A visionary in Computer Technology, Aerospace & Education, leveraging space exploration for business & workforce foresight.
Evelyn is a visionary and pioneer of immersive technology solutions who served as a ‘Chief Engineer’ at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Her work as a computer engineer has been integral to the advancement of Human Spaceflight Exploration preparing U.S. and International Astronauts for over 25 years for one of the most dangerous excursions of their lives – Spacewalking & Robotics Operations – working outside a spacecraft in micro-gravity.
Evelyn was appointed in 2019 to a significant role in academia as the ‘Associate VP for Strategic Information Initiatives & Technology’ at the University of Houston Clear Lake where she served as a ‘Chief Strategist’ for the engagement of new programs and external partners in emerging technologies supporting education. Currently she is a private business consultant for the aerospace, technology and education industries, and the Founder & CEO of Xploration LLC.
Evelyn designed and co-wrote the ‘state-of-the-art’ flight software ‘Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics’ (DOUG), a Virtual Reality graphics software system which have helped prepared astronauts for every Space Shuttle and International Space Station programs since 2000, and supporting the current Commercial Crew and Artemis programs. She received the prestigious ‘Space Flight Safety’ or ‘Silver Snoopy’ award, presented by the Astronaut Crew Office for her outstanding performance contributing to flight safety and mission success. She was been recognized for her many contributions delivering critical engineering tools supporting NASA’s operations, all described in the “Wings in Orbit,” a book about the significant legacy of the Space Shuttle and ISS programs for space exploration.
She has been named as one of BBC’s ‘Top 100 Inspirational Women in the World’ for 2016, CNET’s ‘Top 20 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology’ for 2015 and 2016, and was honored with the academic ‘Distinguish Alumna Award’ from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2016, amongst many other recognition. She lends her experience and leadership to fields of innovation in computer engineering and mix realities technologies on a national level, within government agencies and universities. Among her proudest roles is to encourage young professionals to pursue and succeed in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), including Art education, through lectures and other outreach efforts.
Evelyn graduated with a Bachelor in Computer Information Systems and an Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics from the Lamar University.