Skylar Eiskowitz ME'19 Receives Brooke Owens Fellowship

POSTED ON: February 20, 2018


Junior mechanical engineering student Skylar Eiskowitz is one of 41 students nationwide selected for the 2018 Brooke Owens Fellowship Program. The program awards internships and mentorships to exceptional undergraduate women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration. As a fellow, Eiskowitz has been awarded a paid summer internship at Avascent, one of the nation's leading aerospace companies.

“The Brooke Owens Fellowship represents an opportunity to learn more about the aerospace industry,” she says. “The rigor balanced with the inspirational friends and professors that we collaborate with on a daily basis at The Cooper Union has already taught me so much, and I am excited to learn more from other fellows, mentors, and co-workers at Avascent.”

In addition to paid summer work experience, each fellow is paired with a hand-selected, senior aerospace professional to serve as her mentor. For 2018, mentors include the most recent NASA Administrator, NASA's former Chief Scientist, several CEOs as well as commercial, international and U.S. Government astronauts. All mentors are selected based on their contributions to aerospace and their commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders.

The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program was founded to honor the memory of space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot D. Brooke Owens and to create a cohort of young women interested in aviation and space who have the knowledge and relationships to enter the workforce and advance a positive future in their spirit.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.