I’m a Planetary Scientist. I arrived to Penn State DuBois in 2007 and am currently an Associate Professor of Earth Sciences and Mathematics. I wear many hats as a scientist, but the node in the net is Sustainable Exploration of the Solar System. I am interested in the materials that will allow civilization to move from Earth into space, namely water-bearing minerals (phyllosilicates), organics, and scarce metals. Coming from a pure science training, I also deeply understand the value that these minerals have to shed life on the formation of solar systems. I am fascinated by how we can use minerals to travel in time to the very earliest stages of planetary formation. From the business standpoint, building the framework for public-private partnerships in resource extraction from asteroids. I love strategy and planning for implementation. I am also very interested in helping other academics in to grow their careers, through administrative works in the higher education setting. That brings me to the fact that I am drawn to very messy systems & complex problems and how to best use people’s talents to solve them.
In terms of personality, I am either an ENTJ or INTJ, depending on the day!
I am originally from the Venezuelan Andes. In my private life, I love good cold brew coffee, baked goods, good conversations (the wonders of hygge), hiking up big mountains, running, swimming, rowing, traveling, and spending time with my little family. I read a lot – these days mostly through audible ;-). I wish they would let you do one book/week!
My work as a scientist and a professor has made me independent, curious, energetic, resourceful, persistent, and compassionate. I am now at a critical juncture in my career an as academic and intend to grow these experiences into a leadership position. In the future, I see myself heading dynamic and effective teams that are well enabled to achieve their goals. I will bring a very strong work ethic, underpinned by my decisive and strategic management style to my role as a Penn State Emerging Leader.