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     Date Submitted:12-09-2011
     Last Modified:10-04-2015 (07:21)
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     Current job:Ph.D – Test & Validation Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsValidation, Test, Simulated space environment, Assembly, Thermo-vacuum, Testing, Space technology, AIT

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    AIT Engineer






    AIT Engineer

    OHB System A.G.
    Karl-Ferdinand-Braun-Straße 8, 28359 Bremen (Germany)

    He was involved in all activities concerning assembly, integration and testing on GALILEO FOC (Full Operation Capability) Project. Mainly he was involved in clean room activities and electrical testing on system and sub-system level: IFT (Interface Testing), FAI (Function After Integration), FPT (Full Performance Testing), FFPT (Full Functional and Performance Testing). All activities have been performed on the flight models from FM01 to FM04. He was been Island Lead on Island 5a for Payload Testing: he was leading a small group of operators for task assignment, tests execution, procedures design and writing and improvements on MGSE and EGSE. He was responsible of the correct execution of testing and allocation of men power. As Island Lead, he was involved in technical and preparation meetings (TRR, PTR) together with key role personnel, AIT Managers and ESA representative in Bremen.

    He was involved also in some activities related to the Environmental Test Campaign of GALILEO FOC: design of MGSE and cables support for TVT (Thermal Vacuum Testing), procedures (early stage) for TVT, flanges and support brackets.

    Currently he is detached in The Netherlands, working in ETS-ESTEC for the Environmental Test Campaign on GALILEO FOC. He is performing activities related to thermal and electrical testing at system level. He is involved in all the activities related to TVT preparation and execution: procedures design, tools development, test performance as both electrical and thermal engineer.

    Business or sector: Aerospace and Defense



    Stress/Strain Engineer - Document Verification - Trainee

    Centro Direzionale Isola E7, 80143 Naples (Italy)

    The main task of the training was to validate and calculate in first approximation the structural behaviour of some items of LPF of A350 – XWB. In particular, he has worked on flexible brackets and on horizontal panel, in fatigue environment. He was in charge to calculate structural behaviour of structures under fatigue and damage tolerance conditions.

    He was responsible of fatigue spectrum generation, life cycle for damage tolerance calculation, analysis of stress on structure modelled with FEM software (Nastran/Patran). He was responsible of the production of stress-sheet for item analysed and for the correction of previous issues.

    Business or sector: Aerospace and Defense










    Ph.D. in Astronautical Engineering

    EQF level 8

    Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale – La Sapienza Università di Roma
    Via Eudossiana 16, 00184 Rome (Italy)

    He was involved in a project for a robotic lunar mission, as test-bed for Google X-Prize rover “Amalia” for “Team Italia”. He has worked on electrical power sub-system and locomotion sub-system. He has been supervisor of 15 students group involved in realizing the project.

    He was involved in testing of LARES Satellite Cube Corner Reflectors (CCRs) in a simulated space environment facility specifically designed at “La Sapienza” for the test. The tests concerns the optical and thermal properties of the CCRs.

    He has been designer of part of the facility (materials, shroud, optical bench, mechanical systems). He has been performer, designer and supervisor of most of the tests. He was responsible of the systems for the thermal control of the breadboard under test, for the operation of the pumping system and for the sensors (thermal, pressure) inside the chamber and on the breadboards.

    He has been involved in compiling test procedures for LARES Satellite in collaboration with his team, Carlo Gavazzi Space and Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI).



    Master Degree in Astronautical Engineering

    EQF level 7

    Scuola di Ingegneria Aerospaziale - La Sapienza Università di Roma
    Via Eudossiana 16, 00184 Rome (Italy)

    Thesis (experimental): "Adaptive method for cooperative control of two robotic manipulators" (final score: 110/110)

    Collaborator in the "Automatica, Robotica e Controlli per l’aerospazio (ARCA)" of La Sapienza - Università di Roma and in "Centro Ricerche Progetto San Marco (CRA)", via Salaria, 851, Roma.

    Collaborator in “Amalia Project” for “Google X-Prize” and “Lunar Exploration Rover” project for “La Sapienza – Università di Roma”.



    Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering

    EQF level 6

    II Facoltà di Ingegneria - Ingegneria Aerospaziale (Alma Mater Studiorum - Bologna), Forlì (Italy)

    Thesis (experimental): "Omnidirectional sensor prototype realized with solar cells and temperature sensors" (final score 104/110)

    Stage in "Centro Ricerche Progetto San Marco (CRA)", via Salaria 851, Rome




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    Levels: A1/A2: Basic user - B1/B2: Independent user - C1/C2: Proficient user

    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


    Communication skills

    Good skills in individual working, good skills in team working. Good flair for team working. Good skills in integrating in multi-cultural environments, thanks to the experience in foreign countries.


    Organisational / managerial skills

    Good skills in supervising small group of people. Good skills in taking responsibilities both in self-management and other people supervising to achieve a fixed target. Very flexible and stress resilient. Able to achieve results even with very tight deadlines. Ability in taking responsibility for decision-making in unpredictable work or study contexts.


    Job-related skills

    Good skills in all tasks related to assembly, integration and testing for aerospace and mechanical products: electrical testing, thermal testing, mechanical assembling, clean room basic activities Good skills in process improvements and main goal focusing. Good skills in problem solving and high work load management. Proven commitment in development of new ideas or processes.


    Computer skills

    Advanced knowledge in software MathWorks MatLab™ e Simulink™ and their toolboxs;

    Advanced knowledge in software for CAD environment SolidWorks(TM) and structure analysis COSMOS(TM);

    Advanced knowledge in software for electronic printed breadboard EAGLE(TM) 4.xx;

    Advanced knowledge in software for data acquisition and analysis CATMAN(TM) (property of HBM);

    Advanced knowledge in software for text writing in Tex environment;

    Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office Suite;

    Advanced knowledge in OS Microsoft (XP, Vista, 7);

    Advanced knowledge in Visual Basic;

    Good knowledge in software for physics analysis COMSOL(TM) Multiphisics;

    Good knowledge in software for FEM structural analysis: Adina(TM), MSC Nastran/Patran, FEMAP.

    Fundamentals of software design with C++, Pascal.


    Other skills

    Very good flair in practical works.


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    L. Schirone, D. Spano, M. Macellari, A. Schiaratura - “Energy storage devices for low temperature planetary exploration” – XX AIDAA Congress 2009

    A. Paolozzi, I. Ciufolini, C. Paris, D. Spano – “Special thermo-vacuum chamber for microsatellites” – 1st Ita Conference on University satellites mission and 1st cubesat winter workshop in Europe. 24 – 29 January 2011

    C. Paris, D. Spano – “Proposal for cubesat laser ranging mission” – 1st Ita Conference on University satellites mission and 1st cubesat winter workshop in Europe. 24/29 January 2011

    A. Paolozzi, I. Ciufolini, L. Schirone, I. Peroni, C. Paris, D. Spano, G. Sindoni, C. Vendittozzi, G. Battaglia, M. Ramiconi – “Tests of LARES cube corner reflectors in simulated space environment (preliminary results)” - 61st International Astronautical Congress, Prague 2011


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