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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 is a Senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Central Florida. Her path to a STEM career began in high school, when working with her FIRST Robotics team helped her discover that robotics was her calling.

In college, Sumayya has been highly active in the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, including serving as Chair for the 2017 Spacevision national conference, which set the record for the largest student attendance of any SpaceVision conference. She has also worked as a Research Associate in UCF's Center for Microgravity Research, as well as as a Quality Analyst for Lockheed Martin.

As a Brooke Owens Fellow, Sumayya worked at Orbital ATK as a Systems Engineer, where she had the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge robotics development for a very new robotic in-space manufacturing and assembly project. Sumayya ran trade studies, modeled systems with SysML, and even delved a little into developing the computer vision system for part of the robot.

Upon graduating this Spring, Sumayya will returning to Orbital ATK full time to be a part of their robotics internal research and development (IRAD) team. She is also serving as Chair of the Space Frontier Foundation's NewSpace 2018 conference.