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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:41:00 +0100
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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:27:00 +0100
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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 08:11:00 +0100
Vega Flight VV06 Elements have arrived in French Guiana for the next Vega launcher, which is scheduled for a November mission from the Spaceport to deploy Europe's LISA Pathfinder - a pioneering scientific spacecraft that will set the stage for observing the Universe in a completely new way. The Zefiro 23 and Zefiro 9 stages for Arianespace's lightweight launcher were delivered to French Guiana this month aboard the MN Toucan, one of two ships regularly utilized for transporting Arianesp...
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:08:00 +0100
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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:37:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA225 Payload preparations for Arianespace's next Ariane 5 mission have marked a new milestone in French Guiana, with the EUTELSAT 8 West B telecommunications satellite undergoing its initial fit-check with launcher hardware. This important step during Arianespace Ariane 5 mission campaigns at the Spaceport validated the compatibility of Eutelsat Communications' EUTELSAT 8 West B with the cone-shaped adapter that will be used in its integration on the heavy-lift launcher. ...
Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:03:00 +0100
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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:19:00 +0100
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:36:00 +0100
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0100
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:22:00 +0100
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:25:00 +0100
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0100
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:19:00 +0100
Ariane Flight VA226 Arianespace is maintaining its 2015 mission pace as components for another Ariane 5 have arrived in French Guiana - with the latest heavy-lift vehicle scheduled to orbit two telecommunications spacecraft during September: NBN Co 1A for Australia's National Broadband Network, and ARSAT-2 for Argentinean satellite operator ARSAT. The launcher elements were delivered this week aboard the MN Toucan, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off sea-going vessels utilized for the tra...
Fri, 24 Jul 2015 04:20:00 +0100
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Fri, 24 Jul 2015 03:48:00 +0100
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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 19:13:00 +0100
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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:17:00 +0100
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Thu, 23 Jul 2015 07:46:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:02-09-2010
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     Current job:Software and System Engineer
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     KeywordsGalileo Search and rescue MEOLUT
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    System and Telecom Engineer

     

    Personal Profile

     

    I am a qualified Telecom Engineer with 6 years testing experience, including 4 years in the French Telecom industry. My contribution to Telecom companies such as Indra Espacio, Texas Instruments and Philips in particular proved to be a success. I facilitated digital and analogue validation tests of a UMTS modem ASIC by automating the testing environment via GPIB and UART standards. It resulted by a significant gain of time=money to the company. I have gained skills in SIM card connectivity validation of a Low-Cost GPRS ASIC. I possess a scientific, analytic and a proactive mind and I am fond of new technological advancements. After 4 years experience in France, I decided to expand my experience to international markets and enhance my level of expertise as a creative Telecom Engineer. I have worked 1.5 year in a start-up company based in Cambridge, UK. I had the opportunity to work on Wireless USB, which is a new emerging technology. After this first successful experience abroad, I got a second opportunity in space industry in Barcelona, Spain as a Software Engineer. I have well developed interpersonal and technical skills and I am confident in my capabilities in delivering a first class job in whichever capacity I am employed in. My interpersonal and communication skills allow me to efficiently interact with customers or co-worker. I am able to communicate fluently using english, spanish and french languages.

    My ultimate aim is to change my current position to some new management activities for creating and developing innovative projects. I will be an asset to any organisation that employs me and will successfully contribute to the development of both Software and/or Hardware concepts and solutions.

     

    Personal INFORMATION

     

    Nationality: French

    Sex: Male

    Address: BARCELONA 08032

    ESPAÑA

     

    EDUCATION

     

    2002 - 2004: Master’s Degree in Engineering at ESINSA School (Sophia-Antipolis, France) in a work-based Learning-program (Electronic, Telecom, Quality, Management and Communication)

    1999 - 2001: DUT (Nice, France) in electronics and industrial computer science

    1998: Scientific Baccalaureate with AB distinction

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

     

    References available upon request via LinkedIn professional network

     

    May 2008 – Now Software Engineer 

    Indra Sistemas (Barcelona, Spain)

     

    Installation of MEOLUT prototype part of Galileo European program managed by ESA (CNES, France):

    • Hardware installation management: network resources, communication between equipments
    • Startup sequence checking: from start-up of system until shutdown
    • System testing at Software level: On-Site testing in nominal conditions of input data
    • Bug detection and fixing at system level

     

    Validation of geo-localization algorithm on MEOLUT prototype:

    • development of basic tests for SDIO: initialization sequence, CCCR registers, testing and functional testing
    • porting of geo-localization algorithm from Matlab to C
    • improving and tuning of algorithm, defining of nominal/best/worst case scenarios for performance
    • maintenance of system tests, defining of new tests, bug fixing

     

    March 2007 – May 2008 Software Engineer

    Artimi (Cambridge, UK)

     

    Validation of SDIO module of a WUSB solution:

    • development of basic tests for SDIO: init sequence, CCCR registers, testing and functional testing

    • programming of both device and host sides for checking all features and performance of SDIO Device
    • driver layer writing for integration in existing firmware on device side

    WUSB firmware development:

    • long PIN implementation for security

    • connection algorithm

    System testing: throughput measurement, range measurement, USB association

     

    July 2006 – Dec 2006 Software Performance Engineer

    Texas Instruments Ltd (Villeneuve-Loubet, FR)

     

    • 2 Baseband Chipset Solutions: GSM/GPRS (ARM7/DSP C54) Digital and Multimedia/E-GPRS (ARM926/DSPc55.x) Digital Baseband Chipset Solution

       

    • Power Consumption Test Cases (ECTEL TW09 DRX2/5/9, GSM) on Agilent Network Simulator
    • Measurement of consumed memory (Flash, Ext/Int RAM), comparison to targets defined by marketing.
    • Communication with all SW layers teams for identifying root cause of issue
    • (defects raised, Testing of new release / patch)
    • Interaction with Marketing and Architecture Teams (interpretation of results)
    • Automation of Power Measurement Test Bench (RTD, results recuperation, logs)

     

    Jan 2005 - July 2006 Hardware Validation Engineer

    Texas Instruments Ltd (Villeneuve-Loubet, FR)

     

    • GSM/GPRS (ARM7/DSP C54) Digital Baseband Chipset Solution
    • Silicon Validation Unitary Modules Testing (C/Assembler coded) DMA, I2C, RHEA, SPI, UART, Camera Core, VSP, DSP API, TPU DRP, CLKM, INTH
    • Full validation of USIM I/F (validation plan built with functional spec, validation report)
    • Bugs Tracking about security tasks, BOOTROM access, power management / wakeup (Bugs replication, tracking of correct implementation of fix)
    • External Memory Interface Characterization (max/min timing function of temperature and voltage)
    • Pre Silicon RTL Verification (Use Cases using several block units)
    • ModelSIM simulation (dataflow debug, chronograms analysis)

     

    Sept 2001 - Oct 2004 HW Validation Engineer Trainee

    Philips Semiconductors (FR) Ltd

     

    • Silicon Validation - Unitary Modules Testing on GSM/UMTS chipsets solution (RAM access, power consumption), FPGA programming
    • Analogue Signals measurement on development board
    • Fully developed Automation Project of digital and analogue tests for an UMTS platform (Requirements specification, functional specification definition (UML), SW development, coding HMI with LabWindows/CVI
    • Download of test cases among available test cases on local disk
    • GPIB controlling of NI-DAQ card for DAC/ADC measurements
    • RS232 control via Hyperterminal (built emulator in HMI)
    • Validation Team Training

     

    Sept 2000 - Sept 2001 Automation Trainee Engineer

    Siemens Automation SAS, Nice La Plaine

     

    • 3rd level Supervision Project with a communication interface: IP21 from AspenTech
    • S7-400 Automate programming with STEP7/Simatic Manager SW Suite (Graphcets, Functional blocks)
    • Development on WinCC Supervision SW (synoptic, graphics analysis)
    • Processing Data picked-up via OPC I/F
    • Processing Data stored under Excel via DDE link

     

    LANGUAGES

     

    French native language

    English fluent level, written and spoken (6 years study + TOEIC + 1 year in England)

    Spanish fluent level (2 years in Barcelona)

    German common level (8 years study)

     

    COURSES

     

    Professional courses in France: ESD, GPRS/EDGE, CMMI

     

    SKILLS

     

    Protocols/Norms:

    TCP/IP, GSM, UMTS, WiMAX, GPRS, PCI, USB, IEEE1394, HDLC, TCP/IP, I2C, UART, ECTEL TW09

    Linux, Solaris, Windows, Office applications.

    C/C++, VHDL, HTML, PERL, Assembler, Shell/ Secured Shell scripting,

    Test planning, Feasibility Study, Requirement Specification, Documentation.

     

    Strongest Skills: GSM, SAR, HW Validation, Test Bench Measurement and Automation, Linux.

     

    Strongest Qualities:

    • committed
    • willing to learn
    • open towards new technologies
    • working both individually and in teams
    • open towards engineering

     

    TOOLS

     

    Computer Science: PC Windows NT, Windows 98, 2000, XP, LINUX, UNIX

     

    Langages: Assembleur, C, C++, JAVA, HTML, VHDL, Perl, PHP.

     

    CAD: Code Composer Studio (CCS), Lauterbach Trace32, MENTOR GRAPHICS (ModelSIM), XILINX (M1, Foundation, Alliance, BaseX), ALTERA (MAX+II), MATLAB, LABWINDOWS, Design Sync, Rational Clearcase, CVS

     

    Processors: INTEL (Pentium), ARM7, ARM9, DSP c54x

     

    Compilers: Borland C++

     

    Components: XILINX (VIRTEX), Lattice
     

    Protocols/Norms: GSM, UMTS, GPRS, PCI, USB, IEEE1394, HDLC, TCP/IP, I2C, ECTEL TW09
     

    Instrumentation: LABWINDOWS/CVI, Spectrum Analyzer, signal generator, RF Probes
     

    Frequency Bands: GSM, UMTS, UWB, S Band
     

    Methodologies: V Cycle, UML (Rational Rose), ISO 9001

     

     

    NON-PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

     

    European Driving Licence (car and motorbike).
    Sports: Kitesurfing, surfing, water sports, running, squash.
    Hobbies: Travels, cinema, music, museums.


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