For Camille Eddy, there are no limits – not even space. Perhaps this is why she dreams big.
You see, Camille aspires to work, one day, for NASA and contribute to our understanding of the universe. In fact, her passion for space and engineering is unmatched – except, perhaps, in her desire to take advantage of every opportunity while at Boise State. It’s how she’s wired – she cannot imagine doing anything else.
And because of a scholarship she doesn’t have to.
Engineering classes are “no piece of cake” and receiving a scholarship has allowed Camille to focus on her education in and out of the classroom without worrying about money.
Because of her student involvement and incredible accomplishments, Camille had the opportunity of a lifetime when she introduced the president of the United States of America to a crowd of thousands on the Boise State campus.
The president’s message at Boise State was that the country needs to continue to find ways to provide more Americans a college education, to ensure they have the skills and competencies to earn higher wages and continue to lead the world in innovation and creativity.
“And that’s what all of you are doing right here at Boise State, he said. “You heard Camille’s story — she’s a mechanical engineering major. She’s a great example of why we’re encouraging more women and more minorities to study in high-paying fields that traditionally they haven’t always participated in — math and science and engineering and technology. Camille has done research for NASA. She’s gotten real job experience with industry partners. She’s the leader of your Microgravity Team. And, by the way, she’s a sophomore. So by the time she’s done — she might invent time travel by the time she’s done here at Boise,” he said. “But the point is, I want every American to have the kinds of chances that Camille has.”” (Watch the clip here)
Eddy also is a member of the Boise State Space Broncos (a group of students engaged with research and other projects with NASA) and Team Swanson, which worked with NASA astronaut and Boise State Professor of the Practice Steve Swanson while he was the commander of the International Space Station last year. The team created two Education Payload Operation-Demonstrations for Swanson to do on the station and led a live uplink-downlink with the ISS and Swanson.
Eddy was born in Tennessee but lived in Boise for a few years before she started college. She has said that she wanted to take full advantage of the opportunities in college, and along with everything the president mentioned, she also has helped engage Idaho youth in the sciences by presenting ideas at Boise State’s annual STEM Exploration Day, works with young girls to get them into STEM and engineering in various ways, mentors at-risk high school students and helps them prepare for university through Strive for College, has her own web development side business and is involved with multiple professional organizations.
Today, Camille is able to explore Boise State. Tomorrow, she will explore our world. All made possible by a scholarship.