Talks by Dr. Pilar Calvo

Dr. Pilar Calvo was invited by Morgado Dias (ITI/LARSyS) to give two talks for the ITI community on January 9, at Madeira Tecnopolo. One of them was titled “Engineer like a girl” and the other “Design cycle for mass production electronic products.”

Short Bio

Pilar M. Calvo received the M.Sc. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2002, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Navarra in 2006. Between 2003 and 2008, she belonged to the Digital Signal Processing group of the CEIT Research Centre, while she was also an assistant lecturer at the University of Navarra. From 2008 to 2012, she worked as an R&D Project Manager at IKOR Group, an international EMS company. Since 2012 she is a lecturer at the University of the Basque Country, nowadays within the Faculty of Computer Science. She is currently a member of the ELEKIN research group (Engineering, Society, and Bioengineering). Her research interests are in the area of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering, Signal Processing, and Robotics.

“Engineer like a girl”


The title of the talk is inspired by the famous slogan “Fight like a girl”. The talk is based on the 17 years experience of the author as a woman in engineering, and it is aimed at raising awareness about some well-known and not so well-known challenges of being female in a historically male field. The talk is intended for young women engineers to be, who are interested in gaining some insights and learning what to expect and how to tackle the main issues they will probably go through their careers. Nevertheless, young male engineers are also welcome as they may experience as well some of the topics addressed in the talk, and they will become self-aware of some commonly accepted behaviors.

“Design cycle of mass electronics products”


The talk is based on the 9 years experience (out of a total of 17 years) of the author as an Engineer in the Basque Industry. The design cycle of mass electronics products stars with the original idea, but before they can be mass-produced, there are several stages to be performed inside companies devoted to electronics manufacturing service. The aim of the talk is to explain and clarify the different phases and subphases of the design cycle of mass products: new product development, mass production, and product maintenance. The talk is intended for young electronics engineers to be, who are interested in learning about the real phases of mass production of electronics products.