Laura Samsó Pericón is a subject matter expert with 15+ years of civil-military international experience focused in R&D, project management, proposals preparation and business development in the Earth Observation area in concrete in the fields of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – Remote Piloted Aircrafts (RPAs), Satellite Systems, Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). Her interests also range from geopolitics to intelligence technologies.

Over her career, Ms. Samsó Pericón has worked in international projects dealing with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Spanish Space Center (INTA), the Centre for Development and Industrial Technology (CDTI) between other international organizations/companies. She held different positions ranging from Researcher Assistant at the Institute of Geomatics, Systems Engineer and Technical Support Coordinator at Indra Espacio Barcelona (Spain), Senior Project Engineer, Sales Manager and Assistant to the Corporate Director at the Software & Technologies Division of Elecnor Deimos Satellite Systems (DCM)/Imaging. Since February 2017 she is also engaged with HEMAV in Spain.

She is involved in the Spanish entrepreneur environment delivering conferences and training sessions about drones in universities such La Salle Ramon Llull, organizations like Barcelona Activa and networks such Global Lleida.

Ms. Samsó Pericón earned a Master’s degree in Aerospace Science and Technology from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and a Bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications Engineering (specialty in Electronics) from La Salle Ramon Llull University. In 2014 she received Project Management Institute (PMI) Trailblazer award during the PMI North America congress held in Phoenix.

A skilled and engaging international speaker and writer (NATO Joint Air Power Competence Center (JAPCC), AUVSI North America – XPONENTIAL 2012-2016, TEDx Lleida 2016, Google Madrid 2015, DronApps2015 between others), she also contributed to policy regarding implementation of RPAS in European (EUROCAE WG-93 Light RPAs) and American airspaces (RTCA SC-228). At present, she is collaborating with Joint Authorities for Rulemaking on Unmanned Systems (JARUS) in the Sense and Avoid working group and in the AERPAS (Spanish RPAS Association).

She is a member of UVSI, AUVSI, Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Técnicos de Telecommunicación (COITT), the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), UPC and La Salle Alumni. She is also a member of Project Management Institute (PMI).

Project Management Institute (PMI) - Phoenix 2014