Coral Moreno earned a B.Sc. in Physics with a specialization in Optics. and an M.Sc. in Autonomous Systems and Robotics Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Her master’s research was the first step towards the first autonomous space-borne Stellar Intensity Interferometer (SII) based on nanosatellites. SII is a system that is capable of measuring the angular size of bright stars in much higher resolution than other astronomical observational systems, such as telescopse or other optical astronomical interferometers. Coral designed and built the prototype of SII installed on nanosatellites lab models.
The sea has been an inseparable part of Coral's life, and naturally her love of science, technology and the sea led her to be interested in developing marine systems in support of ocean exploration. She is especially passionate about marine optics, communication, underwater autonomous and remotely operated vehicles, and imaging.
Coral participated in an ROV internship aboard the E/V Nautilus. Following that, she divided her time between working as a surveyor and ROV operator with EDT Marine Construction/Marteam LTD in Israel, and being a guest investigator at the Optical Communication Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI), until she started her Ph.D. at CCOM.
Her job at the marine construction company included: maintaining and piloting an ROV (type Falcon); inspecting marine infrastructures and making scientific dives; mapping the bottom and sub-bottom of the seafloor using a multibeam echo-sounder, sidescan sonar and a sub-bottom profiler; and being an offshore navigator. As a guest investigator in WHOI, she worked on the simulation of underwater light propagation according to different radiative transfer models for the underwater wireless optical communication system of the laboratory.
At CCOM, Coral will be working on high-resolution underwater optical mapping systems for platforms such as ROV and AUV. When she is not working, Coral enjoys SCUBA diving, sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, sporting activities, painting, and photography.