STEM Professional of the week

Rosaly J. Santos-Ebaugh, P.E.      
NASA Kennedy Space Center

Rosaly Santos-Ebaugh was born and raised in the island of Puerto Rico. Her love for math and science during High School made it very easy for her to choose her career of Engineering. She knew right away that she wanted to be an engineer, specifically a Chemical Engineer. That field combined two of her favorite subject matters: math and chemistry. Engineering was not a typical career that a woman would go into but she was not afraid to follow her passion. With the full support of her family in hand and her drive to achieve her goal she was accepted at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus better known as El Colegio.

In 1990, she began her career at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) working as a Contamination Control Systems Engineer in support of shuttle processing. Calendar year 2015 marks her 25 years of service with NASA at KSC, loving every minute. In 1994, Ms. Santos-Ebaugh moved to the Environmental Program Office where she has had three roles, Clean Air Act Program Permitting Engineer, Project Manager for the Remediation Program, and ultimately Team Lead for the Remediation Program.

As a permitting engineer, in July of 1995, Ms. Santos-Ebaugh received the Silver Snoopy Award. This award was presented by the astronaut team for her exemplary contribution to the success of KSC’s Clean Air Program. Rosaly became Team Lead for the Remediation Program in 2009, where she currently manages and integrates the site investigations and cleanup efforts of the Agency’s largest Remediation Program. Her outstanding leadership skills have allowed her to lead a team of environmental engineering professionals who perform contamination site assessments and evaluate technologies for large-scale soil and groundwater cleanups.

One of Rosaly’s key contributions has been the design and implementation of a multi-step engineering evaluation process to ensure that sites have been adequately characterized. She also ensures all team members participate in every phase of the process so that they can evaluate the efficiency of the treatment system.

The enhanced process she designed has led to the successful completion of priority clean-ups, allowing costs to be spread out over several years. This new process was controversial at first because it deviated from the way things had always been done. But the results speak for themselves.

Rosaly is an active member of the KSC Hispanic Outreach and Leadership Alliance (HOLA), serving as the secretary of the Hispanic Employment Working Group for two years. Her membership in HOLA provides her with an opportunity for community outreach efforts that advance the NASA mission by promoting STEM and NASA .

Rosaly's volunteers regularly at local schools, serving as a science fair judge and classroom speaker. She is also engaged with high school and college students through her involvement with the KSC Robotics Mining Competition and Lunabotics Competition. Rosaly also serves as her daughter’s Girl Scout troop leader, giving her a unique platform to continuously share her love of STEM and encourage young ladies towards those careers.

Rosaly earned her Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and a Master's in Chemical Engineering at the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Florida. Rosaly is married and is the mother of three beautiful children ages 12, 7 and 4.

In October 2015, Great Minds in STEM had the privilege of honoring Rosaly with a Luminary Award for her significant contributions to the Technical and Hispanic communities. The award was presented during the 27th HENAAC STEM Career Conference.

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