Universidad del Valle de Guatemala and an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering (thermofluids) from University of Central Florida (UCF). He has also worked for ExxonMobil as a mechanical engineer, for UCF as a CO2 removal research project manager and for Siemens Energy, Inc. as a heat transfer engineer. As a Ph.D. candidate in Bioastronautics from University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), Luis has made the leap from purely engineering projects to science, namely, gravitational microbiology.
Luis has taken on side projects throughout his career. During his masters he worked on a cubesat that won 1st place on a Florida-level competition, he worked on gas kinetics research at Florida Space Institute at Cape Canaveral, and he was crew engineer for Crew 65 at the Mars Desert Research Station. During his Ph.D., Luis managed a graduate project to develop a baseline cockpit architecture for Sierra Nevada Corp's Dream Chaser. Throughout the last seven years has invested significant amount of time on STEM outreach to K-12 students and has volunteered as part of the American Red Cross' Disaster Action Team. He has been awarded with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Wilbur and Orville Wright Award, CU’s Graduate Student Service Award, Guatemala’s Person of the Year in the Science and Technology category, among other honors.
Luis is a scuba diver, a lifeguard, and fluently speaks German, Spanish, Portuguese and English plus basic French.