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Evelyn Miralles

Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab) Astronaut Training Facility NASA JSC
Lead VR Innovator/Business Technology/Engineer

For more than 20 years, Evelyn Miralles has worked at NASA Johnson Space Center for the Virtual Reality Laboratory to enhance Human Spaceflight. Her work as Virtual Reality Principal Engineer and Technology Strategist has been integral to train astronauts to perform one of the most dangerous excursions of their lives, working outside a spacecraft in microgravity. Miralles has supported most the Space Shuttle and all of the International Space Station missions since 1992. She co-wrote the Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics software (DOUG) which has been called ‘fundamental’ for flight planning and was honored with multiple Outstanding Flight Software awards. She is also the recipient of numerous NASA’s recognitions, including the NASA Flight Safety Award, and professional, such as the ‘CNET in Spanish Top 20 most influential Hispanics in the US’ for 2 years in a row, 2015 and 2016. She is also the recipient of the ‘Distinguish Alumna Award’ by the University of Houston Clear Lake in 2016. Miralles continues to lend her experience and knowledge to the field of Computing, Virtual and Mix Realities on a national level, within government agencies and universities. She has also served as chair of the Extra-Vehicular Activity Technical Committee for the Houston section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). Among her proudest roles, however, is to encourage students and young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through fairs, lectures and other outreach efforts.