Brett Hoffstadt
Rocket Scientist, Author, & Innovation Catalyst
Cerina Zamora
STEM Educator
at Southwest Independent School District

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.


The WEX Foundation (WEXF) 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 scientist, engineers, mathematicians and technologists, beginning with K-12 education. Its focus is to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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.

About Us

Board Members

The goal is to foster an education path for special needs students and historically under-represented constituents into the aerospace community with development of curriculum lesson and activity plans with the latest information available in space science and space exploration with a focus on space exploration goals to inform students about STEM careers. WEXF objectives include providing the student with the latest information on the universe, manned and unmanned space exploration, advances in space technology and help special needs students and Hispanic students in low-income school districts 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.
Donald Hooper, Ph.D.
Planetary Geologist and Consultant

Louise Cantwell
Executive Director, Attorney, Fund Development Consultant

Named in honor of Judge Waldo E. Ximenes, an unwavering proponent of educational opportunity for the disenfranchised.

Mark Barnett
STEM Robotic Expert 
and Chief IT Strategist


Founder and Board Chair

Samuel W. Ximenes, Space Architect

Watch Sam speak about how community STEM workforce development can be tied to Space Exploration

Advisory Group

Edward Patrick
Space Scientist at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI)
Sean Dooley
Aerospace Professional
at SKIE Consulting
Tai Sik Lee, Ph.D.
Professor and Space Civil Engineer