Professor Cathryn Mitchell has a Physics degree and radio science PhD from University of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Her PhD research pioneered the use of radio tomography to study the Earth’s ionosphere and won the Royal Astronomical Society Blackwell Prize in 1997.
As an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Research Fellow (2003) and Challenging Engineering Award recipient (2006) she developed new algorithms for different four dimensional tomography systems and has successfully transferred new radio science technology from academia into UK industry.
In 2010 she was the lead scientific investigator on radio science fieldwork with the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica, which included setting up equipment at Rothera, Halley, and remote deep field work at the Shackleton Mountains and at the US South Pole station.
Currently Prof. Mitchell is a radio science professor at University of Bath Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the Academic Director of the University of Bath Doctoral College and a UK Natural Environmental Research Council (NERC) Knowledge Exchange Fellow.
She teaches satellite navigation systems at Masters level at the University of Bath.
Having spent her career in professional radio science specialising in ionospheric radio systems and tomography, her venture into the radio amateur community is relatively recent in the past three years.
Her work in knowledge exchange for the UK NERC brings together academia, industry and amateur radio scientists to study and understand the propagation of radio signals through our near-Earth space environment: space-weather.