Being a NASA Director for the Mars Rover requires a lot of dedication and experience. However, Diana Trujillo has earned this through her dedication to service.
While growing up, taking up a science career with NASA must have been something that looks impossible for Diana. As a NASA director, this young lady heads a team of 45 people at the laboratory in charge of the robotic arm of the recent Mars Rover.
38-year-old Diana was a very young girl when she came to the United States. In a career mostly dominated by males, it must have been a tough one for Diana.
However, fate smiled on Diana when her father sent her to live in Miami with her aunt on realizing she needed to learn a second language. Diana was just with $300 when she got to Miami and she had no choice other than to take odd jobs to sponsor herself through college.
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Asides from learning English, Diana took a course in engineering, aerospace engineering. Things didn’t really go smoothly for this young lady but she was persistent. She had to board about six buses to class sometimes. There are times she had to clean bathrooms and toilets to pay for some things.
When one of her professors told her they need an astronaut, this paved way for Diana. Diana became the first Hispanic woman to be allowed to study in the NASA academy. Diana excelled in her career in that she received an employment offer from the institution.
While she was working at the NASA Academy, she met Brian Roberts, an expert in NASA space. When Brian recognized Diana’s potential, he invited her to be a member of his robotics research team at the University of Maryland.
Diana became a member of the team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. Diana has achieved a lot since then. There is more to achieve for this young lady. Diana gave a commentary when the Perseverance Rover landed on Mars this February and this is the first Spanish-language transmission in NASA.