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  • Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2017

  • University of Central Florida, Aerospace Engineering ‘18

  • Host Institution: Orbital ATK

  • Mentor: Ellen Stofan

Sumayya graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering in December 2018 and is currently working as a Systems Engineer for Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (formerly Orbital ATK). Sumayya works on internal research and development (IRAD) projects within the Space Systems Group. Throughout college, Sumayya was highly active in the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, including serving as Chair for the 2017 SpaceVision national conference and served as the SEDS-UCF president for the 2017-18 term. She continues her involvement in the organization as the SEDS Sat-2 project manager.

Before becoming a fellow, Sumayya worked as a Research Associate in UCF's Center for Microgravity Research as well as a Quality Analyst for Lockheed Martin. As a Brooke Owens Fellow, she worked at Orbital ATK as a Systems Engineer, where she had the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge robotics development for a robotic in-space manufacturing and assembly project. Sumayya enjoyed her experience at Orbital ATK so much that she interned with them again the next summer and later accepted a full-time offer from them upon graduating college.