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Angel Abbud-Madrid

By Pauline Rivera


Abbud-Madrid was born and raised in Chihuahua with three sisters, Abbud-Madrid spent one year in the United States learning English. He returned to Mexico and acquired a B.A. of science at ITESM. Abbud-Madrid worked at Ponderosa Industrial until mid 1986. He also worked at a gold and silver recovery mine. Addud-Madrid then moved close to Mexico City and worked as a project engineer at a paper plant implementing and installing a recycling system. Following this project, he returned to the U.S. and acquired a master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University in 1990. He spent one additional year at Princeton working on a project studying combustion in microgravity He traveled to Boulder to work on a similar project. He acquired a Ph.D in combustion of metals in space at the University of Colorado in 1996. He completed a post-doctural fellowship 1996-1998. That same year he had the opportunity to work on a research project at Colorado School of Mines (an experiment on Space Shuttle’s fire suppression system) until 2000. Abbud-Madrid has taught courses at CU/Boulder. In 2003 he was named Director of Center for Space Resources and also serves as a professor. Abbud-Madrid travels to Mexico twice a year, loves to read, enjoys music, and has played the guitar since high school. He is the only Latino who serves on the Board of Directors for Colorado Math Science and Technology Education Coalition, COMSTE (a group of professionals that promote the advancement of science and mathematics in educational institutions. Abbud-Madrid is married to wife Nivea.

About Colorado School of Mines

Colorado School of Mines was established in 1874 and was the first public institution of higher learning in Colorado. Current enrollment is approximately 3,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students. The school mostly offers engineering and applied sciences degrees and is led by President Dr. Miles William Scoggins. For further information, call 303 273-3000 or visit

High School Experience

Abbud-Madrid studies in Mexico were focused on science and math. “It helped define my path toward mechanical engineering,” adds Abbud-Madrid.

Message to Youth

“Knowing both educational systems, take advantage of all opportunities offered at all levels of your education. Focus on objectives and goals and work hard to get there. Be receptive to new opportunities.”

Last Word

“Life is my passion. Live it intensely and make the most out of it.”





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