About me

I am an experienced engineer and product manager supporting the blooming aerospace industry worldwide, who finds a life-long inspiration in human spaceflight.

I graduated as Electrical Engineer and Magister in Systems Engineering from Simon Bolivar University, where I taught control systems theory and practice to more than 460 students and also earned academic tenure in April 2009. I earned my doctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Aerospace Engineering.

My doctorate was primarily sponsored by the single International Fulbright Science and Technology Scholarship awarded to a Venezuelan by the U.S. Department of State. My advisor was Dr. Ayanna M. Howard, director of the Human-Automation Systems Laboratory. In my research, I worked on the situation-oriented integration of humans and automation for the operation of regenerative life support systems. Specifically, I employed an aquatic habitat to study the integration of humans and automation for the operation of small-scale environmental systems on Earth and in space.

While at Georgia Tech, I also joined the Sam Nunn Security Program of the School of International Affairs, in which I received intensive training in research approaches and policy formulation methods to address national and international security issues.

On 2014, I joined MathWorks to support C/C++ and HDL code generation with MATLAB and Simulink as member of the Control Design Automation Team of the Engineering Development Group (EDG).

Currently, I help to drive the business and product strategy for Aerospace Toolbox, Aerospace Blocksetwith its new CubeSat Simulation LibrarySimulink built-in hardware support, and Embedded Coder support for PX4 autopilots. Built on top of the Simulink platform, I make sure that MathWorks technologies address the most prominent market problems and bring industry and domain-specific functionality for modeling, simulation, and automatic code generation. I work closely with the Development organization, Application Engineering, other Marketing groups and Sales to help define product direction and deliver various product and application-related projects.

In my early career, I was delegate of the Space Generation Advisory Council at the United Nations Commitee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (2004), and "flight mechanic" of the Mars Desert Research Station in crews 28, 33 and 34 (2004-2005, read Sami Rozenbaum's blog in Spanish here). I was fortunate to receive various awards from Caltech, the School of Engineers of Venezuela, the World Future Society Venezuela, and the Office of the Provost and the Edison Fund of Georgia Tech.

I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was naturalized U.S. citizen on July 6, 2017 at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.

Additional information about me can be found on LinkedIn.