Hello, my name is Beatriz and I am a 25-year-old PhD student. In November 2007 I received a scholarship from the Spanish Meteorological Agency (AEMET) and since then I have been working together with my university, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and AEMET, on developing new weather radar processing algorithms.
- From where started the idea of the study you presented in ERAD2008?
Wind Turbine Clutter (WTC) is a major problem in the Spanish weather radar network. The first day I saw a radar display I was told about that trouble and asked about solutions. In ERAD2008 I tried to describe the problem and I also proposed a new technique for a specific radar operation mode.
- Is there a possibility to use these results in different fields of the society?
Wind Turbine Clutter is not only affecting weather radars performance, but also many other radar and communications systems, such as Air Traffic Control or even Television Broadcasting (DVB-T)… And then, it is a need to study and develop different mitigation techniques.
- Did you participate in other conferences before?
Before Helsinki ERAD2008 I attended the international conference on radar systems RADAR2007, in Edinburgh, where I presented a study on Ladar systems. Just after ERAD2008 I attended RADAR2008, in Adelaide, presenting a work based on WTC statistical characterization. And, of course, I am looking forward to attending ERAD2010!
- What do you think it was especially useful for you in ERAD 2008?
In ERAD 2008 I had the opportunity to learn a lot about radar and meteorology, that was very important for me, but I think that it was even more important the fact of joining such a community. I mean, before I attended ERAD 2008 I knew very few people working on weather radar signal processing, and that, I must recognize, made me feel a bit lonely. It was really nice to do a presentation about the work I had done, but it was much nicer to be asked about it and so, found new points of view and ideas. I am really grateful for the advice I was given on how I should continue my research. In my opinion ERAD conferences are a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge.
- Do you think there are more women following an engineering career or scientific one than lets say 5 years ago?
Absolutely yes! In fact the year I started my degree the record of women studying this engineering was beaten. However, we were still very few, less than a 30% of females. In general, engineering has been traditionally a male’s issue, but things are gradually changing and now we can find many women interested in technology research. We are still less, but I hope that the number of woman following a scientific or engineering career will continue increasing.
- Do you plan to publish the study you presented in ERAD 2008 in a peer-review journal? (we plan to organize a prize for the best post-ERAD paper written by a young scientist as a first author...).
I am afraid that there is no paper accepted yet… but I will let you know!