What is your position or role in the DESI project?
I am part of the team that developed the GFA units. I personally implemented the firmware running on the GFA and participated in the software parts, as well as some management tasks. [Note: The GFA is the Guide, Focus and Alignment camera on the focal plate.]
Where were you born?
I was born in Barcelona, Spain.
Where do you live now?
In a small city near Barcelona called Terrassa.
What do you as part of DESI?
The GFAs are a small form factor CCD controller used in Guiding, Focus, and Alignment in DESI. It was completely designed and developed at IFAE in Barcelona. Now we are mainly doing bug hunting and solving some problems that were detected during the DESI commissioning.
What is the most interesting or exciting thing about DESI?
I’ve always been passionate about science and technology. This led me to get a degree in Physics and another one in Electronic Engineering. Working in DESI as well as in other projects where I collaborate in my institute lets me apply my technical skills in Physics projects, so I can enjoy both sides of the projects, science and engineering. Also, it gives me the opportunity to travel to amazing places with amazing research instruments and meet very interesting people.
Any advice for an aspiring scientist?
I guess I won’t be original, but I will go with, work hard, be passionate, and do not be afraid of taking responsibilities.
What do you do for fun?
I am an amateur photographer and I am always thinking about apps or electronic devices I could make.