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  2013

Hispanics@NASA LaRC
Employees' Achievements

¡Bienvenidos!/Welcome!

This page features and recognizes our Hispanic Employees' achievements and contributions** who work at NASA Langley Research Center. These brief biography outlines are intended to help young students to visualize career opportunities in the science & technology fields.

Visitors may also read about the interesting work being done by our Hispanic employees throughout the agency by reading "Featured Hispanics - NASA News Releases" web page. [click here!]

**Those who gave permission to do so, hence, by no means a complete list of either persons and/or awards.


||A|| Alvarez, Miguel A. ||B|| Busquets, Anthony M.
||C|| Carreño , Victor A. (retired) | Cruz, Juan R.
||F|| Fernandez, Hamilton
||G|| Garcia Romero, Marisol E.| Gilman, Ivelisse R.| Gonzalez, Guillermo A.
||H|| Hernandez, Gloria | Horta, Lucas G.
||L|| |Liceaga, Carlos A. ||M|| Martinez, Debbie ||O|| Oseguera, Rosa M.
||P|| | Perez Ramos, Carlos S. ||R|| Reaves, Mercedes C.| Rivera, Jose A.|
||S|| Silva, Walter A.

||Profile Format ||Other Profiles||


Alvarez Chico, Miguel A.
Computer Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Flight Simulation
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.E. Electrical Engineering, Old Dominion University, 1990
    2) 198x - Virginia Professional Engineer (PE) License
  • Project Lead/Team leaderships:
  • 1) Team Leader (2003 - present)
    2) System Hardware Design Engineer for the Aft-Deck Simulator (2002 - present)
    3) System Hardware Design Engineer for the Cockpit Motion Facility (CMF) - GFD simulator (1997 - present)
    4) Assistant Systems Engineer, General Aviation Simulator (reactivation) - support of the AWIN research study (1998 - 2002)
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 2000, 1997 - Achievement Award
  • Professional Membership: Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) - Southeast Virginia (SEVA) chapter (2005)
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico

  • Busquets, Anthony M.
    Electronics Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Advanced Flight Displays
  • Project Lead/Team leaderships:
  • 1) Development/application of a microprocessor-based I/O system for simulator use (LaRC) - 1984
    2) Development/application of multifunction control/display switch technology (LaRC) - 1983
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1997 & 1995 - NASA Performance Award
    2) 1993 - Certificate of Outstanding Performance
    3) 1992 - NASA Team Excellence Award, Visual Imaging Simulator for Transport Aircraft Systems (VISTAS) Development Team
    4) 1992 & 1987 - Certificate of Recognition (NASA invention disclosure)
    5) 1986 - Certificate of Recognition (NASA Tech Brief Publication) (1987, 1987, 1989)
  • Certificate of Training:
  • 1) 1991 Private Pilot Ground School
    2) 1991 McDonnell Douglas Flight Crew Ground Training Program, MD-11 Familiarization
  • Author/co-author over 13 conference papers and NASA formal publications in the areas of cockpit controls & displays, use of stereoscopy in flight displays and pictorial flight displays for situation awareness enhancement
  • Professional Membership: (Lifetime Member) Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico

  • Carreño, Victor A. (retired 2007)
    Aerospace Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Mathematical Formal Verification
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.E. Electrical Engineering, Old Dominion University, 1986
    2) Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, Cambridge, 1997
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1996 - Group Achievement Award
    2) 1995 - Superior Accomplishment Award
    3) 1989, 1986 - Certificate of Appreciation (The Governor's Magnet School)
    4) 1983 - Certificate of Recognition (NASA Tech Brief Publication)
    5) 1983 - Certificate of Recognition (NASA Invention Disclosure)
    6) 1981 - Certificate of Appreciation (LaRC)
  • Patents: Single Frequency Multitransmitter Telemetry System, U.S. Patent 4,631,538. Issued 23 Dec 86.
  • Professional Membership: Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) - Southeast Virginia (SEVA) chapter (2005)
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico & Santo Domingo
  • Cruz, Juan R.
    Aerospace Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Parachute
  • News Release 03-039 - Langley Engineers Help Latest Missions Land on Mars


    Gonzalez, Guillermo A.
    Electrical Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Electropyrotechnics Firing circuit & Nickel Cadmium Battery Systems
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering, UPR - Mayaguez, 1981
  • Project Lead/Team leaderships:

  • 1) In-Space Propulsion - Solar Sails Program Manager (6/04 to present)
    2) In-Space Propulsion - Solar Sails Deputy Program Manager (3/04 - 6/04)
    3) GIFTS - Internal Control Module Electronics Interface Document Manager (6/03 - 2/04)
    4) MARS ARES Proposal - Electronic Lead (1/03 - 6/03)
    5) Acting Assistant Branch Head for Electronic Systems Branch (9/02 - 2/03)
    6) Project Manager for Autonomous Acoustic & Dynamics Monitoring System (1999 - present)
    7) Integration and Test Manager for SAGE III - ISS (1/2001- 9/2002)
    8) Test Engineer for SAGE III - ISS (1/01 - 12/02)
    9) Model Systems Manager for the F/A-18E/F Drop Model (1998 - 1999)
    10) Electropyrotechnic and Power Distribution System Engineer for 10+ yrs.
  • LaRC Superior Accomplishment Awards:

  • 1. 2004 - Outstanding Performance in Support of the In-Space Propulsion Program
    2. 2003 - ARES - MArs Airplane Proposal Team R&T
    3. 2003 - Aircraft Health Monitoring System R&T
    4. 2003 - SAGE III R&T
    5. 2000 thru 1998, 1995, 1994 - F/A-18E/F Drop Model Program
    6. 2000 - SAGEIII Team
    7. 2001 - GIFT-IOMI
    8. 2002 - SAGE III (from Branch) & SAGE III (from Project Office)
    9. 1989 - HALOE Gas Response Test Gas Cell Instrumentation Rack
  • NASA Group/Team Achievement Award:

  • 1. 1990, 1989- Group Achievement Award as a member of the HALOE Instrument Team
    2. 1990 - Group Achievement - Award as a member of the X-29 Drop Model Team
    3. 1994 - Team Excellence Award for the X-31 Drop Model Program -
  • Committee/Group/Team Memberships:
  • 1) Member, NASA Aerospace Battery Steering Committee (1992 - present)
    2) Counselor, NASA Equal Opportunity Counseling Program (1996 - 1998)
    3) LaRC Coop Advisory Board (5/2002 - present)
    4) LaRC Hispanic Employee Advisory Board - (7/2003 - present)
    Co-authored 3 publications in the area of aircraft flight testing..
  • Professional Membership: Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) - Southeast Virginia (SEVA) chapter (2005)
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico

  • Hernandez, Gloria profile at Latina Women of NASA (LWON) web site
    Technical Manager, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Supersonic Aerodynamics
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.S. College of William and Mary, Applied Science
  • LaRC Superior Accomplishment Awards:
  • 1) 1998 - Outstanding Support to the Center in serving on the Full Cost Management Team.
    2) 1997 - Exceptional Contributions to Level I & Level II Program Planning of the Airframe Systems Program Office and the Fundamental Concepts and Methods Office programs.
    3) 1996 - Outstanding Contributions to the Agency's Fundamental Aeronautics Research Program.
    4) 1996 - Outstanding Support for the Aeronautics Horizon Workshop.
    5) 1996 - Exemplary Contributions to the Development of the Langley Diversity Management Plan.
    6) 1994 - Timely and Invaluable Support in Developing the Langley Research Center 5-Year Construction of Facilities Plan.
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1998 - NASA Performance Award
  • International Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1998 - National Technical Association Top Women in the Sciences Award
  • Professional Membership: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico
  • Horta, Lucas G.
    Aerospace Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.S. Structural Dynamics, George Washington University, 1986
    2) Sc. D., Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 1991
  • Project Lead/Team leaderships: Assistant Branch Head of the Structural Dynamics Branch
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1996 - Performance Award
    2) 1992, 1990 - Superior Accomplishment Award
    3) 1990 - Group Achievement Award, Controls-Structure Interaction Mini-Mast Team
    4) 1996,1994-1989,1987 - Certificate of Outstanding Performance
    5) 1990 - Certificate of Appreciation - Outstanding Accomplishment, Controls-Structures Interaction Program
    6) 1986 - Special Achievement Award
  • Professional Membership: (Senior Member) AIAA
  • Author/co-authored over 35 technical papers in the areas of system identification, vibration control and isolation, optimal control design and implementation, optimal actuator/sensor placement, model testing, and experimental verification of control methodologies.
  • Co-developer of the System/Observer Controller Identification Toolbox - software tool widely used at over 60 sites including industry, universities, and other government.
  • Assistant lecturer at George Washington University teaching courses in optimal and digital controls
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico

  • Liceaga, Carlos A.
    Electrical Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Fault-Tolerant Computing, Reliability Modeling
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.S. Computer Science, College of William and Mary, 1984
    2) Ph.D. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, 1992
    3) Private Pilot Ground School, 1997
    4) International Space University, 1994
    5) Virginia Professional Engineer (PE) License, 1989
  • NASA Superior Accomplishment Awards:
  • 1) 2001 - Development of global climate change instrument software
    2) 2000 - Development of advanced atmospheric sensors
    3) 1999 - Development of spectrometer data acquisition system
  • NASA Performance Awards:
  • 1) 2004 - Leadership of the evaluation of the Small Explorer (SMEX) Concept Study Reports (CSR's)
    2) 2003 - Leadership of the evaluation of the SMEX proposals
    3) 1995 - Development of software tools for the analysis of unmanned spacecraft
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 2003 Time-Off Award - Development of the SMEX Announcement of Opportunity (AO) and leadership of the evaluation of Medium-class Explorer (MIDEX) CSR's
    2) 2002 Individual FAST Award - Leadership of the evaluation of the MIDEX proposals
    3) 1998 Certificate of Recognition for Invention Disclosure - Satellite Systems Design and Simulation Environment
    4) 1986 Special Achievement Award - Leadership of fault-tolerant software research
  • Author/co-author of 12 publications in the areas of reliability modeling, fault-tolerant computers, space systems, spacecraft simulation, Shuttle/Station subsystems, and space mission proposal guidelines.
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico

  • Martinez Lugo, Debbie - profile at Latina Women Of NASA web site
    Computer Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Flight Simulation
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) Post-doctoral courses in Computer Engineering, Old Dominion University
    2) M.E. Modeling & Simulation, Old Dominion University
    3) Private Pilot's License (Single-Engine Land) - Langley AFB Aero Club
  • Project Lead/Team leaderships:
  • 1)Lead Flight Operations Enginner - Cessna C-206/CANDAO project (2006)
    2) Flight Operations Enginner - King Air BE-200/OASIS project (2006-07)
    3)Software Manager, Cockpit Motion Facility (CMF) - Motion Base Digital Controller Unit (1999-present)
    4) Flight Research Services Directorate (FRSD) General Aviation FSSB Liaison (2004 - present)
     
    5) Level III Software Manager, SATS (2002-03)
    6) Systems Engineer - Blended-Wing Body (BWB) Vehicle (1999-2000)
    7) Systems Engineer - High-Speed Research (HSR) Vehicle (1997-99)
    8) Systems Engineer - General Aviation Simulator (reactivation) - AWIN research study (1999)
  • NASA Superior Accomplishment Awards:
  • 1) 2006 - OASIS project
    2) 2005 - SVS-ESE project
    3) 2003 thru 2001 - CMF DCU Leadership
    4) 2001 - Support of LaRC OEOP
    5) 1999 - Outstanding efforts in overseeing the final HSR simulation study at LaRC
    6) 1999 - Outstanding performance and contributions to the FWP ("Outstanding FWPC Representative")
    7) 1998 - HSR Simulation Studies
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1)2007-08 - FTA Award
    2)2006 - OASIS Center Award
    2) 2001 - Group Achievement Awards, CERES S'COOL Project
    3) 2000, 1999 - Outstanding FWPC Representative of the Year
    4) 1998 - Langley representative on the "Women of NASA" Internet/Interactive project showcase.
    5) 1997 - NASA Team Excellence Award, HSR Guidance & Flight Controls Simulation Team
  • International Awards & Recognition:
  • - listed at LWON
  • Author/co-author 8 technical papers/publications in the area of flight simulation..
  • Committee/Group/Team Memberships:
  • 1) Chair/Webmaster (HEP), Hispanic Advisory Group (Sept. 1996 - present)
  • HEP@NASA LaRC E-newsletter Editor
    2) Coordinator/Webmaster, Latina Women of NASA (LWON) (2002 - present)
    3) Coordinator/Webmaster, Women of NASA (WON) LaRC (1997 - present)
    4) NASA Langley Speakers Bureau (1998 - present)
    5) LaRC Ambassodor Member (2005 - present)
    6) Web Translator, CERES S'COOL Project (1998 - present)
    7) Member/Webmaster, Federal Women�s Program (FWP) Committee (1993 - 2002)
  • Professional Membership: Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) - Southeast Virginia (SEVA) chapter (2005)
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Puerto Rico

  • Oseguera-Lohr, Rosa M. profile at Latina Women of NASA (LWON) web site
    Aerospace Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Aircraft Operations/Flight Management Systems
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1987
    2) Private Pilot's License (Single-Engine Land) - Langley AFB Aero Club (1996)
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1998 - LaRC Performance Awards (2)
    2) 1995 - NASA Ames Honor Awards (Group Award) - Descent Advisor Field Test Team
    3) 1993 - R&D 100 Award - Development of Airborne In Situ Wind Shear Detection Algorithm
    4) 1993 - NASA Group Achievement Award - Windshear Airborne Systems Research Team
    5) 1991 - LaRC Performance Award
  • Author/co-author of 10 papers on Windshear and integration of Flight Management Systems with ground-based automation.
  • Professional Membership: Senior Member, AIAA
  • Country of Hispanic Descent: Mexico

  • Reaves, Mercedes - Profile at Latina Women Of NASA web site
    Mechanical Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Materials
  • Rivera, Jose A.
    Aerospace Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Aircraft Aeroelasticity
  • LaRC Superior Accomplishment Awards:
    1) 1989 - Development of a laser flow visualization system for the LaRC Transonic Dynamics Tunnel
    2) 1991 - Outstanding leadership in testing of the instrumented NACA 0012 PAPA model in the LaRC Transonic Dynamics Tunnel (TDT)
    3) 1994 - Development and implementation of a coordinated plan for upgrading the TDT ground vibration testing equipment
    4) 1996 - Outstanding support and test direction for the Delta II and Delta III launch vehicle TDT wind-tunnel tests
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1995 - LaRC Performance Award
    2) 1995 - Certificate of appreciation - OV-10A Wake-Vortex Hazards Flight Experiments
    3) 1986 - LaRC Special Achievement Award - Outstanding contributions in successfully conducting flutter clearance studies to support the JAS-39 airplane development


    Silva, Walter A.
    Research Engineer, Aero-Space Technologist (AST)
  • Areas of Expertise: Aeroelasticity, Flutter Testing, Aeroservoelasticity, Nonlinear Systems
  • Continuing Education/Professional Training
  • 1) M.S. Aerospace Engineering, Polytechnic Institute of NY
    2) Ph.D. Candidate in Applied Mathematics, Virginia Consortium of Engineering Sciences, CWM
  • Project Lead/Team leaderships:
  • 1) HSR Aeroelasticity Deputy Program Manager for NASA Langley Research Center
    2) Project Leader for the HSR Flexible Semi-span Model Flutter Test
  • NASA Awards & Recognition:
  • 1) 1997, 1996, 1993-1991 - Certificate of Outstanding Achievement
    2) Developing new, more efficient, computational aerodynamic and aeroelastic methodologies using Computational Fluids Dynamics (CFD) codes
  • Authored and co-authored 17 papers and participant in several National and International conferences and meetings
  • Teams: Member of the Aero-Structures Integration Management Team composed of members from industry, government, and academia.

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  • List of NASA Awards & Recognition
  • List of International Awards & Recognition
  • List of Patents
  • Publications
  • Professional Memberships
  • Committee/Group/Team Memberships
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