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     Date Submitted:06-10-2011
     Last Modified:19-04-2016 (09:42)
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     Current job:Project Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsPA, AIT, AIV, System Engineer, PM, Planning, Designing, Testing, Problem, Solving, Proactive, Communication, Negotiation, Committed, Reliable, Versatile, Independent, Team Player, Professionally Mature

    Nationality:    Italian                                     Aerospace Engineer

    Date of birth: November, 10, 1982




    ●      Wind Tunnel Tests

    ●      Set-ups test design for Aerodynamics (flow control)

    ●      Schlieren and Shadowgraphy tests

    ●      Thermal Analysis

    ●      Set-ups for Plasma Assisted Ignition Experiments

    ●      Set-ups  for vacuum chamber and thermal chamber tests.

    ●      Technical Documentation making (plan, report, review).

    ●      Technical Drawing 2D and 3D

    ●      CAD Designing

    ●      Calibration and use of probes for aerodynamic measurements.

    ●      Wind tunnels management and construction cryogenic systems.

    ●      PIV experience.

    ●      Repairing mechanical and electronic instrumentations.

    ●      Special Thermal Materials Experience

    ●      Tether  Experience

    ●      Management and maintenance of acoustic and lighting systems.




    2009 – 2011    Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering (Profile: Aerodynamics)

    Graduating on: “Flow Controlled by Nanosecond pulsed-discharge Plasma Actuator ”

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands.


    2001 – 2006   Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering (Profile:  Fluid Dynamics and Propulsion )

    Graduating internship on: “Conversion of a wind tunnel to circuit an opened ice gallery ”

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, University Federico II of Naples, Naples, Italy.


    2001                Degree of Scientic Liceum

                            Liceo Scientifico Statale Monsignor Bartolomeo Mancino




    Jen ’09 - Today         NEQlab BV Research, Den Haag, The Netherlands.

    Researcher, Experimentalist on the plasma assisted ignition projects.

    ·         Set-ups for testing on RCM (Rapid Compression Machine) for the plasma assisted ignition project

    ·         Assisted experimentation on the Reformer project.

    ·         Detonation Assisted by Plasma Stream project

    Researcher, Experimentalist on the plasma-assisted flow control.

    ·         Set-ups for testing on V-Tunnel, M-Tunnel, W-Tunnel, LowTurbolaceTunnel and OJF(Open Jet Facility) of TUDelft .

    Mechanical workshop supervisor.


    Jun ’08-Sep ’08         Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Short term position within the Formation for Atmospheric Science and Technology demonstration Project (FAST). (In collaboration with the Tsinghua University, China)

    ·         Supporting the lead engineer making documentation (MRD, MDL, QP, etc.)

    ·         Conceptual design description (incl. Cost estimate)

    ·         Thermal specification (result of simulations)

    ·         Simulation model

    ·         First draft layout of the microsatellite


    Dic ’08                        Delta-Utec SRC, Leiden, The Netherlands. Short term position as Tether Experimentalist.


    Sep’07-May ’08         Msc Aerospace Engineering at The First University Naples “Federico Secondo”:

                                        Courses attended and passed exams:

    ·         Mechanics applied to the Machines

    ·         Math Analysis III

    ·         Gas Dynamics II


    Aug ’07                      Delta-Utec SRC, Leiden, The Netherlands. Short term position as Special Thermal Materials  Experimentalist.


    Jan '07-Jul '07           Delta-Utec SRC, Leiden, The Netherlands. Short term position within the Young Engineer's Satellite 2 Project (YES2).

    ·         Testing in thermal chamber and vacuum chamber of braking device in ESA-ESTEC Facilities.

    ·         Build up of a Thermal Analysis model for the whole satellite using ThermXL software

    ·         Model Update with vacuum chamber test results.

    ·         Thermal Analysis of the Mission. Transitory and Stationary analysis of the whole mission including eleven no-operative days and six hours of operative time.


    Sept '06– Dec '06       Internshipat DISIS (Department of Sciences and Space Engineering) at Naples University:

    => Conversion of a open-jet high velocity wind tunnel in an ice gallery by designing of a pre-cooling system based on a compressed air system, and of liquid nitrogen injection system.


    2005-2006                   Technician and responsible electrical and mechanics devices           LeoLight Service s.r.l., SanGiuseppeVesuviano (NA).


    2002-2006                   Technician and responsible electrical and mechanics device

                                        A.S.C. Sound&light Service s.r.l.,Castellamare (NA)


    July–Sept '00-'01     Chemical  laboratory

                                        C.P.C.s.r.l., Castel San Giorgio (SA)





    Software skills:                      Windows 98/2000/XP and pack OFFICE, Linux, Ubuntu, OPEN Office.

    Dev C++, MATLAB, Origin, AutoCAD, ThermXL, QCAD, Tech, graphic software.

                                                    Basic: Catia, Fluent, Gambit.

    Manual skills:                        Soldering, Build and Calibration of back-current shunts, Design and Building pipes systems, Mechanical skills.

    Language skills:                     English – Fluent (Toefl Test)

                                                    Spanish - Spoken

                                                    Italian - mother tongue


    Conference Papers and Presentations

    11ICE–           On-Board Plasma Assisted Fuel Reforming – A.Nikipelov, G.Correale, I.Popov, S.Pancheshnyi(NEQLab Research BV), M.Boot(TUEindhoven), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University)

    AIAA -           Flow Separation Control on Airfoil With Pulsed Nanosecond Discharge Actuator -G.Correale, I.Popov(TUDelft- NEQLab Research BV), A.Rakitin(NEQLab Research BV), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University), S.Hulshoff, L.Veldhuis(TUDelft)

    11ICE–           Non-Equilibrium Plasma Ignition for Internal Combustion Engines – G.Correale, A.Nikipelov, I.Popov, S.Pancheshnyi(NEQLab Research BV), M.Boot(TUEindhoven), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University)

    AIAA -           Ultra-lean and Ultra-rich Flames Stabilization by High-Voltage Nanosecond Pulsed Discharge - A.Nikipelov, I.Popov, G.Correale, A.Rakitin(NEQLab Research BV), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University)

    AIAA-            Compact Catalyst-Free Liquid Fuel to Syngas Reformer with Plasma-Assisted Flame Stabilization. - A.Nikipelov, I.Popov, G.Correale, A.Rakitin(NEQLab Research BV), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University)


    GEC-              Flow Separation Control on Airfoil With Pulsed Nanosecond Discharge Actuator -G.Correale, I.Popov(TUDelft- NEQLab Research BV), A.Rakitin(NEQLab Research BV), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University), S.Hulshoff, L.Veldhuis(TUDelft)

    AIAA-            Ultra-lean and Ultra-rich Flames Stabilization by High-Voltage Nanosecond Pulsed Discharge - A.Nikipelov, I.Popov, G.Correale, A.Rakitin(NEQLab Research BV), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University)

    AIAA -           Compact Catalyst-Free Liquid Fuel to Syngas Reformer with Plasma-Assisted Flame Stabilization. - A.Nikipelov, I.Popov, G.Correale, A.Rakitin(NEQLab Research BV), A.Starikovskii(Princeton University)




    Enjoy spending time with friends, playing sport and studying foreign languages. Interest for electronics and applications and, more generically, any applied sciences. I’m chess player at competitive level. I like building mock-ups and reading comic strips. I am MENSA member.



    NEQlab BVResearch  Dhr. Aleksandr Rakitin aleksandr.rakitin(at)

    Delft University of Technology Dhr. Leo Veldhuis  L.L.M.Veldhuis(at)

    ESA Estec Dhr. Ir.Michiel Kruijff  michiel.kruijff(at)

    Delta-Utec S.R.C.Ir. Erik J van der Heide erik(at)

    University of Naples “Federico II”, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering.Prof.  Ing. Russo Giuseppe Pompeo gprusso(at)

    ASC service s.r.l.Cesarano Vincenzo asc-enzo(at)

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