Elizabeth BARRIOS

IAF • IAF Launchpad Mentorship Programme Coordinator
University of Central Florida • PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant

Elizabeth Barrios is a PhD Candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Central Florida as well as a Materials & Process Engineer Intern at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. With a passion for advancing the technical capabilities of space exploration through material selection and development, Elizabeth has been working on her PhD under a NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship, a Public-Private Partnership bridging academic institutions with NASA field centers to address low technology readiness level (TRL) research. Through this program, her work has focused on exploring the development and feasibility of utilizing polymer derived ceramics for lightweight, non-toxic thermoelectric materials. Elizabeth’s expertise in lightweight aerospace materials has also manifested itself through her work at NASA, contributing towards the manufacturing and testing of the Advanced Plant Habitat currently on board the International Space Station. This work led her to being selected for one of NASA’s Space Flight Readiness Team Awards in 2017. Beyond her day-to-day work, Elizabeth is currently a Regional Coordinator for the North, Central America & the Caribbean region of the Space Generation Advisory Council, is on the Board of Advisors for the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and a member of the IAF’s Workforce Development/Young Professional Programme committee. In 2018, Elizabeth was selected to receive one of the IAF’s Emerging Space Leader grants to attend the 2018 International Astronautical Congress and Space Generation Congress.