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     Date Submitted:27-03-2012
     Last Modified:28-03-2012 (07:55)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD Research Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsOrbit Determination, Navigation, Radio Science, Cassini, BepiColombo, Juno
    CV

    Summary of Qualifications

     

    Experience in orbit determination methods for the analysis of radio science data from space missions. Wide knowledge of dedicated applications and softwares. Ability to analyze information and evaluate results to choose the best solution and solve problems. Capable of providing documentation and reports to tell others about research results and perspectives. Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and capability of team working.

     

    Professional Experience

     

    Radio Science Laboratory - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale - “Sapienza” University of Rome

    Research Assistant                            2009 – Present

    ·       Analysis of Cassini mission data for the determination of the gravity field of Saturn and its satellites using DPTRAJ-ODP software from NASA-JPL.

    ·       Determination of Rhea’s gravity field. Analysis of the correlations between gravity and topography.

    ·       Determination of Enceladus’ gravity field. Evaluation of the possible presence of a subsurface concentration of liquid water under the South Pole.

    ·       Determination of Titan’s gravity field. Estimate of eccentricity tides.

    ·       Development of software and tools to improve the orbit determination process.

    ·       Analysis of future missions profiles to assess the feasibility of radio science experiments.

     

    Caltech/NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Pasadena (CA), United States

    Visiting Researcher                             June 2011 – October 2011

    ·       Analysis of Cassini data for the determination of Titan’s eccentricity tides. Estimate of Love number k2.

    ·       Development of software and tools to improve the orbit determination process.

    ·       Estimate of Enceladus gravity field starting from its topography. Development of software and tools to perform this task.

     

    Skills

     

    Theoretical background:

    ·      Orbit determination methods and matrix calculations algorithms.

    ·      Batch processing algorithms.

    ·      Tracking systems for deep space telecommunications.

    Computer Science:

    ·      Professional scientific computing and advanced programming using FORTRAN and MATLAB.

    ·      Good knowledge and experience with orbit determination software DPTRAJ/ODP.

    ·      Good knowledge of Windows, Unix e Mac OSX. Excellent experience with Microsoft Office programs (including MS-Word, MS-Excel, MS-PowerPoint) and with Adobe Acrobat Professional.

    ·      Good knowledge of Adobe Photoshop

     

     

    Education

     

    2010– International School Of Aerospace Engineering Applications – “Estimation Theory” – July 12-16, 2010, Bertinoro, Italy.

     

    2009– Starts a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at “Sapienza” University of Rome. Area of study: Radio Science data analysis for the determination of planets and satellites gravity fields.

     

    2009– Second Level Degree/Master in Astronautical Engineering.  “Sapienza” University of Rome. Final degree mark: 110 (out of 110) cum laude.Dissertation: The effects of topography on the estimate of Rhea’s gravity field. Advisor: Prof. Luciano Iess. Exams with mark:

     

    Fluid Dynamics

    27/30

    Space Flight Dynamics

    30/30

    Mathematical methods for engineering

    30/30

    Space Environment and Instrumentation

    30/30

    Space Technologies

    30/30

    Physics for aerospace engineering

    30/30

    Electronical Systems for space communication

    30/30

    Satellite guide and navigation systems

    29/30

    Interplanetary trajectories

    30/30

    Nanotechnologies

    30/30

    Mission design

    30/30

    Propulsion systems

    27/30

    Remote sensing systems

    28/30

     

     

    2009– TOEFL IBT. Score: 106/120.

     

    2007– First Level Degree/Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering. “Sapienza” University of Rome. Final degree mark: 110 (out of 110) cum laude. Dissertation: Combined cycle engines. Advisor: Prof. Fausto Gamma. Exams with mark:

     

    Mathematics

    27/30

    Geometry and Algebra

    29/30

    Aerospace basics

    28/30

    Physics I

    30/30

    Chemistry

    30/30

    Informatics

    30/30

    Thermodynamics

    27/30

    Economics

    30/30

    Differential Calculus

    30/30

    Electromagnetisms

    30/30

    Aerospace materials

    23/30

    Numerical analysis

    24/30

    Aerodynamics

    30/30

    Mechanical Drawing

    27/30

    Electrical Engineering

    30/30

    Applied Mechanics

    30/30

    Physics laboratory

    30/30

    Structural Analysis and Design

    25/30

    Aeronautical Plants

    27/30

    Aerospace propulsion

    30/30

    Aerospace structural Analysis

    24/30

    Partial Derivate Equations

    30/30

    Flight Dynamics

    30/30

    Propulsion Laboratory

    30/30

    Aerospace Technologies

    30/30

    Mathematcal models for mechanics

    28/30

     

    2004– Secondary school Diploma, Scientific Certificate. Final mark: 100/100.

     

    2003- First Certificate in English (FCE), University of Cambridge.  Score: B.

     

     

    Publications & Presentations

     

    o    M. Ducci, L.Iess, Titan tides, Titan Surface Workshop, Caltech, Pasadena (CA)

    o    M. Ducci, L.Iess, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, R. Jacobson, N. Rappaport, D.J. Stevenson, P. Tortora, Enceladus’ gravity field inferred from range rate measurements of the spacecraft Cassini, EGU 2011, Vienna

    o   M. Ducci, L. Iess, B. Giese, R. Mackenzie, The effect of Tirawa impact basin on the determination of Rhea’s gravity, X Italian Planetary Science Congress, January 17-21, 2011, Bormio (SO).

    o   M. Ducci, L. Iess, B. Giese, R. Mackenzie, Rhea: a reorientation event detected from gravity measurements of the spacecraft Cassini, European Planetary Science Congress, September 19-24, 2010, Rome.

    o   M. Ducci, L.Iess, F.Barbaglio, Enceladus Gravity Field Analysis, Cassini Radio Science Team Meeting, June 11, 2010, Munich.

    o   L.Iess, R. Jacobson, M. Ducci, D.J. Stevenson, J. I. Lunine, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, P. Racioppa, N. Rappaport, P. Tortora, Titan’s Eccentricity Tides, AGU 2011, San Francisco.

    o   L.Iess, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, M. Ducci, R. Jacobson, N. Rappaport, D.J. Stevenson, P. Tortora, The Gravity Field of Enceladus, EPSC-DPS Joint Meeting 2011, Nantes.

    o    P. Racioppa, L. Iess, M. Ducci, Titan gravity and tides, X Italian Planetary Science Congress, January 17-21, 2011, Bormio (SO).

    o   L.Iess, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, M. Ducci, R. Jacobson, N. Rappaport, D.J. Stevenson, P. Tortora, The Gravity Field of Enceladus, AGU 2010, San Francisco.

    o   P. Tortora, J. W. Armstrong, S. W. Asmar, M. Ducci, F. Barbaglio, L. Iess, R. Jacobson, M. Zannoni, N. Rappaport, P. Racioppa, Determination of Saturn’s gravity field from four dedicated flyby in the prime and equinox mission, EGU 2010, Vienna.

    o   L. Iess, B. Giese, R. Mackenzie, M. Ducci, Rhea: a reorientation event detected from gravity and topography, Cassini Project Science Group Meeting, June, 22-25, 2009, London.

     

    Languages

     

                      English: good writing and speaking skills.

     

    Other experiences and skills

     

    As a volunteer I have been involved for seven years as a Scout Leader for the Italian Scout Association (AGESCI) organizing educational activities for young boys. I cooperated with the Harambee development project Ong taking part in two three weeks camps in Kenya in 2004 and in Ethiopia in 2009.

     

    Hobbies

     

    PADI Open Water Scuba Diving Patent. Basketball player for 8 years


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