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Sergio Martín del Campo Barraza

Published: 17 May 2019

Round 6

Sergio Martín del Campo Barraza

I graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechatronic Engineering in 2007 from ITESM Campus Guadalajara, Mexico. Immediately after, I started to work as Design Engineer at GE Aviation where I designed, certified and validated sensors used in aircraft engines. However, my curiosity for space, living an international experience, and further my education remained with me. Thus, I decided to apply to the SpaceMaster program, which I was admitted and I started in 2010. First, I moved to Würzburg where I had a great time in my first international experience. Afterwards, I moved to Kiruna for the second semester. An experience that truly changed my life for the best. I had always wanted to live in an exotic place and for me any place with snow was exotic enough.

My time in Kiruna is full of sweet memories and friendships that remains with me now. I enjoyed my second semester in Kiruna and decided to stay there for my second year in the engineering track. During all this time, I had the opportunity to participate in an ESA BEXUS campaign and to do an internship at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics. When the time came for my Master thesis, I had the opportunity to go to Japan and do my work at ISAS-JAXA on the calibration of a sensor part of the BepiColombo mission to Mercury. The two years of the SpaceMaster program flew by faster than I would had liked.

After SpaceMaster, I became a PhD student at Luleå University of Technology – Luleå Campus. My PhD was on machine learning for industrial applications and I completed it in 2017. It seems like I had been around many different areas but I do not see it this way. My entire education has revolved around sensors. During my time at bachelors and GE, I learned about the electrical and mechanical aspects of sensor design. In SpaceMaster, I had the opportunity to learn of the science behind the operation of any sensors. Finally, in my PhD, I learned what I can do with the data I gather from sensors. Thus, my education has allowed to go through the whole circle of sensor design, development and use.

Now, I am still at LTU working as a Post-Doc and forever thankful to SpaceMaster for all the friendships and opportunities that it gave me.