Katherine Wilson’s interests in space and public health were cultivated through opportunities with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Minnesota Department of Health, and Dr. Douglas Fantz’s lab (Agnes Scott College). After earning a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College, she came to the University of Minnesota to pursue her interest in electrical engineering and human spaceflight. Through coursework, participation in the University’s CanSat team, and other science outreach opportunities, Katherine is gaining experience with design reviews, troubleshooting, working with team members to integrate systems across multiple disciplines, and mentoring future students in STEM. She plans to apply her B.E.E. degree to advance space technology. With the help of the Boeing scholarship, Katherine hopes to make the most of the opportunities at the University.
Adeola Isola moved to Minnesota from Lagos, Nigeria four years ago. She started her journey towards an engineering degree at the Anoka Ramsey Community College, and having earned her associate’s degree there, transferred to the University of Minnesota to earn a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. She says, “Having electricity is a privilege back home [in Nigeria], so this has been one of my greatest motivations. I want to find the most efficient and best way to help the power systems back home.” Recently, Adeola was appointed secretary of the Women in Engineering (WIE) student group. She hopes to create a project that WIE could assemble and exhibit in middle and high schools to demonstrate to female students how much women can contribute to engineering, and to encourage them to consider a career in engineering. Her future goal is to find “better ways to get electricity to as [many] people as needed in Nigeria so having electricity can become more of a lifestyle [and] not a privilege.”