Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
Georgia Institute of Technology, Aerospace Engineering, '21
Host Institution: Astranis
Mentor: Pam Melroy
Saumya Sharma is a second-year aerospace engineering major at Georgia Institute of Technology. Ever since she visited Hayden Planetarium at the age of seven, she has aspired to be an astronaut and explore the wonders of space. The Brooke Owens Fellowship has been dream come true and reminds Saumya the possibilities in this field.
Knowing in high school that she wanted to major in aerospace, Saumya has avidly participated in aerospace activities related to satellites and structural analysis. During the junior year of high school, Saumya worked at the University of Texas Center for Space Research applying remote sensing techniques to Landsat-8 satellite images to understand the impact of the March 2016 Houston flooding. Gaining knowledge on the application side of satellites and the use of LiDAR, Saumya joined the NASA TARGIT CubeSat research project at Georgia Tech. Saumya is also an active leader at the Georgia Tech Aero Maker Space as the Development Officer and is a participant in the Georgia Tech Design, Build, Fly Team. Since her sophomore year in college, Saumya has also been working closely with other colleges to help unify all women in aerospace college chapters in a national organization called Women of Aerospace and Astronautics (WoAA) with AIAA support.
This past summer, Saumya interned at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in the Mechanical Engineering Group working on structural analysis on the exterior of an ESPA class satellite. As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Saumya will be working for Astranis Space Technologies with the mechanical engineering subsystem.