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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017
  • Iowa State University, Aerospace Engineering, ‘18
  • Host Institution: Generation Orbit
  • Mentor: Richard Leshner

Michaela Spaulding is an Aerospace Engineering major with minors in Nondestructive Testing and Political Science. She fell upon her passion for engineering and the space industry, after years of wanting to be a doctor, when her father identified her talent in math and problem solving. She took this change of career path to heart and devoted herself wholeheartedly to learning how to be a successful engineer.

In her undergraduate program, Michaela has devoted herself to learning how to be an effective leader and mentor. She has held executive positions with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Kappa Alpha Theta, and she now the president of the Aerospace Student Council. She also works as a peer mentor for ISU’s Launch Pad Learning Community.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Michaela worked at Generation Orbit Launch Services, where she worked closely with the talented engineers developing the GOLauncher1 rocket. Michaela helped prepare the GO1 rocket for Environmental/Vibration Testing. She also supported team operations by designing a method of automating part number generation and selection.
Michaela will wrap up her undergraduate degree in December 2018, and plans to begin a Master's Degree focusing on space launch vehicles and potentially system optimization techniques in the spring.