She may still be too young to rent a car, but Jennifer Domanowski soon will be working on a spacecraft with a destination of more than 365 million miles away.

With graduation just around the corner, Domanowski already has landed a position with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a materials process engineer.

“Growing up I wanted to be a doctor, but when I realized I didn’t like blood and I had to figure something else out I had a sort of ‘high school life’ crisis.”

She was recruited to Boise State for the women’s swimming and diving team and helped them win a Mountain West Conference Championship during her sophomore year. She then traded her towel for a lab coat and jumped into research. After racking up several scholarships, awards and leadership positions across campus, Domanowski set her sights on NASA. She completed three internships with the agency, first at the Marshall Space Flight Center, then at the Glenn Research Center and most recently at the Goddard Space Flight Center where she’ll begin work this summer.

“I’ll be involved in chemical analyses and thermal analysis, and I am going to work on the Europa mission, where NASA will send a spacecraft to orbit Jupiter and do routine fly-bys of Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Specifically, I will be helping evaluate materials that are intended to go to Europa,” explained Domanowski.

In March, Domanowski was recognized as one of Aviation Week and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ “20 Twenties.” Open to students around the world, the 20 Twenties program honors the accomplishments of 20 science, technology, engineering and math students in their 20s and enrolled in a master’s or bachelor’s degree program. Domanowski has been supported by the Materials Science and Engineering Scholarship, George Campbell Memorial Endowed Scholarship, and the Albertsons Companies Scholarship/Capital Project Endowment.