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Keynote Speaker Announced

Print Date: 5/24/2024 2:59:40 PM

92nd General Meeting Keynote Speaker: Jose Hernandez

The National Board is excited to announce Jose Hernandez as the keynote speaker for the Opening Session of the 92nd General Meeting on May 13, 2024, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Since watching the last Apollo mission on his family’s black and white TV as a 10-year-old, Jose dreamed of traveling in space, a goal he achieved as a mission specialist on a space shuttle mission in 2009. The 2023 biopic “A Million Miles Away” documents his journey from being a farm worker in California to becoming an astronaut.

Before joining NASA, Jose worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1990-2001 where he worked on the development of a space deployed X-ray laser as part of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He then co-developed the first full-field digital mammography system for earlier detection of breast cancer.

Jose currently works at his California vineyard Tierra Luna Cellars and as CEO of Tierra Luna Engineering. He also founded the Jose M. Hernández Reaching for the Stars Foundation in 2005.

Stay tuned for more General Meeting details, including registration and hotel reservations, coming in early 2024!