Student Spotlight: Sydney Maller

Sydney Maller Walking
Meet Sydney! 

Sydney Maller is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering major from Van Wert, Ohio. She is also pursuing a minor in sustainability. Her passion for hands-on design, combined with her love of space exploration was her inspiration in choosing Aerospace Engineering as her major. 

"The best part about my major is all the different things I can do with it," Sydney said. "I can really make a difference in our future." She plans to make a difference as a Sustainable Spacecraft Designer, where she could have the opportunity to work with Advanced Development Programs translating design concepts into mockups, testbeds and prototypes of next-generation, design-forward spacecraft and habitats. She will have the ability to apply technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to revolutionize safe spaceflight.

When Sydney is not in class, she can be found serving the College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) as the Undergraduate Student Senator, applying classroom knowledge to design and build rockets with the High Powered Rocket Team, or in the DI Hub creating and perfecting her craft in the student Makerspaces. Her favorite non-major course so far has been American Sign Language, and she has been to 4 of the 7 continents. 

Sydney is very excited about the future of the CAE. "I am most excited to see the building expansion," she said. "We will be able to use new machines and technology. There will be space for more research and collaboration. I cannot wait!" 

"If I had to share one piece of advice with other students it would be to not live your life day-to-day trying to just by. Get ahead of your schedule and steer it in the direction you want it to go." 

We are so proud of Sydney and her contributions to the CAE. To learn more about why Aerospace Engineering at Kent State University, please visit

POSTED: Monday, February 21, 2022 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 2:44pm