The organising committee and jury of the fifth edition of the Ada Byron Award to WomenTechnologist from the University of Deusto - Faculty of Engineering, has awarded the 2018 award to María Ángeles Martín Prats, Senior lecturer at Electronics Engineering Department of the University of Seville. She is researcher of the Electronics Technology Group TIC-109 of the University of Seville since 1996 and manages the aeronautic research line inside the same group since 2003.
María Ángeles Martín Prats presents a sound trajectory in the aeronautical sector with multiple works based fundamentally on power electronics, avionics and electronic systems for aeronautical applications. One of her main achievements has been the rise of women enrolled in Air Navigation in Seville, from a 15% to a 60% in five years. Consequently, she was selected by the Global Council of Engineering Deans among hundreds of women around the world for her efforts to attract students to this area of studies.In addition, she has participated in more than 70 industrial and research projects, being responsible for 42 aeronautical projects with technology transfer to the industry.
She is also coordinator of the PEGASUS European Aerospace Network of Excellence (www.pegasus-europe.org) School of Engineering of the University of Seville since 2008 and Member of the Pegasus Board since April 2011.
At the European level she is Coordinator of Universities of the European Defence Agency since 2017. She is member of the Academy Working Group of the European Commission Joint Undertaking Clean Sky since October 2017 and member of the Scientific Committee since 2018.
The Ada Byron Award for Women Technologist is an initiative at the state level of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Deusto with the objective of promoting women's vocations in the field of technological research and development, acknowledging the role of technology for social development, as well as to recognise women´s contribution to theses fields.
The award, of 3,000 euros, is sponsored by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, IK4 and Emakunde-Basque Women's Institute. It is also the result of a collaboration with Innobasque and Basque BioCluster.
In its first four editions the award was given to: Montserrat Meya, expert in artificial intelligence and automatic translation; Asunción Gómez, researcher in "semantic technologies"; Nuria Oliver, Director of R&D Telefonica; and Regina Llopis Rivas, Ph.D. in Mathematics Applied to Artificial Intelligence by the University of California Berkeley.
In this fifth edition, almost 100 applications were received. All the candidates are active professionals between 23 and 66 years old, coming from the academic and business worlds. Although there is a predominance of women with a telecommunications and information technology background, there was a greater diversity of profiles in this 2018 edition.