STEM Professional of the week



Jose M. Caram      
NASA Johnson Space Center




Jose Caram was born and raised in Houston, Texas amid special times in U.S. history. His early years were filled with time spent sitting in front of the TV watching black and white images of the Apollo missions during astronauts’ race to the moon. These images inspired not only his imagination, but a passion for aerospace engineering.
 
Growing up in a sports-filled city such as Houston, Jose grew up watching and competing in sports. His parents, however, emphasized education while supporting his various athletic activities. After high school, Jose enrolled at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, where he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in aerospace engineering. 

Immediately after obtaining his graduate degree, Jose joined NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where human spaceflight training, research and flight control are conducted.  Jose has held multiple leadership roles such as the X-38 Project Flight Dynamics lead, NASA Aerothermodynamics lead for the STS-107 Columbia accident investigation, among other roles.
 
Jose has proven to be an exceptional engineer and is currently Manager of the Exploration Mission Planning Office at NASA and supervises a staff of senior human exploration system architects and engineers leading and supporting the definition of the future of human space exploration for NASA. Throughout all of his assignments, Jose continually demonstrates outstanding engineering judgment due to his strong skill set of balancing cost, schedule and incorporating appropriate level of risk in his integrated design solutions.
 
Jose has made it a point to give back to the community and promote his heritage. In his spare time he supports events sponsored by the Institute of Hispanic  Culture, an organization co-founded by his parents dedicated to passing on the art and culture of Latin American countries. Every year the organization leads a career day program at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center at which over 10,000 students across Houston and surround areas come to learn about various careers they are interested in pursuing. 




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