Brooke Owens Fellow, Class of 2019
Kent State University, Aerospace Engineering, '20
Host Institution: Kitty Hawk
Mentor: George Nield
Sydney Bihn is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at Kent State University in Ohio where she is on track to become the first woman engineering graduate in Kent State’s history.
Originally pursuing a degree in Middle Childhood Education with a concentration in mathematics and science at Kent State, Sydney’s passion for learning about women’s contributions in STEM, enticed her to become one of the women making contributions in STEM. The aerospace industry, with its vast career opportunities, and engineering, combining her love of math with applications to real world problems, proved the perfect combination. She changed her major to aerospace engineering, hit the ground running, and hasn’t looked back.
Sydney already has a long list of accomplishments since coming into KSU’s engineering program. In her first semester as an engineering major, Sydney found and secured an engineering internship at Prince and Izant Companies in Parma, Ohio. She has worked with another Brooke Owen’s Fellow, Kayla Watson, to establish the requirements for an Unmanned Aircraft Safety City for the state. She briefed the project to the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Council in April 2018 and at Ohio Aerospace Day in December 2018. Sydney was selected to attend the Farnborough International Air Show in the United Kingdom in July of 2018 as a student ambassador to Kent State. She was also one of 200 students nationwide selected to attend the “ThinkChicago: Chicago Ideas Week” in October 2018.
Sydney is also involved at her university as a member of the university’s high-power rocket design team, which placed first in the launch phase of the 2018 Midwest High-Power Rocket Competition and fourth overall out of 18 teams. For the upcoming Spring 2019 semester, Sydney is working on an unmanned aircraft systems design project to enhance her understanding of the UAS platforms prior to her Kitty Hawk internship. Sydney has also proved to be a capable researcher, as a member of the Honors College, Sydney has spent two semesters on an undergraduate research project conducting wind tunnel testing on various airfoils for renewable energy wind turbine applications.