May 29, 2016

Go Inverted’s Chelsea Stein Engberg Awarded 2011-2012 AAUW Grant

AAUW Career Development Grant to Help Aviation Student Pursue Goals

Since 1973, AAUW Has Aided Hundreds of Women

Grant Recipient Chelsea Stein Engberg

WASHINGTON – The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has awarded a 2011–12 Career Development Grant to Chelsea Stein Engberg of Santa Cruz, CA. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science focusing on Human Factors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

AAUW originally designed Career Development Grants to offer “encouragement” funding to members seeking to renew or resume academic work for credit toward career or employment advancement. The grants now help women preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce.

Chelsea said, “I was so excited to find out I was chosen to receive such an amazing award. The AAUW grant will allow me to complete my degree without incurring more debt and set the stage for me to continue on into a PhD program. By moving forward in the fields of aviation and safety I hope that I can pave the way for future generations in a fast-paced and high-pressure field that can reach well beyond aviation into other fields such as medicine, maritime, and even corporate settings where safety and efficiency are of the utmost importance.”

Chelsea was born and raised in Auburn, CA and attended the University of California Davis where she completed her pre-med classes and graduated with a degree in history. She is now an FAA Certified Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor living in Santa Cruz, CA. Chelsea teaches aerobatics along with primary and advanced flight training and is competitive aerobatic pilot around the central coast and San Francisco Bay Area. In February Chelsea graduated from the United States Navy’s Aviation Safety Officer’s School in Pensacola, FL as one of very few civilians to do so. Her professional goals focus on competition aerobatics as well as flight and safety instruction. She reaches out to pilots and anyone else interested through her website,, where she blogs about numerous topics and experiences including being a centrifuge research subject, aviation history, safety, and how to manage under pressure and high stress situations. She considers her passion, work and education a 3-fold way to help others succeed through dedication and determination.

“The AAUW Career Development Grant recipients are exceptional women breaking new ground, pursuing important fields of study, and bolstering AAUW’s mission to advance equity for women and girls,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW director of fellowships, grants, and international programs. “AAUW is proud to support these women who see education as a gateway to a better life for themselves and their families,”

The 2011–12 Career Development Grant recipients are an impressive group of women representing a diverse range of career interests and fields of study, including public administration, environmental health, mathematics, nursing, psychology, and industrial design.

AAUW offers one of the largest funding pools available for graduate-level women. Since 1888, AAUW has provided more than $90 million to 11,000 fellows and grantees. Read our press release  about this year’s awards.

To view the directory of fellowship and grant recipients, visit

To reach an award recipient, contact AAUW at 202/728-7602 or


The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding 130 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.