The Spaced Out Doc community is a direct reflection of Michaelyn’s thoughts, experiences, and doctoral research in the space industry. As a woman of color and executive leader in a profession with few people who look like her, her perspective is unique, and her goal is to educate, motivate, and inspire as many human-beings as possible. She believes that women empowerment objectives are not just for women, but rather, these objectives are for everyone to succeed—inclusive business is good business.
Michaelyn is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) executive manager in the aerospace industry based out of California, USA. She is also an esteemed member of the engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, the Maryland Alpha chapter. She has a passion for space exploration, space systems innovation, and STEM education. Michaelyn also serves as the executive sponsor for her company’s women empowerment business resource group which aims to increase the number of women in the aerospace industry. She is also very passionate about community service and she dedicates her spare time to inspire as many girls, women, and all underrepresented groups to pursue STEM education and careers. Michaelyn accomplishes this through community STEM activities, mentorship, and serving as an advisory board member of Society of Women in Space Exploration (SWISE) and serving as an executive mentor for the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship.
Michaelyn first started her aerospace career in 2007 as a contracts administrator on autonomous space programs. In 2009, she transitioned to become a material cost manager for commercial satellite programs. In 2010, Michaelyn became the lead cost estimating and pricing specialist while serving as a cost volume leader and cost/price analyst on government and commercial satellite programs. In 2015, she was afforded the opportunity to serve as the chief of staff to the vice president of government and commercial space programs. Michaelyn began her current executive management position in 2017.
Michaelyn holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor degree in Russian language from California State University, Long Beach; a master of business administration degree from the University of Redlands; and a doctorate degree in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. Her doctoral dissertation is entitled, “Exploring the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) executive management positions in the aerospace industry: Strategies identified by women that enable success.” Her latest publication, “Empowering women to take on STEM leadership positions within the aerospace industry", appeared in the November 2018 issue of STEM for Women Magazine. Michaelyn recently decided to return to graduate school to pursue engineering. She is currently enrolled in the master of science, space systems engineering degree program at Johns Hopkins University, and she is expected to graduate with honors in May 2021.
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