GCI Communications Corp
Paloma Field joined GCI Communications Corp of Alaska in 2012, fresh out of school with a BS in electrical and computer systems engineering. Not long after her hiring, she was assigned to take end-to-end responsibility for construction of a standalone VSAT site at a remote mining operation. The project faced strict construction deadlines and the massive obstacles of remoteness, Alaska’s severe weather and limited visibility to the geostationary satellite arc. Paloma was responsible for licensing and regulatory approvals, IP routing and packet network design, link budget analysis and equipment selection and implementation. The project would have been a challenging one for a senior engineer, but she delivered it on time and on budget for a very happy customer. By 2014, she was the primary engineer on a complex and geographically diverse VSAT network that covers the entire State of Alaska and regions of the Gulf of Mexico – while returning to school to earn a Master of Science in Project Management.