Sydney Bihn named a Brooke Owens Fellow
Sydney Bihn is on track to be the first female graduate of Kent State University’s aerospace engineering program, and now, has been selected as one of only 38 women to be a Brooke Owens Fellow. Bihn’s award also brings recognition to Kent State as new institutional member of the “Brookie Family.”
Created to honor the legacy of space industry pioneer and pilot, Dawn Brooke Owens, the Brooke Owens Fellowship is designed to serve as an inspiration and career boost to select young women who aspire to explore space, and to help humankind.
Bihn was paired with a purpose-driven, paid internship at Kittyhawk in San Francisco as part of her consideration for the award. She also served as a student advocate at Farnborough’s International Airshow in 2018 and attended ThinkChicago.
The lauded recognition attracted hundreds of applications from more than 125 colleges and universities in more than a dozen nations. Through multiple rounds of application reviews and phone interviews, candidates with the best blend of talent, potential, creativity and a commitment to serving their communities were chosen. Top candidates were paired with host institutions for additional interviews. The fellows have an acceptance rate on par with that of a top-25 university, with just 38 new members with alumnae members totaling 114.