[Former Kennedy Space Center]

Former Design Engineer [Retired]

Ms. Berta Alfonso served as a Design Engineer for 17 years at Kennedy Space Center. She has designed and developed computer hardware and software for various project at KSC supporting shuttle, payloads, and Space Station processing. Berta currently serves as KSC’s University Affairs Officer. In this capacity, she leads university student and faculty programs, informal education, and e-education.

Berta’s first design was a circuit card to emulate the Payload Signal Processor (PSP) which is a shuttle flight box that sends commands to payloads. Her card was used in the Partial Payload Checkout Unit to test payloads on the ground before it was launched. She has also worked developing Health and Status software for the processing of Space Station modules. She has also designed a flight interface card to receive X-34 flight data for on-board analysis.

After 17 years in engineering, Berta moved to education as KSC’s e-Education Project Manager. This position afforded her to marry both of her passions, engineering and education, in managing projects to create NASA based tools and resources for students and teachers. Berta then served as KSC’s University Affairs Officer leading university student and faculty programs, informal education, and e-education. Currently, she serves as the Lead for Education Agency-wide Projects managed at Kennedy Space Center.

Educational Background

Berta was born in Cuba. She graduated with a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Miami. She also holds a Masters in Systems Engineering and Management from the University of Central Florida.

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NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is located on the east coast of Florida approximately midway between Jacksonville and Miami.

NASA KSC was named after Presiden John F. Kennedy. KSC has hosted millions of guests from around the world for more than 30 years — telling the story of how the United States built a space program that launched men to the moon, orbited satellites that have improved our lives, and sent probes into distant space to solve the mysteries of the cosmos.

For more information, visit NASA Kennedy Space Center home page.