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Published on Oct 15, 2010
The Hispanic Googlers Network in association with the Google Space Program and the AtGoogleTalks team present José M. Hernández who on his inspirational journey of achieving his dream of becoming a NASA astronaut after starting out as a migrant farm worker and applying to NASA for 12 years! He also shares his experience as part of the crew for the Space Shuttle mission STS-128 to the International Space Station. José has been featured in Oprah, 30-Minutes, and other programs.
As a child, José worked alongside his family and other farm-workers in the fields of California, harvesting crops and moving from one town to another. He attended many schools and did not learn to speak English until he was 12 years old. It wasn't until he was 41 that NASA finally accepted him into the astronaut training program and later assigned him to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. José also served as Chief of the Materials and Processes branch of Johnson Space Center and previously developed equipment for full-field digital mammography at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
He earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific in 1984 and a M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1986, where he was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2006.
About Perspectivas Speaker Series: Perspectivas is a speaker series aimed to empower and inspire individuals by providing 'mentoring at scale'. Latino scientists and professionals share their perspectives on careers, work-life balance, and how they've achieved personal success.