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Alumna Emily Beckman Wins 20 Twenties Award

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Emily Beckman

In 2020, MABE alumna Emily Beckman (BS ’18) was recognized as one of Tomorrow’s Technology Leaders: The 20 Twenties by Aviation Week Network in collaboration with the American institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

The award recognizes students earning STEM degrees who are nominated by their universities on the basis of their academic performance, civic contribution, and research or design project.

Beckman was nominated for the award by Purdue University while pursuing her master’s degree in aerospace, aeronautical, and astronautical engineering. Her research focused on modeling slosh in small-satellite conformal tanks.

“I was excited to receive the 20 twenties award,” said Beckman. “I remember seeing the yearly winners when I was in undergrad, and never really expected to be awarded myself.”

While at UT, Beckman was very active with UT’s student chapter of AIAA and was a member of the RASC-AL Mars Ice Challenge competition team. She completed summer internships at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center Robotics Academy and Goddard Space Flight Center, and the UT Space Institute.

She was mentored by Professor of Aerospace Engineering and H.H. Arnold Chair John Schmisseur and Jessie Rogers Zeanah Faculty Fellow Stephanie TerMaath, who she credits for spring-boarding her career.

Beckman completed her degree at Purdue in December and is now working as a propulsion engineer on the Europa Clipper mission at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.