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Joseph M. Acaba
Joseph M. Acaba   NASA Astronaut

The former geology major, high school science teacher, Peace Corps volunteer, and U.S. Marine Corps reservist was selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in 2004. The first astronaut of Puerto Rican descent, at his request, the crew awoke one morning to the strains of a Puerto Rican folk song, and he brought the county’s flag aboard the spacecraft.

Dr. Juan Meza
Dr. Juan Meza   High Performance Computing Research Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

With multiple degrees – in electrical engineering, as well as a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics – Dr. Meza puts them to good use in his research focused on new directions in technology, as well as expertise in subjects many of us can barely comprehend: nanoscience, molecular conformation, chemical vapor reliability. He previously served as a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratory.