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     Date Submitted:06-10-2011
     Last Modified:04-02-2016 (04:00)
    Job information
     Current job:AIT Mechanical Lead Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAerospace engineer (Full 5-Year Engineering degree) with more than 6 years of experience in AIV/T engineering on satellite system and Propulsion Engineer at sub sistem level Planning/conducting /executing test campaign on flight unit. Critical analysi

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    Date of birth

    August 4, 1979







    Work experience


    Dates June 2015 - today
    Occupation or position held AIT Mechanical Lead Engineer

    Consultant on behalf of OHB system –Environmental Test Campaign at ESTEC (Noordwijk)

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Mechanical Team leading for all the stages of the Environmental test campaign in the frame of Galileo FOC satellites, 22 satellites constellation:


    ·         Acoustic and Vibration

    ·         Thermal Vacuum

    ·         EMC

    ·         Electrical functional and performance testing

    ·         Propulsion Test (Global Leakage, Interface functional and performance test)

    ·         Solar arrays integration and testing

    ·          MLI integration and finalization

    ·         OSRs repair


    Act as a point of contact for mechanical related activities

    §  Planning and scheduling

    §  Resources allocation

    §  NCRs follow up

    §  Technical decision

    §  Procedures and test reports drafting and reviewing

    Project Galileo FOC


    July 2012 - May 2015

    Occupation or position held AIT Lead  Engineer


    Consultant on behalf of OHB System - Bremen

    Test instrumentation team lead in the frame of the Satellite preparation for Environmental Test Campaign.

    Planning and set-upping of all stages of the instrumentation activities, such as the definition of the criteria for the successful and time saving integration fulfilment, efficient coordination of involved  department (Logistic, Supply chain, Engineering ) to reach the scheduled activity.

    Drafting the related documentation (Plan, Procedure, Test Report) as well as requirement specifications documentation.


    AIT mechanical engineer at satellite and sub system level.

    In charge of the following activities :

    §  Test sensors Integration (Accelerometers, Thermocouples, Strain gauges). Thermal Control System components integration (heaters, thermistors, thermostats gluing and crimping).

    §  Propulsion Interface and Functional after integration test

    §  Installation of MLI blankets and standoff

    §  Solar Array Integration

    §  Preparation, handling of chemical and hazardous substances such as thermal filler, adhesive (Eccobond 56C, Hysol® EA 9321, Scotchweld 2216).Support MGSE handling and lifting operations. Using Overhead pendant cranes, and other lifting equipment.


    Certificate license for crimping of high-reliability electrical connections.

    Certificate license for crane.

    Certificate for Solar Array Integration



    September 2009 – June 2012

    Occupation or position held

    Propulsion Test Engineer


    Thales Alenia Space Italia - Milan

    Main activities and responsibilities


    ·         Test conductor in the frame of Qualification/Acceptance test campaign on Cold Gas Micro Propulsion System (Fluidic/Thermal Vacuum/Vibration test). Responsible for the test set up definition and test documentation preparation (AIV plan, Test plan/procedures, Test reports, Technical notes), execution and critical analysis of the test results


    ·         Responsible for preparation of test activities in the different stage of the qualification CG propulsion system process at external facility premises :

    Ø  Mass Flow Sensor device Calibration campaign, at INRIM Metrologic laboratories (Turin – Italy).

    Ø  Thrust Characterization of CG Micro Thruster, at ESA/ESTEC EPL.

    Ø  Thrust Calibration Campaign at Nano Thrust Balance facility at ONERA (Palaiseau-France)

    Representing TAS-I during Post Test Review, Test Readiness Review and Test Review Board.


    ·         Definition and follow-up of tests concerning the EM Pressure Isolation Valve and Thrust Valve project to complain with space project requirements. (Small Geo Project)


    Development of the Small GEO CGTA fluidic CFD model, by means of ECOSIMPRO. Analysis of the transient in the motion field during the On/Off command of the Pressure Insulation Valve (PIV) embedded in CGTA system.      



    Micro Propulsion System GAIA -  Small-GEO  Cold Gas Thruster Assembly



    Education and training





     June  – December 2008

    Occupation or position held

    Thesis student

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Attended the Department of Aerospace Engineering (DIAS) of Naples to complete his graduation thesis and to run experiments on heat pipe performance. Performtests and attended the Telespazio   laboratory (Finmeccanica / Thales company) in Naples.




    January 2009

    Title of qualification awarded

    Full 5-Year Engineering degree (equivalent to an US Masters Degree)

    Principal subjects/occupational skills covered

    Aerospace Engineering

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

    Thesis focus

    Heat and fluid dynamic simulations, in preparation to MIOsat mission heat pipe experiment


    Level in national or international classification

    Final graduation score 98/110



    Personal skills and competences




    Mother tongue(s)




    Other language(s)

    English (fluent)

    German (basic)



    Social skills and competences

    Excellent communication and listening abilities, able to adapt to new schemes and operating modes.




    Organisational skills and competences

    Excellent problem solving and management of individual or team stresses.Precise, ambitious, determined, creative. Experienced in technical team management



    Computer skills and competences

    Operative Systems: Windows

    Software:  Fluent, EcosimPro (fluidic simulation), GridGen (mesh generation software), Lab-View, Matlab, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), .



    Artistic skills and competences

    Photographer  (occasional collaboration with local magazine; displayed some works in different show room), Piano player



    Other skills and competences

    Amateur basketball, tennis player and sailor



    Driving licence

    European B driver’s license



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