February 2010 -- present: post-doctoral research associate at the Asher Space Research Institute, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology, under the supervision of Professor Pini Gurfil.
Mitigating the effects of zonal harmonics on the absolute and relative orbits of artificial satellites by using analytical and numerical techniques. Direct application: accurate initialization for cluster flying in order to achieve close proximity during long periods of time, without any control inputs.
Developing a new model for numerical integration of the absolute orbits in the presence of perturbations in order to improve the accuracy and the speed of integration. Direct application: inertial orbit initialization and control.
Developing new analytical models for station-keeping and formation-keeping. Direct application: reduced fuel consumption, lifetime extension.
February 2004 -- January 2010: Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Iasi, Romania. Lecturer in the Department of Theoretical Mechanics.
Besides teaching, I was carrying out research in fundamental Astrodynamics, nonlinear problems in Classical Mechanics (the Foucault Pendulum, Kepler problem in rotating reference frames, relative orbital motion), fundamental Rigid Body Kinematics (with the focus on attitude kinematics and mathematical models in robotics) and nonlinear differential equations in Applied Mathematics.
September 1999 -- February 2004: Emil Racovita National College, Iasi, Romania. Lecturer in mathematics.
Besides teaching, I was preparing the Romanian team for the International Olympiad of Mathematics and I was a committee member of the National Olympiad of Mathematics for the Iasi district.
October 2006 -- January 2010: Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Iasi, Romania. Thesis title: Lagrangian and Hamiltonian Formulations in Relative Orbital Dynamics. Applications to Spacecraft Formation-Flying and Satellite Constellations. Advisor: Professor Alfred Braier.
October 2005 -- June 2006: M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Iasi, Romania. Dissertation Title: Relative Orbital Motion in Keplerian Force Fields. Applications in Space Rendezvous Missions. Advisor: Professor Daniel Condurache.
October 1995 -- June 1999: B.Sc. in Pure Mathematics, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, Iasi, Romania. Dissertation title: Viability of Differential Inclusions. Advisor: Professor Ovidiu Carja.
Professional Service & Membership
Reviewer for Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics, published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Since 2008: member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
Since 2001: member of the Romanian Mathematical Society (Societatea de Stiinte Matematice din Romania) (SSMR)
Selected Refereed Journal Papers
Selected Refereed Conference Papers
February 2004 -- January 2010:
o Lectures and tutorials in Theoretical Mechanics, at the Faculties of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Civil Engineering, at the Technical University Gheorghe Asachi Iasi, Romania.
o Lectures and tutorials in Fundamentals of Robotics, Faculty of Computer Engineering, Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Iasi, Romania.
o Lectures and tutorials in System Modelling and Simulation, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Iasi, Romania.
o Lectures and tutorials in Simulation of Mechanical Systems, Faculty of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering, Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Iasi, Romania.
o Tutorials in Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Iasi, Romania.
September 1999 -- February 2004:
o Lectures in Mathematics, Emil Racovita National College, Iasi, Romania.
Matlab, STK (Satellite ToolKit), Maple, Mathematica, Scilab.
English -- spoken (excellent), written (excellent), reading (excellent)
French -- spoken (excellent), written (excellent), reading (excellent)
Italian -- spoken (basic), written (basic), understanding (good)
Hebrew -- basic conversational level
Professor Pini Gurfil, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology.
Professor Daniel Condurache, Technical University "Gheorghe Asachi", Iasi, Romania.
Dr. Alexander Kogan, Technion -- Israel Institute of Technology.
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