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     Date Submitted:14-03-2012
     Last Modified:14-03-2012 (12:08)
    Job information
     Current job:Operations Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAerospace Engineer Ph.D. International Experience (NASA JSC) Fluent English Dynamic and curious
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    Personal information
    Nationality Italian

    Work experience

    Dates (from-to) from October 2011
    Occupation held: Operations Engineer
    Name and address of employer: Altec S.p.A. – Corso Marche 79 – Torino (TO) Italy
    Sector: Operations Engineering
    Main activities and responsibilities: I am following projects in collaboration with ESA, ASI, NASA and also the European Community. I am working in the field of Exploration Activities within the CAFE (Concepts for Activities in the Field for Exploration) ESA project and also as Sustain Engineer on the ISS module PMM (Permanent Multi-Purpose Module). I have just been assigned to an ALTEC Internal Managing Project in order to grow my organization and management skills and I will hold the position of Biomedicine System Engineer for the scientific utilization of ALTEC facilities.

    Dates (from-to) from October 2010 to October 2011
    Occupation held: ISS Sustaining Engineer and ASI/ALTEC Liaison Officer at Johnson Space Center – Houston
    Name and address of employer: Altec S.p.A. – Corso Marche 79 – Torino (TO) Italy
    Sector: Liaison Office/Sustaining Engineering
    Main activities and responsibilities: I worked as ASI (Italian Space Agency) Liaison Officer and as Sustaining Engineer for ISS (International Space Station) activities at the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. I supported the launch and the docking maneuvers of the PMM (Permanent Multi-Purpose Module) as well as the last two Space Shuttle flights (STS134, with the Italian astronaut R. Vittori, and the last Space Shuttle flight STS135).

    Dates (from-to) from February 2010
    Occupation held: Operations Engineer
    Name and address of employer: Altec S.p.A. – Corso Marche 79 – Torino (TO) Italy
    Sector: Operations Engineering
    Main activities and responsibilities: I worked on several projects, most of which in partnership with ASI, ESA and NASA. I took part in the creation of a Mars terrain simulator equipped also with a low pressure/low gravity tunnel, in order to recreate real Martian atmosphere conditions. I took part in STEPS project, with competence on orbital mechanics (use of Spice toolkit - C programming), and also on MPLM - PMM project. I was in charge of the Thermal Control System (TCS) console for Columbus (ISS component) in case of leave of the permanent.

    Dates (from-to) from November 2006 to October 2009
    Occupation held: Researcher / Ph.D. student
    Name and address of employer: Avio S.p.A. – Via Primo Maggio 99 – Rivalta di Torino (TO) Italy
    Sector: Heat Transfer Engineering
    Main activities and responsibilities: I read up the behavior of the clearances in aeronautics turbine in order to find out a way to optimize them. I worked with a thermo-fluid-mechanical application, in order to integrate those several aspects of the turbine (CFD, FlowMaster, Patran Thermal). I used statistical analysis software (Minitab) to find out the significant parameters (i.e. flow path temperature, active clearance control flows, etc) in the behavior of the clearance. I also had an interface role between the R&D Department and the Turbine Design Department.

    Dates (from-to) from November 2005 to April 2006
    Occupation held Intern : Stage in Avio R&D in order to get the Specialist Degree
    Name and address of employer: Avio S.p.A. – Via Primo Maggio 99 – Rivalta di Torino (TO) Italy
    Sector: Aerodynamics - Fluid Dynamics Engineering
    Main activities and responsibilities I worked on aerodynamic optimization of turbine blades using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software package and making a sensitivity analysis of the blade geometry through the Design of Experiments (DOE) method.

    Dates (from-to) from February 2005 to November 2005
    Occupation held: Scholarship awarded - Collaboration with the University of Rome “La Sapienza”
    Name and address of employer: Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza” – Facoltà di Ingegneria – Via Eudossiana 18 - Roma
    Main activities and responsibilities: Information and library services at the Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering Department of the University of Rome “La Sapienza”

    Dates August 2002/ August 2003
    Occupation held Collaborate
    Name and address of employer: ONLUS A.L.I.C.E., Rome
    Main activities and responsibilities: Several mansions of collaboration and voluntary work.

    Dates (from-to) From 1998 to 2000
    Occupation held: Technical adviser for computer engineering under tutor supervision.
    Name and address of employer: Softlab Sector Computer Engineering
    Main activities and responsibilities: Production of documentation and assistance during the migration IMI-SanPaolo.

    Education and training

    Dates (from) from November 2006 – April 2010
    Position held: Ph.D. student in Aerospace Engineering
    University: University of Rome “La Sapienza”
    Principal Subjects/Occupational skills covered: Research activity into Heat Transfer Engineering for Turbo Machinery, particularly concerning the clearance between blades and casing in order to increase the efficiency and reduce the fuel consumption. Knowledge of Patran Thermal, Marc, FlowMaster, Minitab software applications.
    Thesis “Approccio multidisciplinare per il progetto di sistemi di controllo per la gestione attiva delle clearance nelle turbine aeronautiche.” (“Multidisciplinary approach to the design of active clearance control systems in the aeronautics turbine”)
    Date: 20 April 2010

    Dates (from-to) from 2003 to 2005
    University: University of Rome “La Sapienza” – Space Engineering Department
    Principal Subjects/Occupational skills covered: Principal subject covered: - Space Propulsion - Turbo Machinery System - Rocket Engine - Combustion - Gas Dynamics - Thermo Fluid Dynamics
    Title of qualification awarded Space Engineering Master Degree (2 years)
    Thesis “Verifica e progettazione aerodinamica di turbine aeronautiche e spaziali secondo metodologie di design innovativo in Avio S.p.A.” (“Aerodynamic inspection and design of turbine for aeronautics and space according to innovative design method in Avio S.p.A.”)
    Date: 01 June 2006 (2004/2005 Academic Year) The aim of this project is the optimization of turbine blades in order to attempt the High Stage Loading philosophy. For this purpose, knowledge of several algorithms of optimization (DOE and genetic algorithms) was necessary. Level in national classification 108/110

    Dates (from-to) from 2000 to 2003
    University: University of Rome “La Sapienza” - Aerospace Engineering Department
    Principal Subjects/Occupational skills covered Principal subject covered: - Aerospace Propulsion - Mathematics - Flight Mechanics - Aerodynamics - Structure for Aerospace
    Title of qualification awarded Space Engineering First Level (Bachelor) Degree (3 years)
    Thesis “Analisi di Missione di un lanciatore multistadio” (“Multi Stage Rocket Mission Analysis”). Date: 20 February 2004 (2002/2003 Academic Year) The aim of this project is the creation of a numerical code (using Mathematica) to calculate the mission of a multistage rocket during its different phases of flight. VEGA rocket was used as sample. Level in national classification 103/110

    Dates (from-to) from 1994 to 1999
    High school Liceo Classico “Gaio Lucilio”
    Title of qualification awarded Diploma Date July 1999 Level in national classification 82/100

    Personal skills and competences

    Mother tongue Italian
    Other languages
    English Understanding: good Speaking: good Writing: good
    French Understanding: basic Writing: basic

    Social skills and competences
    I am able to live and work in multicultural environments. I can collaborate with people from different cultures and I am also a keen team worker. My experience at Johnson Space Center was important to improve my English and my relationship skills and to understand the importance of team working. I am still wishing to set out on business trips or to take up work experiences abroad.

    Technical skills and competences
    - OS: Windows, Linux (Red Hat)
    - Applications: MSC Patran Thermal / Marc, Femap, Traf (CFD), FlowMaster , ModeFrontier, Mathematica, Matlab, MS Office
    - Machine languages: C (basic), Fortran (basic)

    Interests - Design - Sports (Swimming) - Arts - Reading

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