Diana Trujillo was born and raised in Cali, Colombia. As a young Latina she imagined exploring and traveling through space. At the age of 17, Diana immigrated to the United States to pursue her dream of one day working for NASA. Beginning in 2008, she was able to achieve that goal, joining NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as an aerospace engineer.
Currently, Diana serves as the Arm Science Phase Lead on the Mars 2020 Project, NASA’s next generation Mars rover. In that role, she is responsible for ensuring that the mission’s robotic arm, drill, and many of its scientific instruments can successfully identify and collect critical samples on the surface of Mars. Previously, she served as Mission Lead and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering Division of Curiosity (Mars Science Laboratory), NASA’s largest and most advanced Mars rover to date.
Diana earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland, with additional studies at the University of Florida. She is also a graduate of Miami-Dade Community College and the NASA Academy.
Diana is part of the TECHNOLOchicas campaign to raise awareness among young Latinas and their families about opportunities and careers in technology; a committee member of The Brooke Owens Fellowship, a highly competitive program that provides internship and mentorship to extraordinary undergraduate women seeking careers in aviation or space exploration; and a member of the board of the Columbia Memorial Space Center, a science center open to the public and based in a predominantly Latino community. She is a recipient of the 22 Mas award, presented by the government of Colombia to the 22 most inspiring Colombians.
Watch Diana at the 2019 MAKERS Conference: