Irma is a Space Operations lead engineer at NASA, a researcher, and a distinguished speaker. Prominent Engineer of three NASA Missions: Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), and (currently) James Webb Sciences Telescope (JWST). Skilled in Satellite Ground Systems, Mission Planning, Normal Operations, and Early Commissioning Rehearsals. Experience with launch campaigns and spacecraft operations. Strengths include being detail-oriented, problem solving, strong oral and written communication.
Irma has received her Master’s Degree in Astronautical Engineering from Capitol Technology University. She is a James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Senior Flight Operations Systems Engineer. Her work focuses on: Ensuring Health and Safety of JWST spacecraft and many other tasks related to pre-launch JWST Mission. Her main role is to lead other engineers and serve as Communications Bridge between spacecraft engineers, NASA mission operation managers, sub matter experts, and console operations staff.
Prior to this current role, Irma was a Flight Operations Lead and a subsystems engineer with focus on: Propulsion System and Guidance, Navigation, and Control (GN&C) for the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) Mission. She has participated in that mission by planning attitude control and orbit adjust maneuvers. As a full-time engineer at JWST, she is also pursuing her second Master Degree in sciences in Spatial Intelligence from University of Maryland, College Park and a Doctorate Degree in Sciences from Capitol Technology University, Laurel Maryland.
Irma has participated as keynote speaker at numerous NASA STEM events. Her research in deglaciation of Peruvian Andes has led to a more widespread public awareness of global climate warming impacts and mitigation. She is also an adjunct professor at Capitol Technology University and uses her flight operations experience to pass on to the future engineers for NASA.
In summary, an innovator and a mentor as Irma, has received several recognitions and awards, a special recognition from former NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden, Jr, who praised for an “incredible job inspiring young”. Her interview at American News agency has been titled as “A Role Model’s Journey from Peru to NASA”. Additionally, Irma is a sportswoman internationally recognized, holding a black belt degree in Karate as well as bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish.