Rivera-Valentin has Bachelors’ degrees in Physics and Mathematics from Alfred University, where he minored in Planetary Science, and a Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Sciences from the University of Arkansas. Rivera-Valentin is currently a Staff Planetary Scientist in the Department of Solar System Studies at the Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, PR and serves as the project manager for AOSA.
Academic Coordinator & Space Engineering Mentor
Luisa Fernanda did her undergraduate degree in applied physics and her Master’s Degree in space studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. She has been working with the Observatory for two years as a mentor for the academy and as a data analyst for the Planetary Radar Group at Arecibo Observatory. Zambrano is currently a Graduate Student at the University of Granada.
Administrative Coordinator & Environmental Science Mentor
Beth received her Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Chemical Process, an Associates Degree in Technical Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo and an Education Certification. She has one year of experience as a Teacher and now Beth works as a Mentor and Administrative Assistant of the AOSA program.
Assistant & Geology Mentor
Carolina has a Bachelor Degree in Geology from the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez. She is an Arecibo Observatory REU alumni. Her research experience has centered around geological studies through remote sensing, focusing on cratering and mass wasting processes. These included working on lunar impact craters as well as Mars geomorphology. Rodriguez is currently a research assistant in the Arecibo Observatory and serves as a geoscience mentor for AOSA.