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     Date Submitted:24-02-2010
     Last Modified:25-02-2010 (01:08)
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     Current job:Predoctoral Fellow
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
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     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAntenna, Propagation Models, Space borne systems
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    Job Objective: Work in the areas of antenna analysis and measurements, which include large spaceborne reflectors and phased array antenna systems

    SKILLS
    Computer:
    GTD, MoM, PO codes (expert)
    C, Fortran, Matlab, FEKO (expert)
    Linux, Windows, Office, LATEX (expert)
    C++, Perl, HFSS (average)

    Hardware:
    HP 8510 Network Analyzer
    Tektronix TDS 6604 oscilloscope
    Agilent Waveform Generator (E8267C-520)
    Agilent Spectrum Analyzer (PSA4440A)
     
    Languages:
    Italian, Romanian (native)
    English, French (fluent)
    Spanish (average)
    Russian, Japanese (elementary)
     
    EXPERIENCE
    Research/Teaching Assistant, University of Illinois at Chicago 08/2005 - present
    •  Developed Fortran, C and Matlab codes for PO, GTD, ITD and MoM
    •  Formulated rigorous mathematical theories for the scattering of electromagnetic radiation by large reflectors and radomes
    •  Measured antenna patterns (near- and far-fi eld) in anechoic chamber
    •  Taught Circuit Analysis, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Electromagnetic Scattering, Modern Linear Optics
     
    IT Consultant, ICT Consulting S.p.A., Milano, Italy 12/2004 - 06/2005
    IT Intern, ICT Consulting S.p.A., Milano, Italy 03/2004 - 08/2004
    •  Developed Perl software for the prevention of possible router exploits in large networks (> 1500 routers)
    •  Detected possible exploits in 10% of the routers of a national telecommunications provider in 5 minutes
    •  Operated Cisco routers for testing purposes
     
    Other Activities:
    •  Peer Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
    •  Peer Reviewer for the IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters
    •  Volunteered in organizing the XXIX URSI General Assembly in Chicago
     
    EDUCATION
    Research Interests:
    •  Antennas, Radars, Propagation Models, Scattering, ITD, GTD, MoM, Physical Optics
    •  Numerical analysis, Coding, Applied Math
    •  Telecommunications protocols, Networks, Security
    Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago 08/2010 (expected)
     GPA: 4.0/4.0
     Thesis: "High-Frequency Incremental Methods for Complex Source Points"
    Benefi t: Enhanced accuracy of commercial PO codes with application to large reflector analysis
     
    Master of Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago 05/2009
     GPA: 4.0/4.0
     
    Master of Science, Telecommunications Engineering, Politecnico di Milano 10/2007
     Final grade: 110/110 summa cum laude
     
    Bachelor of Science, Telecommunications Engineering, Politecnico di Milano 10/2004
     Final grade: 110/110 summa cum laude
     
    Awards: 
    • Dean Scholar Award, UIC 08/2009 - 08/2010
      One-year fellowship in recognition of scholarly achievement (top 1% PhD candidates)
    •  Aileen S. Andrew Foundation Fellowship, UIC 01/2007 - 12/2007
      One-year fellowship to support advanced research in Electromagnetics
    •  The National Academies Travel Fellowship, The National Academies 07/2007 - 01/2010
      Travel fellowship to support conference attendance
    •  Gold medal, Politecnico di Milano 12/2005
      Honors college award for the top 1% graduates
    •  ISU Fellowship Recipient, Politecnico di Milano 2001 - 2007
      Honors college fellowship (GPA > 29/30)
      Travel fellowship to support university attendance in the United States
     

     


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