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Evelyn Miralles

Former NASA Lead Virtual Reality Innovator

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Evelyn Miralles is a Venezuelan engineer responsible for NASA's Virtual Reality Program. As Chief Engineer in NASA's Virtual Reality Program and a pioneer in the field, Evelyn Miralles trained and coached NASA astronauts prior to their space travels, preparing them to face unknown elements.

As a child, she dreamed of becoming an architect, and ended up designing virtual scenarios that replicated space reality to train astronauts' extra-vehicular activity. In 1992, Evelyn Miralles began her career at the NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas, where she started creating a 3D graphic model of a house on the Moon. Miralles is the co-author of the graphic program DOUG (Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics), a program designed to train astronauts in virtual reality, which NASA has used in all the missions since the Hubble Space Telescope repair in 1993. This system is also part of the structure of the International Space Station. For this and other achievements Evelyn has received several awards during her more than 26 year career at NASA.

Evelyn Miralles has also co-developed EDGE (Engineering DOUG Graphics Exploration Software), a software used in research facilities throughout the United States.

Evelyn is one of nine women from Latin America in BBC's Top 100 Women 2016. As a successful Latina in the space field, she promotes strong role models for girls as well as inspires students to pursue careers in science and applied technology.

Evelyn Miralles holds a degree in Computer Graphics from Lamar University in Houston and in Computer Science from the University of Houston Clear Lake. She later completed a postgraduate degree in Space Science at Harvard University.

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