Degree: BS in Business and Engineering
Class Year: 2015
Position and Employer: Hardware Buyer, SpaceX
As a LeBow Business and Engineering student, Mathilde Berger was a member of a Drexel undergraduate team that took part in Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts-Academic Linkage (RASC-AL), a prestigious annual student competition. Sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), the competition aims to challenge engineering students to perform research and design projects based on problems and themes provided by NASA experts.
Berger’s team was selected to present their concept to NASA in Cocoa Beach, FL. Berger, the only non-engineering student on the team, earned her place as a result of her business experience and work with the STAR (Students Tackling Advanced Research) Scholars Program. STAR aims to involve high-achieving first-year students in research initiatives. Berger’s STAR Scholars work involved investigating the legal, political and economic challenges facing space debris remediation and proposing solutions to these problems.
While at Drexel, she completed three co-ops, working at MEI, Merck and Johnson & Johnson and served as the president of the Drexel chapter of the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE). After graduation, she accepted a position as a hardware buyer at SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk that designs, manufactures and launches the world’s most advanced rockets and spacecraft.