Category Archives: Software development

Book review: “My life as a quant”

“My life as a quant” is an amazing book, where Emanuel Derman tells how he went from Particle Physics research to Wall Street. I’m not going to write a real review of the book, because there are some excellent reviews already available on the Internet (Quantitative Finance, Wilmott, Slashdot, Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, …), but instead I will just say a few random comments and put a few quotes of the book. Continue reading Book review: “My life as a quant”

What the fuck do I do now with a PhD In Astrophysics?

The fact is that as an astronomer/cosmologist/astrophysicist your main skills are nowadays not so special. You are by comparison with other professionals, let’s say, an “average computer geek“. So again, where in this competitive world can a Astrophysicist find its place? Continue reading What the fuck do I do now with a PhD In Astrophysics?

COBOL programmer

Shortly after finishing the undergrad in Physics, I found a programming job offer that did not require any previous experience. In my resumé I did not have much to write apart from my undergrad, and so I sent them an application. In the interview I asked about the specific programming language and I have to recognize I had never heard about COBOL (COmmon Business-Oriented Language). I didn’t have any problem in saying it to my interviewer and she did not have either any problem in offering me the job. Continue reading COBOL programmer

Did you know that Stephen Wolfram studied Physics?

Did you know that Stephen Wolfram, the creator of Mathematica, studied Physics and that he actually was a well-known particle physicist? Amazingly enough, he published his first paper when he was sixteen and got his PhD at Caltech when he was 20 years old. Continue reading Did you know that Stephen Wolfram studied Physics?

Project engineer at GMV

In the early days, GMV focused on the space and defense industry, in fields like the mission analysis, flight dynamics, control centers, simulation or satellite navigation. Nowadays its market is wider and includes consulting and engineering services, software and hardware development, system integration and operations support. In practice it has become a standard software consulting company. Continue reading Project engineer at GMV

University IT-manager

Reading the previous posts, I have realized how (relatively) old I am and how hard is to summarize 24 years of work experience (or I should better say burden).

Traffic engineering.-

After graduating in physics in 1986, and following a professor advice,  I had an interview with Electronic Traffic S.A. (ETRA S.A.) and on August 1st of the same year I started working in the R&D division of this Spanish company based in Valencia dealing in traffic control systems production. Continue reading University IT-manager

Software developer for satellite control

Since the Soviet Union put Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite in history, into orbit in 1957, we haven’t stopped launching new models of satellite with diverse uses into space. It is estimated that there are hundreds of satellites currently in operation and that thousands have been put into orbit over the last 50 years. Continue reading Software developer for satellite control