2016 Tillman Scholar
Inspired by her parent’s service and dedication to family and country, Amy worked hard to earn acceptance to the Naval Academy and commission as a Surface Warfare Officer. Throughout her military service, she learned the importance of collaborating as a team to achieve a common purpose, a critical lesson that she believes will help advance the next step of human development: creating a multi-planetary civilization.
Although the international community has created a basic legal framework to operate within, Amy believes current domestic laws and international treaties still leave significant ambiguities for space exploration and resource utilization. As a Naval Officer, her firsthand experience operating with the maritime legal framework provided her with a strong basis to approach the difficulties of space law, from de-conflicting traffic rules to the intricacies of resource ownership. As a lawyer, she wants to develop new space regulations and establish a regulatory body that benefits citizens, while encouraging responsible colonization and commercialization through advances in technology.