Filipina engineer heads NASA’s Engineering department

Filipinos are making a spotlight in international arena not only in terms of presence but most importantly in their amazing talents and skills in various fields. Engineer Josephine Santiago-Bond, who works as a department head in National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is one of them.

Josephine was born in the United States but her parents decided to return to the Philippines when she was only two months old.  She grew up in the Philippines  where she took up Electronics and Communications degree at the University of the Philippines. When she was younger, she didn’t show any interest in astronomy and admitted that she had been through a lot of difficulties in her Math subjects.

She described her Math subjects as ‘exponentially difficult’ and she had study hard to pass some of the exceptionally difficult courses. She was very persistent and was determined to finish her studies.

Being in a family of scientists, Josephine eventually attended Philippine Science High School where she focused on studying mathematics and science subjects. Her decision to take up Electronics and Communications degree at the University of the Philippines was influenced by an old schoolmate who introduced to her that idea.

She stressed, “I had to crawl my way through some of the courses, but I wasn’t going to give up because of a few bad grades.”


After graduating from college, she moved back to the US and took a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at South Dakota State University.  In 2003, she was accepted for internship at the John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

NASA saw her dedication and prowess and she was offered a full time job. Her first job was a systems engineer in charge of the technical problems of space missions and worked on a lunar mission in 2017.  She graduated from her master’s degree in 2005.

Presently, Engineer Josephine heads the agency’s Advanced Engineering Development Branch. Her job  deals with research and technology development projects.  She is also responsible in  choosing brilliant people to work for the NASA.

“I am leading very diverse groups of people to bring their whole selves to work while executing NASA’s mission, which ultimately benefits mankind,” she said.

 

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