Emergent Awards Undergraduate Students 2019 WiRED Scholarships

The Women in Research and Engineering Development (WiRED) program at Emergent Space Technologies, Inc., seeks to promote the retention of women undergraduate students in aerospace engineering and related fields of study, to incentivize them to complete their degree, and to identify, train and recruit bright women engineers as potential future hires for our company. We hope to achieve these goals through two separate components of the program: a scholarship awarded to qualifying women at the start of their Junior year of their undergraduate education and a paid summer internship at an Emergent facility awarded to qualifying women who have completed their Junior year of their aerospace engineering degree. The 2019 WiRED Scholarship recipients listed below will each receive $1,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.

Amanda Siirola

University of Colorado at Boulder

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Amanda is currently a Senior in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder and she is working toward her concurrent degree BS/MS degree in Aerospace Engineering with a focus in Bioastronautics. Amanda has previously interned with Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX with the Education Department developed groundwork for Space Center University’s first balloon satellite program for high school students. She currently works at the Colorado Space Grant Consortium as the Project Manger for the RockOn! Workshop. Over the past four years, Amanda has proudly mentored participants from around the country in building, coding, and preparing payloads for launch on board a Terrier-Improved Orion sounding rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. After she graduates, Amanda wants to help man travel to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

 

Kiara Alvarez

University of Texas

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Kiara is currently pursuing a BS in Aerospace Engineering in conjunction with the Computational Science and Engineering Certificate. Her first two years as an undergraduate have been fruitful, where she was blessed to serve as Chief Engineer of UAV Austin, an Aerospace Organization, and partake in Space Debris research with Dr. Moriba Jah. After college she hopes to join the Aerospace industry with a job related in autonomous vehicles.

 

Lara Buri

University of Colorado, Boulder

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Lara is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently working on structural design and testing for a CubeSat project at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. During the school year, she tutors through the BOLD (Broadening Opportunity through Leadership and Diversity) Center, helping students with their core engineering classes. Lara’s academic and career interests lie in aerodynamics and atmospheric physics and she hopes to eventually land a job in one of those fields. Outside of school, Lara enjoys hiking, camping, and playing the guitar.

 

Katie Steward

University of Colorado, Boulder

Major: Aerospace Engineering

Katie is a junior in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is pursuing the Bachelors and Accelerated Masters program in Aerospace, and will graduate in May 2021 with an Aerospace Bachelor’s degree and an Astrodynamics and Satellite Navigation Masters. Katie have been working at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics for 2 years, and will continue to work there for the next 2 years until she graduates from CU. Katie is a Satellite Command controller, and does real time commanding, contact scheduling, and analysis work on several current and decommissioned NASA missions including QSCAT, SORCE, AIM, MMS, and Kepler. Katie is currently the lead of the SORCE mission, as well as lead of several subsystems across the current missions.