Ms. Laurie Y. Carrillo currently
conducts thermal analysis to support the development of the
Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, NASA's next generation spacecraft.
This involves creating computer models that simulate the heating
of a spacecraft from internal spacecraft systems, and external
space environment heating. Knowledge in the areas of orbital
mechanics, heat transfer, materials, programming, and applied
mathematics are involved in this job.
In August 2008, she was primary author on a paper entitled
Crew Exploration Vehicle Composite Pressure Vessel Thermal
Assessment. (Carrillo, L.Y., Alvarez Hernandez, A.R., Rickman,
S.L., Crew Exploration Vehicle Composite Pressure Vessel
Thermal Assessment," Thermal and Fluids Analysis Conference,
TFAWS-08-1007, NASA, 2008.)
Laurie first came to work at
NASA in 1995 through a student internship program sponsored
by NASA Headquarters. In 1998, she was hired as a flight controller
in the Mission Operation Flight Design and Dynamics Office.
She spent five years in the Advanced Space Propulsion Lab
conducting thermal analysis on proposed Variable Specific
Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket (VASIMR) electric propulsion
rocket designs to verify performance. This NASA project led
by Dr. Franklin Chang-Diaz (first Hispanic Male Astronaut)
has since grown in to its own corporate entity founded by
Dr. Chang-Diaz as the Ad
Astra Rocket Company.
Laurie served as the Development
Project Lead for the Space & Life Sciences Astromaterials
team and as the Lab Manager for the Advanced Curation Laboratory,
a laboratory to study future extraterrestrial samples. In
support the Office of Curation and Acquisition at JSC, she
supported an effort to take the original lunar rock research
data and make it available to the public throughout the world
via an easily accessible electronic CD format.
Laurie is a recipient of several NASA awards: Individual
Performance Award for her work as an Ascent Analyst, Special
Professional Achievement Award-awarded to the Advanced Curation
of Future Extraterrestrial Samples Project Team, and Sustained
Superior Scientific Achievement Award-awarded to the Mars
Return Sample Handling Team, Length of Service Award-5 years
of federal service(2003), 10 years of federal service (2008),
Special Professional Achievement Award-awarded to the Brooks
Lunar Sample Move Team (2003).
In addition, Laurie led the
Mexican American Engineers and Scientists Houston Professional
Chapter to receive the highest award that a chapter could
receive-Professional Chapter of the Year for 2001. Additional
awards include the NASA Flag Award for Outstanding Undergraduate
Research, the National Championship of the Engineering Academic
Olympiad team award, and an individual Appreciation Award
for her contributions to the 2001 NASA JSC American Heritage
Laurie Co-Chaired the 2001 International
MAES Symposium and served as a National MAES Board member
in 2001. She is a member of the American Society of Materials
International, The Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and
The Planetary Society. Laurie is an active participant in
the NASA Outreach program for which she received the Distinguished
Role Model and Speaker Award from The Hispanic Friends of
North Texas. As an additional outreach effort to inspire young
students to consider the possibilities of engineering by providing
role models who came from a variety of diverse backgrounds,
Laurie participated in the book Ay Mija, Why Do You Want to
Be an Engineer? by Edna Campos Gravenhorst. http://www.ahetems.org/precollege/aymijaobookseries.html
She served on several committees
and was a group moderator for the Space Generation Summit
held at the World Space Congress. She represented the United
States amongst a group of 200 other young professional/graduate
student delegates from around the world. In 2002 she was nominated
and accepted a position on the Executive Committee of the
Houston Professional Chapter of ASM International (The International
Materials Engineers and Scientists Society).
Laurie has been selected by
the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) to receive the Past Presidents
Award based on outstanding academic achievement as well as
strong engineering potential. Ms. Carrillo was recognized
at the SWE National Convention in Anaheim, California in November
Laurie was chosen as a Hispanic
Engineering National Achievement Award Conference (HENAAC)/Daimler
Chrysler Scholar based on grade point average, leadership,
and campus/community service in 2005 and 2008. Carrillo was
recognized at the 2005 HENAAC conference in Anaheim Calif.
and the 2008 HENAAC conference in Houston Texas. This honor
comes with a HENAAC conference package, including airfare,
registration, and hotel accommodations along with a monetary
award to be used for educational purposes.
In 2009, Laura was selected
as one of the top 25
Women of Vision by Hispanic Business Magazine.
Laurie completed her first two years of high school at Robert
E. Lee H.S. in San Antonio, Texas. In 1994, Laurie received
her high school diploma from the Texas Academy of Mathematics
and Science, a unique residential program for high school-aged
Texas students who are gifted in math and science. Laurie
attended Rice University, where she attained her B.A. in Mathematics
and Computational & Applied Math and a B.S. in Materials
Science and Engineering in 1998. Laurie received her Masters
in Aerospace Engineering with an emphasis in Space Operations
at the University of Colorado in 2002. In the Fall of 2001,
Laurie became certified as an "Engineer in Training"
by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam given by the
Texas Board of Professional Engineers. She obtained her Professional
Engineering (P.E.) Certification from the Texas Board of Professional
Engineers in 2004. In 2005, she completed coursework requirements
for her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.
Her current doctoral research is in the area of numerical
radiative heat transfer at the nanoscale. This has direct
applications for developments in space technology, nanorobotics,
advanced energy systems, and high speed computing systems.
Laurie has a particular interest towards applications involving
the development of nanoscale cancer treatments in support
of the cancer community. She has received educational support
from NASA Headquarters, Rice University, American Physical
Society, American Geophysical Society, NASA-JSC, HENAAC, Daimler
Chrysler, Society of Women Engineers, and Zonta International.
She was selected as a Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellow
Laurie was born in San Antonio,
Texas. Her father was a migrant farm worker. Her mother was
the daughter of a trash collector. From humble beginnings,
Laurie credits God with all she has achieved.
Biography website. View on-line interview(s) at: espacial.com
(7/03) or reports at JSC
2008 - Laurie's article entitled "Precious
Treasures on Earth" which she wrote for "Lunar
News" which is published by the Astromaterials Acquisition
and Curation Office, NASA JSC. This article was also featured
on the electronic JSC Today.