Young Professional Profile February 2019


Kaela-MartinName: Kaela Martin

Eden Prairie, MN 

Currently lives in 
Prescott, AZ 


  • B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University
  • B.S. Mathematics, Iowa State University
  • M.A. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Ph.D. Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Purdue University

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

Job Description
As an assistant professor in aerospace engineering, I teach undergraduate courses in space mechanics and space systems.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?             
An accountant since my dad was an accountant and then a historian before I realized I don't enjoy reading history books.

How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now? 
A viable commercial space industry with commercial orbital space flights. Long-term human presence beyond low Earth orbit and more robotic spacecraft exploring planets beyond Earth 

One insightful fact you want everyone to know:     
Leadership is not just about putting out fires but confronting them before they start. 

Professional Interests: 
Engineering education, satellite dynamics, space systems

Rock climbing, mountain biking, and cooking delicious meals