Diana Trujillo, Deputy Project System Engineer and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering division of Mars Rover Curiosity at JPL
STEM Icon Award
Congratulations to Diana Trujillo for being selected as the 2019 City of STEM Icon Award recipient. Diana was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, and as a young Latina she imagined exploring and traveling through space. At the age of 17, just one day after graduating from high school in Colombia and $300 in her pocket, Diana immigrated to the United States to pursue her dream of one day working for NASA. Since 2008, she has worked at NASA’s JPL, contributing to both human and robotic space missions. She is now the Deputy Project System Engineer and Deputy Team Chief of the Engineering division of Curiosity. She is responsible for ensuring that Curiosity’s day-to-day plan meets the team’s science objectives while maintaining rover health and safety. Diana has been involved in several initiatives to inspire young people from Latin America to pursue a career in science and engineering within the Los Angeles area.
2018 City of STEM Icon Award Recipient: Brent Bushnell, CEO of Two Bit Circus
The City of STEM Icon Award is given to a current Los Angeles resident who has greatly promoted and/or advanced the STEM community within Los Angeles County either through teaching, funding, and/or facilitating programs. Each year, the Icon Award Selection Committee receives dozens of amazing nominees, all deserving of the award. It is always a tough decision to select only one recipient. If you know of someone deserving of the City of STEM Icon Award for 2020, please nominate them below.