Carlos Torrez is the Program Manager for the NASA Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Programs located at the Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley. He draws on over 25 years of experience in the space industry with extensive development of seed fund initiatives to help bring frontier technologies to market. Carlos began his career as a Contracting Officer and then his work evolved into positions including serving as Business Manager for the Kepler mission and Chief of Innovative Partnerships for Ames. Carlos’ educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Business and a Master’s in Business Management from Notre Dame University.
In his current role, Carlos is responsible for representing the NASA SBIR/STTR Programs within and outside of NASA, including other US Federal and international agencies as well as businesses and research institutions. In addition to contributing to overall policy and leading business operations for the NASA SBIR/STTR $190M seed fund, Carlos’ primary focus is helping small businesses and his people, the program management office and technical staff located across the 4 mission directorates and 10 NASA centers responsible for the successful execution of the program. Carlos fosters an environment of collaboration and teamwork to ensure that program execution is well aligned with strategy, while maintaining a high level of team performance and morale. Carlos has received numerous awards for outstanding service to NASA with the most notable being the Exceptional Achievement Medal in which he was recognized by the business community for expanding contract award opportunities to small, minority, and women owned businesses.
When not at work Carlos is a certified gear head and enjoys collecting, restoring, and campaigning a 1965, Chevy Corvair. Carlos is happily married with one son who currently plays American football at college.