PRESENTATION

Hi everyone,

Now that I have a few minutes extra I want to tell you guys a little about my experience in engineering and current projects:

I have studied in both Europe and the United States, majoring in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Malaga in Spain, and attending communication courses in Electrical Communication Engineering at the International Masters Program of the University of Kassel in Germany. I am currently an exchange student at Rowan University in New Jersey doing research with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering on multi-sensor data fusion with applications to nondestructive evaluation (NDE). Beside I attended last semester here in Rowan business course like Principle in Marketing, Accounting and Management Information Systems, Public Speaking and two courses of Chinese-Mandarin (Chinese classes are awesome, I highly encourage everyone to take them!!). In addition, I work some hours a week in the Honors Program at Rowan as web maintenance (http://www.rowan.edu/honors) as well as, being loyal to my Spanish culture, lol, participate actively as a member and Webmaster at the Spanish Cultural Club at Rowan “El Circulo de Español” (http://www.rowan.edu/clubs/ece).

Why a choose NDE as my field of specialization? Well, during my stay in the University of Kassel in Germany I had the opportunity to work as laboratory research assistant in the Department of Measurement Engineering. My main task there dealt with the development and construction of Eddy-Current electronic circuit for complex impedance measurement with application in Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE). That was the best opportunity ever to get involves with NDE techniques which applications allow saving money testing deteriorated aging civil infrastructures such as the steel cables that modern suspension bridges hang from, gas natural pipelines networks, aircraft fuselage among others.

Once I was only a stone’s throw earn my degree in Telecommunication I decided repeat my experience abroad studying for one additional academic year at Rowan University. Definitely that would be a great chance to improve my languages skills, and gain valuable experience in the field of image processing and multi-sensor data fusion with applications to nondestructive evaluation (NDE) – one of the core fields of research in the ECE department lab at Rowan.

This NDE lab, which is directed by my master theses advisor, Dr.Mandayam, supports research in magnetic, ultrasonic, acoustic, optical and X-ray CT imaging, design and development of artificial neural networks and virtual reality (VR). The lab has pioneered the application of a variety of imaging techniques for non-invasive materials assessment and shape characterization, and the researches are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, US Department of Energy, National Institutes of Health, US Navy, American Cancer Society, ExxonMobil, Thomson Consumer Electronics, Water Environment Research Foundation, etc.

My contribution to the research here consist in the development of statistical analyses methods for improving the reliability of gas transmission pipeline inspections. Investigate both data fusion algorithms and specimen fabrication methods for accuracy and cost-savings are needed.

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