1) When was the first time you used a computer?
It wasn't until I was in high school, when I immigrated to California, that I got the chance to use a computer.
2) How did you decide you wanted to be in STEM?
I grew up in Mexico, reading about the space shuttle missions and I knew then I wanted to study aerospace engineering. I wasn't sure exactly what role I wanted, but I dreamed of being a scientist.
5) How did you land at NASA?
After I graduated from San Jose State University with my BS in aerospace engineering, I began my career as an intern with NASA working with the Center's chief of technology. I've been there ever since.
6) What do you do for NASA today?
I am currently a senior NASA aerospace engineer and support the Small Satellite Technology Program at The Space Technology Mission Directorate, where I manage the Tipping Points program and other small satellites.
10) What brings you joy?
I've been a mentor for several years to students from all backgrounds. Seeing young people of color, especially this new generation of LatinX women thrive in STEM is one of my greatest joys. Knowing I've played some small part in introducing them to STEM makes it all worth it.
11) What is the one piece of technology you cannot live without?
12) iPhone or Android?
13) Technology is:_____
The opportunity to learn something new.