Evelyn Miralles serves as Principal Engineer and lead VR innovator for the Virtual Reality Laboratory (VRLab), an astronaut training facility at NASA Johnson Space Center. The VRLab was established in the 1990s and has been an integral part of the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS) programs. Evelyn has worked at NASA for over 20 years as part of the ISS support team for Extra Vehicular Activities or Spacewalks and Robotics operations. She has been recognized with multiple awards, including the prestigious NASA Flight Safety Award in 2012, given exclusively by the Astronaut Crew Office, and the Outstanding Employee Performance Award from her direct employer, L-3 Communications, a prime contractor in aerospace and defense systems. Evelyn also was mentioned for her contribution as a software developer in “Wings on Orbit,” a book about the Space Shuttle program scientific and engineering legacy.
Evelyn’s work has garnered awards for virtual reality software developed for the VRLab. She earned recognition with the Outstanding Flight Software award for co-writing the state-of-the-art “Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics” (DOUG), a flight software system that has been used to train astronauts for every space shuttle and ISS mission since 2000. DOUG has been distributed to all NASA centers and other institutions around the world supporting international space partners. Evelyn is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Award for Innovation for her work on the Engineering DOUG Graphics for Exploration software (EDGE), which has been delivered to US universities, including research facilities.
Recently, Evelyn was nominated for the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston at Clear Lake Texas for her volunteer contributions in the community and her work in space exploration advancement. She also serves as the EVA Technical Chair member for the American Institute Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Houston Chapter. Evelyn participates in many outreach events, including science fairs and lectures, to inspire students to enroll in STEM careers. She holds two Bachelor degrees in computer science and computer graphics, as well as a Master of Business Administration in Management of Technology.