WHO WE ARE
Our team consists of astronauts, engineers, scientists and university professors who collectively bring in many years of experience in the aerospace industry. This experience consists of 7 missions aboard the Space Shuttle fleet and the International Space Station. During their training and missions, the astronauts served as mission commanders, pilots and mission specialists; and have contributed not only on science missions and the construction of the International Space Station but also in the design of NASA's next generation space vehicles. All were part of the Space Shuttle Columbia accident investigation team. TLE team astronauts have left NASA and worked for major aerospace companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, United Launch Alliance (ULA), International Launch Services (ILS), Raytheon and MEI Technologies. The team has formal technical training in areas such as system engineering, manufacturing processes, failure analysis, avionics design, flight testing, propulsion design and advanced materials.
CEO of Tierra Luna Engineering, LLC, José Hernández has a long history in the field of engineering and space. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Pacific and MS in Signals and Systems at University of California, Santa Barbara. From 1984 to 2001, Hernández worked for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California. While there, he helped to develop the first full-field digital mammography imaging system which aids in the early detection of breast cancer. In 2001, Hernández joined the Johnson Space Center and soon became Chief of the Materials and Processes Branch. Hernández was selected as part of the 19th class of astronauts in 2004. In 2006, José completed Astronaut Candidate Training. In 2009, he was a mission specialist on the STS-128 mission. Since leaving NASA, he served as the Executive Director of Strategic Operations at MEI Technologies in Texas. In 2012, he ran for the US House of Representatives in the 10th California Congressional District.
Charlie Galindo completed his Bachelor of Science in Geology from St. Mary's University in 1978 and his MS in Physical Science from the University of Houston Clear Lake in 1989. Charlie had had an extensive career as a wellsite geologist in Latin America then as a researcher at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. During his career at JSC's Astromaterials Research Exploration and Science (ARES) Office, he has been co-investigator for the Advanced Life Support (ALS) Program, Lab Manager for the Soil Chemistry-Mineralogy Lab and the Astrobiology Biological Safety Lab (BLS2 Lab). In addition to his role at Tierra Luna Engineering, LLC, he currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Jose M. Hernandez Reaching for the Stars Foundation as the Program Development Committee Chair. The foundations mission is to help local communities establish STEM related out of school programs for K-16 students.
ANDREA DUARTE DELLA MAJORE
Andrea Duarte Della Majore joined TLE in August 2014. Andrea has a multi-faceted role at TLE and reports directly to José Hernández. She works with the CEO to set comprehensive goals; design and implement business strategies, plans, and procedures. At the operational level, Andrea manages relationships with partners and vendors while overseeing the daily functions of TLE including IT, marketing, human resources, sales and finance. Andrea has an extensive background in strategic and day to day operations in various industries including public relations, healthcare, and hospitality.
F. LEONORA ARANA AZCORRA
Fanny Leonora Arana Azcorra graduated from the Chamber of Commerce Commercial School then joined Tierra Luna Engineering , LLC in January 2015 as Executive Assistant to the President & CEO José Hernández, responsible for our company office in Mexico with over 10 years of experience at the Executive Assistant level in the areas of Customer Service, Management, Project Development and Sales, she has developed high level of leadership and negotiations.