Luz Zarate

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Luz Zarate
Physical Oceanographer
2 years of experience
Luz Zarate SUT-US Mentor
Geophysical Engineer with an M.S. in Physical Oceanography, skilled in data analysis and project management.
Experience in developing and improving customized solutions to optimize internal processes, improve business operations and respond to our clients' real-time needs in the offshore industry. E.g., automated MetOcean instrumentation health monitoring system.
Job Responsabilities:
• Development of customized products and solutions with MATLAB for MetOcean data processing.
• Data analysis of MetOcean data including wave radars, wind sensors and current meters.
• Cross-functional role with involvement in the scientific, technological and commercial aspects of different business units.
• Responsibilities in project management, client management, sales, and leading and supporting desktop MetOcean and oil spill modelling studies.
• Support on different phases of Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

Something about me:
"Great role models have surrounded me. Growing up, my parents would take me to museums to feed my interest in science while passionate teachers and professors went out of their way to share their knowledge. It was through this support system that I decided to pursue a degree in geophysical engineering. While in college, I got the opportunity to participate in an international oceanographic campaign as part of the research funded by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. I was offshore for more than a month with people from different universities and multiple scientific backgrounds; it was amazing and life-changing. While the fear of interacting with new people in a new language was there, that was part of the adventure. One is young and fearless, and that is powerful. Without trying hard, I made connections to get to who would later become my graduate school advisor (and grad-school sponsor). As part of this campaign, I came up with an exciting and interesting undergraduate research topic. Through this research project, I received a scholarship from ExxonMobil; as part of this program, a mentor was assigned to me. A mentor? I did not know that was a thing. Looking back, I genuinely believe things happened at perfect timing; coincidences do not exist. My mentor truly changed how my career was shaping up and gave me advice that marked my career positively. I want to give back to the community the same way I have received."
The best advice I’ve received…
"Own your personal power."
What can I contribute as a Mentor?
"As a mentee myself, I know first-hand the value of having a mentor to guide and advise on decision-making. Accountability is critical, and I would like to help students build their support system and boost their careers and be a resource for them."
Preferences and availability:
I am willing to mentor 1 student during weekdays once a month, remotely or in person. However, the frequency and length of mentoring sessions will be an agreement between Mentor and Mentee.

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