SPHS Alumna Selected 2023 Brooke Owens Fellow

Jolene Lee, a graduate of SPHS Class of 2021 is selected for a prestigious fellowship.

PHOTO: BOF | South Pasadenan.com News | Jolene Lee, 2023 Brooke Owen Fellow

The Brooke Owens Fellowship—a nationally-acclaimed nonprofit program recognizing exceptional undergraduate women and gender minorities with space and aviation internships, senior mentorship, and a lifelong professional network—announces its Class of 2023 Brooke Owens Fellows.

Jolene Lee, a sophomore at Stanford University majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, was one of 47 “Brookie” Fellows selected for the seventh class.

The Fellows were selected through a fair and extremely competitive application process involving written and creative submissions, interviews with the Fellowship’s leadership team and its close network, and interviews with leading aerospace employers from across multiple sectors in the US aerospace industry. They were chosen based on their incredible talent, desire to pursue a career in aerospace, stand-out creative abilities, record of leadership and most importantly commitment to their communities.

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During her time at Stanford, Jolene has nurtured her interest in aerospace through the Stanford Student Space Initiative with the Mars and Rockets team. As the Mars co-lead, she helped engineer and launch a payload to the International Space Station as part of the NASA Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS) program. As a Taiwanese American, she is also passionate about uplifting minority women in STEM through inclusive STEM education.

The Brooke Owens Fellowship was founded in 2016 to honor the memory of beloved industry pioneer and accomplished pilot D. Brooke Owens, who passed away in June 2016 at the age of 35, after a hard-fought battle with cancer. The Brooke Owens Fellowship celebrates its ongoing mission and legacy of disrupting the historical gender imbalance in the aerospace industry by continuing its mission to provide opportunities and access to talented young professionals from women and gender minorities from all backgrounds.

As a 2023 Brooke Owens Fellow, Jolene can’t wait to work as a Propulsion Engineer intern with Relativity Space in Long Beach, CA. During this time, she hopes to make space exploration and travel more accessible and sustainable with Relativity’s unique metal 3D printing capabilities.