Randy grew up on the Westside of San Antonio (Texas) where 99% of the residents are of Mexican descent. He graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in June 1980. After high school, attended Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, to study electrical engineering. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from there in December 1985.
While a student at Texas A&M, he was also a co-op student. The co-op (or cooperative education) program allows a student to alternate semesters of school with semesters of work. With the help of the co-op office, Randy found a job at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio.
In his senior year, Randy was awarded a fellowship to attend graduate school from the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering (GEM). He began graduate school at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, in the fall of '86, and received my master's degree in December '87.
Randy went to the NASA Laboratory in July '88 and made his way to the Radio Science Systems Group in '90. The team that he lead is the Galileo Radio Science Support Team. They are the people who plan, implement, and monitor the Radio Science experiments on Galileo for the Radio Science investigators.
Randy is a Facilitator in the Buddy Program at AIDS Project Los Angeles. Buddies are people who volunteer to provide emotional and social support to People With AIDS (PWAs). He also help with AIDS Walk Los Angeles, the AIDS Dance-athon, and the AIDS Posada in Pasadena.
Award for Excellence was presented to Randy on the Cassini/Huygens Project, for Individual Exceptional Quality - "For exceptional dedication and contribution in the implemention of the Radio Science Ground System for the Cassini Gravitational Wave Experiment".