I obtained my B.S. of Mathematics at the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara. Under the education system in Mexico, this B.S is equivalent to an M.S. in Pure Mathematics in the USA. Looking ahead to a career in Astrophysics, my B.S. thesis focused on a theoretical study of the application of Fourier Transforms to astronomy under the supervision of Dr. Luis Felipe Rodríguez at the Universidad Autónoma de México (UNAM). While working on this thesis, I also took physics courses required for the Ph.D. in Astrophysics' program at UNAM, from which I received my Ph.D. in Astrophysics in 1998. My thesis focused on studying Photodissociated Regions around Main Sequence Stars, working with Dr. Jose Franco López (UNAM) and Dr. Steven N. Shore (then at Indiana University in South Bend). This work demonstrated the importance that B type stars have in generating large amounts of photodissociated and ionized gas observed in star formation regions. It also provided simple approximations to calculate the size of these regions in different cloud environments.
Visiting Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) from 1997 to 1999 where I collaborated with Dr Ron Allen on the study of the production of HI by young stars in M31 (Andromeda Galaxy), where the UV radiation indicate a large population of B stars.
I started working at STScI in 1999 where my focused in support the different missions and instruments in different capacities. Currently, I am the Missions Engineering and Science Analysis (MESA) Branch Deputy supporting several cross-instrument and cross-mission projects for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope (Roman). In my current position, I work with teams and technical leads on many projects that range from the design, requirement verification, implementation, testing, validation, documentation and maintenance of data management systems, software for science calibration, and tools for the data obtained with the JWST and HST and to support the scientific community. I participate in science studies that directly support the design and implementation of new software, new systems, and new policies.
Improvements to development and operations practices in data processing pipelines and astronomy software
While waiting for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) launch, we continue improving our development practices and processes, all of them to enhance the collaboration between all disciplines that support JWST science data processing and operations. In this poster, I want to give an update on what we have implemented in the last year and how these improvements have contributed to strengthening the collaboration among all the teams supporting the science and operations of JWST and HST. I also highlight how critical to our success is to be in an organization that recognizes the importance of all of them.