Empowerment: Making and Shaping History Women in Space Science Keynote 2019

Join us on a journey to explore the significant contributions women have made and are making to space exploration. Over the decades, women have made significant contributions to space science. Their work will be acknowledged and celebrated in a series of events March 19, 22 & March 23, 2019. More information on all events.

All events are free and open to the public. Preregistration for events at the planetarium is required.

Naia Butler-Craig is a graduating senior studying Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Astronautics and minors in applied and computational mathematics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU). She has been admitted into PhD Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering programs at The Georgia Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, and Purdue University. However, following her undergraduate graduation in May of this year, she will be matriculating into the Aerospace Engineering PhD program at Georgia Tech specializing in electric propulsion.

She is also a pathways intern at NASA Glenn Research Center where she has worked her summers on projects ranging from CubeSat nanotechnology to sub-kilowatt electric thrusters. During the school year, she works as a system engineer on a space robotics research project with applications for on-orbit satellite servicing, and space debris mitigation. This summer, however, she will be working in the computational physics department on an astrophysics project at Los Alamos National Labs through the GEM (Graduate Education for Minorities) Fellowship.

Outside of work and academics, Naia has founded the dance team at her university (Embry-Riddle Dancing Eagles) as well as the ERAU chapter of the Society of Women in Space Exploration. For the past 3 years, she has actively volunteered for a STEM and Aviation outreach nonprofit called Dreams Soar. Naia is also active in other professional clubs like the McNair Scholars Program and the National Society of Black Engineers where she recently served on the regional executive board. Through both organizations, Naia has had the opportunity to reach the next generation of STEAM and Aviation professionals but has also sought opportunities to speak, mentor, and guide youth on her own time.

Sponsored by:
University of Louisville Women’s and Gender Studies
University of Louisville Women’s Center
University of Louisville Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium
American Association of University Women, University of Louisville Chapter

Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 4:00pm

Gheens Science Hall Rauch Planetarium
106 W. Brandeis Avenue , Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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American Association of University Women at the University of Louisville
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Jamieca Jones

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