Home » Uncategorized » Meet Diana Trujillo – who despite being a 17 year old immigrant arriving to America with no English skills and only $300 dollars in her pocket – was able to work her way from housekeeper to becoming an aerospace engineer at NASA who helped create the robotic arm for Mars rover Perseverance.

Meet Diana Trujillo – who despite being a 17 year old immigrant arriving to America with no English skills and only $300 dollars in her pocket – was able to work her way from housekeeper to becoming an aerospace engineer at NASA who helped create the robotic arm for Mars rover Perseverance.

From teen immigrant to NASA engineer: How Diana Trujillo is leaving her mark on Mars

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — As a teen immigrant from Colombia, Diana Trujillo cleaned homes to pay her engineering education at the University of Florida. Now, she’s leaving her mark on Mars.

It’s a story where the saying “reach for the stars” fits perfectly. Like NASA’s Mars Perseverance mission, Trujillo’s journey to the stars is one that will leave you in awe.

“My dream of working for NASA not knowing English sounded very ridiculous and out of place but I held onto it and now I’m working on my second mission,” she said.

Curiosity and Perseverance are not only the names of those missions, but the character traits that helped launch her into NASA.

At the young age of 17, she made her way from the violent streets of Cali, Colombia … Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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