace Corporation. She analyzed requirement management tools to restore and archive capability. She developed system requirements and collaborated with software developers to build a customer support tool for managers. In addition, she created a repository for industry CubeSat parts for cost model analysis.

Makiah has completed two space analog missions, Mars Desert Research Station Crew 200 as Greenhouse officer in 2018 and the MAU-TAMUSEDS mission in 2019 as Commander, leading a team of Texas A&M undergrads. She graduated from the Space Studies Program at the International Space University in 2019. As a commissioned officer in the US Air Force, Makiah will work in the developmental engineering career field. She wants to pursue human factors and flight test engineering.

In her free time, Makiah can be found dancing or playing her mountain dulcimer!