Kaitlyn O’Donnell is a social media maven from a small beach town in central New Jersey. Her love of fashion and beauty developed at a young age which only continued to grow stronger as she got older. She attended Red Bank Catholic High School where she was Vice President of the RBC Fashion Club which enabled her to co-organize a “Go Green” Fashion Show, allowing designers to utilize only recycled materials in their creations.
Kaitlyn then went on to earn a B.A. in Mass Communication and Journalism from Miami University of Ohio. After hanging up her cleats as a D1 Softball Player, she was elected to the Miami University Club of Fashion and Design’s Executive Board. While on the Executive Board, Kaitlyn co-produced annual fashion shows, worked with the College of Creative Arts to implement a Fashion Design Minor and established connections with brands in the fashion and beauty industry.
Currently Kaitlyn is a social media assistant for a digital platform where she is able to write about all things involving fashion, beauty and celeb-related topics. She is overwhelmed with excitement to be able to share the message behind The Science Line with the rest of the world through social media!
Emily Judd discovered her passion for science by reading many science fiction books, especially the Tom Swift, Jr. series, and attending a two-week science camp during middle school that included hunting for fossils and hands-on chemical analysis. She went to the University of Central Florida where she majored in Aerospace Engineering and Music Performance. This combination of studies led her to conduct outreach in integrating the arts with STEM fields and encouraging young girls to pursue careers in science and engineering.
After successful internships at Iowa State University on automating wind turbine blade manufacturing and NASA Langley Research Center on creating new nanocomposite materials, Emily discovered that she enjoyed the opportunities available in research and development. She is now working towards her Ph.D. in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan (UM) with research interests in planetary atmospheres, astrodynamics, and aerospace structures and materials.
Outside of her studies, Emily is involved with Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) as a past SEDS-USA Chair of the Council of Chapters. Additionally, she is co-teaching a workshop series, Wonders of Flight, through the Detroit Educational Pre-College Educational Program (DAPCEP). She also assists with outreach events through the graduate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (GradSWE) and participates in professional development events through Tau Beta Pi. Emily remains active in music, performing on horn in the UM Campus Symphony Orchestra and the Michigan Pops Orchestra.
Christina Heston grew up in Malvern, PA where she attended Great Valley High School. After high school Christina went on to attend Miami University (OH) where she walked on to the Universities Division I field hockey team as a goalie. The team went on to win several conference titles and one NCAA tournament appearance. Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, was inducted into the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Fraternity her senior year, and graduated Cum Laude. Christina now works at L.F. Driscoll, in Philadelphia, as an MEP Estimator. Besides working she is currently a youth field hockey coach and an avid Crossfitter. Christina has also recently started a small business making and selling candles. As a woman in engineering she sees first hand the lack of female presence in S.T.E.M. fields, her M.E. graduating class had roughly 11 females, and she is currently the only female in her department. Christina is really excited to be working with The Science Line and truly believes in the positive impact it can have on the future of women in S.T.E.M.
Cameron enjoys sharing his enthusiasm for science communication by being an active volunteer in many organizations, including the NewSpace Conference, the International Space Development Conference, and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal for Undergraduate Materials Research, a peer-reviewed journal designed for students seeking their first publication.
A current graduate student at Virginia Tech where he studies materials science and engineering, Cameron has had experiences with small companies in the space industry. His senior capstone project focused on the use of aerogel fabrics as an insulating layer in spacesuits. This was a follow up to his work at Orbital Outfitters, a spacesuit company, where he supported the development and 3D printing of a new style of wrist-ring, as well as managed the fabrication of an internal frame for a spaceplane exhibit, which currently hangs in Midland International airport.
In addition to his research, Cameron works as a part-time guitar technician at a local music store. In his free time, he also enjoys playing guitar, cooking and running, as well as finding outlets for his love of planning and logistics.