I was born in Barbastro, Spain. From early on, I was fascinated by technology, and I was a big fun of science fiction. I went to college in Madrid, studying in the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronauticos. After that I did my military service in the Spanish Air Force, got my first job in the space field with Grupo Mecanico de Vuelo en Madrid, Spain, and then went to East Hartford, Connecticut, with a one year internship in Pratt & Whitney. I fell in love with this country at that time.
After returning to Europe, I moved to Darmstadt, Germany, where I worked at the European Space Operations Center from ESA as a Flight Dynamics Analyst. While in Germany, I met my future American wife and, after a couple of years from getting married, we moved to Pasadena, California, and I started working at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, first as a contractor with Raytheon, and then as a Caltech employee.