February 9, 2021

Edgardo Santiago Maldonado

Edgardo Santiago Maldonado is an engineer working in the aerospace industry in Dayton OH. He was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Edgardo has a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and a Master’s in Space Systems. At NASA (Applied Science Division at Kennedy Space Center), Edgardo led the Applied Chemistry Laboratory’s hypergolic propellant detection and remediation area, where he has performed investigation of low level hydrazine fuels vapors instrumentation and developed non-hazardous waste scrubber technologies for the safe handling and disposal of toxic hypergolic vapors. Edgardo was the deputy of the In-Situ Resource Utilization System Development and Support Project, and ISRU System Domain Lead for the Constellation Program’s Lunar Surface Systems Project Office. Edgardo is a recognized subject matter expert in the In-Situ Resource Utilization technical area, in specific: oxygen production systems from planetary resources and chemical processes to produce methane and water by recycling waste from space outposts for human space exploration. Edgardo moved to the Dayton Area to continue his engineering career in the aerospace field as a systems engineer. While in Dayton, Edgardo Co-founded The Academy for STEM and Sports (TAFSS) dedicated providing the local minority youth with tutoring resources and mentoring opportunities focused in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Currently, Edgardo is the Vice-president for Programs for TAFSS with the responsibility of developing and managing innovative programs to inspire the youth to pursue STEM education.


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