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Associate Vice President, Strategic Information Initiatives and Technology

Evelyn Miralles


Evelyn Miralles

Former NASA Johnson Space Center Chief Principal Engineer for the Virtual Reality Laboratory, an Astronaut Training Facility managed by CACI International

Evelyn Miralles is a pioneer visionary who served as the Chief Principal Engineer at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Her work from the Virtual Reality Laboratory at NASA has been integral to the enhancement of Human Spaceflight Exploration, training U.S. Astronauts to perform one of the most dangerous excursions of their lives, Spacewalking, and working outside a spacecraft in micro-gravity. Currently Miralles serves an important role in academia as the Associate Vice President for Strategic Information Initiatives and Technology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Miralles graduated from UHCL with a Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Systems in 1992, and a Master of Business Administration in 2012. Originally from Venezuela, she first earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Graphics from Lamar University in 1990, and it was then when she discovered a passion for computer technology.

Miralles co-wrote the state-of-the-art flight software 'Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics' (DOUG), a Virtual Reality ready training tool used to prepare astronauts for every Space Shuttle and International Space Station mission since 2000, which earned her NASA's 'Outstanding Flight Software Award.' Miralles has also won the 'Flight Safety Award' presented by the elite NASA's Astronaut Crew Office. She was been recognized for her many contributions at the "Wings in Orbit," a book about the significant legacy of the Space Shuttle Program for space exploration.

Miralles has been named as one of BBC's 'Top 100 Inspirational Women in the World' for 2016 and one of CNET's 'Top 20 Most Influential Hispanics in Technology' for 2015 and 2016, amongst other recognitions. She lends her experience and leadership to the field of computer engineering and mix realities technologies on a national level, within government agencies and universities. Among her proudest roles, however, is to encourage young students and women to pursue and succeed in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education through lectures and other outreach efforts.