Brittany Zimmerman received her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from the Milwaukee School Of Engineering (MSOE) in 2011. After graduation she worked for Rockwell Collins as an Aerospace Systems Engineer on avionic systems and cockpit integration. She began working towards her M.S. Space Studies as an online student while at Rockwell until the spring semester of 2015 when she left her job and moved onto campus full-time in order to utilize the campus facilities for her thesis. She is graduating in May 2016 with a focus on closed-loop ecological systems for long duration spaceflight.