Bonnie Prado Pino
A native of Quibdó, Chocó (Colombia), Bonnie received her Bachelor of Sciences in Electronics Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. After working as a visitor scholar for the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at the University of Texas at Austin, Bonnie started her graduate studies and was awarded her Master of Sciences in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, in Austin, Texas. Bonnie is currently a PhD. student in Astrodynamics and Space Applications. Her current research focuses on trajectory design for secondary payloads, mainly exploring control strategies for a low-thrust spacecraft’s trajectory optimization in multi-body regimes, via both direct and indirect methods, for cases when the thrust levels are those limited by the operational constraints of micro-, pico- and/or nano-satellites. In 2014, Bonnie founded the Afro-Latino Experience Organization (ALE), a non-profit initiative that seeks to expose underrepresented students from disadvantage regions in Colombia to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.