Univeristy of Puerto Rico

River Rock

 

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Mission Objective:


In representation of the University of Puerto Rico, as a team we intend to get involved in the renewed project RockSat X 2012. Our purpose is:

 

• To expand our knowledge and that of others in aerospace related areas. Carefully selected, the experiment that will be carried out includes mass spectroscopy to analyze molecular species and their respective partial pressures in near space. Also, we’re going to apply our new knowledge so that we don’t make the same mistakes.

 

• In this way we will contribute with valuable information for interstellar travel and advances benefiting the space bound crew to collect and replenish essential resources such as water and fuel. We will try our best to bring new and useful data to our investigation.


 

 

Team Bios:


Eduardo Feliciano Colón was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico in 1990. He graduated from the High School of the University of Puerto Rico in 2008. Eduardo is a senior student majoring in Chemistry. He took some courses in robotics and programming with AI Robotix in Puerto Rico. His interests includes Communications and Public Relations and he is currently doing an internship with an agency in publicity called Arteaga & Arteaga to continue doing that in the future. When time frees up, he enjoys going out to movies, going to the beach, and hanging out with friends.

 

Gabriela Padilla Muñoz graduated from the High School of the University of Puerto Rico in 2008. She is a senior in Cellular and Molecular Biology in the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. Gabriela is a high performance athlete in equestrian/show jumping for Olympic Committee of Puerto Rico. In the future, she wants to become a professional in this sport.

 

Luis Betancourt De León is a senior student studying Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico. His interest includes instrumental analysis and electrochemistry. He is currently working on the Rocksat X payload. In his sparee time he enjoys music, do sports, and to watch television.

 

Abraham García Rivera was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico in 1987. He currently courses his sixth year in the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus in the General Sciences Program. He plans to graduate in May 2012. After he gets his degree, he plans to specialize in Physical Therapy. He also loves sports, specially basketball. Another one of his hobbies is music, since he does urban music, both as a rapper and as a lyricist. Very patriotic, he loves his country of Puerto Rico.

 

Félix O. Santiago Pagán was born in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in 1989. He lives in Ciales, Puerto Rico, a small town in the center of the island. He graduates in Juan Antonio Corretjer Montes High School and entered in the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus in a major of Molecular Biology. He wants to be a dentist in the future and he participated in a research in the Medical Science Campus in the University of Puerto Rico.

 

Edith Alicea is an undergraduate junior student in General Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras. Due to her passion for sports, Edith plans to became a sport physiology. Working on Rocksat X, hopefully, will open new branches and possibilities for her future in these field.

 

Adriel Ortiz Vélez is a senior majoring in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. His interest include agriculture and would like to do a second major in Agronomy to finally be able to work in Monsanto and work on genetically modifying plants.

 

Edgardo Martínez Berdecía is a senior student majoring in the Interdisciplinary Program of Natural Sciences in the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus. He lives in Vega Baja, PR and his short-term goal is applying to a well-recognized medical school in Puerto Rico or USA. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach, go to the movies with his friends, playing the violin or having some quality time with his family.

 

Milarys Hernandez Martinez is a senior student majoring in Cellular Biology in the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus. She lives in Manati, PR and her short-term goal is to finish her bachelor degree and to be accepted in a well-recognized medical school in PR. In her free time, she enjoys going to the beach, to the mall, go to movies with friends and play volleyball.

 

Inés M. Robles Aponte is a senior student majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. In the future, she wants to obtain a medical degree. Her interest in the field of Life Sciences, encouraged her to join Rocksat X.

 

Rodrigo Morell was born in 1990. He currently is a senior studying General Sciences in the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. His biggest interest in science are physics and environmental sciences. After he gest his degree, he plans to specialize in environmental business, such as recycling machinery and environmental activities. He loves to surf and weightlifting.

 

Christian Alman Zorilla graduated from Maria Auxiliadora High School in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He is a junior student in General Science in the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. His future plans includes being accepted into Medical School. He works at the Hotel San Juan and Casino as a bartender, since 2008.

 

Angélica M. Guzmán is currently in her last year of Biology at the University of Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras Campus. Some day, she wants to become a dentist to fulfill her dreams of working with Operation Smile. She is excited to have the opportunity of working with Rocksat X to expand her knowledge in space, a curious and mysterious place.

 

Maxier Acosta Santiago is currently coursing his junior year in the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus in the chemistry program. He is also currently researching as a undergraduate student in organic supramolecular chemistry specializing in computational studies of the laboratories’ systems. Working on the RockSat X project would bring a new horizon for him to explore possibilities of future studies.

 

Aihab Aboukheir is currently coursing his last year in the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus major on Molecular Biology. He is very enthusiastic about this project and about space in general. He enjoys playing soccer, tennis and other sports in general. He hopes to be an important part in this project and watch the rocket taking off from earth at the launch day. This is his first experience and maybe it’s not the last.

 

Laura Bimbela was born in Puerto Rico. She graduated from Perpetuo Socorro High School and is currently a senior in the University of Puerto Rico majoring in the General Sciences Program. In her free time, she enjoys running, snorkeling, and other outdoor sports. Although she intends to follow a career in medicine, she hopes RockSat X will broaden her knowledge and horizons.

 

Jaime Santillan was born in Lima, Peru. He studied Telecommunications and is actually a senior student in University of Puerto Rico majoring in Physics. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer and running. Finally, he is interested to continue PHD studies in Physics-Chemistry next year.

 

Pedro A. Melendez Cabrera currently working on a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras. He interested on Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer interface. As part of UPRRP Rocksat X team, he is currently he participating in design using past experience of working on a machine shop as a electronic technician and developing the software for the system.

 

Gladys N. Muñoz provides support to the program as Outreach Specialist for Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium. Works for the Puerto Rico Department of Education as middle school science teacher and have had several research programs at Marcelino Canino Canino School where she works including a NASA Explorer School and Microsatellite programs and belongs to NASA’s Solar System Ambassador program. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Physics with experience in experimental physics and materials science and nanotechnology and a master’s degree in Science Education. Her interests include amateur radio, reading, space and working with students among others.

 

Oscar Resto our professor and advisor, Puerto Rico. He lives in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and is a Specialist in Scientific Instrumentation. He has worked 29 years in the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras as working in experimental Physics. He loves doing RockSat and helping students in their respective professional journeys.


 

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