Doctoral student Collette Gillaspie smiling for a photo outside.
Collette Gillaspie organized a group of Texas A&M engineering students to reinvigorate science for a class of fourth graders. | Image: Texas A&M Engineering

When she was 10 years old, Collette Gillaspie caught her first glimpse of a future on Mars. While visiting a nature and science museum during a family road trip, Gillaspie was mesmerized by an exhibit about a Martian habitat, memorizing all the bite-sized facts the information display had to offer and letting her mind imagine what it would be like to visit the red planet. Today, she’s a doctoral student studying aerospace engineering at Texas A&M University and conducting research in the MAESTRO Lab related to habitats and getting humans to the moon and Mars sustainably.