Engineer & NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez of California To Dallas, Texas
DALLAS, TX – Yesterday, Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo was among local dignitaries in Dallas who welcomed highly-decorated and US congressional candidate from California – José Moreno Hernández – to the community.
«Mr. Hernandez is truly an inspirational story to many, particularly Latinos and other minorities who aspire bigger dreams,» said Rep. Alonzo. «As a former migrant worker and son of Mexican immigrants who moved to California for a better for themselves and their children, Mr. Hernandez and his family are a perfect example of the many possibilities and dreams that can happen when immigrant children and their families apply their unparalleled comitment, dedication, and strong work ethic to better themselves and their communities at large,» continued Rep. Alonzo.
A congressional candidate for the US congress from Stockton, California, Mr. Hernández talked about his personal story and work ethic when he visited Dallas. Mr. Hernandez studied engineering in school and went on to help develop mammography technology. He eventually become an astronaut, living the dream he’d had from the age of 9. He says his father put him on the path to success by telling him, “With hard work and an education, you can reach it.” Hernandez says that as an engineer, he’s trained to solve problems — and that’s what he hopes to do in Congress. He is an American engineer and NASA astronaut by profession.
Hernández stated that as a child, he lived half the year in La Piedad and half in the United States. As a child, Hernández worked alongside his family and other farmworkers throughout the fields of California, harvesting crops and moving from one town to another. He attended many schools and didn’t learn to speak English until he was 12 years old. Hernández was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128. He also served as chief of the Materials and Processes branch of Johnson Space Center. Hernández previously developed equipment for full-field digital mammography at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Hernández left NASA in 2011.
During high school Hernandez participated in Upward Bound, a Federal Trio program that prepares students for college. He graduated from Franklin High School in Stockton. And while in college, he was involved in the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program, an academic preparation program that provides support to students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds so they can attain four-year degrees in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. He earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Pacific in 1984, and in 1986, received an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara.