Talayeh Hezareh, PhD in Astronomy 2010
Currently working as the frequency manager for the Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies (CRAF). Based at the Max Planck institute for radio astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn, Germany, I protect European radio telescopes from all sorts of radio frequency interference.
I graduated from Western with versatile skills in instrumentation, science and programming and my thesis was nominated for the Plaskett medal. I won a fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt award) for a two year independent research opportunity in Germany. At the end of my third year as a post-doctoral fellow at the MPIfR I was introduced to spectrum management and switch from being active in science to protecting science.
The most important aspect of my training at Western was having a knowledgeable and fully supportive supervisor. Additionally having a very well equipped sport center on campus provided a good way of maintaining fitness and recuperating from long working days.
I spent some of the best years of my life at Western. Besides a successful degree, I found very good friends and also met the love of my life to whom I am happily married.
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