Did you know #STEM played an integral role in the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed in 1987 between the USSR and the United States? Juan Espinoza is a software systems engineer at Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico and he contributed to the design and installation of the monitoring system for the INF.
“The key to my success goes back to my unwavering passion for reading. Even as a fifth grader, I was reading high school books. My love for literature grew even more when I discovered science fiction, which led me to a career in STEM as a software systems engineer.
After completing my undergraduate studies at the University of Texas-El Paso, I had the incredible opportunity to join Sandia National Laboratories and further my education at Stanford University, where I earned a master`s degree in electrical engineering.
Upon my return to Sandia, I focused on national security projects, specifically perimeter and access control systems for nuclear processing sites. I later specialized in software embedded systems and even contributed to the design and installation of the monitoring system for the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) signed in 1987 between the USSR and the United States.
As time went on, my interests shifted toward transportation and infrastructure. I worked with a team that developed an accurate transportation model and collaborated closely with the Federal Highway Administration, integrating design requirements, user needs, and environmental factors.
Currently, my job revolves around Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE), where I`m responsible for engineering electronic systems for the nuclear stockpile. This requires clear communication as system integration becomes more complex. Looking to the future, I`m an enthusiastic advocate for improved communication and the adoption of computer tools to enhance the program.”
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