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Issue 15
issue pic Barbara Warren has spent 17 years working in the area of Space Radiocommunication Regulations. Today she is a systems analyst at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The ITU plays a plays a vital role in the global management of the radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbits and she is, working on software to maintain the Master Register of Assignments to the Space Services as well as software used by administrations to file coordination and notification requests. Before that she was working for a Canadian consulting firm on contracts with the Canadian Government, Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the International Telecommunication Union.

1) How did you get started in the satellite business?

Pure chance! My Consulting firm won a contract to place several consultants at the International Telecommunication Union. One of the consultants that was scheduled to go dropped out at the last minute and I was sent to replace him for three months.

2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?

Changes in Space satellites and technology require changes to the International Radio communications Regulations and changes in the regulations require changes to the software that manages Space services.

3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?

The fact that administrations must use the ITU software to prepare requests for coordination; means that entry errors in preparing filings could lead to dismissal of their filing and no protection against frequency interference. This makes it a definite challenge to develop user-friendly software for use by the satellite industry throughout the world. The rules for submission and coordination may change as the Radio Regulations are changed, after virtually every World Conference; so the software developers need guidance on how to implement the changes and the users need help in learning how to use the new software. Participating in seminars and workshops to help users learn the new software is another great opportunity. Working in a multi-cultural organization is an experience I particularly enjoy. Learning French is a painful but rewarding opportunity.

4) What was the greatest obstacle?

The cultural differences can be an obstacle. Coming from North America it was often difficult to understand and adapt to hierarchical culture of other countries. So I've had to learn to accept and appreciate cultural differences. When I first arrived in Geneva, I offended a colleague when returning a listing of one of his programs by saying "here is your stuff". He didn't speak to me for several months.

5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?

As the need for Satellite communications continues to grow, the space in the spectrum will become more and more precious and the role of International Radiocommunication Regulations will become ever more important.

6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?

Working for a consulting firm gave me an opportunity to work on a variety of different projects, different governmental agencies and private companies. I think it's an experience that has helped me to adapt to many situations. Go for opportunities even if they appear frightening.


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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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