Miriam Cabero Muller – Employee Spotlight

Miriam Cabero Muller

Meet our Intermediate Software Engineer III: Miriam Cabero Muller

How long have you been at EarthDaily Analytics?

I joined EarthDaily Analytics in October 2021. Prior to joining EDA, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University and at the University of British Columbia studying mergers of black holes and neutron stars.

What is your current position and what do you do?

My current position is Intermediate Software Engineer III in the image processing team. Our team develops algorithms to transform raw satellite images into high-quality and scientifically accurate Earth Observation imagery. I spend most of my time implementing new capabilities for the EarthDaily Constellation.

Have you grown professionally while on our team?

EarthDaily Analytics is my first position outside of academia. My background is in Physics, with a PhD from the University of Hannover (Germany) and the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational-Wave Physics. In the last two years, I have learned a lot about remote sensing science as well as about the different mentality and dynamics in a non-academic setting. I was also given the opportunity to become the Scrum Master for my team, which has allowed me to expand my responsibilities and further embrace the Scrum framework.

Why EarthDaily Analytics?

When I was growing up, I wanted to become either an environmental scientist because of my love of nature, or an astronaut because of my passion for flying and space. I chose space, which led me to physics and astronomy. As much as I have enjoyed my career in astronomy, my passion for the environment has been growing stronger over the years. EarthDaily Analytics was a dream opportunity to continue growing my career in the space industry while venturing into the environmental sector.

What accomplishment during your time at EarthDaily Analytics are you most proud of?

The EarthDaily Constellation has presented significant challenges for the image processing framework which required development of novel algorithms and re-structuring some of our existing code. My contributions to this work encompass a wide range of areas, from processing new types of sensors to cloud shadow corrections. I am proud of everything we have accomplished, and I am confident my team will be ready for the new satellites when the time comes.

Describe your values and how they inform you career.

As a woman working in a male-dominated field, I highly value cultivating an inclusive environment and support efforts towards increasing diversity in the workplace. In my interactions with my work colleagues, I value mutual respect and honest opinions.

Why do you like your job? What do you find most interesting?

Working with Earth Observation data is very exciting. Converting the raw satellite imagery into analysis-ready images requires a combination of satellite dynamics, mathematics, image processing, physics, and more. This process is highly complex, and I am enjoying learning and contributing to all the different pieces that go into making high-quality Earth Observation products. As a bonus, it is nice to see the pretty pictures!

What do you think of the EarthDaily Constellation arrival?

Daily coverage of the Earth with such a wide spectral range will significantly expand our capabilities of disaster management and monitoring the effects of climate change.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

It’s a rather long list! Hiking and camping, crafting, reading books, bird watching, music, traveling, learning languages, photography, playing games, socializing, scuba diving, exploring new foods, trying new experiences…