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     Date Submitted:20-02-2011
     Last Modified:01-12-2017 (10:35)
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     Current job:Space Payload Engineer - Physicist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsphysics, satellite, astrophysics, astronomy, scientific instrumentation, spectroscopy, payload, optics, telescopes, data processing, Algorithms, Unix, IDL, Java, Matlab, Latex, Reduction, analysis, verification, science, operations
    CV

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Jun 2016 – present, Consultant, Altran Germany, Bremen, Germany.

    Client OHB: Supporting the test activities for the EDRS-C satellite.

    ✓Coordination of the information exchange among the AIT/scripters/system engineering teams and the corresponding test activities by means of Redmine;
    ✓Development of synoptic viewer diagrams e tcl scripts to support the tests;
    ✓Preparation of test specifications and reports;
    ✓Performing functional tests (in particular on the scientific payload NGRM).
    Altran: Technical support for the ESA Framecontract proposal

     

    Aug 2014 - Aug 2015 AIT Payload Functional Engineer, Thales Alenia Space Italy, Noordwijk, Netherlands.

    Management (in collaboration with another team member) of the MPO (Mercury Planetary Orbiter) payloads test of the scientific mission BepiColombo at ESA/ESTEC:
    Main Tasks:
    ✓Performing of payloads test sequences and preparation of the corresponding reports and procedures;
    ✓Reported NCR and joined the NRB with the customer (ESA) and the sub-contractors and to the payloads system reviews (PDR, CDR, ect);
    ✓Writing technical documentation (technical reports and procedures).
    ✓Took part in the TVAC campaign of MPO for the payloads side, interactiong with the ESAC science operations team and the PIs;
    ✓Tested the spatial units by means of the magnetic coil facility (MCF);

     

    Jun 2014 - Aug 2014 Training fellowship, ESTECO, Trieste, Italy.

    The fellowship focused on multi-objective design optimisation and uncertainty quantification of engineering systems and on the use of modeFRONTIER design environment and integration platform.

     

    Jan 2013 - May 2014 Physicist/Teacher, Giarre, Italy/Zaragoza, Spain.

    Preparation/delivery of divulgative lectures on astronomy upon the local planetarium. Private lectures of Mathematics, Physics and scientific topics. Teaching italian to Spanish speakers.

     

    July 2012- December 2012, AIV engineer (intern), Selex Galileo S.p.a, Campi Bisenzio (FI), Italy;

    Code development in Matlab for the data processing of the multi-spectral PRISMA EO mission, the verification of technical and functional parameters (i.e. dark current and responsivity) and the characterisation of the Focal Plane Array (FPA) optical detectors (VNIR/SWIR/PAN).

    May 2012 - Jul 2012 Physicist, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Rome, Italy.
    Feasibility study (phase 0/A), by means of the concurrent design facility, of an interplanetary mission to Titan. I was on charge of the scientific instrumentation, describing the mission’s objectives and the requirements.

    Dic 2007-Mar 2010, PhD Researcher (Astrophysics), INAF/University of Catania (Italy), Catania, Italy;
    Main Tasks:
    ✓ Contributed to research studies, data reduction and analysis of spectra in the optical range;
    ✓ Development of IDL algorithms to compare the spectra observational data with models;
    ✓ Attend meetings, schools and international conferences.

    EDUCATION 

    December 2012 , Postgraduate International Master in Satellite and Orbital Platforms (grade 110/110 cum laude), University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Rome, Italy;

    March 2011, PhD in Physics (Astrophysics), University of Catania, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Catania, Italy; 

    July 2007,  Master  in Physics  (grade 110/110 cum laude), University of Catania, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Catania, Italy;

    November 2004, Bachelor  in Physics  (grade 109/110), University of Catania, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Catania, Italy;

     

    PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

    Language Skills:

    Italian: Mother-tongue
    English: Advanced working knowledge
    Spanish: Good working knowledge
    French: Basic working knowledge (Intensive French course at the Lausanne University)
    German: Beginner (A1.1-A2.2 courses at CASA, Bremen/ Deutsch für den Beruf at Berlitz Bremen)

    Computer Skills:

    Operative Systems: GNU/Linux (KUbuntu), Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X;

    Programming languages: IDL, MatLab, Java-Eclipse, tcl (basic); Python(basic)

    Astronomical softwares: IRAF, SYNTHE, ATLAS9, girBLDR,  Virtual Observatory softwares (Topcat, Aladin), FITS files softwares manipulation.

    Other: LaTeX, html (basic), MS/Open Office, CCS/SCOE 2000, Redmine;

     

    Communicational and Social skills:

    Power point presentation, poster preparation and astronomical popularisation ;

    Friendly and cooperative, with a team work attitude;

    At ease in an international working environment, flexible and open to different cultures.

    Technical skills:

    Experience with space instruments, such as earth/space telescopes data (i.e. data
    processing/reduction) and FITS files manipulation;
    Power point presentation, poster preparation and scientific popularisation;
    Experience with programming, mainly in linux enviroment;
    Technical reports and procedures, ECSS;


    Driving licence: European B Level driving licence

     

    PUBLICATIONS AND OTHER

    Mitri, G. and other 124 authors, The Exploration of Titan with an Orbiter and a Lake-Probe, Call for White Papers for the definition of the L2 and L3 missions in the ESA Science Program, 24 May 2013.

    A. E. Messina, A. C. Lanzafame, I. Busà, “Chromospheric activity and Lithium abundance in NGC2516”,   proceedings of the poster presented at the conference Symposium 5 of  JENAM 2010, Editors: A. Moitinho & J.F. Alves, Springer Astrophysics and Space Science series, 2011, 2012, XIII, p. 211-212;

    A. E. Messina,“Indici di attività cromosferica e perdita radiativa”, Oral contribution at Workshop of OACt: "Catania Student's Week - II edition",  Catania, Italy, February, 25 - 28, 2008.

     

    OTHER ACTIVITIES

    1997 - onward Member of the astronomical club “Associazione Astrofili ionico-etnei”: spreading knowledge of astronomy by means of conferences, public events and lessons;

    1993 - 2011 Member of the scout association “Scout CNGEI Giarre”: group leader, organizazion of travels’ logistics. Responsible of accounting for the entire group;

    PARTICIPATIONS TO  COURSES

    21 October, 2016, Altran Accademy: “Project management basic”

    8 Jun - 6 Jul, 2015 FutureLearn course: “ Monitoring Climate from Space" (ESA)’; 

    24 Feb - 14 Apr, 2014 Coursera course: “Introduction á la programmation orientèe objet (en Java)”;

    Oct 7 - Dec 9, 2013 Coursera course: “An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python”;

    Sep 23 - Nov 11, 2013 Coursera course: “Initiation à la programmation (en Java)”;


     


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