CReSIS welcomes Ana-Maria Ilisei


By Vicky Diaz-Camacho
Spring 2014

Ana-Maria Ilisei in her CReSIS office | Photo by Vicky Diaz-Camacho

Ana-Maria Ilisei is a newcomer to the United States. She hails from Romania, but her most recent post was Italy for graduate school.

From 22-year-old undergraduate to 30-year-old Ph.D. scholar, Ilisei has traveled from Romania to Austria to Germany. She is fond of traveling, Italian food, hiking, nature, and dancing, the latter one of her favorite activities.

“I love dancing,” Ilisei said. “I learned traditional Romanian dance from my parents. Even in Trento, the city where I live, there is a small group of dancers and sometimes we’ll perform.”

Ilisei talked of hiking the mountains of Italy and cultivated an affinity for nature. She said another thing is the food.

“Very natural,” she said. “They know how to mix flavors and how to cook.”

Ilisei moved to Italy for her studies when she was 22 years old, and this summer she joined researchers at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets. Ilisei is two years into her Ph.D. and decided to gain hands-on experience working with radars at CReSIS. Her work focuses on the development of techniques for extraction of information radar sound data.

This is her first time out of Europe and she said her first few weeks have been pleasant. She said this experience would both help herself and the program in Italy.

Ilisei likes to share knowledge and said that through her work here at CReSIS, her “knowledge will grow,” and she will share this with her lab [in Italy].

“What we want is to get more knowledge and integrate concepts of glaciology, ice physics, electromagnetic models with image processing,” Ilisei said.