LTU Staff

Javier Martin-Torres

(Physicist)

Chaired Professor

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Prof. Martín-Torres is interested in multi-disciplinary research, mainly focused on atmospheric studies and planetary exploration and research.
He has an extensive international career, that started as an ESA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung and Universität Karlsruhe, Germany. Since then, he has worked at NASA/Langley Research Center, Hampton, USA; at JPL, Pasadena, USA; Lunar and Planetary Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA; CalTech, Pasadena, USA, and the Spanish Research Council, Spain. Currently he holds the Honorary Fellow status at the School of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science and Engineering of the University of Edinburgh, U.K., and he is Specially Appointed Professor at the University of Okayama at Misasa, Japan


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Maria Paz Zorzano Mier

(Physicist)

Professor

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Professor Zorzano has developed a scientific career as long as intense since she finished her bachelor degree in Theoretical Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid, and obtained her Doctorate with a thesis performed during her doctoral Fellowship in Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg, Germany (Summa Cum Laude).
She was a Post-doctoral Fellow at CERN (Genève, Switzerland), and also worked as a Project Manager Professional at a technological company. Since 2001 she is staff at the Spanish INTA (National Aerospace Institute), working in three Departments of the Astrobiology Centre: Trans-disciplinary Laboratory, Advanced Computation Laboratory and Instrumentation Laboratory.


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Anshuman Bhardwaj


(Glacier Specialist)

Associate Senior Lecturer

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Anshuman Bhardwaj is a remote sensing specialist, trained in glacio-hydrological sciences. He has noteworthy research experience in remote sensing-based image processing and classification, field data collection, spatial and non-spatial data integration in GIS and spatial modeling, with a focus on cold-mountain ecosystems.


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Juan Antonio Ramirez Luque

(IT Engineer)

Research Engineer

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Juan Antonio is a Senior Technician in Information Treatment and Computer Systems, specialized in Linux system management and in advance technology for information treatment in Linux and Windows nets. He masters the programming languages C++, Java, Fortran 77/90, Web Flash, Bash scripting, PHP, Oracle and ActionScript.


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José A. Gordillo Martorell

(Science communicator)

Project manager

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José Antonio has 20 years of experience as science communicator and educator, during which he has been mainly working at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain, in different positions such as spokesman, project manager and others. In addition, he has specialized as science communication trainer, gaining expertise in science communication methodologies, leadership, and strategy.


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Post-Doctoral Scholars

Shaktiman Singh


(Glaciologist)


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Shaktiman Singh is a glaciologist with expertise in field-based terrestrial glacio-hydrological research. He has good research experience in using the field observation for development and application of glacio-hydrological model for long-term data generation and its analysis for different climatic signatures, mainly in data deficient high altitude mountain ecosystems. He has extensive research experience in glaciological field expeditions for data collection and in further using it for validation of geophysical models and remote-sensing based glacio-hydrological interpretations.


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Elizabeth Escamilla Roa


(Computational Chemist)


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Elizabeth Escamilla Roa, has a PhD in Computational Chemistry at the University of Granada, Spain. Clay minerals were the main topic in her PhD studies in the Computational Mineralogy research group (Instituto Andaluz de Ciencias de la Tierra). Subsequently, her research focused on phenomena of mineral surfaces, such as the process of adsorption and desorption of molecules onto different surfaces (clays, olivine, carbonates and TiO2). These studies were applied in subjects related with the Catalysis and Astrochemistry. Recently, she was working on the experimental exploration of the crystalline growth of self-assembled tubular surfaces (Chemical Gardens).


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Lydia Sam


(Remote Sensing Specialist)


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Lydia Sam is a remote sensing expert with a background in Geography. She specialises in glacio-hydrological studies, elevation modelling and remote sensing-based image processing with relevant field experience. She received DAAD scholarship (TU Dresden, Germany) while doing her doctoral research in environmental science with focus on glaciology. Currently she works, among other subjects, on performing analogical studies relating terrestrial glaciology with Martian landforms.


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PhD. Students

Abhilash Vakkada


(Industrial Engineer)


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Abhilash received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India, and obtained his Master of Science in Space Science & Technology from Luleå University of Technology. He is currently a PhD student in the Atmospheric Science Group with main focus on space environmental chambers, space qualification and planetary protection for space instrumentation prototyping.


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Alvaro Tomas Soria Salinas


(Aerospace Engineer)


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After completing his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering specialisation Science and Aerospace Technologies in the Technical University of Madrid, he joined the Atmospheric Science Group at the Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering within the Division of Space Technology in Kiruna as a PhD student.


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Thasshwin Mathanlal


(Manufacturing Engineer)


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Miracle Israel Nazarious


(Aerospace Engineer)


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Miracle Israel Nazarious has a strong engineering background having graduated his bachelors in Aeronautical engineering and masters in Space science and technology with specialization in space instrumentation. He is very much interested in areas where engineering aids scientific research. At Atmospheric Science, his research focuses on space instrument design and development for mars exploration that are relevant to in-situ resource utilization (HABIT), astrobiology (Metabolt), and other projects that are within the scope of group's research.


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Samuel Konatham


(Avionics Engineer)


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Samuel earned a Bachelor degree of Technology in Avionics from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, India, and then he got the degree of Master of Science in Space Science and Technology, with specialization in Atmospheric and Space Science, from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden. Currently he is a PhD candidate in the LTU’s Atmospheric Science Group, with particular interest in Exoplanet studies. He is also responsible for the calibration of the UVS of the HABIT/ExoMars instrument.


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Master's Collaborators

Roberto Mantas Nakhai


(IT engineer)


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Roberto is graduate in Computer Science Engineering specialized in Machine Learning at Seville University. Strong analytical, multi-tasking, teamworking and communication skills; attention to detail. Programming language skills in Python 3 and Java. Knowledge of network architectures securing network data, and science data analysis.


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