I consider myself a self-motivated and teamwork-oriented engineer and product manager with a proven background in the computer software industry, deeply interested in supporting the aerospace industry and human spaceflight efforts in the U.S.
I am pleased to have recently joined Aerodyne Industries LLC, a Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) teammate company, to work on the Space Launch System (SLS) Program at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, providing Systems Engineering support to the Systems Analysis Branch (EV74) and the Systems Modeling and Data Integration Team.
In the past, I supported efforts at MathWorks to expand applications of Model-Based Design in aerospace. I worked closely with the Development organization to expand workflows for aerospace vehicle modeling, simulation, and analysis, and flight control prototyping on PX4 autopilots and Parrot Minidrones with MATLAB & Simulink. The software tools I supported spanned from system architecture design to modeling & simulation, automatic code generation, and verification and validation.
Prior to joining industry, I was a tenured Assistant Professor with the Processes and Systems Department at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela. I had the opportunity to lecture over 250 students on control systems theory and signals and systems, and another 209 students on control systems practice (laboratories). My courses supported the Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Electronic Engineering academic programs.
I was very fortunate to receive one of 41 scholarships awarded worldwide in 2009 by the International Fulbright Science and Technology Program, with which I then earned my doctorate at the Georgia Institute of Technology with the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, with a minor in Aerospace Engineering.
For my doctoral research, I worked with Dr. Ayanna Howard on situation awareness in the operation of space-bound life support systems. Based on work by Professor Volker Blüm at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, I employed an aquatic habitat as a ground-based model to study the integration of humans & automation toward the operation of small-scale closed-loop environmental systems on Earth and in space. Such environmental systems include aircraft, spacecraft, submarines, space stations, and planetary bases.
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.
I hold an Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering and Magister in Systems Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela, where I also graduated from high school at Liceo Los Arcos. I am Senior Member of both of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). I am currently member of the AIAA Technical Committee for Life Sciences & Systems. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela and was naturalized U.S. citizen on July 6, 2017 at Faneuil Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.