Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
San Diego State University, Mechanical Engineering, '20
Host Institution: The Spaceship Company
Mentor: José Hernández
Sarah Melissa Gomez is pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at San Diego State University. Originally from Mexico, she started her path towards engineering after moving to the U.S. and learning about the engineering program at her high school, leading to her joining their FIRST Robotics Competition team. Throughout her time in the team, her passion for STEAM grew as she got hands-on experience with mechanical design and prototyping.
Wanting to continue working on robotics, she joined the SDSU Mechatronics Club at her university, which she now leads as President as she works on autonomous underwater vehicles for the international RoboSub competition. She is also the Vice President and co-founder of the Society of Women in Space Exploration chapter at SDSU, which focuses on empowering women to pursue careers in space exploration. In addition to her clubs, she enjoys participating in outreach events to encourage young students to pursue a STEAM career.
Previously she was an intern at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, now known as the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command, working on maritime systems, as well as a NASA intern for the Center Operations Directorate at Stennis Space Center. Her passion for space developed after learning more about what space companies and organizations have been developing and their accomplishments, and has only grown after completing her NASA internship, in which she had the opportunity to experience rocket engine tests for the Space Launch System (SLS) program.
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Sarah interned at The Spaceship Company in the Systems Design team, in which she documented and evaluated hardware for VSS Unity’s flight control systems, wrote assembly instructions for flight components, and created test requirements for the next spaceship’s reaction control systems.