OUR MISSION

To build a commercial space development ecosystem by
providing innovative educational experiences and
hands-on training for students and veterans.

OUR STAFF

FREDRICK JENET

Executive director

Dr. Fredrick Jenet is the founder and executive director of Expanding Frontiers, a nonprofit organization based in Brownsville, Texas, with a mission to foster the growth of a commercial space ecosystem. Dr. Jenet is an experienced entrepreneur, visionary researcher, and innovative educator, having founded several initiatives in Texas that are fostering the development of a state and national ecosystem for space exploration and commercialization. He is the founder of the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s first center of excellence, as well as STARGATE, a NewSpace technology development program with facilities at the Boca Chica launch complex in South Texas. 

He is also the founder of Rockets and Rigs, an academic/industry/government collaboration working to solve common problems and challenges in both the space development and energy sectors. Dr. Jenet graduated from MIT with an S.B. in Physics in 1993 and obtained his PhD in physics from Caltech in 2001. He was a senior research scientist at Schlumberger Doll research laboratory and a Postdoctoral Scholar at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Esmeralda castle

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Esmeralda Castle is an administrative assistant at Expanding Frontiers and the program coordinator of the Veterans Ascension Program. Castle earned a bachelor’s degree in applied arts and sciences, and an AS in business technology. She is also a certified corporate technology trainer. She has worked as a civil rights paralegal for the past eight years and is preparing to take the LSAT.

Keeisi A. Caballero

Entrepreneur in Residence

Keeisi Analy Caballero Valdez obtained her Master of Business Administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2019 and a Master of Science in Physics from the same institution in August 2020. Keeisi completed her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Physics at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in 2016. 

Throughout her academic career Ms. Caballero has been part of internships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Houston Technology Center, one of the top ten business accelerators in the United States. Keeisi was part of the Arecibo Remote Command Center for over 6 years where she worked with students searching for pulsars and conducting observations using the Arecibo Telescope. Ms. Caballero has been involved in numerous projects to aid the development of an ecosystem for space exploration and commercialization in the South Texas region.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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FREDRICK JENET

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MENTORS & ADVISORS

Jane Lee hicks

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fredrick jenet

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