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Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 23:18:00 +0100
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 17:03:00 +0100
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:04:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:27:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 15:07:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 14:32:00 +0100
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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 09:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0100
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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:28:00 +0100
The EUTELSAT 8 West B communications satellite was successfully launched today from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, by an Ariane 5 rocket. Thales Alenia Space is the program prime contractor, working on behalf of Eutelsat Communications, one of the world's leading satellite operators. EUTELSAT 8 West B is the 25th satellite built by Thales Alenia Space for Eutelsat and the 74th satellite in the Spacebus family to enter service. This high-capacity satellite will be positio...
Thu, 20 Aug 2015 23:16:00 +0100
An Ariane 5 lifted off tonight from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, and delivered two telecom satellites into their planned orbits. The launch of flight VA225 occurred on 20 August at 20:34 GMT (22:34 CEST, 17:34 local time). Eutelsat-8 West B, with a mass of 5782 kg and mounted in the upper position atop Ariane's Sylda dual-payload carrier, was the first to be released about 28 minutes into the mission. Following a series of burns controlled by Ariane's computer, the Syld...
Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:48:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:05-06-2009
     Last Modified:14-06-2009 (02:16)
    Job information
     Current job:Programmer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsjava, parallel programming, c, ESA, java bytecode, earth observation
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     Work experience  

      

    Dates September 2008 - June 2009  

    Occupation or position held Computer programmer 

    Main activities and responsibilities Develop (with Eclipse RCP) a visualization tool, which among other things, allows open many scientific data formats, with special focus in data from Earth Observation missions from ESA. I was involved in all the phases of the software development.

    Develop the binx library (http://www.edikt.org.uk/binx/) 100% in java, used to read the Earth Explorer File Format from ESA. 

    Name and address of employer Critical Software, SA 

    Lisbon  

      

    Dates September 2007 - June 2008  

    Occupation or position held Computer programmer 

    Main activities and responsibilities Implementation of an failures injector (injecting bytecode inside compiled classes) for applications in Java and a GUI application to create sets of tests. This set of tools are used for the doctoral thesis of Prof. Bruno Cabral of automated of exceptions handling, supervised by Prof. Paulo Marques. 

    (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=4639352) 

    Name and address of employer Software and Systems Engineering (SSE) - CISUC 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates July 2006 - June 2007  

    Occupation or position held DEInix's directorship member 

    Main activities and responsibilities Helping and motivate the student's from DEI to use UNIX. 

    Name and address of employer Deinix (Unix's Users Group) 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates May 2006 - August 2006  

    Occupation or position held Computer programmer 

    Main activities and responsibilities Implement distribuited transactions of Microsoft .NET framework on Mono through Google Summer of Code 

    Name and address of employer Novell's Mono Project - http://www.mono-project.com and Google 

      

    Dates September 2005 - September 2006  

    Occupation or position held Portuguese translator 

    Main activities and responsibilities Translate the GUI interface of the eyeOS to portuguese. 

    Name and address of employer eyeOS - http://www.eyeos.org 

      

    Dates September 2005 - May 2006  

    Occupation or position held Coordinator of the programme group 

    Main activities and responsibilities Coordinate and manage the group's Program of the iEntertain event. The group was responsible for choosing and invite speakers, and ensure all the conditions to the speakers. The iEntertain was the biggest event to date organized by DEI, lasted 3 days and was done in the City of Coimbra stadium. 

    Name and address of employer iEntertain (an event about digital entertainment) 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates September 2005 - September 2005  

    Occupation or position held Element of the organization staff 

    Main activities and responsibilities Logistic and security activities during the event. 

    Name and address of employer Portugal Air Show 05 

    Évora  

      

    Dates August 2004 - August 2004  

    Occupation or position held Volunteer in one institution for aged people 

    Name and address of employer Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Lousã 

    Lousã  

      

    Education and training  

      

    Dates September 2002   ...

    Title of qualification awarded Master in Informatics Engineering 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Faculty of Science and Techonology of University of Coimbra 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates September 2002 - July 2009  

    Title of qualification awarded Degree in Informatics Engineering 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Faculty of Science and Techonology of University of Coimbra 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates 14 July 2008 - 18 July 2008  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Developing parallel programs, developing distributed computing applications, analyzing and optimizing application performance. (The Summer Institute in Supercomputing provided by TACC - http://cfc.fis.uc.pt/events/tacc2008) 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Department of Physics of the University of Coimbra and Texas Advanced Computing Center 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates 21 February 2008 - 21 February 2008  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Hardening Your Software Projects - Secure Software Engineering 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training CERT-IPN 

    Coimbra  

     

      

    Dates 03 December 2007 - 03 December 2007  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Mac OS X 10.5 API - Mac OS X Leopard Tech Talk in Lisbon (Europe Roadshow) 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Apple 

    Lisbon  

      

    Dates 28 November 2007 - 28 November 2007  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Mac OS X Server 10.5 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Apple IMC Portugal, Interlog Informática, SA

    Lisbon  

      

    Dates January 2003 - May 2003  

    Title of qualification awarded Trainer 

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Teach/give lessons about some subject 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Auchter Consultoria e Formação, Lda. (Certified by IEFP (Employmentand Vocational Training Institute), the Portuguese Public Employment Service (PES)) 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates 1999 - 2002  

    Title of qualification awarded Computer Technician 

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Programming skills (Pascal, C,Visual Basic, Flash) 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training Escola Secundária Avelar Brotero 

    Coimbra  

      

    Dates 23 March 2001 - 12 April 2001  

    Principal subjects / occupational skills 

    covered Network configurations 

    Name and type of organisation 

    providing education and training ROC Utrecht (Leonardo Da Vinci Programme) 

    Utrecht (Netherlands) 

     

    Personal skills and competences 

     

    Social skills and competences Team spirit: I have been involved in various types of team tasks from work groups of school to some summer camp; 

    Adapt to multicultural environments: I have been involved in groups with Spanish (ERASMUS), Romanians (ERASMUS) and Angolans in my university, and with a Romanian co-worker in the Critical Software intership; 

      

    Organisational skills and competences Leadership: was responsible for a team of 6 elements in the organization of the iEntertain event, and in my last intership, I was considered by my tutor/evaluator the engine of the team.

     

     

    Technical skills and competences Knowledge in C, C#, ObjectiveC, Java, Pascal and UML. Light knowledge in Python, Lisp, Eclipse RCP 

      

    Computer skills and competences Linux user from 2002 to 2006, and Mac OS X user from 2006. 

      

    Other skills and competences I practise caving and mountain climbing. 

      

    Driving licence(s) B  

      

    Additional information

     

    Three presences in the National Olympiad in Informatic final, where I was classified for two times in fifth place (1999-2002). 

    My main profissional interest are critical systems, space area, parallel computing and HPC.

     

     


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