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. Our 2021 WiRED Scholarship recipients, listed below, will each receive a $1,000 stipend.
Isabella is a junior at the Pennsylvania State University majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering with minors in Entrepreneurship and IST for Aerospace Engineers. Isabella is passionate about propulsion in both aviation and space and is particularly interested in turbomachinery and pursues this interest through undergraduate research. On campus, she is involved in the Society of Women Engineers, where she is the Officer of Member Relations, the engineering sorority Phi Sigma Rho, and STEM Outreach programs. In the past, she has interned at SpaceX as a Build Reliability Engineering Intern for propulsion components and Lockheed Martin Space as a Design and Test Engineering Intern. Her other interests include traveling (she is studying abroad in Spain in Spring 2022!), hiking, backpacking, and skydiving, where she is a licensed skydiver.
Grace is a junior pursuing a BS in aerospace engineering at the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State University. She is passionate about promoting environmental sustainability within the aerospace industry, and she is particularly interested in space structures and sustainable deep space exploration. Over the summer, Grace had the opportunity to work with the Penn State Advanced Composites & Engineered Materials Group to improve the interlaminar fracture toughness of carbon nanotube reinforced epoxy composites. She will continue to work in this lab during the remainder of her undergraduate experience and will write a thesis based on her research. Grace is also a member of the student chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and is working on the design of a glider for the AIAA Design, Build, Fly challenge. In her free time, she enjoys running, dancing, watching movies, and reading.
Rebekah Geil is a 3rd year student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is currently pursuing a BS in Aerospace Engineering. Rebekah has completed internships with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Tietronix Software, and she is currently interning at the Kennedy Space Center in the systems engineering field. She hopes to pursue a career in flight operations upon graduation.
“Emergent is committed to the academic success of women in aerospace engineering programs and we are impressed by the creative applications and strong academic records of this year’s award recipients. Emergent recognizes strength in diversity and we know that having diverse teams leads to better solutions for our customers. We hope this award encourages these women to continue pursuing their academic and professional goals in the aerospace industry and that they emerge as inspirational leaders for the next generation of aerospace engineers.” said Jaime Kline, Director of Technical Services.