Ali Guarneros Luna
While growing up in Mexico City, Ali Guarneros Luna read about the space shuttle missions and knew she wanted to study aerospace engineering. At the age of 14, Ali, her mother and siblings immigrated to San Jose, California, where Ali graduated from high school and then went on to earn B.S. and M.S. degrees in aerospace engineering from San Jose State University.
As Senior Aerospace Engineer at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, Ali specializes in satellite design. She currently works with the Office of System Safety & Mission Assurance (SS&MA), as deputy project manager and co-investigator for the Sub-Orbital Aerodynamic Re-entry Experiments (SOAREX), where she has performed in multiple engineering roles to include design, building and testing for a series of suborbital experiments. Previously she worked in Ames’ Engineering Directorate as a technical authority for small satellite development and payloads bound for the International Space Station (ISS), and as system and safety engineer for the Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) National Lab.
Ali is an active member of affinity groups at NASA Ames and in the larger community, including the Native American Advisory Committee (NAAC), the Women Influence Network (WIN), Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Group (LGBTAG), and she is an international member of UN Space for Women Chapter at the Silicon Valley. She participates in multiple STEM-related associations, and mentors girls and young women as well as underrepresented youth ranging from elementary school to the university level.
She has been honored for her significant technical contributions to NASA and to international space research, along with recognition for her extensive community involvement. She was awarded the 2017 Space Technology Award. In May 2018, she received international recognition as recipient of the Reconocimiento Ohtli, awarded by the Mexican Government to individuals who have given assistance to Mexican citizens or promoted their culture. In October, Ali was awarded the 2018 Women of Color (WOC) “Outstanding Technical Contribution Government Award.”