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     Date Submitted:23-05-2012
     Last Modified:11-01-2014 (04:44)
    Job information
     Current job:Aerospace Engineer (MSc)
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsspazio space rexus bexus esa cubesat tutor training teaching docking communication systems engineering design CAD solidworks comsol matlab test
    Desired employment / Occupational field
    Entry-level position (0-3 years of experience) or paid traineeship in the framework of Space Systems Engineering, Space Hardware Design (mechanical/thermal), Test Engineering, Space Operations or Space Training.
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    Dates (from – to)
    October 2008 – April 2012
    Title of qualification awarded
    Aerospace Engineering – Second Level Degree
    (110/110 cum laude)
    University of California – Irvine (UCI), Irvine, United States
    University of Padova (UNIPD), Padova, Italy
    Principal subjects and occupational skills covered
    Space Systems (attitude control, thermal control, propulsion, telecom, instruments), Space Vehicles Fluid Dynamics, Vibrations
    Dates (from – to)
    October 2005 – September 2008
    Title of qualification awarded
    Aerospace Engineering – First Level Degree
    University of Padova (UNIPD), Padova, Italy
    Principal subjects and occupational skills covered
    Engineering fundamentals: Mathematics, Physics, Structures
    Aerospace: Space Systems (overview), Spaceflight Dynamics, Aerodynamics
    Dates (from – to)
    September 2000 – July 2005
    Title of qualification awarded
    High School Industrial Technical Diploma – Specialisation: Computer Science
    Industrial Technical Institute F.Severi, Padova, Italy
    Principal subjects and occupational skills covered
    Informatics (programming, computer architecture, operating systems, nets), Electronics, Statistics, Mathematics
    Columbus Systems Training – Issued by European Space Agency (ESA), Dec. 2012
    USOC Operations Training – Issued by European Space Agency (ESA), Sep. 2012
    Instructor Training Course – Issued by European Space Agency (ESA), Jul. 2012
    Work Experience
    Dates (from – to)
    January 2013 – Present
    Employer and sector
    Argotec S.r.l. – Space
    Occupation or position held
    CAD Designer, CFD Analyst and Systems Engineer
    Main activities and responsibilities
    Produce mechanical drawings and perform numerical simulations of thermal devices, coordinate and produce a feasibility study (pre-phase A) for a candidate ISS payload, deliver technical presentations to experts and managers from industry and agencies.
    Dates (from – to)
    July 2012 – December 2012
    Employer and sector
    European Space Agency (ESA) – Space
    Occupation or position held
    Trainee in the Astronauts Training Division (HSO-UT)
    Main activities and responsibilities
    Analyse the catalogue of Basic Training (BT) lessons developed for the 2009 class of European Astronauts, identify e-learning technologies suitable for publishing revised versions of the BT lessons, adapted for different audiences, create demo e-learning videos and presentation, provide support for other HSO-UT activities.
    Dates (from – to)
    October 2010 – October 2011
    Employer and sector
    University of Padova – Education
    Occupation or position held
    Teaching Assistant and Tutor Junior
    Main activities and responsibilities
    As Teaching Assistant: resume professors’ lectures, explain weekly activities and assist the students during lab. hours of “Fundamentals of Informatics” and “Physics 1”.
    As Tutor: give imprisoned engineering students academic and administrative support, create an effective communication channel with their professors.
    Academic Experience
    Dates (from – to)
    January 2012 – April 2012
    Institution / Centre
    Centre of Studies and Activities for Space (CISAS), University of Padova
    Type of activity
    Thesis – “Development of a small-scale docking mechanism for microsatellites” (EN)
    Main activities and
    subjects covered
    Define requirements, design (Solidworks 2010), numerically validate (Adams 2010), integrate and test a small-scale docking mechanism for micro-satellites.
    Dates (from – to)
    October 2010 – January 2012
    Institution / Centre
    Centre of Studies and Activities for Space (CISAS), University of Padova
    Type of activity
    Project – ARCADE (Autonomous Rendezvous Control And Docking Experiment)
    for the REXUS/BEXUS program (Team Leader)
    Main activities and
    subjects covered
    Define and coordinate tasks according to the project schedule, balance the needs of each subsystem of the experiment with respect to the overall available resources and known constraints (systems engineering), communicate with university advisors, manufacturing companies managers and supervisors at ESA (project management), design the main structure and the docking mechanism, perform finite element analysis of critical parts (mechanical design), create the project website, promote the experiment in public exhibitions (outreach).
    Dates (from – to)
    September 2008 – March 2009
    Institution / Centre
    University of California – Irvine
    Type of activity
    Project – UCISAT-1 CubeSat
    Main activities and
    subjects covered
    Define a simplified geometric and thermal model of the CubeSat, implement a finite-volume thermal simulation software including thermal conduction, internal heat generation and external radiation (Matlab), determine the operative satellite temperature distribution in worst-hot-case and worst-cold-case scenarios.
    Dates (from – to)
    July 2008 – September 2008
    Institution / Centre
    Centre of Studies and Activities for Space (CISAS), University of Padova
    Type of activity
    Thesis – “Risposta dinamica di un sensore piezoelettrico ad ingressi impulsivi” (IT)
    Main activities and
    subjects covered
    Define the measurement chain for a hypervelocity impacts test campaign, prepare targets, study the collected data in the time-frequency domain (wavelet transform).
    ARCADE small-scale docking mechanism for micro-satellites”, Acta Astronautica, Volume 86, May–June 2013, Pages 77-87, ISSN 0094-5765
    Personal skills
    and competences
    Mother tongue
    Other languages
    Sp. interaction
    Sp. production
    TOEFL: 104/120 (October 2007)
    PET: Pass with Merit (May 2005)
    Social skills
    and competences
    I like working both individually and within a team, but my inclination to be an outgoing and social person, although very respectful, makes me do my best in contexts involving cooperation among peers and requiring good communication skills, as experienced during the development of the UCISAT-1 Cubesat or the ARCADE project.
    Moreover, I like to organize events and to be part of networks of people committed to compare ideas, create motivation and share opportunities.
    Organisational skills
    and competences
    Overall, I consider myself a reliable and well organized person. In particular, I believe that all the time I have spent living on my own, in particular abroad, made me considerably improve my organizational skills.
    These skills demonstrated to be fundamental in many academic and professional experiences, such as the project management of the ARCADE project, the tutoring/teaching activity and during the recent feasibility study for an ISS payload.
    Technical skills
    and competences
    Thanks to several hands-on experiences – like a test campaign of a piezoelectric sensor – and personal hobbies – such as water rocketry – I have gained a good command of typical laboratory instruments, equipment and hand tools.
    In addition, throughout the years I have acquired a good knowledge of several software packages and programming languages, as detailed below.
    Word, Excel
    IE, Firefox,
    Power Point, Prezi,
    Solidworks 2013, Comsol Multiphysics 4.x
    STK, MD Adams 2010, Ansys Workbench 13
    Star-CCM+ 4
    Java, Matlab
    SOLIDWORKS – Issued by University of Padova, May 2012
    STK – Issued by AGI, May 2009
    Other skills
    and competences
    Additional distinguishing features of my personality are enthusiasm and determination. I put all my efforts and passion in the duties or tasks I am asked to perform and my supervisors always recognized my commitment to work.
    Driving licence(s)
    Type B driving license

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