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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • Purdue University, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering ‘18

  • Host Institution: Orbital ATK

  • Mentor: Diana Trujillo

Pau Pineda Bosque is a Propulsion Test Engineer at Virgin Orbit and member of the inaugural class of the Brooke Owens Fellowship. She is based in Mojave, California. As an engineer for Virgin Orbit, Pau develops and runs operations involved in testing the engines that will fly on Virgin Orbit’s Launcher One rocket. She also supports the development of the testing facilities by designing new hardware that will make the test process more efficient. 

Before joining Virgin Orbit, Pau was an undergraduate student at Purdue University. In May 2018 she received a bachelors degree in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. During her time at Purdue, Pau was involved in many different organizations and projects. Pau worked on various studies related to human and remote exploration of other planets, including two manned architectures for Mars and one probe design for Venus. She was also team lead for Purdue’s submission to NASA JSC’s Micro-G NExT Challenge. Her team developed a device to repair leaks on the International Space Station. Aside from her work in aerospace, Pau served as the secretary and then vice president of Purdue’s chapter of MAES. MAES is a professional organization for Latinos in Science and Engineering. 

Pau’s passion for space started in high school, when she was part of a FIRST Robotics team that encouraged her to explore different professions within science and engineering. 

Pau says that she’s excited to develop as a professional and is always looking for opportunities to do so. Her other interests include public speaking, politics, and business.