Carmen Victoria Félix is a Mexican space consultant with a BSc in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer and a Masters in Space Sciences.
Carmen has professional experience in the field of networks, telecommunications, software and hardware testing, and satellite systems. She worked at NASA Ames Research Center for the department of small satellites. While at NASA, Carmen started collaborative programs between Mexico and NASA Ames to offer Mexican students the opportunity to do internships and summer programs at this center. She participated as one of the experts in the creation of the Mexican Space Agency, where she shared her ideas and proposals for the foundations of the space sector in Mexico.
She has been Teaching Associate in the Summer Space Programs offered by ISU and has taught at the Space Business & Management department for several years.
Carmen has been member of the Space Generation Advisory Council since 2009. She served as a point of contact in Mexico for four years and has been leading space-related programs for the younger generations around the world. Carmen has worked on Mars analogue missions in Austria, Spain, USA, the Netherlands and Poland, covering roles like engineer, control center team member, crew, capcom, and mission director.
Based in the Netherlands, Carmen has been collaborating with organizations like the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety, a nonprofit that focuses on scientific and safety development in all space systems, the “Women Towards Space” group of the Mexican Space Agency, the Mentoring Group “STEM Girls Can” program of the Mexican Public Education Secretary, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
In 2018, she was the first Mexican to graduate from the Citizen-Scientist Astronaut Candidates Program by project PoSSUM, performing acrobatic flights, tests and operations in space suits, egress training in space capsules, emergency procedures and survival at open water, and parabolic flights to conduct microgravity experiments for MIT and the Canadian Space Agency.
Carmen has been awarded by international organization like SGAC with the Young Space Leader in 2017 and the Pioneer Award in 2019. She was included in the Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico in 2017 and 2019, in the “Sinaloenses Ejemplares” Hall of the Government of Sinaloa, in the list of the 50 People that Transform Mexico, and she is winner of the “Woman Tec 2019” award by Tec de Monterrey. She is considered among the 100 life stories that are shared in the book “Those Who Inspire: Mexico ”of UNESCO, and the book“ Mexicans that changed history”