Rose Hernandez

Science Program Director for In-Space Production Applications

International Space Station National Laboratory

Dr. Rose Hernandez is currently a Science Program Director for In-Space Production Applications at the International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory.  She is responsible for championing R&D programs for a diverse portfolio of technologies in advanced materials manufactured in space to benefit the nation.

Rose began her career as a research scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 1997.  She worked in a variety of laboratory divisions and projects including analytical chemistry, biotechnology and surface and microanalysis science.  In 2005, Rose pivoted to the private R&D sector; developing and advancing the commercialization of new technologies and products for chemical, OTC-pharmaceutical, and consumer industries.  Rose has bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from the University of Puerto Rico and a Ph.D. in materials sciences & engineering from Penn State University.

Rose credits her growth and career to STEM initiatives and its supporters and will forever be an advocate for STEM.  She is a proponent for equity and inclusion, particularly the empowerment of women to elevate who they are in the workplace.