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     Date Submitted:18-02-2011
     Last Modified:18-02-2011 (03:24)
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     Current job:Researcher and PhD candidate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
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     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsAttitude determination and control, AOCS, Sensors fusion, Estimation, Energy management, wireless architecture, wireless sensors network, sensors scheduling
    CV

    EDUCATION____________________________________

    2005 - Present

    PhD candidate, Aerospace Engineering (Space Systems Engineering)

    Delft University of Technology - The Netherlands

    • Expected graduation date: September 2011

    • PhD research: Energy management for wireless sensors network onboard spacecraft

    • Concentrations: Energy management, Estimation and data fusion techniques, Spacecraft attitude determination and control, Systems engineering, Wireless sensor networks, Sensors scheduling

    2003 - 2005

    MSc, Electrical and Control Engineering (Intelligent Autonomous Systems)

    Aalborg University - Denmark

    • MSc thesis: Modeling and defect detection of a novel multilayer piezoelectric motor

    • MSc thesis grade: A+. Graduated with Honors (GPA: A).

    • Concentrations: Control and automatic, Robotics and intelligent systems, Modeling, Fault detection and analysis

    1997 - 2003

    BSc, Electrical and Control Engineering

    Sharif University of Technology - Iran

    • BSc thesis: Pre-processing and processing of electromagnetic signals

    • Thesis grade: A

    HONORS & AWARDS___________________________

    2005

    MSc thesis was recognized as “Exceptionally independent and excellent performance"

    1997

    Ranked 1st in High School Diploma examinations, Shahrood, Iran

    Ranked 1st in Provincial Physics Olympiad, Semnan, Iran

    Ranked 46th among 200,000+ students in nationwide Iranian universities entrance exam

    PATENTS & INNOVATIONS___________________________

    2010

    R. Amini, E. Gill, G. Gaydadjiev, An attitude determination system suitable for a spacecraft, Patent

    nr: NL 48.293-VB, December 2010, (Pending)

     

    WORK EXPERIENCES1___________________________

    2008- Present

     

    Delft University of Technology

    Scientific Researcher (2 years) and PhD candidate (4 years)

    • Coordinator and lecturer of Systems Engineering and Technical Managements" course

    • Supervisor and advisor of Del_-C3 and Del_-n3Xt satellite projects

    • Systems engineering tutor of more than 25 BSc aerospace design projects

    • Supervisor of 7 master theses and 5 internship projects

     

    2005 - 2008

     

     

    AM-SISTEM Co.

    Regional coordinator

    • A part time job at AM-SISTEM company for establishing a CNG vessels production line in Iran. My responsibility was to establish the contact and communication with Iranian partners and directing the activities as the representative of AM-SISTEM company

    2004 - 2005

     

    Aalborg University

    Research Assistant

    • Applying robust fault estimation algorithms to a RLV Spacecraft in the re-entry mode. The project was operated by ESA in cooperation with DEIMOS Co. & Aalborg University in Denmark.

    RESEARCHES & PROJECTS___________________________

    2008 - Present

    Delfi-n3Xt satellite project , (satellite to be launched in 2012)

    Delft University of Technology - The Netherlands

    • Supervising students in design and implementation of attitude determination and control subsystem for Delfi-n3Xt satellite. The team is consisted of more than 40 students and employee.

    2005 - 2007

    Delfi-C3 satellite project , (satellite was successfully launched in 2008 and is operational)

    Delft University of Technology - The Netherlands

    • Systems engineering and supervising students in design and implementation of estimation and control approaches. The project team was made of more than 30 students and employee.

    2005 - 2007

    SpaceTool simulation toolbox

    Delft University of Technology - The Netherlands

    • Design and development of a toolbox in Matlab/Simulink for simulating the space environment. Simulation of spacecraft attitude and control system, disturbances in space, solar panels and energy harvester are the key functions of the toolbox.

     

    2004 – 2005

    AAUSAT-II satellite project , (satellite was successfully launched in 2008 and is operational)

    Aalborg University - Denmark

    • A member of attitude determination and control design team and a systems engineer in the satellite project. The team was consisted of more than 60 students and employee.

     

    2003 - 2004

    NDT techniques for corrosion detection in a metal pipeline

    Electronics Research Center of Sharif University of Technology, Iran

    • A member of research team. Studying suitable approaches for designing NDT testing robot for gas and oil pipelines. The project team was made of a group of 7 students and two professors.

     

    OTHER ACTIVITIES___________________________

    2009 - 2010

    Board member of ISSTUD (Iranian Students Society of TU Delft) group for 2 consecutive periods

    2007 - 2008

    Board member of ISAN (Iranian Scientific Association in the Netherlands) for 2 consecutive periods

     

    2001 - 2002

    Head of student activities in extracurricular office of Electrical Engineering faculty of Sharif University of Technology

     

    2000

    Member of organizing committee in IMSEE'2000 (IEEE International Millennium Seminar on Electrical Engineering) which was held on 1-3 march 2000 at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

    SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS___________________________

     

    Languages:

     

    • English: Fluent

    • Dutch: Actively learning

    • Russian: Basic

    • Farsi (Iranian): Fluent / Native language

    • Arabic: Intermediate

     

    Soft Skills:

    • Team player, Confidence, Problem solver, Dedication, Flexibility

    Computer and programing:

    • Matlab, Simulink, C, Assembly x86, LabView, Linux OS, Windows

     

    HOBBIES & INTERESTS

     

    I enjoy team activities such as attending _lm nights, bowling or cultural events as a group. Planning group events, trips and traveling are among my biggest interests. I have traveled to more than 21 countries in 3 continents to learn more about cultures and life style. My favorite sports are badminton, swimming and biking. In my free time I enjoy reading novels and history. Improving my skills in photography and Persian calligraphy and learning guitar are among my other hobbies.

    PUBLICATIONS___________________________

    2011

     

    Amini, R., Gill, E., Gaydadjiev, G., Decentralized multi-sensor energy management for attitude determination onboard spacecraft”, Submitted to DCOSS 2011 conference, June, Spain

     

    2010

    Torczynski, D., Amini, R., "Magentorquer based attitude control for a nano-satellite platform", AIAA Infotech@Aerospace, Atlanta, USA

     

    Cornejo, N. E., Amini, R., Gaydadjiev, G., "Model-based fault detection for the Delfi-n3Xt attitude determination System", IEEE Aerospace 2010, Montana, USA

     

    2009

    Amini, R., Gaydadjiev, G., Gill, E., “Smart power management for an onboard wireless sensors and actuators network”, AIAA Space 2009 Conference, USA

     

    Brak, S., Amini, R., “Student nano-satellite development: from passive stabilization to three-axis active attitude control”, AAS Guidance and Control Conference (AAS’09), Colorado, USA

     

    Elstak, J., Amini, R., Hamann, R., “A Comparative analysis of project management and systems engineering techniques in CubeSat projects, INCOSE International Symposium, Singapore

    2007

    Amini, R., Mojallali, H., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., Helbo, J., “Model based defect detection for free stator of ultrasonic motor”, International Congress on Ultrasonics (ICU07), Austria

     

    Amini, R., Gill, E.K.A., Gaydadjiev, G., “The Challenges of Intra- Spacecraft Wireless Data Interfacing”, 58th International Astronautical Congress, India
     

    Vaartjes, A.A., Hamann, R.J., Amini, R., “Integration and verification of a command and data handling subsystem for nano-satellite projects with critical time constraints: Delfi-C3”, 58th International Astronautical Congress, India

     

    Poppenk, F.M., Amini, R., Brouwer, G.F., “Design and application of a Helmholtz cage for testing nano- satellites”, 58th International Astronautical Congress, India

    2006

    Mojallali, H., Amini, R., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., Jalali, A., “Systematic experimental based modeling of a rotary piezoelectric ultrasonic motor”, ISA Transactions, Volume 46, Issue 1, pp. 31-40

     

    Mojallali, H., Amini, R., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., Jalali, A., “Systematic Modeling for Free Stators of Rotary Piezoelectric Ultrasonic Motors”, IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp. 219-223

     

    Bowmeester, J., Amini, R., Hamann, R., “Command and Data Handling Subsystem for a Satellite without Energy Storage: Delfi-C3”, 58th International Astronautical Congress (IAC07), India

     

    Amini, R., Aalbers, G., Hamann, R., Jongkind, W., Beerthuizen, P., “New generations of spacecraft data handling systems: Less Harness , More Reliability”, 57th International Astronautical Congress (IAC06), Spain
     

    Mojallali, H., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., Amini, R., “Study of noise canceling performance of feedforward fuzzy-based ANC system under non-casual condition”, 6th International Conference on Intelligent System Design and Applications (ISDA06), Vol. 1, pp 268-273

     

     

    Aalbers, G., Gaydadijev, G.N, Amini, R., “CDHS design for a university nano-satellite”, 57th International Astronautical Congress (IAC06), Spain
     

    Poppenk, F, Amini, R., “Delfi-C3 control system development and verification”, 57th International Astronautical Congress (IAC06), Spain
     

    2005

    Amini, R., Larsen, J.A., Bhanderi, D., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., “Design and implementation of a space environment simulation toolbox for small satellites”, 56th International Astronautical Congress (IAC05), Japan

     

    Mojallali, H., Amini, R., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., “A new scheme for experimental based modelling of a travelling wave ultrasonic motor”, IEEE International Ultrasonic Sympoisum, Vol. 3, pp. 1511-1514, The Netherlands

     

    Mojallali, H., Amini, R., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., Helbo, J., “Free stator modeling of a rotary piezoelectric motor”, 13th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, pp. 1068-1073, Cyprus

     

    Larsen, J.A., Amini, R., Izadi-Zamanabadi, R., “Advanced attitude control of pico-sized satellites”, 56th International Astronautical Congress (IAC05), Japan

     

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