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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Spaceflight Operations, '18
  • Host Institution: Air Line Pilots Association
  • Mentor: Paul Shawcross

Maryam Gracias is a student at Embry-Riddle University studying Commercial Space Operations. She vividly remembers being excited about being an astronaut since she was in elementary school in her native Dubai. Ever since, she has been striving to make that dream come true and to build a career in aerospace. 

As a student, Maryam has been active in the Women's Ambassador Program, the Orientation Team, Women in Aviation, International Society of Air Safety Investigators, Student Bloggers, Spaceflight Sciences Policy and Operations Club, the Student Ambassador Program, and the ERUA Volunteer Network, in addition to serving as President of the ERAU chapter of the National Society for Collegiate Scholars. She has also interned at Aegean Airlines and Delta Airlines, in addition to working several jobs at Embry-Riddle.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Maryam worked at the Air Line Pilots Association, helping advocate ALPA policy at various industry/ government regulatory meetings. She also provided support to ALPA MEC'S during aircraft accident and incident investigations.