Stephanie Meyen
Stephanie Meyen
Laser/Optics Engineer, Advanced Scientific Concepts

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Biography
Hi. When I was young, I always wanted to become a researcher or explorer and I was fascinated by all sciences, but especially astronomy. So my dream was to work in a field that has something to do with space. In the end I became an optical engineer (it has little to do with making glasses, but everything with light). My life took me into solar energy research in Germany and Spain first, but moving to the USA made me switch completely to working with lasers. Now I am actually designing and building lasers for 3D Flash LIDAR cameras that go onto space vessels. They map landing sites for example or guide the docking maneuver to the Space Station. My first one launched in September 2016 with the OSIRIS-Rex mission to meet an asteroid. Although I love my job, I also make it a point to have enough time for my family and my many other interests like photography, arts, traveling, hiking and biking.
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Education
Master of Engineering in Physical Optics University of Applied Sciences, Cologne, Germany
Volunteer Opportunities
  • I am willing to be contacted by educators for possible speaking engagements in schools or in after school programs or summer camps.
  • I am willing to serve as science fair judge or other temporary volunteer at a local school.