Diana Trujillo Pomerantz was raised in Cali, Colombia, and grew up with a passion for space travel and exploration. After graduating from high-school, she decided to move to the United States to pursue her dream of working for NASA. Since 2008, she has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contributing to both human and robotic space missions. Currently, she serves as a Tactical Uplink Lead and Dust Removal Tool Lead Systems Engineer on Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), NASA’s next generation Mars rover. In the Tactical Uplink Lead role, she is responsible for ensuring that Curiosity's day-to-day plan meets the science objectives while maintaining rover operational safety. In the Dust Removal Tool Lead Systems Engineer role, she is responsible for designing and testing the operational strategies for the use of the Dust Removal Tool on Mars.
Diana earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, with additional studies at the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of Miami-Dade Community College and the NASA Academy. She has formerly worked at Orbital Science Corporation and at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, contributing to missions including the Constellation program for human spaceflight to the Moon and beyond and the Commercial Orbital Transportations Services program for privately-developed resupply capacity for the International Space Station.
Diana is married to Mr. William Pomerantz, the Vice President for Special Projects at Virgin Galactic. Diana and William both also serve as coaches for the Zero Gravity Corporation, the world's only commercial provider of weightless parabolic flights. To date, Diana has logged more than 60 minutes of weightless time.
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