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 United States 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, in which she works on autonomous underwater vehicles for the international RoboSub competition. In addition to her engineering work, 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 (SPAWAR) 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 space happenings and its industry, 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 in the Class of 2019, Sarah will be interning at The Spaceship Company.