• Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • Tufts University, Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2019
  • Host Institution: Air Line Pilots Association
  • Mentor: Stephanie Luongo

Sarah Carty is a senior at Tufts University studying mechanical engineering with a minor in French. Sarah grew up in rural Southern Maryland near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where seeing an F-18 roaring over an Amish buggy was not a strange sight. The diversity of the area encouraged her to explore many interests—anthropology, human factors engineering, even political science—but ultimately, she graduated from her high school’s STEM Academy set on mechanical engineering. It was not until her sophomore year in college that she solidified her interest in aerospace engineering and aviation, after summer internships with NAVAIR working on cockpit accommodation and digital human modeling.

While in school, Sarah has taken advantage of the available resources to develop skills in ANSYS, SolidWorks, LabVIEW, and the machine shop. She works part-time as a barista in the Tufts cafés, serves admissions as a campus tour guide, and plays goalkeeper for the Tufts University Women’s Football Club. On weekends, she is either refereeing local soccer matches, hiking across New England, or being the handywoman in her apartment.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Sarah worked at the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) in Herndon, VA. During her internship, she discussed sharing airspace with commercial space entities, lobbied Senators for secondary barriers on the flight deck, organized and attended the 64th Annual Air Safety Forum, and completed the IFALPA-accredited Accident Investigation Course.
In the immediate future, Sarah will focus on co-founding and leading a new SEDS chapter at her university while she finishes her degree. She has a personal goal to obtain her pilot’s license.