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     Date Submitted:14-08-2012
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     Current job:Post-doctoral associate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordssystems engineering, system architecture, remote sensing, Earth science
    CV

    EDUCATION

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    09/2008 to 06/2012

     

    PhD in Space Systems   (Adviser: Prof. Ed Crawley)

     

    Doctoral dissertation: “Rule-based System Architecture of Earth Observation Satellite Systems”, May 2012. Doctoral committee: Prof. E. Crawley, Prof. D. Miller, Prof. R. Prinn, Prof. D. Staelin, C. Scolese (NASA).

    Research interests: Space systems, systems engineering and architecture, remote sensing, Earth science, multidisciplinary design and architecture optimization, and artificial intelligence.

    Major: Space systems engineering. Main courses: satellite engineering, fundamentals of systems engineering, space systems engineering, system architecture, multidisciplinary design optimization, engineering risk benefit analysis, optimization methods, advanced symbolic programming. GPA: 4.9/5.0.

    Minor(Prof. Dave Staelin): Earth science and remote sensing. Main courses: global climate change, physics and chemistry of the atmosphere, inference and information, techniques of remote sensing, atmospheric radiation. GPA: 5.0/5.0.

     

    Ecole Nationale Superieure de l'Aeronautique et de l'espace (SUPAERO)

    Toulouse, France

    09/2002 to 06/2004

     

    Diplome d'Ingenieur”, Engineering degree, equivalent to a MS

     

    Thesis(Advisers: Prof. Alain Carriere and Mr. Jean-Francois Rios): “A statistical model for aerodynamic losses in jet blades as a function of airfoil geometry”, research conducted at Snecma Moteurs in Villaroche, Paris.

    Major: Aeronautics and astronautics. Main courses: Flight dynamics, aerodynamics, propulsion, structure mechanics, structure dynamics, feedback control, CAD (Catia 4), numerical methods. Ranked 7th out of 180.

     

    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC, ETSETB)

    Barcelona, Spain

     09/1998 to 06/2002

    Enginyer de telecomunicacio”, Electrical Engineering degree, equivalent to a MS

     

    Major: Electrical Engineering. Main courses: Calculus, algebra, physics, electronics, programming (C, Java), analog and digital signal processing, RF electronics, analog and digital communication systems, remote sensing. GPA: 8/10, ranked in top 6% of 400+ students.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN INDUSTRY

     

    Arianespace

    Kourou, French Guiana

    09/2004 to 09/2008

    Ariane 5 Electrical Systems Engineer,  Launch Division (Mr. Patrick Lucet)

    (4 years)

    Member of the Ariane 5 Launch Team. Successfully launched 21 Ariane 5, including the first launch of three new versions: A5ECA, A5ES, A5GS.

    GN&C and avionics subsystems specialist: During launch campaigns, conducted or supervised all operations of the flight control subsystem: on-board computer, IMU, gyrometers, MIL-STD-1553 buses, sensors (e.g. pressure, temperature, vibrations, shocks, displacement), actuators. This included participating in the resolution of technical anomalies appearing during campaigns.

    Assistant to the ground facilities manager: During launch campaigns, management of the teams performing operations on the ground facilities including transfers of the launch vehicle + launch table from integration facility to launch pad (50+ people team).

    Ground software generation manager: Between launch campaigns, responsible for the technical and financial management of the ground software generation team (5-7 people team). Resident technical expert on the electrical test beds and simulators of the Ariane 5 rocket.

     

    RESARCH AND TEACHING EXPERIENCE

     

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    Since 06/2012

    Post-doctoral associate, Space Systems Architecture Group (Prof. Ed Crawley)

    Participated in research grant with NASA GSFC: “System architecture study of the NASA Space Communication and Navigation Program”. (Dr. Bernie Seery). Conducted a stakeholder analysis to elicit needs for the next generation of relay satellites and ground stations. Developed a systems engineering tool to explore the design trade space for several key architectural decisions of the SCAN program.

     

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    09/2008 to 06/2012

    Research Assistant, Space Systems Architecture Group (Prof. Ed Crawley)

    Engaged in several research projects funded by NASA GSFC, NASA HQ, and Draper Laboratory, involving systems architecture studies of large complex space systems, mostly carrying remote sensing instruments.

    Methods: multi-objective combinatorial optimization, applications of artificial intelligence to decision support tools, reliability theory, design under uncertainty, data analysis, inference and estimation.

    Applications: Assessing the potential for commonality in portfolios of GN&C systems (2008). System architecting of Earth observation satellite systems (2009-2012), including retrospective studies on ESA’s Envisat and NASA’s Earth Observing System, and forward-looking studies on ESA’s Post EPS, NASA’s Earth Science Decadal Survey, and Iridium’s GEOScan.

     

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Cambridge, MA

    Summer 2011

    Teaching Assistant, Systems Engineering and Architecture Short Professional Course  (Prof. Ed Crawley)

    Cotaught the practical part of the MIT short professional course on Systems Engineering and Architecture, taught by Prof. Ed Crawley and Prof. Dov Dori.

     

    European Space Agency (ESTEC)

    Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    Summer 2009

    Earth Observation Programmes Directorate, Future Missions Division (Mr. Miguel Aguirre)

    Engaged in the study of the trade-off between large multi-instrument platforms and dedicated satellites in Earth observing programs. Performed a comprehensive historical review and a qualitative analysis of the technical and non-technical advantages of both options. Created a quantitative model to explore the architectural tradespace using different metrics (lifecycle cost, cost overrun, schedule slippage, time to science, operational risk -time to failure-, and scientific performance).

     

    Snecma Moteurs

    Paris, France

    03/2004 to 09/2004

    Intern, Numerical Methods group, Gas Turbines division (Mr. Jean-Francois Rios)

    MS Thesis: “A new 2D model for aerodynamic losses in jet blades as a function of the airfoil geometry”. Developed and tested a new model that correlates aerodynamic losses in jet blades to the airfoil geometric parameters. This model was subsequently integrated in a 2D CFD meridian code resulting in an improvement of the code's performance.

     

    Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya

    Barcelona, Spain

    Summer 2003

    Research Assistant, Remote Sensing Laboratory (Prof. Adriano Camps)

    Participated in the REFLEX (REFerence Pixel L-band Experiment) measurement campaign, sponsored by the ESA in preparation of the SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) mission. Led a measurement campaign (REFLEX 03) of the L-band emissivity of vineyards using multiangular radiometric measurements. Processed the data with Matlab and studied the effect of vegetation parameters in the soil moisture retrieval process.

     

    HONORS AND AWARDS

     

    Ø  Acta Astronautica, most downloaded paper May-June 2012

    Ø  MIT MISTI and MISTI 2.0 scholarships for international projects (2010 and 2011)

    Ø  “La Caixa” fellowship for graduate studies (2008-2010)

    Ø  Finalist (ranked 3rd amongst 168 teams), Euromanager competition, 2003.

    Ø  Recipient of the “Nortel Networks” prize (given to the 10 highest ranked 4th year students at UPC, 2002)

    Ø  Silver medal, Spanish Chemistry National Olympics (1998)

     

    SKILLS

     

    Ø  Languages: Spanish and Catalan (mother tongues); French: Bilingual after 6 years living in France; English: Fluent after four years living in the US (TOEFL 112/120 in 2008); German: Basic level (1st year of studies 2009-2010). 

    Ø  Programming languages: C, Java, Matlab, LISP (MIT Scheme), CLIPS, ADA, Perl, Fortran, HTML, JavaScript.

    Ø  Engineering Software Packages: MATLAB (proficient), STK (official STK certification acquired in December 2009), Microsoft Excel (proficient), Fluent, Catia 4.0, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Project.

     

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

     

    Ø  D. Selva and D. Krejci; “Survey and assessment of the capabilities of Cubesats for Earth observation”, Acta Astronautica Volume 74, May–June 2012, Pages 50–68

    Ø  D. Selva, “Rule-based system architecture of Earth Observation Satellite Systems”, Doctoral dissertation, submitted to the MIT department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, May 22 2012.

    Ø  D. Selva and E.F. Crawley; “A Rule-Based Decision Support Tool for Architecting Earth Observing Missions”, 2012 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 3-10 2012.

    Ø  D. Selva and E.F. Crawley; “Exploring Packaging Architectures for the Earth Science Decadal Survey”, 2011 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 4-12 2011.

    Ø  D. Selva and E.F. Crawley; “Integrated Assessment of Packaging Architectures in Earth Observing Programs”, 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 6-13 2010.

    Ø  J. Krueger, D. Selva, M. Smith and J. Keesee; “Constellation and Spacecraft Design for a Continuous Responsive Imaging System in Space », AIAA Space 2009 Conference & Exposition, Pasadena, California, September 2009.

    Ø  Merce Vall-Llossera, Adriano Camps, Ignasi Corbella, Francesc Torres, Nuria Duffo, Alessandra Monerris, Roberto Sabia, Daniel Selva, Carmen Antolin, Ernesto Lopez-Baeza, Joan Ferran Ferrer and Kauzar Saleh; “SMOS REFLEX 03: L-band emissivity characterization of vineyards”, IEEE TGRS Vol 43, num 5, May 2005

     

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

     

    Ø  Memberships: the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Planetary Society, and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).

    Ø  Service: Treasurer and former active member of a student association at the UPC: AESS (Aerospace and Robotics Student Society). Successfully organized several activities related with robotics and space including a national Robot contest, and several conferences, symposia, and workshops.

    Ø  Sports: Tennis (MIT Intramural Team Tennis champion in 2008 and 2011), Running (several 5k and 10k races, completed a marathon in 04:15:00 in Kourou, French Guiana, May 2008), Soccer, Trekking.

    Ø  Other activities: Piano.


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