Madison Maloney, from Greenville, North Carolina, is pursuing a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford School of Engineering. She graduated from North Carolina State University (NCSU) with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. Madison aspires to contribute to the advancement of space exploration as a researcher, with the ultimate goal of becoming an astronaut. As an intern at the NASA Johnson Space Center, she performed thermal analysis and testing for the heat shield and windows of the Orion spacecraft. She was a research assistant at NCSU’s Systems Design Optimization Lab, research intern at the NASA Langley Research Center, President of the NCSU chapter of Sigma Gamma Tau, and NCSU’s Student Government Director of Athletics. She is a Goldwater Scholar, an Astronaut Scholar, a Coca-Cola Scholar, and a Park Scholar.