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Wed, 25 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:03-02-2011
     Last Modified:29-10-2013 (10:05)
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     Current job:System Studies Analyst
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Business Services
     Keywordscurrently working in ESA's General Studies Programme, managing feasibility studies focused on the debris mitigation and removal. Graduated in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, 6+6 month stage in Thales Alenia Space, fluent english, french level


    Born in Milan, on September 22nd, 1985

    Nationality: Italian



    Career objectives:

    Strengthen my technical and managerial skills in an aerospace international environment contributing to the definition of new strategies.


    Work Experience:



    February 2012

    (Current employment)

    European Space Agency (ESA) - HQ         Paris (France)



    Systems Studies Analyst in the General Studies Programme (GSP)

    Study manager in feasibility studies focused on Active Debris Removal (ADR) with both industrial partners and ESA Concurrent Engineering team. Preparation of ITTs, participation to TEB and negotiation meetings. Definition and implementation of assessment studies with industry on spacecraft end-of-life disposal strategies, spacecraft vulnerability and re-entry demise assessments. Preparation and implementation of the strategic “SysNova” competition studies. Organisation and participation to international and interdisciplinary workshops. In charge of GSP communication for sharing knowledge inside ESA and between the Agency and Industry.


    November 2011 - December 2011


    Thales Alenia Space       Turin (Italy)


    Engineer, Assembly Integration and Test section. Design and following of integration thermo mechanical tests, reporting on the Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) programme


    April 2011 – October 2011


    Thales Alenia Space       Turin (Italy)


    Internship, Dynamics and Loads engineering section. FEM analysis on nonlinear dynamic problems. R&D activity using Dynaworks, Abaqus, Nastran, Matlab on the secondary structures of ATV and Cygnus.


    November 2009 - June 2010


    Thales Alenia Space         Turin (Italy)


    Traineeship, master thesis (see below). Test on shaker table, material characterizing, FEM modelling using Abaqus and Nastran. Programmes: ATV and Cygnus


    Education and Training:


    I have taken part in several group projects during my studies including a pre-phase A study on samples return mission from Venus surface as team leader. I like work in team and I have also shown leadership attitudes with good results.


    March 2008 -  December 2010


    Politecnico di Milano         Milan (Italy)


    Master of science in Space Engineering, final grade 97/110

    Thesis Title: “Study of the dynamic of the Cargo Transport Bags and analysis of their interaction with a space shuttle primary structure”

    In collaboration with Thales Alenia Space (Turin)


    September 2004 - March 2008


    Politecnico di Milano         Milan (Italy)


    Bachelor of science in Aerospace Engineering, final grade 95/110

    Thesis title: “Close examination of agglomeration processes in solid propellants and interpretation of experimental data from literature”


    September 1999 - July 2004


    Scientific High School “Donatelli-Pascal”              Milan (Italy)


    Scientific high school certificate, final grade 88/100

    Licences and trainings:


    ·       Training: “Project Management Principles”, ESA Head Quarters, 2013                  

    ·       National professional engineers license, Politecnico di Milano, October 2011        


    ·       Driving licence



    Italian: mother tongue

    English: fluent

    French: intermediate (level B1)





    ·       Simplified models for spacecraft vulnerability and re-entry analyses in concurrent design environment

    Sixth European Conference on Space Debris, Darmstadt, April 2013 (presentation)


    ·       Overview of ESA technologies for debris remediation

    Sixth European Conference on Space Debris, Darmstadt, April 2013


    ·       EoL disposal strategies analyses for orbits from LEO to Lagrange-points

    Sixth European Conference on Space Debris, Darmstadt, April 2013 (presentation)


    ·       Space debris orbit modification using chemical propulsion shepherding

    Sixth European Conference on Space Debris, Darmstadt, April 2013


    ·       Luciphera, Venus sample return mission

    Pre-phase A study report, Politecnico di Milano 2009


    Computer skills and competences:



    Windows, Linux


    Microsoft Office


    Personal information:


    I love playing team sports, and in particular volleyball having played in different teams, also as captain. I also practice surfing and windsurfing on a regular basis. I am also a passionate traveller around Europe, experiencing local cultures and visiting art and science museums.


    References available upon request


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