Out of this world! Space exploration with Naia Butler-Craig

For the third week of Black History Month, we welcome Naia Butler-Craig (@astronaia), a graduating senior studying Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Astronautics and minors in applied and computational mathematics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Naia is also a pathways intern at NASA Glenn Research center where she works summers on projects ranging from CubeSat nanotechnology to sub-kilowatt electric thrusters. During the school year, she works as a systems engineer on a space robotics research project with applications for on-orbit satellite servicing, and space debri mitigation. This summer, she will be working in the computational physics department on an astrophysics project at Los Alamos National Labs. Outside of work and academics, Naia has founded the dance team at her university as well as a local ERAU chapter of the Society of Women in Space Exploration. She volunteers for a STEM and Aviation outreach nonprofit called Dreams Soar, and is active in other professional clubs like the National Society of Black Engineers. When asked to tell us about her perfect day off, she responded, “I really enjoy movies, reading with my puppy, yoga, and eating fruit so whenever my day is comprised of all those things, it would be a perfect day.”

Please welcome Naia Butler-Craig to RealScientists!

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