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     Date Submitted:30-09-2012
     Last Modified:01-10-2013 (07:57)
    Job information
     Current job:Aerospace Engineering Consultant
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsExpert in Satellite payload equipment design and procurement


    Sex:  Male | Date of birth: 07/08/1963 | Nationality: United States of America






    Feb 2012 to Present

      System Engineering Consultant


    LUXSPACE Sarl, Betzdorf, LUXEMBURG


    • Maintain EDRS-C TT&R S/S requirements traceability to equipment level requirements and S/S Statement of Compliance

    • Assess Supplier’s technical proposal documents and associated SoC(s) to Equipment Specifications, SOW and General Environmental Requirements, as well as eventual RFDs

    • Evaluate Supplier’s Datapackage, prepare RIDs on ECLIPSE and support Equipment level reviews

    • Prepare engineering documents for Subsystem and Satellite Reviews (Design, Development & Verification Plan, Verification Control Document, Trade-off Analyses, Equipment Specifications, S/S SoC(s), etc.)

    • Provide technical guidance to system engineering team, manage technical interface with suppliers and monitor TT&R equipment development on-site, as needed


    Sept 2011 to Jan 2012

      Supply Chain Management Consultant


    OHB Systems AG, Bremen, GERMANY


    • Established subcontracts by performing RFP, RFQ and ITT campaigns (MTG program)

    • Supported “fair practice” proposal evaluation reviews to select the best supplier

    • Pursued long-term agreements with suppliers for multi-program purchasing (on MTG, EDRS-C, SGEO, and others)

    • Implemented process improvements for SCM and procurement in general


    Feb 2011 to Jan 2012

      Program Monitor


    ORBITAL Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, USA


    • Performed weekly visits to Supplier’s facility (TAS-Italy) and supported teleconferences to review Telemetry and Beacon Transmitter equipment production status, verify performance and ensure compliance to committed schedule

    • Provided insight on Supplier’s production capacity and manpower commitment in order to evaluate schedule risk

    • Provided weekly status reports and notified ORBITAL of any eventual technical problems that may impact both cost and schedule

    • Performed equipment inspections and hybrid module pre-cap(s) as needed


    Feb 2010 to Feb 2011

      Project Management and System Engineering Consultant


    EFACEC Sistemas de Electrónica, S.A., Porto, PORTUGAL


    • Conducted status review, progress reporting and formal presentation to customer (ESA)

    • Coordinated integration and testing of TDP8 subsystem (particle spectrometer and test bed system to evaluate radiation effects on certain component topologies) destined to fly on ALPHASAT

    • Managed validation/verification of all ESA equipment requirements and of compatibility with ASTRIUM satellite-level environmental requirements

    • Provided consultancy to EMC testing and trouble-shooting support

    • Supported flight operational software validation with good knowledge of TC/TM protocols, FOM and FOP documentation

    • Supported Data package document preparation and review


    July 2005 to Jan 2010


      Head of Telecommunication Products Group


    Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A., Rome, ITALY (formerly Alcatel Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.)


    • Payload Product Line Manager: was responsible for team of design engineers with goals of performance improvement as well as incremental cost reduction on all equipment. Role involved optimization and coordination of resources to support on-going projects and particular attention to Hi-Rel issues such as manufacturing processes, component selection and radiation hardening

    • Project Manager: was in charge of expenditures and maintaining schedule, from design through production phase, on flight equipment : TDP5 Q/V Converter/FGU subsystem destined to fly on ALPHASAT and NSS-14 LNAs

    • Lead Center Manager of LNA, Specific Rx, and FGU product lines: was responsible for road-map of combined future R&D from both Italian and French sides, in particular, for next generation Ka LNA

    • Contributed to technical proposal preparation and cost analysis for recurring payload equipment offers as well as emerging product developments, especially in Ka band, sponsored by both the Italian Space Agency and ESA


    Sept 1996 to June 2005

      Project Leader


    Alenia Spazio S.p.A., Rome, ITALY


    • Was responsible for design and development phase of RF & microwave telecommunication equipment, including Low Noise Amplifiers, Converters and Receiver units, destined to fly on commercial (and military) satellite payloads. Contributed on programs: SIRIUS (CD RADIO), Atlantic Bird 1, AMOS 2, NIMIQ 2, KOREASAT 5 and SICRAL 1B

    • Developed highly producible Ka-band equipment for next generation multi-media satellite payloads on EuroSkyWay

    • General responsibilities included: coordination of design team effort, scheduling of project milestones, cost account management, issuing of flight documentation, verification of first production alignment and test, and formal presentation of design and qualification model performance to customer


    April 1996 to Aug 1996

      Test Engineering Consultant


    Andromeda Sistemi, Rome, ITALY


    • Was responsible for alignment and test of flight level RF and microwave equipment for Alenia Spazio commercial production


    Jan 1995 to March 1996

      Senior Design Engineer


    Officine Galileo Space Division, Florence, ITALY


    • Was responsible for integration, test and overall performance of Ka-band radiometric receiver, Multi-frequency Imaging, Microwave Radiometer (MIMR) Demonstrator

    • Designed microwave and millimeter-wave Radiometer/RADAR receiver subsystems for various ESA programs

    • Promoted CAD microwave system/circuit simulation software, HP-EESOF

    • Integrated and tested Ka-band frequency translator flight model for Alenia Spazio program, CASSINI


    May 1990 to Dec 1994

      Senior Design Engineer


    SMA (Segnalamento Marittimo ed Aereo), Florence, ITALY


    • Collaborated in design and test of microwave integrated circuits and modules for Ka-band frequency translator EQM of Alenia Spazio program, CASSINI

    • Managed the electrical design of microwave frequency multiplexer for experimental Q and W band radiometer receivers on ESA program, RADET

    • Contributed preliminary designs of receiver front-ends and general technical support to development phase of ESA program, MIMR

    • Developed a low-cost synthesizer for the telecommunication market which included the design of  low phase noise PLL, fractional-N digital divider, and Ku-band X4 multiplier


    July 1985 to March 1990

      Microwave Engineer


    Westinghouse  Electronic Systems Group, Baltimore, Maryland, USA


    • Designed S, C, X, and Ku-band hybrid amplifiers and multi-function modules, directed technician support, and conducted tests for military radar subsystems








    1981 to 1985

    Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering



    Case Western Reserve University (in Cleveland, Ohio, USA)


    Major in RF & Microwave Communications






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    Levels: A1/2: Basic user – B1/2: Independent user – C1/2 Proficient user

    Common European Framework of Reference for Languages



    Communication skills

    Strive for improved understanding between contractor/supplier and customer (present role as technical interface between supplier and prime/customer - comfortable and confident in multi-national team environment)


    Organisational / managerial skills

    Strong spirit of collaboration either through leading or supporting team efforts (have lead teams of design engineers; currently providing technical guidance to "young" system engineering team)


    Job-related skills


    §  Well developed trouble-shooting instincts (thanks to extensive RF & microwave experience)

    §  Vigilant to quality and product assurance according to ECSS standards (currently in Consultant role for ESA program: EDRS-C)

    §  Effective written communication (most recent experience in preparing spec(s), document evaluations, RFD assessments and various subsystem technical documents)


    Computer skills

    §  Proficient with Word, Excel and Powerpoint through 20+ years as user

    §  Beginners experience with DOORS


    Other skills

    §  Licensed sailing - through experience with "Granlasco" Sailing School plus 6 years of winter regatta competition

    §  Novice golfer; avid runner


    Driving licence

    Italian: A & B




    Honours and awards

    US Patent No. 5426437 (1995), "Integrated Optical Distribution of Control Signals in a T/R Module Uni-structure Antenna"



    Rudolf Halm


    (Retired from) ESTEC, Noordwijk,

    The Netherlands


    Kevin Goodey


    ESTEC, Noordwijk,

    The Netherlands

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