Young Professional Profile March 2019

We want to get to know you! The member profile section in our YP newsletter helps us get to know more about our AIAA young professional members. Please take a moment to fill out this short form YP Spotlight Application about you and return it to us at: We will publish one member's profile each month. Please note that the profile should be no longer than one page and must be professional in nature. The YPC will reserve the right to refuse any profiles that do not meet these guidelines. We look forward to learning more about you!

Ben Salmore, AIAA Young ProfessionalName: Julio C Mendez

Hometown: Maracaibo (Venezuela)

Currently lives: Prescott, AZ


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering. North Carolina A&T State University, USA.
  • Sciences. Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering. Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela

Employer: Corrdesa, LLC

Job Description: CFD Engineer in charge of developing new methodologies and numerical methods for corrosion analysis

As a kid, what did you want to be when you “grew up”?
I have always wanted to be part of NASA. Working with multidisciplinary teams developing new technologies.

How far can YOU see? Where do you see the aerospace industry 10–20 years from now?
A viable commercial space industry with commercial orbital space flights. Long-term human presence beyond low Earth orbit and more robotic spacecraft exploring planets beyond Earth.

One insightful fact you want everyone to know:
Education is definitely important. Pursuing higher degrees give you the opportunity to learn from experts’ experiences. Do not ever give up, regardless of how tough things can look like.

Professional Interests:
Computational Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Applied Math, Hypersonic flows, Turbulence and combustion.

Planes, learning and flight.