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     Date Submitted:01-12-2010
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     Current job:GMES Account Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems
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    Personal information

     

     

     

    Nationality

    Italian

     

     

    Date of birth

    19/08/1976

     

     

    Gender

    male

     

     

    Desired employment / Occupational field

    Earth Observation applications -  Mission Planning - Remote Sensing and Image processing -  Orbital mechanics -SatelliteCommunication Systems-  - GIS systems - Cartography  -JSE5/JEE5 developing

     

     

    Work experience

     

     

     

    Dates

    April 2009 on going

    Occupation or position held

    GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment Security) Services Account Manager

    Main activities and responsibilities

    • Handling discussion on requirements, administrative issues, clarifications, feedback, and complaints with GMES Service Projects: Geoland-2, MyOcean, MACC, EMSA (and support to SAFER, GMOSAIC, Urban Atlas);
    • Preparing data orders for ESA missions (e.g. systematic and on-demand datasets)
    • DAP (Data Access Portfolio) document writing ;
    • Maintenance of other GSCDA system documentation baseline;
      • Database handling (DAP-R; DAP-S) + help in set-up of DAP-G database/queries etc.+ Visual Basic for Applications handling for DAP dB;
    • Technical support on:
      • Remote sensing quality/technical issues;
      • GIS systems;
      • Missionplanning tools (GEST, SAVOIR);
      • Implementing GAP-Filling algorithm via python script;
    • Handling of the Mission Capacity Platform  and being  able to:
      • follow all phases of the analysis of services Services ( analysis of resource needs, identification of useful missions, simulation, analysis of fulfilment of requirements and report generation).
      • provide useful information in support of the preparation of Data Access Agreements with third party mission providers.
    • Maintenance of the GSCDA operational scenarios and end-to-end system requirements, including tracing with evolving user requirements;
    • Specification of system end-to-end data flows and procedures, in close coordination with the various GSCDA components managers, ensuring overall coherency of the various sub-system developments;

    ·         Organization of end-to-end GMES system qualification and validation of services, in close coordination with GMES service Projects and with CDS and GCMs Managers;

    Name and address of employer

    Serco Spa  for ESA European Space Agency, building 11, Frascati, Rome,Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Earth Observation Programmes - Ground Segment Department  (EOP-G)

    User Services and Mission Planning Office.

     

     

    Dates

    January 2009 - April 2009

    Occupation or position held

    Earth Observation engineer – GIS analyst and developer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    I worked for the Application and project development team being involved in several projects:

     

    Humboldt Project:implementation of a European Spatial Data Infrastructure (ESDI) that integrates the diversity of spatial data available for a multitude of European organisations. The main goal is to enable organizations to document, publish and harmonize their spatial information. The software tools and processes created will demonstrate the feasibility and advantages of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe as planned by the INSPIRE initiative, meeting the goals of Global Monitoring for Environment and Security.

    §         Winter of Code Project: Bad Herrenalb, Germany, 22-27 February 2009

     

    Safer (Services and Applications For Emergency Response) Project: the main task  was concerning the handling of  the operational implementation of the Emergency Response Core Service (ERCS):

    §         Specific web interface for rapid mapping;

    §         Collect available reference mapping information relevant to target area (national cartography,

                    SAFER library, public domain data, …)

    §         Publish available contents on a server;

    §         When fresh EO data provided by ESA, start assessment maps online production;

    §          Continued discussion with the users for additional requests/demands

    §          Specific productions of additional requested products

    o        Rapid damage assessment map;

    o        Population impact of the flood;

    §          Check and publish products on server as they are produced;

    §         Inform users of products availability;

    §         Inter-partner production framework for rapid mapping

    o        The objective of this componente of the service network is to optimize the information exchanges among the different processing chains already managed by the service providers by harmonising production and service/product standards;

    Name and address of employer

    Telespazio-eGEOS, via S.Cannizzaro, 00156 Rome,Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Earth Observation Department

     

     

    Dates

    February 2008-January 2009

    Occupation or position held

    Project Manager

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Project Management, Quality, IT security,

    Marketing System - analysis, feasibility study, development and implementation, 15 members team of programmers, marketing specialists, analysts and project manager junior,

    I was  responsible of the PM lifecycle(Initiation, Planning, Execution and controlling, Closure):

    §         For ensuring that the Project Team completes the projectàscheduling.

    §         For developing the Project Plan with the team and managing the team’s performance of project tasks.

    §         For securing acceptance and approval of deliverables from the Project Sponsor and Stakeholders.

    Name and address of employer

    SolvingTeam, via Mosca,52, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Information and Communication Technology

     

     

    Dates

    September 2007 - December 2007

    Occupation or position held

    ArcIMS specialist

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Delivering dynamic maps, satellite data and GIS data and services via the Web.

    Coordination of technical support and ensuring technical stability of GIS applications.  Execution of technical investigations, impact analysis and compilation of project proposals, user requirements analysis, system deliver specifications, technical system designs and test plans.

    Name and address of employer

    ITS, Torre Annunziata, Naples, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Remote Sensing - GIS - Cartography

     

     

    Dates

    May-October 2007

    Occupation or position held

    J2EE trainer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Recruitment and training of the J2SE-J2EE technology

    Name and address of employer

    SolvingTeam, viale del Caravaggio, 84, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Information and Communication Technology

     

     

    Dates

    May - August 2007

    Occupation or position held

    Telemetry and mission analysis

    Main activities and responsibilities

    The primary task was concerning a simulation, in order to select the optimum orbit which best enables a satellite and payload to perform an equatorial mission. The task was performed by first analyzing the mission, payload and satellite design requirements to determine if the mission was feasible.

    The secondary task was to make an analysis of the accesses of the Gamma Ray Burst Explorer satellites SWIFT and AGILE for the telemetry station of Malindi (San Marco).

    Name and address of employer

    Department of Astronautic, University of Rome La Sapienza_Rome, Italy.

    Type of business or sector

    Satellite mission analysis

     

     

    Dates

    March 2006

    Occupation or position held

    Scientific collaboration

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Master Lesson speech on: Banda Aceh Surface Change Detection based on Multi Sensor data Integration; Tsunami wave dynamic.

    Name and address of employer

    San Marco Project Research Centre (CRPSM), Via Salaria, 851, Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Earth Observation

     

     

    Dates

    May 2005-February 2006

    Occupation or position held

    Earth Observation engineer as stager

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Supporting the Agency to promptly initiate, rapidly execute and document short term applications  projects most commonly conducted for satellite mapping responses to emergencies (such as the natural disaster event of 26/12/2004,. within the frame of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters).

    Name and address of employer

    European Space Agency, Frascati, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Earth Observation

     

     

    Dates

    December 2005

    Occupation or position held

    Scientific collaboration

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Lessons on remote sensing monitoring of the post tsunami affected areas.

    Name and address of employer

    Department of Geography, University of Rome “la Sapienza”

    Type of business or sector

    Training

    Education and training

     

     

     

    Dates

    From 2010 on

    Title of qualification awarded

    On going

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    The Space Studies degree program is devoted to the interdisciplinary study of space, including the historical, political, economic, legal, commercial, scientific and technical issues that make up this complex field of study. Through challenging course work and in-depth research projects, I have gained the multidisciplinary knowledge and tools required to become a well rounded graduate student demanded by humankind’s use and exploration of space.

    Exams taken

    1.        Introduction to Space Studies

    2.        Research Methods in Space 

    3.        Orbital Mechanics

    4.        Remote sensing satellites

    5.        The Psychology and Physiology of Space

     

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    APU - American Public University,

    111 West Congress Street, Charles Town,

    WV 25414 - 304 724 3700

    Level in national or international classification

     

    Major in

    Space Studies with concentration in Planetary Science

     

     

    Dates

    From 2007 to 2008

    Title of qualification awarded

    Master of Science Degree on: Space, Galileo, Telecommunications and formation.

     

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    This interdisciplinary program provided me with a postgraduate education focusing on the physical and processing aspects of communication technologies such as the design of communication systems, complex integrated circuits targeting communications, presentation of optical communications, or mobile digital communications.

    Exams taken

    1.        Fundamentals of space systems

    2.        Electronics of space systems

    3.        Space telecommunications

    4.        Signal elaboration

    5.        Satellite navigation systems

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, scuola IAD

    Level in national or international classification

    110/110

    Major in

    Space Telecommunications

     

     

    Dates

    From 2006 to 2007

    Title of qualification awarded

    NONE,  statuson hold

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    The degree in Astronautical Engineering encompasses the dynamic and cutting-edge fields of advanced science and space technology.

    Exams taken

    1.        Experimentations of physics in the space

    2.        Space Environment

    3.        Differential equations

    1. Matrix algebra

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Rome “la Sapienza”, School of Aerospace Engineering, Via Salaria,851/881 - 00138 Roma

    Level in national or international classification

    -----

    Major in

    Astronautics

     

    Dates

    From 2005 to 2006

    Title of qualification awarded

    Master of Science Degree on Emergency Engineering

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    This interdisciplinary program provided me with graduate education and training from multiple academic and professional fields of interest. These fields included Earth Observation, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Risk analysis, Natural disasters, Health Science, Public Policy and Administration, Emergency Management and Workforce Development.

    Exams taken

    1.        From epistemology of the risk to the emergency engineering

    2.        Risk typologies, methods and criteria evaluation

    3.        Information and emergency technology

    4.        Risk and emergency scenarios

    5.        Planning methods and emergency management

    1. Health, human and social aspects of emrgencies

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Istituto Superiore Antincendi and University of Rome La Sapienza

     

    Level in national or international classification

    110/110

    Major in

    Emergency Engineering

     

     

    Dates

    1996 to 2004

    Title of qualification awarded

    Aerospace Engineering degree

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    This course provided me with any necessary skills to carry out, manage and maintain  space vehicles and launchers and the related subsystems for civil, industrial and scientific applications, encouraging them to be always updated on this sector development. As aerospace engineer I am familiar with both the general field of industrial engineering and the specific sectors such as aerodynamics, dynamics of space flight, inboard systems, propulsion, thermal control, aerospace structures and technologies, testing techniques.

    Exams taken

    1.        English language

    2.        Fundamentals of aerospace systems

    3.        Geometry and Algebra

    4.        Chemistry

    5.        Technical drawing.

    6.        Calculus [analysis]

    7.        Physics I [Mechanics of the point and of the systems]

    8.        Economics

    9.        On-board systems

    10.     Laboratory of aerodynamics

    11.     Laboratory of physics

    12.     Differential calculus

    13.     Laboratory of computational aerodynamics

    14.     Informatics

    15.     Numerical methods

    16.     Aerospace materials

    17.     Technology of aircraft construction

    18.     Thermodynamics and heat transfer

    19.     Air-traffic control

    20.     Aerospace propulsion

    21.     Electromagnetism

    22.     Aerodynamics

    23.     Flight mechanics

    24.     Electrical engineering

    25.     Applied mechanics

    26.     Quality management

    27.     Aeronautics constructions

    28.     Aerospace constructions

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    University of Rome “la Sapienza”

    Level in national or international classification

    83/110

    Major in

    Flight mechanics

     

     

    Dates

    1990 to 1995

    Title of qualification awarded

    Classical Lyceum Secondary School Degree

     

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    39/60

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    L.A.SenecaHigh School

     

    Level in national or international classification

     

    Personal skills and competences

     

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Italian

     

     

    Other language(s)

    English, French, Spanish

     

     

    Social skills and competences

    I am self-motivated but I have worked also in a small team with responsibility for maintaining and operating a wide range of user applications based on Earth Observation data. I am used to have daily consultations with my supervisors and to organize weekly meetings with all relevant parties. I’m able to generate high-level, clear and concise system performance figures and reports.During my previous experiences I demonstrated skills in team building and management.  I am also experienced in working in a sensitive andmulticultural environment. I am a dynamic person with good achievement abilities and I’m challenged by new work/research experiences, although I’ll be involved in different application fields. I am flexible in assignments. Someone asked me once how I was measuring in a new reality, I answered with a Latin motto: “nihil difficile volenti

     

     

    Organisational skills and competences

    I am able to understand organizational mission, governance and administrative systems. I can manage information and technology understanding task analysis, job design and variety of approaches to decision making. In particular I am able to understand how to use decision making to support mission and how to acquire needed resources. I can establish collaborative relationships and projects. I have a good level of proficiency with many industry-standard technologies about graphic design (2D-3D) software. I have a strong need to express creativity and experiment with new ideas translates to creative vision, determination and commitment.

     

     

    Technical skills and competences

    - Excellent understanding of the Earth Observation domain: systems, data, applications and services. I have experience in the design and or integration of software systems, in particular end-to-end applications relevant to Earth Observation.

    - Detailed comprehension of EO techniques and applications, in particular applied to maritime surveillance and safety (oil spills and vessel detection on SAR data) as well as sea ice monitoring, acquired while managing and monitoring scientific projects submitted to the Agency (MyOcean, EMSA CleanSEAnet) as well as via the organisation of the scientific programme of several workshops and progress meeting. Good knowledge of radar systems (ground based, airborne and spaceborne) and optical/IR measurements techniques.

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    - I have worked with telemetry and telecommunication data regarding the analysis of SWIFT and Agile satellites accesses for the Malindi Station (Broglio Space centre).  I have a good understanding of space launch, satellite mission planning, satellite State of Health (SOH) data recording, real-time ground system testing, and engineering support.

    - I am able to conduct quantitative and qualitative research and statistical analysis of data related to the support of EO systems,  to analyze the concepts for placing satellites  in space and to assess scientific principles and calculate problems related to space science and exploration

    -For 2 years I have led various projects and implementations in the ICT sector. I have a wide knowledge of W3C and OGC standards, Java, JSP, XML, HTML, Web Services, applets and related tools.

    - I’m an ArcGIS specialist and developer, so I’m able to deliver dynamic maps and data via the Web. I have experience and familiarity with Grid technology and middleware components (grid-ftp, GIS, MDS, Replica catalogue, CA, etc) and concepts.

    - I have a good knowledge of GPS and DGPS technology developments and applications. I’m able to obtain cm level accuracy ( survey, geodesy, reference datums, conversion Carrier phase measurements, cycle integer ambiguity interferometry; differencing of measurements accuracy, potential and limitations ).

     

     

     

    Computer skills and competences

    I-Platform type: Mac (fair), Windows  (excellent) , Linux (fair), Solaris (poor);

    II-Technical Software Programs:

    §         GIS: Arc-Gis 9.1(excellent), ArcIMS-ArcSDE(excellent), ArcPad(excellent), Map-Info Professional (excellent);

    §         Mapping GIS: OziExplorer  (good);

    §         Remote Sensing: Best (good), Erdas (excellent), Eoli (good), ENVI(excellent), Savoir3D (excellent), GEST (excellent), Mission Capacity Planning  (excellent).

    §         Finite Element Analysis: NASTRAN (fair);

    §         Orbital dynamic and telemetry: Satellite Tool Kit (good), Java Astrodynamic Tool Kit (good);

    §         Graphic design and dynamic publishing: Adobe Photoshop (good), Paint shop pro (excellent), Flash (fair),Quark X-Press (good)

    III-Basic Software: Word (excellent), Office (excellent), Excell (excellent), Access (excellent);

    IV-Programming languages : JSE 1.6 (excellent), JEE 5 (excellent), IDL (fair), FORTRAN(poor), Python 2.5(good), MatLab (fair), Visual Basic for Applications (good);

    V-Markup languages:HTML 4.0 (excellent), XML (good), KML(fair) ;

    VI-Frameworks: JAKARTASTRUTS (good), SPRING (good), HIBERNATE (good), SEAM (fair), ADF-  ArcGIS Server (good);

    VII-Modelling languages: UML 2.0 (good);

    §         Agile Project Management Methodologies: SCRUM (good);

    VIII-Database: ORACLE 9i, 10g (fair), MySQL (good), DB2 (fair), Access (good);

    IX- Development areas: MyEclipse 5.5 (excellent), NetBeans 5.x (sufficient);

    X-Server Web Applications: WebSphere  (fair), Tomcat (excellent), Oc4j  (fair);

    XI- Pattern: Singleton (good), DAO, DTO (good), Buisness Delegate (fair), MVC (excellent);

     

     

     

    Artistic skills and competences

    I love sports. During my time off, I love going to the park and run. I love all kind of activities that make me feel good (I did karate for 15 years). If I can’t go running, I like reading and my favourite readings are classic Italian, Latin and Greek literature. I am a curious person and I am fascinated by “discoveries”…not only the scientific ones! I am a good tourist able to explore new landscapes after a long walk.

     

     

    Other skills and competences

    I have a great passion for science. My passion for outer space was born when I first saw the images of the landing on the Moon of the Apollo 11.During high school days my “love” for science was strengthened as I studied and read a lot about the approach of the great minds of our past to the scientific discovery. Archimede, Pitagora and especially Plinio, writer, man of science, naturalist and historian, was my model. I always wondered what those men would feel looking up at the vault of the starry heaven. So I felt close and made mine the phrase of Seneca. "per aspera sic itur ad astra". That is why my knowledge and my interests in the scientific world have broadened out on a wide range of subjects apparently not related: geophysics, astronomy and so on. This last one is my great passion. To tell the truth my first old interest was the cosmology and from this I’m arrived to “watch” the sky with my telescope. In my personal library I have several titles directly related with cosmology and with astrophysics.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Publications

    Scientific

    1.        Space technologies for disaster managementto be published for theSpecialized International SymposiumSpace & Global Security of Humanity”.

    2.        Space technologies for the benefit of human society and planet Earth  published by SPRINGER as a Space Book Chapter Contribution; http://ww2.madonna.edu/polla/space.htm

    3.        Integrazione di dati multisorgente in un GIS per interventi di post-emergenza a  Banda Aceh : il caso dello Tsunami del 26.12.2004, ASITA Conference (Associazioni Scientifiche per le Informazioni Territoriali ed Ambientali) Bolzano, Novembre 2006;

    4.        Surface Change Detection based on Multi Sensor data Integration, IAF (International Astronautical Federation Conference) Valencia, October 2006;

     

    Technical

     

    1.        DAP Data Access Portaolio 1.0, ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy), 09/09/2009 ;

    a.        http://gsc-prod.netcetera.ch/web/gsc/news/latest_20090910

    2.        GMES Space Component Data Access 2nd Technical Operations Performance Report, ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy),22/10/2010 ;

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    Certified training courses

     

    1.        Course on  CAM v2.2 OSAT , Datamat Spazio  (Rome, Italy),Oct. 2010

    2.        Course on Intermediate Programming with IDL, CNR (Rome, Italy),Oct. 2009

    3.        Course on MCP Mission Capacity Platform, ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy), Sept. 2009

    4.        Course on UML Analisys and Design, Solving Team (Rome, Italy), Oct. 2008

    5.        Course on PMP Ingegneri Romani (Via Gabriello Chiabrera, 60 -  Rome, Italy), May  2008

    6.        Course on GPS Fundamentals & Enhancements_GPS solutions (Rome, Italy), Feb. 2008

    7.        Course on Java, Struts (J2SE- J2EE I – II)_Solving Team (Rome, Italy), June 2007

    8.        Course on Arc GIS 9.1_ESRI (Rome, Italy), Apr. 2006

    9.        Course on SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar)_ESA-ESRIN (Frascati, Italy),Oct. 2005

     

     

     

    Training courses with the following GMES Contributing Missions

    Very detailed knowledge of ESA and Third Party missions, instruments and products as well as tasks peculiar to data provision, acquired with the experience of the GMES Account Manager role.

     

    1.        Rapideye;

    2.        SpotImage;

    §         SPOT 4/5

    §         KOMPSAT 2

    §         FORMOSAT

    3.        e-GEOS;

    §         Cosmo Skymed  Constellation;

    §         IKONOS;

    §         QuickBird;

    §         Worldview;

    §         GeoEye-1;

    4.        ImageSat;

    §         EROS A/B

    5.        MDA corporation;

    §         Radarsat1/2

    6.        DMC UK (Disaster Monitoring Constellation);



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