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Systems engineer for JWST,
space sustainability researcher, and
advocate for women in STEM

Hi! I'm Katie Melbourne. I grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa and
now work and attend graduate school in Boulder, Colorado.
With a combined interest in technical and political analysis,
my career goals involve working toward the development of space through
engineering innovation, political advocacy, and public education.


This guide is designed for anyone interested in
astronomy, aerospace, or policy to understanding
the variety of opportunities available in the industry.

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Space Sustainability Research and
Ball Aerospace

I am currently balancing a full-time position at Ball Aerospace while pursuing my PhD in aerospace engineering part-time at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Observational Astronomy and
Experimental Physics Research

During my three summers of research experience, I gained essential technical skills that I will apply to my future work in science and beyond.

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Space Policy and
STEM Education

I have explored my interests in science policy and in improving the educational experience in STEM classrooms through an internship at NASA and other positions.

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Outreach and
Community Involvement

Along with public outreach and supporting other women in STEM, I am an active member of the community on campus as a leader in various student-run organizations.

Writing and Featured Articles

Explore below for a sample of recent articles,
class reports, and guest blog posts
relevant to my mission in STEM.