Dr. Edgar Castro is a Manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Engineering Directorate. He leads the teams that technically sustain the International Space Station, the teams that are developing three new human spacecraft, and the teams that develop the technologies to go to the Moon, Mars, and beyond.
As the current chief of the Propulsion and Power Division, Dr. Castro exercises overall technical and management responsibility as well as authority for activities in areas of propulsion systems, fluid systems, chemical processing, pyrotechnics, power systems, and In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU). He also manages the JSC on-site Hazardous Testing Complex (ESTA). Previously, he was Division Chief of the Biomedical Systems Division, the Structures and Mechanics Division, the Robotics, Simulation, and the Software Division. He also managed the White Sands Test Facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Dr. Castro started at JSC in 1987 as a design, analysis, and test engineer in the Structures and Mechanics division where he worked on flight hardware for the Space Shuttle Program. He then worked acquiring docking systems to support the collaboration of US-Russian missions. These efforts came together as he worked the final development and assembly of the International Space Station orbiting around the Earth today. From these programs, he moved to the Engineering Directorate where he now works in support of all of the human spaceflight programs.
Dr. Castro has a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University.