Protos Desarrollo (Madrid – Spain), Siemens Enterprise Communications (Madrid – Spain), Yebes Observatory (Guadalajara – Spain), MDU (Sevilla – Spain)
The University of Manchester
I am an engineer doing a PhD in radio astronomy technology in the University of Manchester
I am designing and developing the next generation of Low Noise Amplifiers for the ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/Millimeter Array) Observatory in Chile. This observatory is located in the Chilean desert of Atacama, at a height of 5000 meters, and it is the largest radio astronomy project currently in existence. When finished, ALMA will be the most powerful telescope in the world in its range of operation, and it will enable the astronomers to go further in the understanding of the universe. For this reason, all the 66 telescopes that conform the observatory must be equipped with the most advanced technology, and the development of this technology is a big challenge!
My Typical Day: At the current stage of my project, a typical day at work consists on designing and simulating high frequency electronic components, with the help of some specialized software.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
It is difficult to mention one best achievement. I am proud of some of my previous works… If I succeed in my PhD project, this will possibly be my best achievement for the difficulty of the project.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Nobody in particular
What did you want to be after you left school?
I had no idea at that point!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Possibly I would have studied another science degree.
What's your favourite food?
My favourite food is Spanish Omelette (Tortilla de Patata).
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I want to think that I am a fun guy and do lots of fun things!!