Keynote Speaker


Diana Trujillo

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
From Cali to Mars

Diana Trujillo was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and as a young Latina, she imagined exploring and traveling through space. At the age of 17, Diana immigrated to the United States to pursue her dream of one day working for NASA. Since 2008, she has worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, contributing to both human and robotic space missions.

Currently, Diana is Deputy Surface Phase Lead for Mars 2020, NASA’s next generation Mars rover. She is responsible for providing technical leadership and expertise to test and operate the sampling acquisition system for the mission. Previously, she has also served as Deputy Project System Engineer and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering division of Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), NASA’s largest rover on the surface of Mars.

Diana is responsible for ensuring that Curiosity's day-to-day activities meet the team’s science objectives while maintaining rover health and safety. Previously, she has also served as Surface Sampling System Activity Lead, Dust Removal Tool Lead Systems Engineer, Flight Ground Systems Engineer, and Vehicle System Testbed Mars Surface Lead.

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 Transportation Services program for privately-developed resupply capacity for the International Space Station.

Diana is part of the TECHNOLOchicas campaign to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology, a committee member of The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program, which is a highly competitive internship and mentorship to inspire and train undergraduate women seeking a career in aviation or space exploration, as well as a board member of the Columbia Memorial Space Center.