AAPI Heritage Month Spotlight: Josephine Santiago-Bond

Josephine Santiago-Bond was born in the U.S. to two Filipino parents and grew up in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Electronics & Communications Engineering at the University of Philippines, and went on to get a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of South Dakota in 2005. While attending graduate school Josephine became a graduate intern at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the primary launch center for human-operated spaceflights. She discovered her passion for NASA’s mission, and went on to work full-time for them as an electrical engineer in 2004  

In her role at NASA, Josephine is a contributor to the creation of new space shuttle technologies, and she is the co-founder and Chief of the Advanced Engineering Development Branch of NASA, where she directs and works with a team of more than 20 engineers and various other employees across a wide range of disciplines. Josephine was also involved in the Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program, where she worked on lunar missions. She has also taken part in the Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen and Lunar Volatiles Extraction (RESOLVE) project, which aimed to map various compounds and forms of water on Earth’s moon.  

Josephine is a trailblazer in her NASA career, and has contributed greatly to the exploration of outer space.  

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By Avery Caya
Avery Caya Graduate Assistant, CLAS/Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (They/Them/Theirs)