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#WIT4Impact - Meet María Jesús Lara González Software Engineer, EUROCONTROL

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by Impactpool
in partnership with EUROCONTROL

Learn what it is like working at EUROCONTROL in air traffic management. In this article, you will meet María Jesús Lara González from Spain, Software Engineer.

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I started to become interested in aviation during my final year project, which was on a real-time helicopter simulator. I hold a master’s degree in telecommunications engineering, having specialized in robotics.

Before joining EUROCONTROL’s Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC), I worked in Spain as a software engineer in an ATC project which years later took me to the Netherlands, where I have continued working in the ATC sector for EUROCONTROL for over a decade as a software engineer in MUAC’s Flight Data Processing Team. At MUAC, I make sure that controllers can use a system they can rely on. Part of my tasks includes coordination (between sectors and with external partners), flight plan monitoring and correlation. I personally had the chance to be part of the development team of the new flight data processing (FDP) system. I worked on projects such as the FDP system for the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the FDP system for the Belgian Air Component and I also took the lead in the MOAT Project (the MUAC OAT Service Provision Project).

I love working at EUROCONTROL because of all the possibilities to develop myself professionally, but also personally, within an international and multicultural environment.

Recently I joined the MUAC Diversity and Inclusion Think-tank (which is an internal initiative) to help develop guidelines for a more diverse and inclusive working environment.”

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