Sara Pena Barros, was born and raised in Portugal, and she is currently living in The Netherlands. Received her MSc in Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications in 2013, having spent her first 3 undergraduate years at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, and her last two years at Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Her studies culminated with a full-year research project “OFDM for Data Distribution in Phased Array Antennas” in collaboration with Thales Nederland B.V., for which a patent application was filed. After graduating, she continued with the company and joined their ‘Surface Radar – Strategy, Technology and Innovations’ group in Delft as an Advanced Development Engineer. There, she is involved in low TRL research activities related to the development of advanced waveform concepts and novel radar technology; she also participates in Integrated Topside Design studies for several Navies around the world, more specifically, responsible for the Radiation Hazards and above deck interference analysis.
IEEE member and active volunteer since 2009, she has served in several positions, currently acting as IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society Young Professionals Chair, IEEE Region 8 (Europe, Africa and Middle East) Strategic Planning Committee member and IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals Past-Chair. On her spare time, she enjoys playing piano, a good book, caring for her plants and chasing the sun with friends.