• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • University of Washington, Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, '19
  • Host Institution: Virgin Orbit
  • Mentor: Cristin Dorgelo

Meera Unadkat is a junior studying Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering at the University of Washington. Ever since she was a little girl, she's been looking up at the stars; wondering what was out there beyond them just waiting to be discovered. Exploration for the sake of exploration has always been her main goal in life, and she feels like space is the perfect place to start. Currently, Meera works as a research assistant in the Composite Structures lab at the University of Washington. Her research includes optimizing the process for identifying microcracks in carbon fiber samples under axial loading. 

Meera is also a part of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics UW Chapter leadership team, where she works to improve communication between the students, faculty, and the professional Aerospace community. She is a part of Phi Sigma Rho, which is a sorority for women in engineering and engineering technology. Through her sorority, Meera spends her time fundraising for local charities and participating in outreach activities where she gets to teach 2nd through 5th graders how to do fun science experiments! One of her biggest passions is to help inspire the next generation and to become a good role model in order to encourage more girls to pursue their passion for Aerospace! One day, Meera hopes to become a professor so that she can be a mentor for future Aerospace students as well as continue her composite structures research. 

On those rare sunny Seattle days, Meera loves to head out on the water and sail keelboats as much as she possibly can! In her free time, she also loves to play the piano, paint, camp, and travel with her friends and family.  

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Meera will be working at Virgin Orbit.