Our team
Mònica Roca
Mònica is the founder and Director of isardSAT group. As a Senior Engineer and Scientist, she also acts as R&D Director, and provides senior scientific and technical support to all isardSAT's research projects. With over 25 years of experience in altimetry, her main expertise area, she also runs some of isardSAT's altimetry projects.
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Mònica Roca
Managing and R&D Director
María José Escorihuela
María José has a PhD in Environmental, Space and Universe Science and is Senior Research Scientist expert on water resources monitoring from microwave remote sensing data at isardSAT. Her application field is on remote sensing using passive and active microwave to study hydrology and climate change. She is responsible of the development and the validation of models and algorithms to retrieve geophysical variables from satellite data and technical leader of several international R&D projects. She is also a PhD thesis supervisor and occasional reviewer for some peer-review journals.
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María José Escorihuela
Senior Research Scientist
Laia Romero
Laia is isardSAT Group Director of Operations and Strategy. She is responsible for Earth Observation Applications and Services, and Corporate Business Development. Over the last 12 years she has worked extensively on Earth Observation with radar technologies, in the development of applications, deployment and execution of services, and has contributed as a research scientist and manager to several new satellite mission studies. She has solid experience in technical project management and coordination of projects for ESA and the EC in the area of Space Technologies & Applications.
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Laia Romero
Operations and Strategy Director
Albert Garcia-Mondéjar
Albert joined isardSAT Barcelona in 2011 as R&D Engineer, became R&D Director at isardSAT UK in 2014 and since June 2019 is R&D Manager at isardSAT Barcelona. He has wide experience in algorithm development for the SAR Altimetry missions. His main tasks include managing projects, designing ground processors as well as implementing and validating algorithms from L0 to L2.
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Albert Garcia-Mondéjar
Senior R&D Engineer and Manager
Pablo García
Pablo is R&D Radar Engineer at isardSAT. His main activities include the specification, development, testing and verification of processing algorithms, with special focus on the instrumental calibration. He is also involved in scientific applications of altimetry measurements, project management and co-writing proposals.
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Pablo García
Senior R&D Radar Engineer
Gorka Moyano
Gorka is software architect. He is in charge of the design and implementation of the processing software in its operational stage, as well as serving as a link between the scientific and the software components. Also, he coordinates the development team in the Space and Technology team.
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Gorka Moyano
Software Architect
Guillermo Grau
Guillermo Grau is Tech Lead at Lobelia. An experienced aerospace systems and SW engineer, with technical and management experience in the satellite nav and comms domains in large European projects (ESA, EC). Background in digital signal processing (simulation and RT implementation), satellite and aircraft/RPA datalinks, and system design. As a SW engineer his main assets are isomorphic JS (using React / Redux / GraphQL, Node.js and his own tools), IPC and real-time signal processing in C/C++, dataviz (d3, Cesium), and network testing, with a strong emphasis on the user and developer experience.
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Guillermo Grau
Senior Engineer
Lluís Vinyals
Lluís is a co-founder and the Administrative Director at isardSAT. He manages all non-technical activities within the Company: HR, Finance, IT, Legal and Operations, reporting to the Managing and R&D Director. Lluís is involved in the preparation of new project proposals and brings to isardSAT his experience on R&D Project Management.
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Lluís Vinyals
Administrative Director
Aytor Naranjo
Aytor is the Business Development Director at Lobelia. He can provide 15 years of experience in water and sanitation infrastructure, environmental management and DRR in consultancy, international development and humanitarian response across Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Experienced in the operationalisation of applied technologies to the market / client / end user. Robust understanding of international best practice and contract management skills with multilateral and international agencies e.g. World Bank, DFID, EC, ESA.
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Aytor Naranjo
Business Development Manager
Mercè Natividad
Mercè joined isardSAT in January 2014 overseeing all the administrative functions in the office as Management Assistant. She directly handles financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, payroll and banking. She is involved in the coordination and implementation of functional internal procedures and also provides administrative support to the technical team in the management of technical projects and proposal submissions.
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Mercè Natividad
Management Assistant
Vivien Stefan
Vivien has a PhD degree in Hydrology. She is responsible for the development and validation of models used to retrieve geophysical variables from remote sensing data. Her main expertise is in using passive microwave and optical data to derive variables relevant to hydrology and climate change, such as soil moisture and soil evaporation.
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Vivien Stefan
R&D Engineer
Clara Costa
Clara is Designer and Communications Manager at isardSAT. She works on the brand development and on the interactive user experience in the climate services area. After studying Graphic Design and Communication Sciences and with a background in branding, she focuses now in information design, UI/UX design, and brand development.
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Clara Costa
Communications Manager & Design
Mark Pattle
Mark is a Software Engineer at isardSAT UK. His main responsibilities include the implementation of ground processing algorithms, and software development in Python and C++ for a range of different projects. He is also Office Director at isardSAT UK.
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Mark Pattle
Software Engineer and Office Director
Ferran Gibert
Ferran is a PhD Aerospace Engineer. He has a strong background on instrumentation and data analysis for space-born gravitational wave detectors thanks to his experience in the LISA Pathfinder mission. At isardSAT, he is involved in the development and implementation of data processing techniques for SAR altimetry projects.
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Ferran Gibert
R&D Engineer
Eliazar Lebrón
Eliazar is part of the Administrative Department. His duties include liaising with the isardSAT team as well as external contacts as accountants and suppliers. He also provides support for multiple projects, meetings, travels and events.
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Eliazar Lebrón
Management Assistant
Samir Amer
Samir is in charge of ensuring the correct functioning of isardSAT computer systems, guaranteeing uptime, efficiency, use of resources and server security.
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Samir Amer
IT Systems
Gerard Núñez
Gerard is a Computer Science Engineer at isardSAT. His main responsibilities include the implementation of ground processing algorithms, and software development in C++ and Python for a range of different projects.
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Gerard Núñez
Computer Science Engineer
Sergi Hernández
Sergi is a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering student doing an internship at isardSAT. He is currently working on the development, testing and verification of ground processing algorithms within the software team.
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Sergi Hernández
R&D Engineer
Chris Ray
Chris’s background is in theoretical physics. At isardSAT he works to develop mathematical models of the backscattered power of radar altimeters based on the physical nature of the sea surface and the radar. The models are used to aid in the design of altimeters and to build signal processing algorithms to make measurements with greater accurate.
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Chris Ray
Researcher
Adrián Flores de la Cruz
Adrián is a PhD in Telecommunications Engineering. He has background on Calibration and Validation (CALVAL) thanks to his experience in the PAZ mission. His main activities include the development and implementation of data processing with special focus on the instrumental calibration.
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Adrián Flores de la Cruz
R&D Engineer
Mélissande Machefer
Mélissande is a double degree Msc in Earth and Space Observation and Mathematical Modelling with Engineering Management. As an Earth Observation Data Scientist, she is in charge of processing remote sensing imagery and developing algorithms to extract intelligence from these data.
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Mélissande Machefer
Earth Observation Data Scientist
Marta Bertran
Marta studied the Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications Engineering at UPC (Barcelona) and did her Bachelor Thesis in Remote Sensing at the Technical University of Vienna (Austria). At isardSAT, Marta is taking part in the WEkEO project which is an European cloud platform that provides access to large volumes of data from satellites of the Copernicus programme. Marta is also providing support to the technical management of the ESA Hydrology TEP project and working on other Earth Observation projects.
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Marta Bertran
Telecommunications Engineer
Pau Moreno
Pau has MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media and more than 11 years of experience working in the Internet industry. As an engineer, he has experience in both front-end and back-end technologies, including Javascript (NodeJS, Vue.js), PHP and all the technology stack needed to build and monitor high-traffic online services. He has a strong passion for good UX.
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Pau Moreno
Senior Engineer
Ester Vendrell
With a 20 years' experience in Earth Observation, Ester has solid skills in managing research and operational projects as well as in coordinating ESA and EC funded projects. She is now Operations Manager at isardSAT and project manager for several projects.
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Ester Vendrell
Operations Manager
Gerard Gallardo
Gerard studied the Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and performed his final thesis about CubeSat mission's power system design at Politecnico di Milano. He is currently working in the further development of the products offered by the CryoSat-2 program of ESA, focusing on implementing solutions for SAR mispointing by researching improved geometry models.
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Gerard Gallardo
Junior Aerospace Engineer
Joan Pallarès
Joan is part time dedicated to isardSAT performing an internship in collaboration with the home university ETSETB (UPC) where he is finishing the Master Telecommunication Engineering degree. His work in isardSAT is mainly focused on testing of altimetry processing algorithms for Sentinel-3 (A and B) data on L1B and L2.
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Joan Pallarès
Junior R&D Radar Engineer
Alex-Dídac García
Alex-Dídac reinforces the IT department with his experience as system administrator. He is in charge of implementing best practices, improving system security as well as data consistency, and researching new technologies to deploy at isardSAT.
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Alex-Dídac García
System IT Administrator
Charlie McKeown
Charlie has a BSc in Physics with Astronomy and an MSc in Space Engineering with a focus on Remote Sensing. As part of isardSAT UK, he works as a Remote Sensing Engineer, processing satellite imaging data and developing methods and algorithms to extract useful information.
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Charlie McKeown
Junior SAR Engineer
Alba Granados
Alba is a mathematician and PhD in Electrical Engineering. Her expertise includes solution methods for accurate physical parameters estimation in signal-based inverse problems. She develops retracking algorithms for Level 2 processing in sea surface topography projects.
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Alba Granados
R&D Scientist
Salvatore Savastano
Salvatore has a PhD in Remote Sensing, awarded at Surrey Space Centre - University of Surrey (UK). With a 10 years’ experience in SAR processing data, he has now joined isardSAT UK as SAR Engineer. His knowledge in SAR spans from a model-based approach for analysis of urban areas to statistical modelling and processing of Polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) data, and he has also good expertise with multispectral data.
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Salvatore Savastano
SAR Engineer