A decorated career in the Colombian Air Force earned Jose Martinez Diaz a full scholarship from the Colombian Government and Defence Ministry to complete his Master overseas.
Master of Engineering (Aerospace)
Deputy Director, Research Centre of the Colombian Air Force Academy
I am gaining the skills and experience to be able – when I return to Colombia – to lead and take part in the evolution of new technologies in the aerospace and aviation fields.
I did the officer career training in the Colombian Air Force Academy as a military pilot, and I also studied aviation management back at home.
After 14 years in the Air Force I wanted to do further study towards carrying out future aerospace and aviation projects. I also wanted to prepare myself as a member of the interdisciplinary research, development and industry group focused on the aeronautical sector in the Colombian Air Force.
The Master of Engineering (Aerospace) attracted my attention because of the range of subjects it covered. Aircraft design, aerospace materials, maintenance and flight safety are all relevant to a career pilot with 3600 flying hours behind them – such as me.
My research project was completed in the RMIT Flight Training School facilities located in Point Cook, where I was able to use state-of-the-art eye tracking devices – the only ones available in Australia – and the flight simulator. I will also have access to real aircraft to conclude my research.
My course has complemented the life experience I already had, and will be an asset when I return home and can implement my new discoveries.