Power System Electronics Designer
Since 1992, Ms. Amri I. Hernandez-Pellerano has been working for the Power Systems Branch (PSB) at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). She has been involved in the design and implementation of Power System Electronics (PSE) for various scientific spacecrafts. These include various in-house developments like the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM launched 1997), the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP, 2001), the Lunar Reconnaissance Observer (LRO, 2009), the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO, 2010), the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM, 2014) mission and the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS, 2015) mission. She has contributed to out-of-house developments like EO-1 (2001) and the international partnership of the Aquarius/SAC-D mission with Argentina (2011).
She has dedicated most of her career to the design, build and test of the electronics that will regulate the solar array power in order to charge the spacecraft battery and distribute power to the different loads or users inside the spacecraft. She is currently the Staff Engineer for the Power System Branch and her work expands to include instrument power support, new technology development, mentoring (in and outside the branch). She also supports the NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) Power Technical Discipline Team. She is a member of the Goddard Hispanic Heritage Club at GSFC and chaired the Center’s Hispanic Advisory Committee for Employees (HACE) for three years.
She has been recognized for contributions in the area of Electrical and Power Systems Electronics as well as by her leadership work. Most notably by the GSFC Engineering Achievement Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the NASA NESC Leadership Award, the NASA Award for Equal Opportunity, and recently by the Great Minds in Stem (GiMS) Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Conference (2014) Professional Achievement Level II Award
She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Campus and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University. While in college, she worked at GSFC as a summer intern which later provided the opportunity to start as a full time employee. She was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico. Throughout her school years, she always enjoyed math and science. Her parents encouraged her to pursue a college education and they always emphasized the advantages of obtaining a college degree. She has a beautiful and happy family which is her constant reminder to balance work-life and family-life.
She was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico. Throughout her school years, she always enjoyed math and science. Her parents encouraged her to pursue a college education and they always emphasized the advantages of obtaining a college degree. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus. While in college, she had the opportunity to work at GSFC as a summer intern, which led her to recommend to every young student to obtain a summer opportunity in his or her field of interest. Soon after college, she started working at GSFC full time. While working full time, GSFC provided her the opportunity to complete a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.
She likes to encourage young people to put a lot of effort into obtaining a college degree in the area of their interest and to pursue a summer internship. “We can all be creative and contribute to a better life for ourselves, our families and our society. Keep up the good work!“
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC), located in Greenbelt, Md., manages many of the space agency’s Earth observation, astronomy, and space physics missions.
NASA GSFC was established on May 1, 1959 in memory of an American Rocket Pioneer named Robert H. Goddard.
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