Sonia Ponce de Leon is a Researcher at the Centre for Marine Technology and Engineering at IST. She had her PhD degree concluded in 2008 in the area of Wave Modelling at IST. Between 2008 and 2009 she was Assistant Professor at University College of Aalesund-HIALS, Norway and after that she was a researcher at IMEDEA-Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Studies. Dr. Sonia Ponce returned to IST in October 2012, where she is developing work in the area of wave modelling and hindcasting.