Karman Fellow 2023
Senior Program Manager
Luis is an aerospace engineer and gravitational microbiology scientist who has been fortunate of having worked on 20 scientific experiments performed on the Space Shuttle and/or the International Space Station, and has served as Principal Investigator of NASA-funded projects going to lower Earth orbit and around the Moon in Artemis I.
Luis was an Assistant Research Professor in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, and his scientific work has been based on the use of microgravity to find novel solution to medical problems on Earth as well as to enable safe, long-term human spaceflight. Luis is a co-editor of SpringerNature’s Handbook of Space Pharmaceuticals and served as the Co-Director of Guatemala’s first satellite. He has seen first-hand the benefits that space research & development has on societies, for which he is passionate of the democratization of access to space, international collaboration, and the academic preparation of the next generation. Recently, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his contributions to space science and engineering. Luis is a Senior Business Development Manager for In-Space R&D at Sierra Space.