Nicole Leong

Nicole LeongEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Aviation Finance

Since my early teenage years, I have been fascinated with the fields of aviation and aerospace. This interest led me to pursue a university education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), widely regarded as the world's leader in aerospace education. Situated relatively near the university in Florida is the Kennedy Space Centre, which has afforded me the privilege of viewing several launches ‘live’. At ERAU, I completed my undergraduate career in Aeronautics with minors in Aeronautical Studies, Air Traffic Control, and Business Administration. I was also a member of the Honors Program, working on several research projects with faculty on topics such as turbines in aircraft engines, quantitative methods in mathematics, and runway excursions in air traffic management. Currently, I am pursuing a graduate degree in Aviation Finance at ERAU, while employed as a research assistant to selected business faculty.

Besides attending class and doing research, I am a private pilot working on my instrument rating. As a member of ERAU’s Eagles Flight Team, I have been given the opportunity to represent the university and participate in various regional and national competitions organized by the National Intercollegiate Flying Association. I am also a member of Women in Aviation International, and recently attended the annual conference in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

I am extremely grateful to NASA for allowing me to be a part of the Academy and very much look forward to it this summer, I expect that it will be an experience to remember for life.