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Director, Arecibo Observatory
Francisco (Cla) Cordova, Ph.D., oversees operations at the Arecibo Observatory, a multi-disciplinary facility that performs cutting-edge research in the areas of radio astronomy, space and atmospheric sciences, and planetary sciences. He manages SRI’s Center for Geospace Sciences located at the Observatory, and leads the engineering and facilities management across the site.
Prior to joining SRI, Cordova was the senior manager for Composite Materials and Fabrication for Boeing Research and Technology, where he was responsible for the R&D portfolio for composites in the areas of superstructure fabrication and next generation materials. Previously, Cordova held positions as production engineering integration manager for the Boeing South Carolina final assembly team, and technical lead engineer on Boeing’s 787 program.
Cordova has a B.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, an M.S. degree in civil engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of South Carolina-Columbia.