The Zonta Club of Malden is excited to announce the Annual Amelia Earhart Dinner.
As part of their ongoing efforts to empower women, especially in Science and Technology,Zonta International in partnership with Zonta Clubs of Malden and Chelsea will be awarding 3 women a $10,000 fellowship for their Doctoral research.
Our 2022 Fellows that are being honored are:
Adriana Mitchell – Aerospace engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Ms. Mitchell is developing a “smart” solution to the visual navigation problem with NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory by using machine learning to perform visual navigation across different image types, including visual images, thermal images and RADAR images of potential future planetary lander candidates, like Mars, Titan and even Venus, where only RADAR can penetrate the thick atmosphere to image the surface. Her results will help give future missions access to new locations currently unreachable by current visual navigation techniques as well as helping to continue to improve landing accuracy on Mars and the Moon.
Madeleine Schroeder – Aerospace engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
In her doctoral research, Ms. Schroeder will develop and experimentally validate a comprehensive molecular model of the evaporation and fragmentation of ionic liquids to determine why ion clusters
of different sizes are emitted and how these clusters fragment under different conditions. She will design new experimental methods to characterize the effects of cluster emission and fragmentation on propulsive efficiency in addition to other factors that affect system performance. This information will be used to design electrospray hardware and operating conditions that improve propulsive performance and system lifetime.
Ms. Nasr is passionate about increasing global representation and access in the space sector and bringing awareness to nationality-based discrimination in career opportunities for foreign nationals. She is a TEDx talk-featured speaker about this topic and is currently the co-founder of the HUMANS— Humanity United with MIT Art and Nanotechnology in Space—project that creates a symbolic avenue for space access worldwide, and is intended to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) in partnership with the MIT Space Exploration Initiative (SEI).
As part of the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) Space Law & Policy Project Group, she is currently the policy lead for the SGAC Taskforce on U.S. Space Policy. Additionally, she is the lead of the Space Resources and Space Ethics & Human Rights subgroups with the goal of peaceful and equitable use of outer space.
The Annual Dinner will take place at Anthony’s in Malden on January 19, 2023 at 6:30 in the evening. We hope you will join us to learn more about the research and studies of these women in their own words.