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Women In Aviation Science Interview - Fateme Baneshi



As we approach "Women in Science Day" on February 11, 2024, we have initiated a series of articles that will introduce you to the women driving projects such as RefMap and ImAFUSA, both centered around the common themes of urban air mobility and sustainability in aviation. We asked them how they got involved in the project (s), which roles they have undertaken, and the importance of gender diversity in their field. Read this series of articles to see what they told us. 

 

Today we meet Fateme Baneshi from Carlos III University of Madrid, a partner in the RefMap project. Fateme Baneshi is a Ph.D. candidate in Aerospace Engineering, focusing on Network-wide robust climate optimal aircraft trajectory planning under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Soler. Her educational background includes a B.Sc. and M.S. degrees in control systems. Her research interests encompass Optimal Control, Reinforcement Learning, Trajectory Optimization, Aviation, Climate Change, and Air Traffic Management Research.

 

How did you initially become involved with RefMap, and what motivated you to contribute your expertise to this project?

I became involved with RefMap due to my experience in optimisation algorithms and my interest in the intersection of theory and real-world application. What motivated me to contribute to this project was the project's innovative approach to tackling the environmental challenges faced by the aviation industry and the opportunity to apply my expertise to a practical, eco-friendly initiative. It's a great opportunity to make a difference, and I'm passionate about being part of such a groundbreaking project.

 

 

In your role within RefMap, how do you contribute to the project's mission of reducing the environmental impact of air travel? What aspects of sustainability are you most passionate about?

My role primarily involves developing sophisticated network-scale optimization algorithms to deliver environmentally optimal yet resilient trajectories focusing on the Air Traffic Management (ATM) system. I focus on developing optimization algorithms that modify trajectories to be both environmentally friendly and resilient. By employing advanced techniques like reinforcement learning, I ensure that our network-scale modifications result in trajectories that are not only optimal in terms of environmental impact but also highly adaptable by aviation stockholders.

 

In a more gender-wise approach, Fateme explains below what is the role of gender diversity in the scientific field and how women can add value to projects like RefMap. Also, she shares with us her personal view on women’s leadership and how her role in the specific project has boosted her career.

 

As a woman working on a STEM-related project like RefMap, what are your thoughts on the importance of gender diversity in the field?

Gender diversity in STEM fields is essential for fostering innovation and creativity. Women bring unique perspectives to problem-solving, leading to more comprehensive and effective solutions. Projects like RefMap benefit greatly from diverse teams, ensuring a wide range of ideas and approaches. Encouraging more women to pursue STEM careers is not just about equality; it's about enhancing the quality and depth of our work.


Women bring unique perspectives to problem-solving, leading to more comprehensive and effective solutions.

 

RefMap may have women in leadership positions. Can you share your perspective on the importance of women holding leadership roles in projects like this?

Women in leadership positions within projects like RefMap are crucial. They serve as role models, inspiring future generations of women in STEM fields. Moreover, diverse leadership ensures a variety of perspectives, leading to well-rounded and innovative solutions.

 

How has your involvement with RefMap contributed to your professional growth and skills development, particularly in the context of sustainability and aviation?

Being part of RefMap has deepened my understanding of sustainable practices and their significance in aviation. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with experts in the field, gaining valuable insights into eco-friendly technologies and practices. This exposure has broadened my perspective and allowed me to contribute meaningfully to sustainable initiatives.

 

...diverse leadership ensures a variety of perspectives, leading to well-rounded and innovative solutions.

 

In the last part of the interview, Fateme talks about her expectations of the RefMap project and also sends her message to young women who aspire to work in STEM.

 

Looking ahead, what are your hopes and expectations for RefMap's role in advancing eco-friendly aviation practices and contributing to the EU's Green Agenda?

Looking ahead, I am optimistic about RefMap's role in advancing eco-friendly aviation practices and contributing to the EU's Green Agenda. I hope that our innovative solutions continue to drive change within the industry, setting benchmarks for environmental efficiency and resilience. By pioneering sustainable practices, RefMap can lead the way for the entire aviation sector, promoting greener and more responsible air travel.

 

I am optimistic about RefMap's role in advancing eco-friendly aviation practices and contributing to the EU's Green Agenda

 

What message or advice would you like to share with women who aspire to work in STEM fields, especially those interested in making a positive impact on the environment?

To all the aspiring women in STEM, I want to say that your ideas, your creativity, and your determination are invaluable assets. Don't be afraid to pursue your dreams and challenge the norms. The world needs your unique perspective to solve its most pressing challenges. Surround yourself with supportive mentors and allies, and never underestimate the impact you can make. You have the power to shape a sustainable future for us all. Believe in yourself and your abilities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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