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     Date Submitted:24-11-2009
     Last Modified:24-11-2009 (04:57)
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     Current job:Sr. Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsRF, Electronics, Design, Telecom, Space, Defense, Antenna, EGSE, Business Dev., Proj. Manag., eMBA

    Professional Experience

    Electronics and Telecommunications Engineer : Feb., 2006 – Oct., 2009
    Employer:Space Services1, Lda., Lisbon, Portugal        
    Main responsibilities:
     ?     Technical Manager
     ?     Perform technical outsourcing services for several European clients for Space Telecom Projects mainly on the field of radio frequency (RF) electronic circuit design and system design (TT&C, RF Suitcase, Transponder). Responsibility / participation on actual European Space Agency (ESA) projects (Galileo, Lisa Pathfinder, Gaia).
     ?     Responsible for CORPA2 project as co-coordinator and also wide technical responsible for the full hardware (RF, electromagnetic, analog control, digital, algorithm) design, development and testing. Leader of several main work packages, namely: Digital beamforming algorithm design, Digital beamforming platform selection, Prototyping and testing, Management, Antenna and RF manufacturing, Platform integration and anechoic chamber testing.
     ?     Development of front-end RF electronic circuit designs (mainly S-band), antenna measurements, control circuit schematic design, complex digital algorithm designs, project case studies evaluation, technical    telecom/electronics/system strategy consultant
     ?     Analysis, preparation and revision of technical, financial, management and administrative proposals for ESA and European Commission (EC) projects as a partner and as a prime contractor
    1 Space Services - is a start-up company established in 2004 formed by an European Holding and a Spanish company with more than 20 years operating in the Space (ground and space segments) and defence hardware development for telecom systems. Space Services is mainly focused on the development of SatCom front-end systems and navigation applications, as example, the design  and development of smart active conformal array antennas.
    2 CORPA Project - Space Services is the prime contractor of the CORPA European Space Agency Telecom ARTES 5 project consortium. The Corpa research project aims the full design and development of a complex smart mobile antenna system for broadband mobile satellite television applications. (Total budget €477K, 6 partners, 5 countries)

    Radio-Frequency Electronics Engineer : Nov., 2004 – Jan., 2006
    Employer:    IT – Telecommunications Institute3, Aveiro, Portugal,
    Main activities:
     ?     Technical and financial co-coordination/co-administration of the group Wireless Circuits and Systems from Telecommunications Institute for the European Commission TARGET4 Project
     ?     Design and development of state-of-the-art radio frequency front ends (LNA, PA, antenna) to study performance with recent Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) systems
     ?    Simulation of WLAN systems using state-of-the-art co-simulation ETHB techniques
     ?     Development of automatic complex Radio Frequency (RF) measurement setup's (including Microwave Transition Analyzer (MTA), Digital Signal Generators, Spectrum analysers, Network Analyzers) using Labview and Matlab.
     ?     Follow-up/collaboration of technical progress of TARGET project workpackages
    3 Telecommunications Institute – Is a partially public institution considered as the Top Portuguese Research Lab in the field of wireless and optical telecommunications, worldwide recognised for its work and scientific publications. 
    4  “ Top Amplifier Research Group in an European Team" -  European Commission 6th FP Network of Excellence research project on the field of amplifier and microwave systems for broadband wireless access.

    Telecommunications Research & Development Engineer : Jan., 2004 – Oct., 2004
    Employer: IT – Telecommunications Institute, Aveiro, Portugal                                    
    Main activities:
     ?     Research analysis of Wavelength Division Multiplex (WDM) optical networks switching technique strategies and technologies
     ?     Technical collaboration on the DOPNET5 project and produce documentation and reports
     ?     Prepare documentation for University advanced courses on optical telecommunications
     ?     Technical assistance on final graduation engineering degree projects
    5 DOPNET - “Highly Dispersive Pulses in Dense WDM Optical Networks” - Portuguese Research Council project aim the development of strategies for dimensioning and management of all optical transport networks with a layered approach, including digital hierarchies.

    VLSI/Microelectronics R&D Design Engineer : Feb., 2002 – Dec., 2003
    Employer: IEETA6 – Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal,             
    Responsible for the full development of a CMOS mixed-signal integrated circuit - UCECG7 project:
     ?    Project specification, architecture definition, technology evaluation, circuit design (analog and digital), simulation verification, layout design, test definition and IC qualification tests
     ?    Technical cooperation on two other VLSI projects, namely: “Low-Power Low-Voltage Switched Capacitor Filter Design” and “256 Channels ADC, Technology: AMS 0.35u CSI”.  
     ?    Technical assistance/presentations to Advanced Microelectronic Engineering Course (AME) – Financed by Portuguese Ministry of Economy and Innovation
    6 IEETA - Multidisciplinary Portuguese research and advanced development unit in Electronics and Telematics fields. IEETA is a private non-profit-making scientific association made up of the University of Aveiro and private partners.
    7 UCECG -“Ultra Compact Low-Power Low-Voltage Electrocardiogram Data Acquisition System” - Portuguese Research Council project aiming the design and assemble of a high autonomy human-body implantable integrated circuit system (technology mixed signal CMOS 0.5u ASIC) for real time monitoring vital signals.                           

    Academic Qualifications

    “Mestrado”8 in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering (8 Mestrado - Portuguese Pre-Bologna Academic Degree = Bach+7) : Oct., 2006 –Jul. 2008
    University of Aveiro, Portugal
    Thesis theme: Impact of the Nonlinear Phenomenon on Wireless Radio Telecommunications Systems
    Description: Development of State-of-the-art co-simulation platforms and verification hardware and provide full system performance impact analysis of RF nonlinear phenomenon’s. Systems: IEEE802.11a (OFDM) and IEEE802.11b (CDMA)

    “Licenciatura”9 in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering  (M.Sc.) : Oct., 2001
    9 Licenciatura – M.Sc. (Bach +5) University of Aveiro, Portugal
    With final graduation project focused on satellite telecommunications developed at the Eindhoven University of Technology earth-station, Netherlands (with supervision of Prof. Gert Brussaard). With advanced course of satellite digital telecommunications.                                       
    Main focus: Electronic circuits and wireless/RF telecommunications
    Specialization Courses:
        - Radio Frequency Electronics                
        - Antennas
        - Air Interface of Mobile Radio Systems   
        - Digital Video Signal Processing

    Experience on Advanced Software Platforms
    Advanced Design System – ADS (Agilent Technologies), Matlab and Simulink (The Mathworks),  Microwave Office & Aplac (Applied Wave Research), Cadence OrCAD - PSpice A/D, Capture CIS, Model Editor, Layout Plus (Cadence Design Systems), Labview (National Instruments), Tanner Tools Pro Design Suite - L-Edit, LVS, T-Spice, S-Edit, W-Edit (Tanner Research), OPNET (Opnet Technologies, Inc.), VPI Photonics (VPIsystems, Inc.), Network Simulator NS-2 (open source), ASSET / ILSA / 3G Radio Planning (Aircom International Ltd.), MS Project (Microsoft), others.

    Relevant Technical Training

    Global Management Course Mini – MBA : Sept., 2008 – Feb., 2009
    Atlantic Business School, Porto, Portugal                                     
    Courses:-  Globalization, strategy & competiveness
        -  Decision making and financing
        -  People and team management   
        -  Marketing
        -  Operations management
        -  Management control

    Project Planning with Microsoft Project© 2007 : 22nd - 27th Sep. 2008
    Chapters:    - Planning with MS Project
        - Activities/tasks sequences and relationships
        - Calendars, visualizations (Gantt chart, …)   
        - Resource allocation, costs
        - Restrictions planning
        - Estimating duration

    Project Management Course according to PMBOK© : 23rd - 28th Jul. 2008
    Chapters:    - Project management knowledge areas
        - Project management life cycle and processes
        - Project start/charter        
        - Project planning
        - Project execution
        - Project monitoring and control

    Summer School on Linear Power Amplifier Design and Wireless Systems : 29, Aug. – 02, Sept. 2005
    Sabanci University, RFIC Group, Istanbul, Turkey
    Themes:    - Wireless Systems
        - RF Device Technologies & Linear Power Amplifier Design
        - High Efficiency Power Amplifiers for Wireless Systems

    Advanced Specialization on Optical Communications : Sept., 2004 – Fev. 2005
    University of Aveiro, Portugal                                                                                      
    Courses:- Materials and Optoelectronic Devices   
        - Optical Networks
        - Optical Telecommunications Systems   

    Advanced Specialization on Mobile Communications : Feb., 2004 – Jul. 2004
    University of Aveiro, Portugal                                                                                     
    Courses:- Radio Frequency Techniques   
        - Cellular Communications Systems
        - Cellular Networks Planning (GSM/UMTS)   
        - Multiple Access Techniques (CDMA)

    Training Course for Small and Medium Enterprise Coordinators for European Commission Framework Program Projects : 26th, 27th Out., 2006 and 9th May 2007
    Innovation Agency, Lisbon and Porto, Portugal
    Modules:- Proposal to Contract Negotiation   
        - Mid-Term Assessment to Market
        - Project Launch to Mid-Term Assessment   


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