Juan Arrieta

Founder and CEO (Pasadena, CA)

Juan holds a BSc (2002) in chemical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City, Mexico) and a PhD (2007) from Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, USA). His academic work focused on numerical optimization applied to spacecraft trajectory design.

Upon concluding his PhD, Juan joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant, where he served clients in various industries, including automotive, oil and gas, banking, and local government. In 2009, Juan left McKinsey to pursue his life-long dream of working for NASA; he joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

From 2009 through 2012, Juan served JPL as a Navigation Engineer with the Flight Path Control Group, where his responsibilities included the design, analysis, and optimization of orbit trim maneuvers for the Cassini Spacecraft. In 2012, he transitioned roles and became a Mission Design Engineer with the Outer Planet Mission Analysis Group, where his responsibilities included the design of trajectories for Europa Clipper, NASA’s upcoming mission to Europa.

In 2016, Juan left JPL and founded Nabla Zero Labs.

Alfonso Gonzalez

Mission Design and Navigation Analyst (Pasadena, CA)

Alfonso holds a BSc (2020) in aerospace engineering with a concentration in astronautics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (San Luis Obispo, CA). Throughout his time at university he worked six internships and was a member of the Cal Poly CubeSat Research Lab.

At his three internships at Planetary Resources, Alfonso worked on one asteroid and two LEO missions, where his roles included modeling and simulation of asteroid ejecta trajectories, interplanetary trajectories, ADCS, and IR instrument characterization. At GomSpace Luxembourg, Alfonso worked on two asteroid missions, where his responsibilities covered proximity operations, SEP system modeling, and Earth-Moon flyby trajectories.

At CACI, he developed low level software integrated into rocket trajectory simulations. At Inspired Flight Technologies and Cal Poly CubeSat, he developed test systems for space and aerial flight hardware, most notably supporting JPL on integration and testing of their two MarCO CubeSats.