Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan

Climate & Space Student Ambassadors

Connect with a Student Ambassador to ask questions about Climate & Space. They can answer questions about professors, majors, student organizations, and campus life in general.

Kitty Ascrizzi is a sophomore studying Space Engineering. She discovered her interest in space instrumentation while taking Rocket Science 101 and an Engineering 100 section focused on weather balloons. Kitty is involved in the Michigan Mars Rover Team, a design team whose task is to design, build, and test a Mars rover for an annual competition in Utah. She is also a member of the Michigan Running Club and Phi Sigma Rho Engineering Sorority. Over the summer, she spent six weeks studying Spanish Language, Industry, and Culture as well as Micro-robotics in the Basque region of Spain. Kitty is always available for coffee or a run to talk about the CLaSP department, how she chose her engineering major, and anything space-related! Email Kitty Ascrizzi at

Ben Greaves is a first year master's student in the "Master of Engineering Degree in Space Engineering" program focusing on bioastronautics and life support systems. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a B.S.E. in mechanical engineering with a minor in astrophysics and spent the past summer as an Engineering Intern for Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch+), a New York-based startup working with NASA to develop architecture for a martian habitat.

At the University of Michigan, Ben is a student lead with the Bioastronautics and Life Support Systems (BLiSS) team working to develop various human space flight habitat and hardware prototypes. He chose Michigan's CLaSP department for the exciting curriculum as well as for the opportunity to work with faculty to develop his ability to apply for and win project grants. Throughout his undergraduate career at Michigan, Ben was a part of a hip-hop dance crew as well as engaging in various volunteer projects. He is more than happy to speak with you on topics such as Climate & Space and life as a graduate student. Email Ben Greaves at

Emily Judd is a second year PhD student in the Climate and Space department, where she is exploring Venus through atmospheric modeling. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2016 with degrees in Aerospace Engineering and Music Performance. Emily’s previous research includes a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) on automating wind turbine blade manufacturing and a NASA internship focusing on developing nanocomposite materials. Outside of academics, she enjoys working on spacecraft projects, including CubeSats and amateur rockets. Most recently, Emily was involved with the Michigan Bicentennial Archive (M-BARC) project, a CubeSat time capsule. She also participates in STEM outreach events with the Graduate Society of Women Engineers, the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, and Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS). In addition, Emily remains an active performer, playing horn in the Michigan Pops Orchestra and the Campus Orchestras. She is excited to talk to you about the Climate and Space department and life as a University of Michigan graduate student. Email Emily at
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