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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2022. 8:28 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: There are many Central and South Americans breaking barriers and proudly putting their country and culture on the global map.

Colombian, Diana Trujillo is one of the Latinas breaking barriers in the United States. Engineer Trujillo was appointed as 1 of NASA’s flight directors. The flight directors will oversee operations of the International Space Station, commercial crew, and Artemis missions to the Moon, NASA noted.

Trujillo says she arrived in the U.S. when she was only 17 and with $600. She began cleaning houses and spoke no English. 

Despite the odds, Trujillo was determined to succeed; she has now earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland in College Park, with additional studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville. 

She also is a graduate of Miami-Dade College in Florida and the NASA Academy at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Virginia. 

In 2021, Trujillo received the Cruz de Boyacá, the highest honor that the government of Colombia bestows upon civilians.

Diana Trujillo most recently served as the Integrated Planning and Sequencing for Surface Missions Group Supervisor at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.

 “I am very happy and proud… My family is very proud and I am proud to represent my country and Latinos,” Trujillo said during an interview with Univision.

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