Paz del Carmen Coba is one of a few women at Drones University Laboratory

Tell us about yourself and your background

Biologist, graduated from the Autonomous University of Puebla, with a master’s degree in Geography, at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  Specialist in the operation of multicopter drones and its application in scientific and technical projects, has extensive experience in teaching drone courses and photogrammetric processing of images acquired by drones. Professor of subjects related to the use of drones in several degrees from the National School of Higher Studies, Morelia unit of the UNAM.

How did you get started in the drone industry?

I got involved when I entered graduate school, specifically when working on my research Project. 

Tell us about your organization and your role there.

I work in the Drones University Laboratory (LUD) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico.  The LUD although it is a newly created  for some years it has been dedicated to performing tasks in which I collaborate, such as education, research and loan services with drones.

Industry Experience:

What do you like most about being in the UAV industry?

Education. I have realized that sharing what I’ve learned is what I love the most, besides this way I learn even more, because I have to find a way to teach it, this makes me reinforce my knowledge.

What’s your favorite type of project and why?

Education. I have realized that sharing what I’ve learned is what i love the most, besides this way I learn even more, because I have to find a way to teach it , this makes me reinforce my knowledge.

Do you have a success story you would like to share?

I am a biologist, previously all my work was focused in taxonomy and germination of native tropical deciduous forest species, but when it comes to technology, I was never really interested. When I was doing field work, collecting botanic samples I imagined how wonderful it would be to fly (reducing my size and having wings like a butterfly to explore everything) above the trees and find ripe fruits, or a new specie in flowering state that I wouldn’t have collected already. I remember how I deeply think about that. I loved my work, but for personal reasons I had to change radically the road I wanted to follow, I found the master’s degree in geography, in which I had little interest in the beginning, since everything was new to me. Nevertheless, my tutor introduced me to the drone world. Now I’m dedicated to it full time, I love it. Besides, now I realize that in that moment what was a wish, has finally come true, because now ” I can fly”.

What excites you most about the potential for women in the industry?

That I can proudly say that I’m part of the small percentage of women that work in the drone industry!!  Statistically we are scarce.

What’s your current favorite drone to fly?

Phantom 1 from DJI, because it´s the one I started this story with.

What You’ve Learned:

What have you learned you wish you had known when you got started?

Id like to know what I know now, because that would have allowed me to learn more and know I would know three times what I know now, since drone industry advances in such a fast way, is hard to keep up with it. It´s not just the aircraft as such, also the specific applications, new sensors for capturing information, data processing, etc.

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