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     Date Submitted:30-06-2009
     Last Modified:30-06-2009 (08:48)
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     Current job:Aeonautical Engineering
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsHardworking, responsible, ambitious, versatile, adaptable, effective, determined and communicative.Proficiency in the following softwares: MSC Patran/Nastran, MSOffice, CATIA and Mathlab.


    CranfieldUniversity, Cranfield, United Kingdom                                                         
    Oct 2008-April 2009
    Graduate student
    Group Design Project:Mission to Titan’
    The purpose of this project was to design mission to the Saturnian moon Titan which is of great interest to the planetary science community, due to its atmosphere, presence of organics, and the occurrence of many analogs of terrestrial processes and phenomena. This mission suggested the use of an orbiter, lander, lake vehicle and airship to investigate the different science aspects mentioned earlier. I was responsible for structural analysis of both lander and lake vehicle. Working within a team of eighteen, the project involved regular meetings every week, detailed planning of the work process, project monitoring and reporting.
    Military Technical Institute, Belgrade, Serbia   
    Sept 2004-Sept 2008
    Aeronautical Engineer, Aeronautical Division
    ·         Performed static and dynamic analyses, free vibration response, modal analysis and transient analysis of the aircraft structures and other mechanical systems.
    ·         Analyzed models after extracting modal parameters of a system (resonance frequencies, damping, and modal shapes) from real measurements.
    ·         Visualized the dynamic behavior of the tested structure.
    ·         Estimated the structure behavior depending on modifications of the structure or of the solicitations.
    ·         Performed simulation, organized and scheduled experimental test for data acquisition, processed the data and analyzed the results acquired, prepared the test report, wrote the paper for publication and presentation at conferences.
    ·         Benchmarking of finite-element analysis and experimental results.
    Project participation included:
    Tandem two-seat primary/basic trainer LASTA-95(first flight February 2009)
    ·         Responsible for the specification and control of aileron, tailplane, elevator and rudder torsional stiffness tests. Conducted FE meshing and analysis using MSC Patran/Nastran to model the load cases for static testing. Attended and monitored the tests to ensure that the test conformed to requirements. Issued official reports and specifications.
    ·         Used IDEAS to design 1:5 scale wind tunnel model of the trainer. Conducted its FE analysis and simulation. Performed modal analysis and compare it with finite element analysis. Issued the official report.
    ·         Used hand calculations to find natural frequencies of control system. Performed its FEA and simulation using IDEAS. Performed stick force analysis for steady state straight line flight. The effect of trim tabs was also considered.
    Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) TD
    ·         Investigated vibrations on UAV and its effect on the various components of the UAV. Modal analysis and frequency response analysis has been carried out for some of the components to find natural frequencies and displacements for the given excitation levels. During take-off, engine imparted high loads into sensitive UAV components. Each of these components and subsystems had to be designed to withstand these vibrations. To make components strong enough to withstand these loads required additional weight, which would increased costs and reduced overall performance. A better option was to reduce the magnitude of the vibrations into the sensitive components by carefully designing vibration isolation system for which I was responsible.
    Assault transport helicopter
    ·         Conducted vibration measurements, time and frequency response analysis during take-off and some maneuvers. Purpose of this examination was vibration monitoring and evaluation of pilot exposure to whole body vibration.
    Civil trade ship “Deligrad”
    ·         Performed measurement on trade ship of length 95m, width 11m, height 3.2m and carrying capacity of 1850t with two main and one auxiliary engines (Caterpillar) and one in bow. The responsibilities included vibration measurements with B&K Pulse 3560D Multichannel Portable Data Acquisition Unit in engine room, saloon, cabin and pilot house by given sailing regulations. Processed vibration signals instantly in frequency and octave analyzer. Compared these vibrations with allowable ones defined with ISO 6954, ISO 2631 and ISO 10816-3 standards.
    Military ship
    ·         Performed vibration measurement and analysis same as with civil trade ship. Issued official report and specifications.
    Center for Project Management (CPM), Belgrade, Serbia 
    Jan 2004-Aug 2004
    Responsibilities: development of course content, including lab workshops, assistance with creating appropriate assignments and assessments. Worked on various positions with regard to professional development. Cooperated with the Executive Director on development and implementation of program training. Conducted in depth competitive analysis for the Electricity Company. Trained and supervised a number of new clients in Primavera Enterprise-project management application. Worked on presentation of program training in Power Point.
    University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Belgrade, Serbia
    Jan 2003-Dec 2003
    Research Assistant
    Engaged with problems in the areas of flight mechanics, theory of guidance and automatic flight control. Worked on development of simplified program in C++, for inverse dynamics problem.
    JAT Airways, Yugoslav Airlines, Belgrade, Serbia
    Summer 1998
    Observed and reported on fleet maintenance, technical resources, licensed personnel and marketing.
    Teleoptik, Inc, Belgrade, Serbia 
    Summer 1997
    Observed and reported on all processes of production, including design and manufacturing.
    Cranfield University, United Kingdom
    Oct 2008-April 2009
    MSc Astronautics and Space System Engineering
    Main subjects include: Astrodynamics and Mission Analysis, Space System Engineering, Classical Control Space Communications, Space Propulsion
    Optional subjects attended: Spacecraft Attitude Dynamics and Control, Multivariable Control for Aerospace Applications, Sensors and Data Fusion and GPS/INS, Structural Mechanics, Structural Dynamics, Design and Analysis of Composite Structures, Software Development, Satellite Tool Kit, On Board Data Handling
    Group Design Project: ‘Mission to Titan’
    University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Belgrade, Serbia
    Oct 2000-Dec 2002
    MSc in Aeronautical Engineering
    1st and 2nd year of a two year engineering program: Linear Algebra, Numerical Methods, Aerodynamics, Aircraft Firmness, Integral Systems and Aircraft Equipment, Control Systems Design, Technology of Aircraft Systems
    Thesis: ‘Synthesis of Nominal Flying of Aircraft’
    An accurate mathematical model describing the motion of an aircraft given as a set of nonlinear, time-varying, coupled differential equations was used in designing of a program able to simulate inverse dynamics problem. Program was written in C++.
    University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (Belgrade, Serbia
    Oct 1994-Jan 2000
    Dipl. Ing in Aeronautical Engineering
    Five years engineering program: Mechanics, Materials, Mathematics, Physics, Programming, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Elements, Thermodynamics, Aerodynamic Construction, Technology of Machine Construction, Hydraulic and Pneumatic, Automatic Control, Theory of Elasticity, Aerodynamics, Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Firmness, Aircraft Construction, Aircraft Equipment, Jet Propulsion, Rocket Propulsion, Computer Fluid Dynamics, Aeroelasticity.
    Individual Project: Included work on existing type of airplane (A10 Thunderbolt) during 3rd, 4th and 5th year of engineering program. This project enabled to integrate the separate subjects taught in the lecture course during these three years.
    Group Project: Conducted in a team of six, to provide experience of working on a collaborative aeronautical engineering project.
    Dissertation: ‘System Synthesis of Nominal Control of Aircraft’
    A simplified mathematical model of aircraft was used for simulation of nominal open-loop characteristics and longitudinal perturbed dynamics of aircraft. Aim was to validate the model and explain conditions in which it can be used.
    Extensive experience in usage of: I-DEAS, CATIA V.5, MSC. ADAMS, MSC. Patran/Nastran
    Other software tools: AutoCAD, MATLAB, MathCAD, Pulse LabShop, ME’ Scope VES, Microsoft Office
    OperatingSystems: Windows 9x/2000/XP/Vista
    Programming: FORTRAN 77, C++, Visual BASIC
    2002 Republic Scholarship for Young Gifted Scientists, Belgrade, Serbia
    ·         Bruel&Kjaer, Sound & Vibration Measurements A/S, PULSE Day 2007, Belgrade, Serbia
    ·         NI Days 2007 – Worldwide Virtual Instrumentation Conference, Belgrade, Serbia
    ·         01dB-Metravib, Modern Technologies and Latest World Achievements in Noise and Vibration Measurements and Analysis, June 2007, Fruska Gora, Serbia
    ·         Bruel&Kjaer, Sound & Vibration Measurements A/S, PULSE Day 2006, Belgrade, Serbia
    ·         National Instruments, Technical Symposium about Measurements and Automation, May 2006, Belgrade, Serbia
    ·         01dB-Metravib, Technical Symposium: European Achievements in Noise and Vibration Measurements and Analysis, Fruska Gora, Serbia
    ·         Bruel&Kjaer, Sound & Vibration Measurements A/S, Enviro Tour 2005, Belgrade, Serbia
    ·         National Instruments, LabVIEW 8 Technologies, November 2005, Belgrade, Serbia
    English: speak – high, read – high, write – moderate, listen – high. Spent 7 months in UK.
    Certificates: TOEFL, IELTS
    Sport: swimming (3 years), aikido (3 years), karate (3 years)
    Art: amateur photography
    Driving license: category B


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