Rosa is a Human Space Flight Mission Manager, managing and overseeing concepts of operations, system requirements, pre-mission integration, operations, and post-mission evaluation. She supports the International Space Station (ISS), Commercial Crew Program (CCP), and the Artemis program.
Before joining Human Space Flight, Rosa worked as a project manager in launch and flight operations at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, where she provided telemetry support, as well as range support to Rocket Lab and multiple Air Surveillance-HEOMD (Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate) projects. Prior to working at Wallops, Rosa worked for NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) as a contractor, supporting the ISS Program as a Mechanical and Operations Engineer, in addition to a multitude of other engineering and management roles.
Back in 2009, she began working with NASA Langley Research Center, National Institute of Aerospace (NIA), and Virginia Tech on the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization – Truss braced wing project. NASA has awarded Avalos-Warren a number of awards including the Space Flight Awareness Team Award for her work on restructuring ISS flight rules. Her STEM outreach abroad and in the United States have earned her the recognition from former NASA Administrator, Charles Bolden.
Outside of NASA, Rosa is a TEDx speaker, participates in the U.S. State Department outreach program and is a Solar System Ambassador, regularly talking to students around the world about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University.