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SOPHIA PORTER

  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2018
  • Johns Hopkins University, Physics and Applied Mathematics & Statistics, '18
  • Host Institution: Blue Origin
  • Mentor: Carissa Christensen

Sophia Porter is student at Johns Hopkins University with dual majors in Physics and Applied Mathematics & Statistics. She credits her interest in space to an early love of astrophotography, a field that helped her merge her artistic and scientific interests.
 
In 2015, Sophia gave the Keynote address at the annual Robert H. Goddard Memorial Dinner, where she discussed art and science in the context of space. Since then, art and science have served as her 3D glasses, and in 2016 she received a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship grant to pursue independent research on the topic.

Sophia has interned at SpaceX, where she performed certification testing for Dragon 2 hardware, and in the International Space Station Division at NASA Headquarters, working on the 2017 Transition Report to Congress. During her first two years of college Sophia worked at the Space Telescope Science Institute to develop a naive Bayesian classifier, called PACMan, to sort proposals for Hubble time. The PACMan project is published in the Astrophysical Journal. Sophia also volunteers with Women in Aerospace and serves on the Board of Advisors for the Coalition for Deep Space Exploration.
 
When she's not dreaming about rockets, Sophia leads a competitive a cappella group at JHU and tends to an indoor forest of succulents.
 
As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Sophia will spend the summer of 2018 interning at Blue Origin.