Miriam Ugarte

Systems Engineer in Spectrum Engineering

"Inmarsat gives you plenty of career development opportunities to grow you on a personal and a professional level."

University attended & degree course studied:

Mondragon Unibertsitatea (Spain): Telecommunications Engineering

ERASMUS semester at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland):

Communications Systems Master.

Current role at Inmarsat:

Systems Engineer in Spectrum Engineering

Why did you initially apply to Inmarsat’s Technology Development Programme?

It was a great opportunity to grow my professional career as a Telecom Engineer in a satellite communications environment. I have always been passionate and enthusiastic about learning new and challenging skills. I wanted to experience different roles within different departments in order to have the global picture of how Inmarsat works and join all the chains.

What are some of the projects you’ve been involved in and what part have you played?

I started the Technology Development Programme in the User Terminal team as a Systems Engineer. I was the UT Group technical leader for L-band UT Type approval activities and for BGAN link budget analysis. I had to support UT manufacturer reviews of the physical layer. I also supported different business cases in order to approach a UT specification prediction as well as performance and spectrum efficiency information.

Currently I am finishing my second rotation in the Spectrum Engineering team where I have had two main roles, GX and BGAN data traffic analyst. On one hand, I have contributed in the general traffic level forecasting and analysis for the new GX service, focusing mainly in aero terminals. On the other hand, I have analysed the loading of Inmarsat BGAN services and optimised it to address major DSP congestion. I have also enhanced the loading of MPAs to improve the performance of the satellite.

Any highlights so far?

While I was in the UT team I supported the helicopter measurement campaign where I carried out some measurements on the bench. Based on those helicopter analysis results and thanks to the support of my colleagues I published the whitepaper Impact of Interleaving Length on Satellite Communication Performance in Helicopter Environment in IEEE Systems Conference 2016.

How would you describe the Inmarsat environment to prospective applicants?

I would describe it as a place where you can call it 'family'. Based on my experience, Inmarsat people are open, passionate about their work, kind to help you whenever you need it and great people. Inmarsat gives you plenty of career development opportunities to grow you on a personal and a professional level.

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