What made you choose to become an engineer in the telecommunications industry?
I’ve always loved maths, physics and computers. I am interested in the origin of things and communications. As a telecommunications engineer I get to work with all these things. When you start out, you have no idea whether the choices you make are the right ones for you, luckily for me I love my chosen career.
Is this the path you always wanted to go down? If so, at what age did you decide this?
I’ve always been focused on the pure technical side of telecommunications. I worked as an R&D engineer for four years and then wanted to achieve a balance between the technical and commercial side of engineering. Having contact with customers and proposing solutions to their problems. In May 2014, I joined Technetix as a Sales Engineer in Zaragoza, Spain. It was a completely new challenge for me.
What do you find the biggest challenge?
I guess, one of the issues I have faced as an engineer in the telecommunications industry is being a woman in a male dominated world. It can be difficult to take the focus away from my female status and on to my abilities as an engineer. Things are changing though and I hope that many women will follow me into engineering. I will continue to work hard and demonstrate my skills as an engineer.
What excites you most about the industry?
What is more exciting than dBs (decibels)? Ha, I guess that is an engineering joke! It is probably the very core of what we do. We design and propose solutions for some of the biggest networks out there. Our solutions join people together, whether that’s a family watching a film or a group friends watching a live event. People from all over the world are connected because we design ways to make this happen. It is an incredible feeling!
What are you working on at the moment?
It is an important time in the industry and I am currently working on some really interesting projects. At the moment, big HFC operators are all in the process of DOCSIS 3.1 network upgrades. I’ve being working on these projects for more than a year with incredible support from the team.
I have also been working with Filip de Bastos Ambrosio, our Regional Sales Director for Portugal and I have also been working on designing a new optical distribution network in Angola. At the same time, I am working on FTTH projects, coming up with ideas and solutions that can positively affect our regional business. So a busy time!
Where did you study and what did you study?
I studied in my hometown, the lovely Zaragoza. Towards the end of my degree in Telecommunications Engineering, I spent six months in Télécom Paris to do a special project on digital signal processing. I then decided that I wanted to focus my attention on communications so I did a Masters in Information Technology and Communications Networks. When I finished, I was worried about my non–technical skills and my knowledge about business, so decided to go to Business School and do an MBA.
I am always keen to learn new things, whether this is programming, international trade or best practice for project management. I am also very interested in languages. I should probably take a break from learning but I am addicted to it!
What experience did you have before coming to Technetix?
I started working as an intern at Photonic Technology Group at the University of Zaragoza as an R&D engineer. The plan was to work there for three months, however that grew into three years. I collaborated with a local company, Aragon Photonics, developing a high resolution spectrum analyser. This involved researching and implementing new techniques for measuring the quality of next generation signals. It was a great project but unfortunately we couldn’t patent it. However, I publicised the results on ECOC in the Optical Society and got the National Award of the XXXI call of The Official Telecommunications Association.
After that, I changed sector and went into the audio-visual and broadcasting industry, as a Technical Office Engineer for regional television. Using both of these experiences, I returned to my roots in R&D to work on mobile communications: LTE and the co-existence of different radio-communications systems. It was at this point that I decided to move to Technetix!
How has Technetix helped you develop?
In May it is my second anniversary at Technetix, it seems a long time now. When I first started, I was shy but thanks to the marvellous team I work with, I have become more confident. The projects I am involved with have helped me learn not only the technical side of things but also managing challenges and thinking outside of the box. I am learning new things every day and improving my knowledge.