ONLINE EVENT: Speaker Series with Patricia Ortiz, Project Manager at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center

Join the Women in STEM Speaker Series with Patricia Ortiz, Project Manager at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, on June 18th at 6:00pm.
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Jun 18, 2020, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Online Event


The California Oil Museum and Energy Education Center is excited to announce the Women in STEM Speaker Series will resume online for the month of June!

Join the Women in STEM Speaker Series with Patricia Ortiz, Project Manager at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center, as she gives a presentation on, "My Road to NASA as a Woman in STEM."  The event will be held online on June 18, 2020 starting at 6:00pm PST.  Following the presentation, we will host a Q&A portion with audience submitted questions. Audience questions can be submitted through our registration process or on our social media platforms @caoilmuseum. 

After registering, you will receive an email with confirmation, instructions, and a link to access the virtual event.  We look forward to having you join us online for an evening of education, community, and inspiration! 


Patricia Ortiz joined NASA as a Project Manager in the Space Projects and Partnerships Branch at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) to focus on space advocacy and to manage various flight projects.

As a part of the effort to put NASA astronauts back on the moon, Patricia is currently supporting the Artemis program as Deputy Project Manager for the Orion Heat Shield Spectrometer Project. In this role, Patricia manages a project to deliver a spectrometer that will allow critical spacecraft measurements during the Artemis II mission, planned to be NASA’s first crewed mission of the Orion spacecraft, to be launched by the Space Launch System.

She is also currently the Project Manager for NASA’s X-56 program, partnering with the Air Force Research Laboratory and Northrop Grumman Corporation to conduct flight research related to aeroelasticity, using NASA’s X-56 Multi-Utility Technology Testbed unmanned aircraft system.

Patricia joined NASA AFRC as a contractor in 2016 as the Convergent Aeronautics Solutions (CAS) Integration Manager, leading flight test operations and ground testing at NASA AFRC for CAS projects that focus on new technology development and integration on existing flight research aircraft.

In 2004, Patricia began her career with the Boeing Company supporting the International Space Station (ISS) in the Mission Evaluation Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, for the Passive Thermal Control Subsystem console. She served as a team lead for up to 20 engineers for numerous space shuttle missions to support and minimize operational risk, focusing on monitoring the status of risk and safety during various on-orbit assembly ISS stage extra-vehicular activities for optimal thermal systems performance. ISS project support included collaborating with various International Partners including European Space Agency (ESA) and Russian counterparts Roscosmos and Krunichev.

Patricia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.



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