Nadia Numa

Nadia Numa

Ph.D. Student
School of Aeronautics and Astronautics 
Graduate Assistant
Minority Engineering Program


Nadia Numa, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, received her Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a concentration in Propulsion and a minor in International Relations in December 2015. During her undergraduate studies, Nadia participated in various organizations that afforded her the opportunity to serve the surrounding communities through programs and outreach. As the Vice-President of Society of Women Engineers, a Senator/Parliamentarian in National Society of Black Engineers, and a McNair Scholar, Nadia led and participated in education programs and outreach events to encourage women and minority students to consider a career in STEM.

In May 2019, Nadia received a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University with a focus on experimental plasma-assisted combustion. Simultaneously, Nadia became an active member of the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA), AAE Graduate Women Gatherings (GWG), and Women in Aerospace (WiA) where she held leadership positions and aided in planning events such as the Amelia Earhart Aerospace Summit. Nadia has also volunteered at Purdue Space Day (PSD), encouraging STEM education among students in grades 3-8.

Nadia is currently a Ph.D. student in Astrodynamics and Space Applications at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering and is a member of Kathleen Howell's Multibody Dynamics Research Group. Her current research focuses on trajectory design and optimization for cislunar missions requiring the use of propellant depots.

Nadia’s professional experiences include internships at both General Electric and Boeing Company. Following her undergraduate studies, Nadia worked as a Propulsion Product Development engineer with a focus on engine nacelle design and engine-airplane integration at Boeing. She also worked as a mission architecture associate engineer at SpaceX in 2018 – a role where she worked with the Mission Assurance Team to ensure both flight and mission reliability for five commercial space missions.

Nadia hopes to continue to serve the community through teaching programs and outreach events to further MEP’s vision and mission. She hopes to engage and encourage minority students to pursue their passions while leveraging the skills obtained from their STEM education.

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