NASA Armstrong Research Center

Secretary for AFRC Director

Carmen Arevalo was born in Tijuana, Mexico and moved to the United States when she was 16 years old. She attended college at Montgomery College in Washington, D.C. to studied business administration. While she was in D.C., she worked for the government at the National Weather Service.

She started her career at NASA in 1991 working in the Human Resources office where she was in charge of vacancy announcements. Hence, she was responsible for letting people know what jobs were available at NASA.

Currently, she is the secretary for Dryden’s Center Director – the person who is “first in command” of all of NASA Dryden! Her days are very hectic, and every day is different. The person she works for travels a great deal and hosts many meetings and conferences with very important people from all around the world. Part of her job is to make the traveling VIPs feel welcome. She helps to arrange these important meetings to make sure everything functions smoothly.

Ms. Arevalo has worked on interesting projects where her language skills in both English and Spanish have been used. She has been asked to translate materials for the center from Spanish to English, and has narrated a video tour of NASA Dryden in Spanish. In addition, she has on many occasions to served as a translator. She has earned a NASA Award for her outstanding efforts. Her future goals include becoming an assistant to a project manager or a technical project manager.

Her profile and archived web chats are also featured on NASA Quest website.



Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) is NASA’s center for aeronautical flight research and atmospheric flight operations.

NASA AFRC is chartered to research, develop, verify, and transfer advanced aeronautics, space and related technologies.

NASA AFRC is located in the desert right next to Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. There is a very, very big dry lakebed that serves as a landing strip for new experimental aircraft. It also serves as a backup landing site for the Space Shuttle and a facility to test and validate design concepts and systems used in development and operation of the Orbiters.

For more information, visit NASA Armstrong Research Center home page.