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     Date Submitted:15-12-2011
     Last Modified:15-12-2011 (01:13)
    Job information
     Current job:Researcher/Deputy Program Manager
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations
     KeywordsProject Management, Concurrent Design, System Engineering, Thermal Control, Radiation Protection, Planetary Sciences, Fundamental Physics

    Personal Information

    Nationality: Italian

    Birth: February, 4th 1976 in Matera, Italy


    Work Experience



    June 2007 onwards

    Name and address of employer

    Italian Space Agency - Viale Liegi, 26 I-00198 Rome, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Space Sector - System engineering, project management, thermal control design

    Occupation or position held

    Researcher / Technologist

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Employed at the “Exploration and Observation of the Universe” division: supporting ASI program managers of both scientific and industrial contracts, mainly in the following activities:

    §Management of the Italian participation in space exploration programs: Dawn, ExoMars, BepiColombo, AMS-02
    Coordinating scientific and industrial teams’ efforts on the development of scientific payloads:

    VIR-MS, imaging spectrometer: PI Angioletta Coradini, on board of NASA’s Dawm mission

    LMC, life marker chip: PI Mark Sims, on board of ESA’s ExoMars mission

    MIMA, imaging spectrometer: PI Giancarlo Bellucci, formerly on board of ESA’s ExoMars mission

    ISA, accelerometer: PI Valerio Iafolla, on board of ESA’s BepiColombo mission

    SERENA, particles detector: PI Stefano Orsini, on board of ESA’s BepiColombo mission

    Italian-funded suite of detectors: PI Roberto Battiston, on board of AMS-02 mission

    GReAT, experiment on equivalent principle, partnership with research centres in US

    Italian-funded parts: on board of JAXA CALET mission, electron and gamma-ray telescope on ISS

    §Technical support on related issues

    AMS-02: member of the team performing the Space Environmental Tests at the Large Space Simulator in ESA/ESTEC and final integration at Kennedy Space Centre

    BepiColombo: member of the team conducting Radiation Environment Test at the DAFNE accelerator facility in INFN Frascati Laboratories

    Global Exploration Stategy: member of the ASI working team supporting Italian delegation to International Space Exploration Coordination Group

    §Liason between industry and scientific community

    Dawn and Bepicolombo: participating to the activities of the Science Team, operations planning

    §Interface with other agencies

    In particular, ESA, NASA, JAXA, DLR, CNES


    Collaborating on the validation and exploitation of the ASI concurrent design facility (Concurrent Engineering Facility – CEF) based on the standard ESA IDM approach; in particular, in charge of the Thermal Control System design.

    Most recent internal studies carried out at CEF: Moon robotic exploration program, Moon Rover,
    two SAR missions for Earth observation



    January 2006 – March 2009

    Name and address of employer

    ISPESL (Italian Institute for Prevention and Safety at Work) – via Fontana Candida,1 I-00040 Monteporzio Catone (Rome), Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Injury Prevention in working environments employing ionizing and non-ionizing radiation sources
    Safety Inspections

    Occupation or position held

    Researcher / Expert in Radiation Protection

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Employed at RINI (Ionizing and non-Ionizing Radiations) laboratory. From June 2007, part-time.

    §In charge of Quality Assurance (measurement procedures and equipment) for the calibration of Ionising and Non-Ionising Radiation equipment and dose counting instruments

    §Member of a team of officers in charge of verification of safety requirements in:

    Industrial and medical facilities employing ionizing radiations sources

    NuclearMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) equipments

    §Developed checklists to grant standardized inspections procedures, published in specialist press



    July 2005 – December 2005

    Name and address of employer

    Radiation Protection, Dr. Francesca Romeo – via Lucana, 343 I-75100 Matera, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Safety in environments employing ionizing radiation sources

    Occupation or position held

    Trainee in Radiation Protection

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Assisted the Expert in taking care of the tasks agreed with the costumer. Acquired skills in the following:

    §Materials technology for radioactive and hazardous materials management in observance of the applicable Italian regulations (D.Lgs. n°626/94 and n°230/95)

    §Safety rules for the design and management of radiation diagnostic plants, , radiopharmaceutical production plants, nuclear medicine wards, PET (Positron Emission Tomography) equipments, magnetic resonance imaging machineries.

    In the period May 2005 – December 2006 attended part-time the “Laboratorio di Fisica Medica e Sistemi Esperti” of Regina Elena Institute at IFO (Istituti Fisioterapici Ospedalieri) in Rome, involved in the training on Radiation Protection subjects - in order to take a state exam to be certified as “Esperto Qualificato in Radioprotezione” (Expert in Radiation Protection) as required by Italian regulations. In the period November 2005 – December 2005 involved in the training on measurement techniques of natural radioactivity due to gases 222Rn and 220Rn, at RINI laboratories in ISPESL



    December 2003 – July 2005

    Name and address of employer

    “Consorzio CETMA” Research Centre – c/o Cittadella della Ricerca, S.S.7 Km.706+030
    I-72100 Brindisi, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Materials Engineering, Industrial Design

    Occupation or position held

    Mechanical Engineer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Employed in the Materials and Structures Engineering Department. Dealt with different projects with several purposes and fields of application.

    §TEPLAN Project: thermo-destroyer employing plasma torches for the destruction of wastes produced on board of ships. Assistant project manager; held relations with suppliers; researched legal framework (IMO conventions); designed the exhaust treatment system and the pre-treatment system of the incoming flow of wastes; performed plasma-chamber CFD analyses

    §MITRAS Project: strategies for the reinforcement of concrete structures by means of composites. Responsible for vacuum infusion technique; mechanical testing of reinforced structures; carried out numeric structural modelling, FEM



    February 2003 – May 2003

    Name and address of employer

    ESA European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) – Keplerlaan, 1 NL-2200 AG Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    Type of business or sector

    Space Sector

    Occupation or position held


    Main activities and responsibilities

    At the Propulsion Section of the Mechanical Engineering Department

    §Developed a parametric model of the heat rejection for a spacecraft equipped with an electric engine powered by a nuclear reactor. Report title: “Analysis and design of the Heat Rejection System for a Nuclear Electric propelled Spacecraft”



    February 2002 – August 2002

    Name and address of employer

    Politecnico di Torino, Department of Energetics – corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 I-10129 Turin, Italy

    CRF S.C.p.A. (Centro Ricerche Fiat) – Strada Torino, 50 I-10043 Orbassano (TO), Italy

    Type of business or sector


    Occupation or position held

    Mechanical Engineer

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Received a research grant and worked on the development of innovative Diesel engines in conjunction with CRF – Centro Ricerche FIAT

    §Responsible for the development of a simulation tool for internal combustion engines

    §The tool was used to evaluate several options on the development of a small Diesel engine being investigated at CRF at that time (eventually become 1300cc Common Rail Multijet Diesel engine)


    Education and Training



    April 2009 – June 2009

    Title of qualification awarded

    Attended the Course:“The Logic of Microspace, Small and Low Cost Space Systems” held at the Italian Space Agency premises in Rome, Italy

    Principal subjects covered

    System engineering and project management for small space platforms; STK training. The course is held by Dr.Rick Fleeter (AeroAstro Inc. president) who provides an interdisciplinary  insight (both technical and economic) of the use microsatellites for several applications

    Name and type of organization providing education and training 

    Italian Space Agency and AeroAstro Inc.



    April 2009 – October 2009

    Title of qualification awarded

    Attended the Course: Alpbach Summer School (2008), Theme: “Sample Return from Moon, Asteroids and Comets” held in Alpbach, Austria

    Principal subjects covered

    The ESA-endorsed summer school provided knowledge and tools for the design of exploration missions to small bodies complying with both scientific and technical requirements. To work in a team is a fundamental skill developed by attending the School

    Name and type of organization providing education and training 

    European Space Agency, FFG (Austrian Research Promotion Agency), ISSI (International Space Science Institute)



    July 2003

    Title of qualification awarded

    MSS03 - Master of Space Studies

    Principal subjects covered

    The Master of Space Studies (MSS) is a post-graduate master course for preparing Space Sector managers, based on a unique approach: Interdisciplinary, Intercultural and International

    §Subjects: technical, scientific, medical, legal, economic and financial

    §Valuable professional visits: the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guyana; the cosmonaut training centre in Star City, Russia; major industries such as Krunichev and NPO Energia in Russia, and EADS Launch Vehicles and Snecma Moteurs in France

    §Received a grant from ESA

    §Team project on future Navigation Systems, then published

    §Individual project developed at ESA’s Technology and Research centre (see “Work Experience”)

    Name and type of organization providing education and training 

    International Space University, Strasbourg, France

    Level of national or international classification

    Very Good – Total points gained: 75.7/100



    December 2001

    Title of qualification awarded

    MEng - Master in Mechanical Engineering

    Principal subjects covered

    Majoring in “Energy”, 5 year degree

    §Subjects: material science and technology; mechanical design of automotive components and mechanical structures, CAD, CAM; energy management techniques; management and software design of test beds for automotive engines; designed industrial plants; safety of the work environment; heat transfer; thermo fluid dynamics, CFD

    §Grant-awarded Collaborations: teaching assistant for the course “Mathematical Analysis I”; staff assistant at the University Language Centre

    §Degree Thesis title: “Three-zone Heat Release Analysis of Combustion in Compression Ignition Engines” performed at the Department of Energetics, Politecnico di Torino

    Name and type of organization providing education and training 

    Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy

    Level of national or international classification

    110/110 summa cum laude


    Professional Memberships



    January 2003

    Title of qualification awarded

    Italian Professional Engineers Association (“Ordine degli Ingegneri”)

    Certified Engineer since September 2002, member of the Italian Professional Engineers Association, since January 2003, chartered in the Professional Engineers register of the province of Matera, n° 820



    September 2008

    Title of qualification awarded

    Expert in Radiation Protection, III degree (“Elenco nazionale degli Esperti Qualificati di III grado”)

    Certified Expert in Radiation Protection in conformity with the Italian regulations D.Lgs. n° 230/1995 and its modifications (in actuation of the European directives: 89/618/Euratom, 90/641/Euratom, 92/3/Euratom and 96/29/Euratom); since September 2008, registered in the Italian directory “Esperti Qualificati di terzo grado” (expert in radiation protection, 3rd degree), n° 594


    Personal skills and competences


    Language skills

    European level (*)

    Mother Tongue: Italian









    Spoken interaction

    Spoken production

    Written production













    (*)   Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) level – see prospect attached


    IT skills

    Programming Languages:

    Quick Basic, Visual Basic, C, LabWindows platform


    Mac OS, Microsoft Office, MS Project, AutoCad, Matlab,

    Pro-E, Satellite Tool Kit (STK), ERDAS Imagine, ESATAN-TMS



    Social and Organizational skills

    Open-minded and driven by a strong cosmopolitan spirit, I am always ready to undertake new activities with complete dedication and enthusiasm. Always accessible, I am ready to operate and take decisions in a team or autonomously.

    I have worked in several team projects during University training, and recently in the frame of both ASI’s Concurrent Engineering Facility and ESA’s Concurrent Design Facility.

    In particular, monitoring industrial and scientific contracts allowed me to develop effective managing abilities in order to meet project’s goals with the available resources.

    Taking advantage of my previous experiences, I am deeply interested in working and developing new skills, both technical and managerial, in an multicultural and international environment



    Driving licence: categories A and B

    Yachtmaster Ocean Qualification


    Additional Information


    Space Related Publications


    §“Navigation Systems for Future Space Transportation Vehicles”, M. Salatti et al. (Team Project 2), proceedings, 8th ISU International Annual Simposium, Strasbourg, May 2003

    §“Navigation Systems for Future Space Vehicles - Requirements and Recommendations”, Report, M. Salatti et al. (Team Project 2), Master of Space Studies 2002/03, International Space University, Strasbourg, July 2003

    §“Analysis and design of the Heat Rejection System for a Nuclear Electric propelled Spacecraft”, M. Salatti, Student Participation Programme, 54th IAC (International Astronautical Congress), Bremen, October 2003

    §“9th ILEWG (International Lunar Exploration Working Group) International Conference on Exploration and Utilization of the Moon (ICEUM 9/ ILC 2007)” abstract book, M. Salatti et al., Sorrento, October 2007

    §“Unmanned lunar exploration: from scientific needs to a preliminary mission study for the Italian lunar rover”, M. Salatti et al., submitted to the IAC (International Astronautical Congress), Prague, September 2010

    §“First Studies of ASI Concurrent Engineering Facility (CEF)”, Salatti M. et al., 4th International Workshop on System & Concurrent Engineering for Space Applications (SECESA 2010), Lausanne, October 2010

    §“A multiple-rendezvous, sample-return mission to 2 near-Earth asteroids”, Salatti M. et al. Advanced Space Research, accepted for publication, February 2011



    Other Publications (Italian)

    §“Processi di audit interni in un sito di risonanza magnetica”, M. Salatti et al., Notiziario di Radioprotezione Anpeq. 75 (2006)

    §“Il nuovo archivio elettronico dell’ISPESL relativo alle apparecchiature diagnostiche a risonanza magnetica installate sul territorio nazionale”, M. Salatti et al., FOGLI DI INFORMAZIONE n° 2/2007 (aprile-giugno 2007)

    §“Standardizzazione dell’Attività Ispettiva dell’ISPESL nel settore della Risonanza Magnetica”, M. Salatti, FOGLI DI INFORMAZIONE n° 3/2007 (luglio-settembre 2007)

    §“Indicazioni per l’applicazione di una strategia di sicurezza finalizzata alla prevenzione di eventi anomali a fini di minaccia nelle strutture sanitarie che utilizzano radiazioni ionizzanti”, M. Salatti, lavori, Convegno AIRP, Vasto, Ottobre 2007



    Personal Interests

    Outdoor activities and sports, swimming, tennis; riding my motorcycle; travelling, reading, singing, playing the guitar, dancing




    Dr. Enrico Flamini

    Italian Space Agency

    Chief Scientist

    Viale Liegi, 26 I-00198 Rome, Italy


    Dr. Sylvie Espinasse

    European Space Agency

    Human Spaceflight Directorate

    Keplerlaan, 1 NL-2201 Noordwijk, Netherlands


    Dr. Denis Moura

    Project Officer for Space Programmes

    European Defence Agency

    Rue des Drapiers 17-23 B-1050 Brussels, Belgium


    Prof. Roberto Battiston

    professor of Physics

    University of Perugia

    Department of Phisics

    Via A. Pascoli  I-06123 Perugia, Italy


    Dr. Valerio Antonio Iafolla

    Pricnipal Inestgator


    Via del Fosso del Cavaliere, 100 I-00133 Rome, Italy


    Prof. Giancarlo Genta

    Director - Automotive Engineering University Centre

    Politecnico di Torino

    Department of Mechanics

    Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24 I-10129 Turin, Italy


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