National 拉美裔文化月

多样性办公室, Inclusion and Belonging celebrates its inaugural Keynote lecture for 拉美裔文化月. In 1968, 总统 Lyndon Johnson observed Hispanic Heritage Week, and in 1988 总统 Ronald Regan increased the observation to a 30-day period. National 拉美裔文化月 was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. 9月15日 th marks the anniversary of the independence of many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, 萨尔瓦多, 危地马拉、尼加拉瓜. Mexico’s Independence Day is September 16 th, and Chile gained their independence from Spain on September 18 th.

Reaching For Your Own Stars: A Recipe To Succeed In Life featuring Former NASA Astronaut & American Engineer José 埃尔南德斯

National 拉美裔文化月 Keynote Lecture

2021年9月21日 , 5:30PM , LOEB剧场在  斯图尔特中心 

共同的 拉丁美洲文化中心 

朱利安卡斯特罗Dr.  穆米. 埃尔南德斯

NASA engineer Jose Hernandez wanted to fly in space ever since he heard that the first Hispanic-American had been chosen to travel into space. "I was hoeing a row of sugar beets in a field near Stockton, Calif., and I heard on my transistor radio that Franklin Chang-Diaz had been selected for the Astronaut Corps,”埃尔南德斯说, who was a senior in high school at the time. "I was already interested in science and engineering,”埃尔南德斯回忆说, 但就在那时,我说, “我想在太空中飞行.' And that's something I've been striving for each day since then." And now that hard work has paid off. He was selected to begin training as a mission specialist as part of the 2004 astronaut candidate class.

 One of four children in a migrant farming family from Mexico, Hernandez -- who  didn't  learn  English  until  he  was  12  years  old  --  spent  much  of  his childhood on what he calls "the California circuit," traveling with his family from Mexico to southern California each March, then working northward to the Stockton area by November, picking strawberries and cucumbers at farms along the route. Then they would return to Mexico for Christmas, and start the cycle all over again come spring.

"Some kids might think it would be fun to travel like that," Hernandez laughs, "but we had to work. 那不是度假."

After graduating high school in Stockton, Hernandez enrolled at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering and was awarded a full scholarship to the graduate program at the University of California in Santa Barbara, where he continued his engineering studies. In 1987, he accepted a full-time job with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory where he had worked as a co-op in college.

在劳伦斯利弗莫尔, Hernandez worked on signal and image processing applications in radar imaging, 计算机断层扫描, 和声学成像. 在他职业生涯的后期, Hernandez worked on developing quantitative x-ray film imaging analysis techniques for the x-ray laser program. Hernandez applied these techniques in the medical physics arena and co-developed the first full-field digital mammography imaging system. This system has proven useful for detecting breast cancer at an earlier stage than present film/screen mammography techniques. Hernandez has won recognition awards for his work on this project. He has also worked in the international arena where he represented Lawrence Livermore and the U.S. Department of Energy on Russian nuclear non-proliferation 问题s.

During the astronaut application process, Hernandez had to meet with a review board.  That's  where  he came  face-to-face  with  his  original  inspiration:  Franklin Chang-Diaz.

"It was a strange place to find myself, being evaluated by the person who gave me the motivation to get there in the first place,”埃尔南德斯说. "But I found that we actually had common experiences -- a similar upbringing, 同样的语言问题. 那建立了我的信心. Any barriers that existed, he had already hurdled them."

埃尔南德斯的微笑. “现在轮到我了!"

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