Michelle Lin

  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019

  • University of Colorado Boulder, '21

  • Host Institution: SpaceX

  • Mentor: Nick Skytland

Michelle Lin is a sophomore studying Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mathematics, and Engineering Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. Since moving from Taiwan as a first-generation immigrant at the age of 9, she has traveled to 15 countries and considers herself very privileged for having had the opportunities to do so. She has wanted to be an astronaut since she was 6, and still holds the dream of achieving human spaceflight close to her heart. 

At CU, Michelle has been involved with the High Altitude Student Platform project at Colorado Space Grant Consortium, the COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling, and the Engineering Honors Program. As a Greenhouse Scholar — a scholarship based on leadership, accountability, community, and relentlessness — she is dedicated to bringing her experiences and resources to underprivileged students in her community, and she is especially vocal about empowering women and underrepresented students in engineering. In 2018, she interned at the Colorado Capitol as a fellow of the inaugural class of the Colorado Science and Engineering Policy Fellowship, drafting renewable energy policy for the state legislature. Shortly after, she co-founded Colorado Undergraduates in Science and Policy to advocate for scientific policy-making and policy-informed science in the community.

Michelle is currently working under Dr. Allison Anderson in the Bioastronautics Laboratory at CU, collaborating with Johnson Space Center to research the viability of hybrid reality technologies in deep-space habitat design. At the 2019 NASA Human Research Program Investigator’s Workshop, she presented her work on the “Development of Alternative Reality Environments for Spacecraft Habitat Design Evaluation”.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Michelle is humbled and excited to work at SpaceX on the Vehicle Engineering team.