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 MezaHigh 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.