Minia Manteiga - Gaia
Minia Manteiga Outeiro
University of A Coruña
Minia Manteiga received her Ph.D in astrophysics from the University of La Laguna/ Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Spain in 1990. Minia's research focused on stellar evolution in open clusters and the binary nature of their blue stragglers stars.
After her Ph.D studies, Minia spent two long postdoc periods at Frascati (Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale, Roma Italia) and INTA (Instituto nacional de Técnica Aeroespacial, Madrid, Spain). During those years she worked on theoretical models of stars in clusters, the chemical composition of the circumstellar shell around postAGB stars and PNe and the kinematics of spiral galaxies. She also contributed to the development of the payload EURD, a spectrograph designed to measure diffuse ultraviolet interstellar light that flew on board of the Spanish spacecraft Minisat 01. She is now a staff member of the University of A Coruna (Spain), where she teaches Meteorology and Oceanography and continues her research in Astronomy and Earth Sciences. She has been involved in Gaia DPAC since 2007, contributing to CU8 software developments regarding classification and parameterization of spectra, and she has recently started a contribution to CU9 together with the Gaia Galician Group.
Minia devotes her free time to her two children; she loves reading thrillers, travelling to remote places, and she has started scuba diving recently.
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