In partnership with Columbia, Intuitive Machines is testing the limits of the sportswear company's innovations by sending Omni-Heat™ infinity to the Moon to protect our Nova-C lunar lander from the extreme temperatures of outer space.
The Intuitive Machines and Columbia Sportswear Advancing Women in Technology Program
Intuitive Machines has teamed with Columbia Sportswear and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University to support outstanding women in STEM. The new "Intuitive Machines and Columbia Sportswear Advancing Women in Technology Program" at Embry-Riddle will provide scholarships and fellowship opportunities to uplift undergraduate and graduate students in STEM-related fields. The program launches in the fall of 2023 and is expected to support approximately a dozen scholarships for undergraduate as well as graduate students at Embry-Riddle. The selection process begins in Spring 2023.
Please direct scholarship and fellowship inquiries to Dbcoe@erau.edu.
Supporting Women in STEM
Inspired by the Embry-Riddle engineering students who designed and built EagleCam, a small camera that will deploy from the lander on its descent to the Moon's surface to capture the historic landing, Columbia and Intuitive Machines want to help open doors for more women to enter fields in science, technology, engineering, and math.
One woman in STEM, Taylor M. Yow, will become a part of science history when Intuitive Machines' first Moon landing takes place. Technology that Yow helped decelop as part of Embry Riddle's EagleCam team will be one of the first American satellites to touch the lunar surface since 1972.
Initiatives like the "Intuitive Machines and Columbia Sportswear Advancing Women in Technology Program" are critically needed to help inspire more women like Yow, who plans to pursue an Engineering Ph.D. next. Womens' participation in engineering and computer science remains low, and across all STEM fields, fewer women than men earn doctorate degrees, according to the National Science Foundation.
"To other women who dream of STEM careers," Yow said, "You can do it."
Taylor M. Yow, Embry-Riddle graduate student
Image Credit: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
A graduate student pursuing a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Yow said she never would have made it to Embry-Riddle without financial support. "I would not have been able to pursue my dream without scholarships, awards, and grants," said the Niceville, Florida native. "I'm so grateful to the organizations that have made it possible for me to become and Aerospace Engineer."