NOTHING WAS GOING TO STOP FRANKLIN CHANG DIAZ FROM REALIZING HIS DREAM.
Not language barriers. Not financial barriers. And certainly not the hard work necessary to become an astronaut.
Chang Díaz, however, also says he was also fortunate to have a loving and supportive family and some well-timed help along the way.
“No one gets anywhere without someone else’s help,” Chang Díaz said as the featured speaker at a diversity forum in October 2015 called “Breaking Barriers,” sponsored by the Southern Indiana (U.S.A.) Local Diversity Council at Cummins.
Over his 25-year career at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Chang Díaz went into space seven times on the Space Shuttle and performed three space walks as part of the construction of the International Space Station.
A native of Costa Rica who is also a U.S. citizen, Chang Díaz is today Chairman and CEO of the Ad Astra Rocket Company based in Houston, Texas, which is working on a new space propulsion system. Chang Díaz is also a member of the Cummins Board of Directors, serving in that capacity since 2009.