Félix Soto Toro

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Félix Soto Toro
Félix Soto Toro .jpg
OccupationElectronics engineer, scientist

Félix Soto Toro [note 1] (born 1967), is an electrical designs engineer at NASA, who developed the Advanced Payload Transfer Measurement System.[1]

Early years[edit]

Soto Toro was raised in a poor section of the City of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico known as El Barrio Amelia.[2] As a child, he was interested in everything that had to do with light bulbs and electricity[citation needed]. He obtained his primary and secondary education in his hometown and went to high school at the Colegio Madre Cabrini in San Juan.[3][self-published source?][2][failed verification]

In 1984, after graduating from high school, Soto Toro enrolled at the Florida Institute of Technology, located in Melbourne, Florida.[2] In 1986, while in college, he decided that he would like to become an engineer for NASA[failed verification]. Soto Toro participated in the Cooperative Education Program.[3][self-published source?]

Career at NASA[edit]

In 1990, Soto Toro earned his bachelor's degree in science in electrical engineering. He was hired by NASA, a month after graduating and assigned to the Design Engineering Networks Communications section at Kennedy Space Center. In 1992, he completed his master's degree in science in electrical engineering, and by 1997, he completed another Masters in Science Degree. By specializing in the communications field of electrical engineering, he improved his credentials towards his goal of becoming an astronaut.[2]

At the Kennedy Space Center, Soto Toro reviews, designs, builds, tests and implements engineering designs used in the Space Shuttle and Payload Operations Development Laboratories. The main project he developed was the Advanced Payload Transfer Measurement System, which consists of a simplified, robust, centrally operated and portable system that automatically measures the spherical coordinates offset between the trunnion and their supports during transfer operations. Soto Toro earned his Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Electrical Engineering and applied to become an astronaut candidate.[4][failed verification][2][failed verification]

In NASA, Soto Toro works with testing ground support equipment used in pre-launch, launch and post-launch activities.[1]


Soto Toro was presented with the 2003 "El Premio Coqui" by La Casa de Puerto Rico in Florida for his contributions in the field of science[citation needed]. On November 9, 2003, Soto Toro, along with another Puerto Rican astronaut applicant, Henry Bursian Berríos, and Ninfa Segarra, who was the first Hispanic Deputy Mayor of New York City, were named the Grand Marshals of the Puerto Rican Day Parade held in Palm Bay, Florida.[2][failed verification] Soto Toro was twice given the Puerto Rico Role Model Award, by the Puerto Rico School system.[2]

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  1. ^ This article uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Soto and the second or maternal family name is Toro.


  1. ^ a b c "Puerto Rico's Felix Soto Toro dreams of joining list of Hispanic astronauts". FoxNews Latino. October 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Metelko, Marta (October 14, 2003). "NASA Engineer Opens Doors To World Of Science" (Press release). Headquarters, Washington: NASA – via Nasa News.
  3. ^ a b Toro, Felix Soto. "Meet Felix Soto Toro". Nasa Quest. Archived from the original on 2012-02-22. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "Projects". Internet Scout.