Dr Emily Arnold

Dr Emily Arnold, Gender Summit 5 Africa Speaker

Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering Department, University of Kansas, USA.

Knowledge Exchange Forum: Gender, Technology and Communities of the Future

Dr Emily Arnold is an assistant professor in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Kansas, and she is the first female faculty member in the department’s 75 year history. Dr Arnold’s research interests include multifunctional structures, airborne platform sensor integration, remote sensing, and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). She received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering in 2009 and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2013, both from the University of Kansas. After receiving her PhD, she joined the MITRE Corporation where she worked on the Air Force’s BACN (Battlefield Airborne Communication Node) E-11A program before returning to Kansas.  

Dr Arnold is both an Amelia Earhart Fellow and NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. As a PhD student she played an important role at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) in developing NASA’s DC-8 and P-3 polar flying laboratories. Now back at the University of Kansas as a faculty member, she is continuing her collaboration with CReSIS, a National Science Foundation (NSF) Science and Technology Center (STC), in developing the next generation of polar remote sensing platforms and sensors.