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 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. She serves on the Student Advisory Board for her department, is active President of Texas A&M SEDS, a member of The Mars Generation and the Association of Spaceflight Professionals, and is a NASA Social alum. She's worked in research on shape memory alloy applications. She recently completed a two-week mission at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) as an Analog Astronaut!
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. Her areas of interests are flight test engineering and human factors.