Luis Zea

University of Colorado • Assistant Research Professor

Dr. Luis Zea has been involved as an aerospace engineer in multiple experiments conducted onboard the U.S. Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). As a researcher, he has focused on using the space environment to find solutions to problems on Earth. From the “Antibiotic Effectiveness in Space (AES-1)” experiment conducted on ISS, he is investigating bacterial resistance to antibiotics, a problem that kills around 100,000 people every year. He is also supporting his alma mater, Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, in the design and development of a satellite for monitoring contamination in the country’s lakes.
Luis has seen first-hand the benefits that space based research and assets can have for people on Earth and therefore is passionate about the democratization of access to space. He is a strong believer that international collaboration on space exploration can be an endeavor that one day may unite humanity.


International Astronautical Congress 2015

12-16 October 2015

Jerusalem, Israel