Domenico Ruggiero holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering – Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida. For most of his professional career, Domenico has worked at/near the NASA Kennedy Space Center. He has worked on the Space Shuttle Program as an Orbiter Structures Engineer for United Space Alliance. Currently he works for a large government consulting firm where he has held many roles such as a Systems Engineer on the NASA Constellation Program and the NASA Commercial Crew Transportation Systems Program. His expertise is on data analysis & the automation of Microsoft Office productivity.
As blessed as Domenico has been professionally, the far-greater honor comes from the other ‘hats’ that he wears – namely Husband and Father. Domenico and his wife, Sonia, are proud parents to 3 young boys. In addition to the importance of close personal relationships with his wife and sons, he strives to maintain a healthy work-life balance so that he can impress upon the children other practical skills in addition to their homeschool academics such as outdoor skills, physical fitness, craftsmanship, community service, and entrepreneurship.
Domenico is a fired-up “revert” to the Catholic faith and has cast-off the notion of being a “cafeteria Catholic” long ago. Now armed with the fullness of the truth found within the Catholic Church, he engages in online debates against secular forces on moral matters of political and social interest.
Recognized as a proficient public speaker on a variety of topics, Domenico often speaks at the Space Florida Undergraduate Academy where he gives advice to young men and women on obtaining a job and advancing within their careers. With Homeschool Connections, he has proudly delivered two online webinars and is now a teacher for two sought-after courses – “Computer Programming 101” and the one-of-a-kind “Spaceflight Operations and Related Sciences”, both of which incorporate Catholicism into the subject matter. On LinkedIn, he is the founder and manager of the “Catholic Dads and our Domestic Church” and “Catholic Homeschoolers” networking groups as well as a regular discussion contributor on the “Catholic Professionals” group.
Domenico and his family currently reside in the St. Louis, MO area.