Days before his 13th birthday, Edward Gonzales lost his father. In spite of childhood hardships, the strong work ethic that his father instilled drove him to obtain employment at one of the largest law firms on the West Coast – O’Melveny and Myers LLP. While at O’Melveny, he managed the Mail Services Department and supported events for former Secretary of State, the Honorable Warren Christopher. After working for the firm for over a decade and furthering his education, a friend mentioned an opening at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He was hired as a business administrator, but quickly gravitated to the education side of the house. Since 2001, he has worked with underserved, underrepresented minorities and communities in the capacity of mentoring, co-managing various programs, attending and supporting national conferences, including the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), The Society of Hispanic Professionals and Engineers (SHPE), Great Minds in STEM (GMIS), Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Society of Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and others. During his time with NASA, he has won numerous awards, completed a detail at NASA Headquarters and a fellowship. In 2018, he was promoted to lead STEM engagement for underserved, underrepresented minorities at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
In this image, Gonzales is second from right and flanked by students he has mentored.
Image Credit: courtesy of Eddie Gonzales
在他13岁生日之前，Edward Gonzales失去了他的父亲。尽管童年生活艰苦，但他父亲灌输的强烈的职业道德驱使他在西海岸最大的律师事务所O’Melveny和Myers LLP找到了工作。在O’Melveny任职期间，他负责管理邮政服务部门，并支持前国务卿沃伦·克里斯托弗(Warren Christopher)的活动。在为该公司工作了十多年并接受了进一步的教育之后，一位朋友提到了美国宇航局喷气推进实验室(JPL)的一个空缺。他被聘为企业管理人员，但很快就被吸引到了教育方面。2001年，他在指导、共同管理各种项目、参加和支持国家会议方面与服务不足、代表人数不足的少数民族和社区合作，包括美国印第安人科学与工程学会(AISES)、西班牙裔专业和工程师学会(SHPE)、STEM (GMIS)的杰出人才学会(Great Minds in STEM)、亚洲科学家和工程师学会(SASE)、全全国黑人工程师学会(NSBE)、奇卡诺人/西班牙裔和美洲原住民科学进步协会(SACNAS)和其他。在他为NASA工作期间，他获得了许多奖项，在NASA总部完成了一个细节工作，并获得了奖学金。2018年，他被提升为美国国家航空航天局戈达德太空飞行中心(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)的STEM项目负责人，负责服务不足、代表人数不足的少数族裔。
图片来源:courtesy of Eddie Gonzales