Valerie Bernstein
CU Science Cohort 2021
Aerospace Engineering Sciences

Valerie Bernstein is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering Sciences PhD candidate and a space sustainability enthusiast! She explores aerodynamic drag and atmospheric density modeling to advance our satellite drag forecasting capabilities. This is important for protecting our technology in space, especially as we try to navigate the space junk problem. She strives to use her research and education experiences to promote engagement with and accessibility of Earth and space science, especially for non-technical or younger audiences. Ask her about her space plasma mini-golf design! On campus she helps to run an annual science communication workshop as well as an interdisciplinary STEM seminar series for CU graduate students because she loves to hear what other people find inspiring about their scientific fields.