José M. Hernández, NASA astronaut and an engineer, will speak at the Latinos of Information Sciences and Technology Association [LISTA] National Emerging Technology Leadership Summit on Monday, March 4th 2013, followed by a Q and A period and Reaching for the Stars book signing.
His motivational presentation, will discuss the importance of reaching for the stars and obtaining your goals. The event, which is open to all, will be held at the Miami Dade Collge, Wolson Campus Chapman Auditorium.
“Our goal at LISTA is to encourage our members to think big and conquer obstacles,” said Mr. Jose A. Marquez-Leon, National CEO of LISTA. “There is an entire segment of Latinos who are seeking opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and don’t see where they fit in, this exciting speaker will demonstrate that there are endless career possibilities to be gained by earning an education and developing a solid game plan for your life.”
The son of Mexican immigrants, Hernández was born in French Camp, California. He grew up working in the farm fields of Southern California. In August 2009, Hernández served as a mission specialist with the STS-128 crew aboard the space shuttle Discovery. During their 14-day mission on the International Space Station, the crew traveled more than 5.7 million miles.
“I am excited about the conversation which will take place when astronaut Hernandez speaks to our members,” said David Contreras, Southwest Regional Vice President and Co-founder, Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association. “We are thankful for this experience and NASA for their support.”
LISTA Emerging Technology Leadership Summit will be held at the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, Chapman Auditorium
300 N.E. 2nd Avenue Miami, 33132
Monday, March 4th and 5th, 2013 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM (ET)
Sponsored by: AT&T, Aetna, Comcast, Cigna, Coca Cola, City of Miami, Miami Dade College, WorldPay, Ford Motor Company, NCTA, Praxis, StateFarm and Verizon
José Hernández is an American engineer and NASA astronaut of Mexican descent. He developed equipment for full-field digital mammography at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory before serving as a mission specialist on the 14-day STS-128 NASA mission which launched on August 28, 2009. Hernández will discuss the influence his cultural background has played on his path from farming with his family as a child to his successful engineering career. Hernández earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., and a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
LISTA Mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community and empowering them to bridge the digital divide. Founded in 1997 LISTA promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. We are an organization that is committed to bringing various elements of Technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. www.techlatino.org