Ms. Richa Patel is a December 2018 graduate from North Carolina State University where she earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a B.S. in Political Science. Prior to working at SMI, Ms. Patel was an intern at the Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser, on Capitol Hill for Representative Alma Adams (NC-12), and for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. During her time at NC State, Ms. Patel was a Park Scholar for the merits of scholarship, leadership, character, and service and served as a senator in her university’s student government. As a Junior Associate, Ms. Patel brings her passion for aerospace and defense policy and her energetic work ethic.