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Yolanda Trujillo Adriá


My name is Yolanda Trujillo Adriá, I’m from Valencia in Spain and I am 23 years old. I’m in the senior year in the Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the first year of the Degree in Law at the National University of Distance Education.

Since I was 7 year old I have always dream edabout being an astronaut. When I was 7 year old I read in a kids magazine an interview of Pedro Duque, the Spanish Astronaut working for ESA, and since that moment I realized I was born for that. When I was 18 year old I entered Aerospace Engineering in the Polytechnic University of Valencia and my dream started becoming true. It was that moment when I entered that department, when I began to worry more about helping others. Then, I founded along with other representatives of students from all over Spain, the Student Association of Aeronautics and Space, where I was secretary at first and some years later, president. I was in charge of representing against the rectors and the Ministry of Education to students of the department.

At the same time, I joined student representation where I managed to become President of the Student Council of the Design School of the UPV, with more than 6000 students and member of the Governing Council of the University. Just over a year ago I embarked on the biggest challenge of my life, along with other colleagues of the degree, founding EUROAVIA Valencia. EUROAVIA is a European association of students interested in aerospace and aeronautics, which was founded in 1959 and headquartered in Valencia that did not yet exist and which already has more than 130 partners.

In my spare time I am passionate about karate, reading and especially writing. I speak fluidly Spanish, Catalonian, English and French, the latter only in family conversations, but it has helped me to be able to communicate when I have had international experience within the networks EUSTORY and EUROAVIA.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

The possibility to have an internship in the ESA, as this has been my dream since I was a child.

What did you enjoy when you prepared your project?

I really enjoyed making our theoretical project real and experience it. I enjoy the most being able to prove something we had already proved in a theoretical way.

What was the most important thing that you learned during the preparation of your project?

The project helped me to mix my theoretical knowledge with the practical one and learn a lot about thermoelectric devices and magnetics fields. That tought me that if you try something hard and research on it, even the topics you don’t like at first, it can become one of your passions.

Has the work done for your project affected your decision for studies in space science?

I’m currently studying at the Aerospace department in my University, but the ESA internship and the experience in French Guiana have made me think about my future and the Master degree I want to join and now, not before the contests, I’m sure about continue studying a master degree in rocket engines as my background is.