Juan is a graduate of ISU’s SSP Program in 1989, when he benefited from a joint scholarship of CNES and ESA. Last March, Juan was elected as ISU’s 6th President, and has succeed Walter Peeters in September 2018.
His background is in mechanical engineering, business administration, space studies, and languages. He has over 35 years of international management experience in engineering, operations, technology development, education and communications. He has worked in the private sector, in university and for the French (CNES) and European (ESA) Space Agencies.
His latest job was as Head of the Communication Office at ESTEC, ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands. He previously served as director of the Aerospace Research and Technology Centre (CTAE) in Barcelona, and as General Delegate of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA). Earlier on, he worked as Range Operations Manager (DDO) at Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou.
His involvement with ISU as Faculty member dates back to 1993, and he has also served as Director of the SSP Program and as Chair of the Academic Council.
Juan was raised in a German-Spanish family. He speaks seven languages. He and his wife Cristina enjoy a family of three children.