Garcia-Reinaldos Maria - Gaia
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Maria is Computer Science Engineer. She studied at the Facultad of Informática at the Universidad Politécnica in Madrid.
Maria recently joined the Science Operations Department at ESAC as PA Manager. As part of her functions, she is providing QA/PA support to the Gaia Project Office team and to the DPCE sand SOC team. In this role she performs QA tasks to define and improve Gaia development and operation processes in coordination with the Configuration manager and the Operation team manager.
Before joining ESA, Maria worked in embedded software systems projects for Spanish private companies related to telecommunications and automatic automation but most of her time for the Spanish Navy.
Maria also worked in the ESA Technical and Quality Management Department at ESTEC in The Netherlands for more than 13 years, as software PA providing support to a wide range of projects, including not only scientific projects but also Earth Observation and rockets.
Maria left the Gaia mission in January 2021.
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