Diana Trujillo is an aerospace engineer and Flight Director at NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory. She is also the Robotic Arm System lead for the Mars Perseverance mission. Growing up in Colombia, she dreamed of working for NASA. When she immigrated to the United States, she spoke little to no English and had to work full-time while attending college. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland. She is an advocate for diversity in STEM providing weekly updates on the Perseverance mission in both English and Spanish. She was named one of “Los 22 Más” (the 22 Colombians who best represent Colombia) and Comendador of Orden de Boyacá by the President of Colombia (Colombia’s highest civilian honor). Diana Trujillo has yet to stop exploring, and her personal perseverance inspires many Hispanics in STEM today.
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