Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

University Carlos III de Madrid is a public university characterized by its strong international focus, the quality of its faculty, excellence in research and commitment to society. It was founded in 1989 and, despite its youth, its achievements have placed it among the top universities in Spain. It is included in the QS Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years. Among its catalogue of degrees, UC3M offers both a Bachelor and a Master on Aerospace Engineering.

The tasks included in MetATS will be developed at the UC3M’s Bioeng. and Aerospace Engineering Department, within the Aero Research group. The Aero Research group is led by Full Prof. Eduardo Ahedo and is composed of 12 full-time Doctors, 11 full-time PhD students, and 12 part-time faculty adjuncts (including professionals from the aeronautical industry). Aero group has the following lines of research: Experimental and Numerical Fluid Mechanics, Space Plasma Propulsion, Dynamics and Control in Aerospace Systems. The later includes research on Space Flight Dynamics, Air Navigation, Airborne Wind Energy using Kites, and RPAS.

Key Persons

Manuel Soler has a PhD in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently Associate Professor at UC3M, Department of Bioeng. and Aerospace Engineering, where he leads the Air Navigation and Control research line and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in air navigation, flight mechanics and control, and air transport. He has been a visiting scholar at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and UC Berkeley, USA. His research interests focus on trajectory optimisation in ATM, meteorological uncertainty in ATM, and aviation and climate impact. He has participated in several research projects and R&D projects and is currently involved in 4 SESAR Exploratory Research Projects (START, ISOBAR, FMP-Met, FlyATM4E). He has published more than 50 papers in international journals and conference proceedings, including two books. Dr. Soler was recognized with the SESAR Young Scientist Award 2013 and En-AIRE Luis Azcarraga Award in 2016 and 2019. He has supervised 2 PhD students and is currently supervising 3 PhD students. His personal site is www.aerospaceengineering.es

  • Javier García-Heras

He is Assistant Professor at UC3M. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid, in 2014 he received a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and began working for Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training (LMCFT) as a Software Engineer where he was designing, developing and integrating navigation, including autopilot and flight management system (FMS in its acronym in English). Most recently, he worked for CRIDA A.I.E. (Reference centre for research, development and innovation in ATMs), as an ATM R & D Engineer, where he participated in tasks of validation and uncertainty of aircraft. His research has focused mainly on the paradigm of 4D trajectory management for future air traffic management. In addition to these, it also has a great interest in all activities related to ATM, navigation and avionics systems.

  • Daniel González Arribas

Daniel González Arribas started his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Electronics and Automation at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid in 2008. During this period, he was awarded two Excellence Scholarships by the regional government of Madrid. He worked on them with Professors Luis Meng ́ıbar, from the Department of Electronic Technology, and Wilfried Coenen, from the Department of Thermal and Fluids Engineering. He specialized in Control Theory and Applications and graduated in 2012.

From 2012 to 2014, he studied for an MSc in Mathematical Engineering at UC3M. As recipient of an MSc Scholarship from the Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering, he worked with Professor Manuel Sanjurjo in research and teaching activities. He also participated in a joint R&D project between UC3M and Boeing Research and Technology Europe with Professors Manuel Soler and Manuel Sanjurjo. He presented his MSc Thesis on “Methods for the Optimization of Aircraft Trajectories” in September 2014 and graduated with the best academic record of his promotion.

He is currently doing his PhD on robust trajectory optimization under uncertain winds at UC3M. He has been visiting scholar at ETH Zürich and ENAC.

  • Aniel Jardines

He attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he earned his B.S and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering. Following his Masters, Aniel spent five years working in the Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Environment and Energy where he managed federally funded research and development projects related to aircraft technology and alternative jet fuels. Aniel is currently pursuing his PhD at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, his research is focused on using machine learning algorithms to improve Air Traffic Management during convective weather events.

  • Eduardo Andrés

He got a Bachelor and a Master in Aerospace Engineering at Universidad Polotécnica de Madrid, and then a Master on Aircraft dynamics and control at Cranfield University. He is currently pursuing his Ph. D. on stochastic optimal control methods to aircraft trajectory planning. His Ph D. is supported by STORMY grant, funded by ENGAGE KTN network.