About

WEX Foundation was founded to advance middle and high school education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects by integrating space exploration technology with project-based learning, with the ultimate goal of creating a robust space technology workforce that will enable people to live on other planets.

Our Mission

Judge Waldo E. Ximenes

The WEX Foundation is named in honor of Judge Waldo E. Ximenes, an unwavering proponent of educational opportunity for the disenfranchised.

The WEX Foundation (WEX) was established to promote, encourage and support the convergence of technology and education as applied to new visions for human space exploration and its long-term implications for the educational development of the nation’s next generation of scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists, beginning with K-12 education. Its focus is to promote space STEM education for K-12 curriculum development; improving STEM teaching and student comprehension in school districts and areas where students have been traditionally under-served and under-represented in institutions of higher education; to prepare and encourage low-income, first-generation college-bound students and students with disabilities to pursue higher education and careers in human space exploration.
The goal is to foster an education path for historically under-represented constituents into the aerospace community through development of project-based curriculum and activity plans using the latest information available in space science and space exploration goals to inform students about STEM careers in aerospace. WEX objectives include providing all student diversities, with special emphasis on female and Hispanic students in low-income school districts, with the latest information on the universe, manned and unmanned space exploration, and advances in space technology, to understand the concepts surrounding spaceflight, space vehicles, launch systems, space operations, and space missions as well as the history of astronomy and the study of the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, the Solar System, and the terrestrial and outer planets.

The foundation will serve diverse populations in fulfilling its purposes, and participate in activities reasonably necessary to carry out such purposes.

Judge Waldo E. Ximenes

The WEX Foundation is named in honor of Judge Waldo E. Ximenes, an unwavering proponent of educational opportunity for the disenfranchised.

Team

It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to make sure our mission is reaching out to as many constituent communities as it can so students everywhere have opportunities to discover their potential as space explorers. We’re fortunate to have some of the best dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to our cause.

Samuel W. Ximenes

Samuel W. Ximenes

Founder and Board Chair, Space Architect

Watch TEDx video on Youtube with Sam speaking about how community STEM workforce development can be tied to Space Exploration.

Board Members

Louise Cantwell

Louise Cantwell

Executive Director, Attorney, Fund Development Consultant

Tai Sik Lee, Ph.D.

Tai Sik Lee, Ph.D.

Professor and Space Civil Engineer

Donald Hooper, Ph.D.

Donald Hooper, Ph.D.

Planetary Geologist and Consultant

Cerina Zamora

Cerina Zamora

STEM Educator at Southwest Independent School District

Advisory Group

Brett Hoffstadt

Brett Hoffstadt

Rocket Scientist, Author, & Innovation Catalyst

Mark Barnett

Mark Barnett

STEM Robotic Expert and Chief IT Strategist at IDRA

Sean Dooley

Sean Dooley

Aerospace Professional at SKIE Consulting

Edward Patrick

Edward Patrick

Space Scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)

Partners

By helping to fund our programs for motivated Middle and High School students with an interest in exploring space, you advance 21st century careers for underrepresented minorities, female, and economically disadvantaged students.

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