About me

I consider myself an enthusiastic and teamwork-oriented engineer and product manager supporting the booming aerospace industry worldwide, greatly inspired by and always looking for ways to support human spaceflight efforts in the U.S.

As of recent, I am supporting efforts at MathWorks to expand applications of Model-Based Design in aerospace. I work closely with the Sales and the Development organizations to expand workflows for (1) Spacecraft Mission Analysis and Design, (2) Flight Control Analysis, and (3) High-Fidelity Aerodynamic Modeling with MATLAB & Simulink. The work I support spans from system architecture design to modeling & simulation, automatic code generation, and verification and validation.

Earlier in my career, 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. While at Georgia Tech, I took courses in Aerospace Systems Engineering, Autonomous Control of Robotic Systems, Spacecraft Design, and Cognitive Engineering, among others.

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 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.