Karolyn Young

Principal Director, Space Superiority Systems Division, The Aerospace Corporation

Karolyn D. Young’s career in Aerospace has spanned over 30 years with technical and programmatic leadership roles at several organizations. Additionally she has championed STEM initiatives in industry and is a mentor of engineering students across the country.

As a former President of the GEM (Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering) Alumni Association, Ms. Young founded an effort for alumni to mentor current fellows and fund GEM fellowships. She is also a member of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Washington Metro Chapter which funds scholarships in engineering and science. Karolyn has served on the AFSAB Operationalizing Space Launch Study Adhoc Committee and the USRA Center for Space Nuclear Research Science Council. She is a corporate science fair judge, keynote, motivational and commencement speaker.

Amongst her many leadership roles, Karolyn has served as orbit analyst for twelve NAVSTAR Global Positioning Satellite System (GPS) missions; mission design and targeting for launch systems; developing system architectures for space and ground systems from concept design through development, deployment and operations; and Principal Director for Space Launch Engineering and Acquisition.

Ms. Young holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Michigan. She is an instructor at The Aerospace Institute and was a guest lecturer at the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Karolyn’s commitment to service and technical achievement has been recognized by The Aerospace Corporation’s Herndon Black Image Award in 2013 and a 2011 Emerald Honors Award for Professional Achievement from the U.S. Black Engineer and Technology Magazine.


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