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     Date Submitted:10-03-2011
     Last Modified:11-03-2011 (07:39)
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     Current job:Aerospace Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAdaptive & optimal control; flight control unit computer; guidance and navigation techniques; filtering and identification; sensor fusion; modeling and simulation; payload avionics; digital signal processing
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                 Aerospace Engineer

     

    Date of birth:

    September 24th 1982

    Nationality:

    Portuguese

     

    Academic Education

    2005 - 2008

    TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace – The Netherlands

     

     

    M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering, variant in Dynamics and Control of Aircraft.

    The first year was completed under the exchange program Socrates-Erasmus.

    av. mark: 9/10

    (with honors / cum laude)

    2000 - 2007

    Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) of theTechnical University of Lisbon (UTL) – Portugal

     

    5 year engineering-degree, B.Sc, + M.Ss. equivalent, in Aerospace Engineering, Avionics variant.

    The 5 year-degree covered a variety of science and aerospace engineering areas. The avionics variant covers subjects such as, electronics, electromechanics, filtering and systems control, modeling and simulation.

     

    av. mark: 7,5/10

     

    av. mark: 8,5/10

    (variant)

     

    Graduation Subject

    TU Delft & TNO  (Instrument Modeling & Control department–Delft, Netherlands)

    Adaptive Identification using Gradient Lattice Algorithms – Industry application in Adaptive Optics and High-Speed Milling’.

     

    M.Sc. Thesis supervised by both TU Delft and TNO. TNO has a laboratory set-up which simulates the lenses work of the extremely large telescope in Arizona, the MMT. My M.Sc. Thesis implements an adaptive time-series IIR predictor within the MMT’s adaptive optics control loop, in order to make-up for the processing time delays, using an innovative filter structure, the lattice filter. This work was part of a research topic at TNO to increase the image definition captured by the earth telescopes.

     

    Work Experience

    Feb 2009 – Jan 2011

    Dutch Aerospace Laboratory (NLR)

    Helicopters & Aeroacoustics department (AVHA)

    – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    2 years        R&D engineer

     

    • Developer and responsible for trajectory optimization in order to minimize noise footprint on the ground. A multi-objective genetic algorithm was used;
    • Developer of an approach simulation logic for usage in runways equipped with PAPI's (Precision Approach Path Indicators);
    • Responsible for the company's noise prediction software (HELENA);
    • Developer and responsible for the aeroelastic simulation model of the NH90 helicopter;
    • Developer of the navigation framework and sensor fusion filter for position and attitude tracing in flight tests;
    • Involved in the study of the influence of steady vs. unsteady ship airwake model on the NH90 helicopter pilot controls in a ship-deck landing simulation;
    • Involved in the simulation of the flight control computer of the NH90 helicopter;
    • Experience with aeronautical design standards (ADS).

    2006 – 2007

    7 months

    TU Delft, Faculty of Aerospace, Aircraft Simulation & Control Division             – Delft, The Netherlands

    Teacher Assistantfor the ‘Aircraft Flight Control System Design’ course.

     

    Internship

    May 2008 – July 2008

    NetherlandsOrganization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)

    Instrument Modeling & Control Department

    – Delft, The Netherlands

    Research topic - ‘Lattice structures in Adaptive Gradient time-prediction’:

    • Analyzed the implementation possibilities of the lattice structures in adaptive identification processes;
    • Responsible for a future implementation of lattice structures in the extremely large telescope optics control loop.

     

    Project Experience and Courses

    November

    2010

    Universityof Kansas, Continuing Education –Orlando, USA

    Short courseon the theme: Helicopter Performance, Stability and Control  (Instructor: Ray Prouty)

    2001 – 2005

    IST (Instituto Superior Técnico) – Lisbon, Portugal

     

    Interactive Qualifying Project, SSETI, ESA: students building a satellite.

    • Involved, and later on responsible, for the integration of both Sun and Star sensors in the satellite;

     

    Knowledge Skills

    • Classical and modern control; multivariable control; robust control; adaptive and optimal control; flight control unit computer;
      • Systems filtering and identification; Kalman and extended Kalman filtering; multivariable genetic algorithms;
      • Sensor fusion; Kalman filtering for integrated GPS and inertial navigation;
      • Digital signal processing; lattice filters;
      • Avionics; sensory systems; electronics;
      • Modeling and simulation;
      • Flight dynamics;

     

    Technical Skills

    Software

    Matlab/Simulink; Microsoft Office; Flightlab (Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc.); EUROPA (Helicopter Performance Prediction Software); HELENA (Helicopter Exterior Noise Analysis); Electronics simulation tools (PSW, Pspice, MWOffice); Microsoft Visual Studio, CAD design programmes (AutoCAD, SolidWorks).

    OS

    Linux, Windows.

    Languages

    C, C++(and OpenGL), Matlab, Fortran, Assembly, HTML, LateX.

     

    Personal Skills and Interests

     

    Languages:

    • Fluent in Portuguese and English
    • Knowledge in French, understanding of spoken and written Spanish
    • Medium level in Dutch
    • Basic German and Japanese

    Driving License:

    Full clean European driver’s license (B).

    Interests:

    I am keen on sports to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. I am passionate in space technology. I am also interested in world politics and history.

     

    Referees

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