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Meet a Shocker: Brittany Wojciechowski

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Brittany Wojciechowski is currently working for Jacobs Space Exploration Group doing
contract work for the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. She
was also a featured guest in the May 2023 episode of President Rick Muma’s “Forward Together” podcast. While at WSU, Brittany conducted numerous research projects, including as part of the AeroFeathers team. She will receive her Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering this fall as a first-gen
student.

Brittany is one of more than 1,300 students eligible for fall 2023 graduation. Learn
more about her time at Wichita State and what’s next for the grad.


Hometown

St Louis, Missouri

Major

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

What made you choose Wichita State University?

I chose Wichita State University because, when I visited while I was in high school,
I fell in love with the campus.

What has been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?

My biggest challenge was being away from my family for extended periods of time. It
was difficult to be on my own for the first time. I overcame the challenge by joining
events for new students where I met the wonderful friends I have now. I found my own
Shocker family away from home.

What’s your favorite off-campus location in Wichita?

My favorite off-campus location in Wichita was the Wichita Public Library, specifically
the Advanced Learning Library location. It was not until my final year that I got
a library card, but it quickly became my favorite place.

If you could choose a song to play when you walk across the stage at graduation, what
would it be?

If I could choose a song to play while I walk, it would be “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers.
This was my class song in first grade, and it really resonates with me. It would feel
fitting to bring it back at my college graduation.

What are your plans after graduation?

I already accepted a job with Jacobs Space Exploration Group, and I have already started
working with them. I am a contractor supporting NASA Marshall and their projects.
It is super exciting.

What advice would you give other Wichita State students?

My biggest advice to other WSU students is to reach out when you need help. Thankfully,
I had wonderful friends and faculty members that I could comfortably talk to about
the issues I was facing in my personal life, as well as academics (shout out to Angela
Blackerby and Alicia Newell for all the advice and help they have given me throughout
the years). Find those people that you feel comfortable going to for help, and you
will find that the problems you are facing are not impossible to overcome.


About Wichita State University

Wichita State University is Kansas’ only urban public research university, enrolling
more than 23,000 students between its main campus and WSU Tech, including students
from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 countries. Wichita State and WSU Tech
are recognized for being student centered and innovation driven.

Located in the largest city in the state with one of the highest concentrations in
the United States of jobs involving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM),
Wichita State University provides uniquely distinctive and innovative pathways of
applied learning, applied research and career opportunities for all of our students.

The Innovation Campus, which is a physical extension of the Wichita State University main campus, is one
of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing research/innovation parks, encompassing
over 120 acres and is home to a number of global companies and organizations.

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