Jose Joaquin Matienzo, a 1979 graduate of Lyman Ward Military Academy, is one of nine employees at NASA's Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, who has been selected for the 2004-2005 NASA Fellowship Program, to participate in advanced study at colleges and universities across the country.
They were chosen for their leadership, management ability, work experience and achievements. The program length varies from two weeks to one year of intensive study. The fellowships are competitive, to ensure the most qualified candidates are selected for the right program at the right time in their career. The participants are expected to quickly apply their knowledge and share it when they return to NASA.
Matienzo is manager of the launch services support project at NASA. He leads a team responsible for certifying that rocket designs work and are safe for NASA payloads.
A native of Luquillo, Puerto Rico, Matienzo began his NASA career in 1983 as a cooperative education student, earning a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1985. That same year, Matienzo joined NASA full-time as a structural dynamics engineer.
He will attend the Executive Development Institute at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The two-week general management program is designed for functional managers and business team leaders who want to strengthen their cross-functional skills and gain a more strategic understanding of the business.
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