Young TNO researcher wins NATO prize

Laura Anitori gets recognition for her work in defense technology • 01 Jun 2018

Laura Anitori, Research Scientist at TNO, was the first to receive the NATO STO (Science & Technology Organization) Early Career Award. The award was presented to Laura on the 16th of May during the NATO SET Panel (Sensing and Electronic Technology) in Bucharest. The prize serves as recognition for the work of young professionals within NATO research programs, and is intended to stimulate and inspire others inside and outside NATO for the defence technology field.

This was the first time the NATO STO Early Career Award was awarded. Candidates need to be under the age of 40 and have a proven track record in proactively supporting and initiating NATO R&D.

Excellent work

Laura Anitori is founder and chairman of the NATO SET working group for Compressive Sensing. This is a special signal processing technique that makes it possible to significantly improve the properties of sensors. It concerns a cooperation between 11 NATO countries.

Henk Geveke, managing director of Defence & Security at TNO: "By winning this prestigious award, Laura gives visibility to the Netherlands, TNO and the Dutch defence organization as important players within NATO's technology field. As a result of her chairmanship and her excellent work, Laura has initiated three other new international research activities or working groups at NATO. As TNO, we are very proud of our young professional."


Laura Anitori is working on research and development of innovative radar technologies for the Royal Netherlands Navy and the national industry. "I am proud to do this work in a team of scientists who share the same passion and ambition. I also believe in the power of diversity and I enjoy working with international researchers and engineers from different backgrounds. The added value of international cooperation is that I can bring this knowledge back into my daily work. I am very honored to receive this award and I hope to be an example to other young professionals.”


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