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     Date Submitted:19-12-2011
     Last Modified:29-10-2015 (03:00)
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     Current job:AIV Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     Keywordsproject management system engineering AIV Management Design development Assembly, Integration Verification and Test Earth Observation Feasibility Study inter-personal relationship skills
    Degree in Aeronautical Engineering (Space System branch) at Politecnico di Milano
                97/100 on July 1990
    Degree in Philosophy (2nd degree) at Università La Sapienza di Roma 100/110 "cum laude" - July 2001
    Employer:                     OHB – Munich, Germany
    Recruitment date:          March 2011
    Present Position: Payload AIV Manager  (since 2011)
    Project:               MTG Infrared Sounder and Imager Telescope Assembly (Meteosat Thrird Generation)
    Customer(s):       Thalesaleniaspace - F; ESA - European Space Agency;
    Tasks:                - Definition of Design Development and Verification Plan at Instrument and Equipment level
    - Establishment of Development and AIV requirements in terms of model philosophy, verification methods and test matrix;
    - Support to project management for schedule optimisation, risks/opportunity identification
                              - Management of Payload Verification activities (test planning, test specification, Subcontractor ITT, AIT requirements)
    Employer:              THALES ALENIA SPACE – Rome, Italy
    Period:                 1991 - 2010
    Previous Position: Satellite AIV&T (Assembly, Integration, Verification & Test) Engineer (2004 -2010)
    Project:               GalileoSat (European Navigation Satellite System)
    Collocation:         Ottobrunn (München) as part of Astrium space segment system engineering team
    Customer(s):       ESA - European Space Agency;
    Tasks:                - Definition of AIV program at Satellite, subsystem level and inter-segment level
    - Establishment of AIV requirements in terms of model philosophy, verification criteria, test planning and execution;
                              - Technical management of Satellite AIT (Assembly, Integration & Test) Sub-contractor;
    - Monitoring, control and technical support to Satellite AIT for the specification, procurement and utilisation of GSE;
    - Support to project management for the overall satellite schedule review/optimisation, the risks identification, the selection and implementation of mitigation actions.
    - Definition of all Mechanical Satellite Test requirements (test levels, test set-up, test facility, success criteria, etc.) as guideline for test procedure preparation and test execution;
    - Review of test procedures and test results.
    - Space Segment responsible for Satellite Structural Model during qualification test campaign (in ETS-ESTEC);
    Previous Position: Mission Design Engineer (2003)
    Project:               GioveB (Collocation in Ottobrunn as part of Galileo Industries satellite system engineering team) until delta-PDR (Preliminary Design Review)
    Customer:           ESA - European Space Agency;
    Tasks:                -     Establishment of mission profile, phases, timeline and operational sequences
    -          Supervision of Mission Analyses and relevant Launcher interface aspects.
    Previous Position: Deputy of Project Manager (2002 - 2003)
    Project:               Bus of RADARSAT-2C-Band SAR Satellite (Final development Phase C/D)
    Customers:         CSA (Canadian Space Agency); MDA (MacDonald Dettwiler) as Prime Contractor
    Tasks:                - Coordination and supervision of Bus development, sub-contractor technical management and Bus requirement verification;
    -     Contribution, review and approval of Bus documentation (CDR data Package, Qualification Status Documents, Bus Verification Reports);
    -       Reporting and negotiation with customer of the unit qualification and bus verification status/approach.
    Previous Position: Satellite System Engineer In various feasibility studies for different satellite missions (1998 - 2001)
    Projects:             EGPM European Contribution to NASA Global Precipitation Mission - (ESA) Phase A
                              SMLASuperSpectral Mission for Land Applications – (ESA) Phase A
                              Actor Study of Alenia platform utilisation for ESA Earth Observation Missions Feasibility St.
                              L-SARSAT L-Band SAR Satellite:- (SAST - Shangai Academy of Space Technology) - Phase A-B
                              Clouds Cloud and Radiation monitoring satellite - EC (European Community)- Phase 0
                              SIRAL Radar Altimeter of CryoSat Remote Sensing Satellite (ESA) - Phase A
                              GalileoSat Navigation satellite Constellation (ESA) - Phase A
                              G.Marconi Data Relay Satellite for Mars (ASI-NASA) - Feasibility Study
    GOMAS GEO Observatory for Microwave Atmospheric Sounding - ASI (Italian Space Agency) - Feasibility Study
                              GIASI GEO Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer – EUMETSAT - Feasibility Study
    Tasks:                - Establishment of Satellite System requirements on the basis of: Mission & Payload requirements, Launcher System and Ground Segment constraints, Functional analysis;
    -          Coordination, supervision and contribution to system engineering activities (definition of mission profile, satellite architecture, operational concept, platform & SubSystems design, system analyses, budgets and trade-offs);
    -          Definition of preliminary design, development and validation plan; ROM (Rough Order of Magnitude) costs.
    Previous Position: Mechanical Project Responsible (1997)
    Project:               SHF Receiving Antenna for SICRAL (GEO TLC satellite) in C/D Phase
    Customer:           Department of Defence of Italy
    Tasks:                -    Definition of mechanical design;
    -          Structural mathematical modelling and analyses;
    -          Preparation of Mechanical Test Plan, supervision of tests, check of test results.
    Previous Position: Satellite mechanical System Engineer in ESA projects
    Projects:             MCP TX (Mission Communication Package Transponder) of MSG (Meteosat Second Generation) satellite: Phase C/D; (1996)
                              ARTEMIS Data Relay Satellite in GEO: C/D Phase; (1994-1995)
    At ALENIA TURIN site:
                              CTV (Crew Transfer Vehicle) Phase0 – requirement assessment (1993)
                              U.V.C.S. (UltraViolet Coronograph Spectrometer), Core part of S.O.H.O. (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) Telescope: C/D phase; (1992-1993)
    Aristoteles Satellite (Earth Observation): Pre-B study Phase; (1991)
    Tasks:                  -    Design and development of thermomechanical architecture and overall layout of space systems;
    -          System budgets and Environmental Analyses;
    -          Engineering support to Sub-contractor technical management: review of mechanical design, structural analyses, test plan and test reports
    Employer:       College: ‘Istituto Tecnico Industriale Malignani’Udine - Italy
    Position:          Teacher of ‘Automatic Systems’ and ‘Mechanics’
    Period:            November-December 1990
     “Instruments and system for CLOUDS - a Cloud and Radiation monitoring satellite”
    Proceedings of the EOS/SPIE Symposium on Remote Sensing, Sept. 25‑29, 2000, Barcelona, Spain, SPIE v.4169, p.279-290.
     “CLOUDS - a Cloud, Aerosol, Radiation and Precipitation Explorer”
    Proceedings of the 3rd IAA Symposium on Small satellites for Earth Observation, April 2-6, 2001, Berlin, pp.8 .Also in: Acta Astronautica, 52, 739-746.
    Presentation at International Forum:
     “Drone Satellites for the Global Precipitation Mission: An Opportunity for a European / Italian Contribution” International Forum on a sustainable program of Small Satellite for Space Science and Applications; September 2000, Rome
     ´Galileo – Satellite navigation System’ –  Oberfaffenhoven (München) Carl Cranz Gesellschaft e.V. - 2010 ‘Economics’ – ThalesUniversity – Rome 2009
    ‘Passport to Project Management’ - ThalesUniversity – Turin 2008;
     ‘Successful Negotiation’ – Infinity - Rome 1999;
     ‘Satellite Communication Systems’ – CEI Europe - Barcelona 1998;
     ‘Nastran Dynamic Analysis’ – MacNeal Schwendler – Turin 1997;
     ‘Professional Capability and Organisational Behaviour’ – Finmeccanica - Rome 1994;
     ‘Space Systems Engineering’ – Alenia Internal Course - Turin 1991
    Italian (Mother Language)
    English   (fluent)
    German (good)
    French (scholastic)
    Spanish (scholastic)

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