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NASA and the White House used the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing to mark the latest achievement in the development of the Orion spacecraft and reaffirm plans to use it to return humans to the moon by 2024. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 21:27:21 +0000
The SDA is preparing to host its first public meeting with space industry contractors as it tries to reassure skeptics. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000
Indeed, we were witnessing “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Nevertheless, my maternal grandmother who lived with us and was born in Eastern Europe in 1890, exclaimed, “I don’t believe it and will never believe it.” SpaceNews.com
Sat, 20 Jul 2019 04:01:20 +0000
Fifty years after Apollo 11, we are in a far better position, and so much closer, to return to the moon and send humans to Mars than we ever have been in the past. There are still many technical challenges to overcome, but the biggest challenge remains the political will to do so. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:22:00 +0000
Satellite and rocket hardware provider Ruag Space signed a contract with Firefly Aerospace to provide payload adapters for its small launch vehicles. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:00:29 +0000
During the decades since the cancellation of the Apollo program, some have used the Chinese treasure fleets of the early 1400s as a cautionary tale. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:31:29 +0000
Rocket Lab passed a milestone in the production of its Electron rocket as the company gears up for its next launch and continues work on a new launch facility. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 17:23:00 +0000
The Connect Bidco consortium told the British government that for at least three years it would keep Inmarsat’s core network operations center and skilled engineering resources in the country once the merger, expected to close late this year, is complete.  SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 15:18:10 +0000
China carried out the controlled deorbiting of its Tiangong-2 space lab into the South Pacific, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) announced Friday. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 13:36:28 +0000
Kevin O’Connell, director of the Commerce Department’s Office of Space Commerce, said the repository, called the Unified Data Library, is the first step in the transfer of some space situational awareness responsibilities as requested by the White House last year.  SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:53 +0000
The story of the Apollo program, the many heroes in the headlines and those behind-the-scenes, the unprecedented crisis and tragedies that were overcome to fulfill a martyred President’s bold promise, is a story as compelling as any great novel or Greek myth. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jul 2019 01:26:17 +0000
NASA has decided to extend the lifetimes of all eight astrophysics missions up for review, from large space telescopes to an instrument on the International Space Station. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:17:32 +0000
The U.K. will invest $34 million in small satellites, will increase support for the Combined Space Operations Center. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:00:44 +0000
History is now repeating itself. President Trump has declared he wants to send astronauts to the moon by 2024 and then Mars by 2033. But, in other words, NASA is saying to Trump the same thing it said to Bush: “You can’t do your program until you do my program.” SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:49:15 +0000
Virgin Galactic’s merger with a publicly-traded investment company is likely a one-off event based on the company and people involved, and not a sign of more fundamental changes in the industry, investors argue. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:39:00 +0000
A half-century after developing the computers that guided the Apollo missions to the moon, Draper is working on technologies that it says can enable new human and robotic missions to the moon in the near future. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 13:00:47 +0000
Just as we have built on the foundation provided by the Apollo astronauts, the next generation will build on our achievements, and future generations on theirs. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 12:00:22 +0000
As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first humans to walk on the moon, you might notice we aren’t celebrating it on the moon. Why? SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 02:44:31 +0000
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told a Senate committee July 17 that a cost estimate for landing humans on the moon by 2024 likely won’t be ready until the administration submits a budget request next February. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 01:30:08 +0000
A company Cisco is poised to buy for $2.6 billion is required to pay damages to Viasat for failing to pay royalties on a decade-old technology it used from the satellite operator.  SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:06-12-2012
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     Current job:R&D engineer / Postdoctoral Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsMechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering process, Thermal Egineering, Project and System reviews, Nanotechnology, Sub-Orbital Instrumentation, Cryogenics, Clean Room Experience, Solidworks, Electronics, FEA, Team management, Project Management
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    PERSONAL STATEMENT

    I am an experienced postdoctoral researcher in experimental astrophysics with a background in mechanical engineering and nanotechnology, which has prepared me to be a creative problem solver, and makes me comfortable in multidisciplinary environments.
    Proficient in developing projects, managing research teams, and ensuring efficient project completion, and skilled in designing and testing mechanical, electrical, and cryogenic elements, I like to consider myself an “Über Engineer” or engineer of everything. I am seeking to apply my knowledge and experience to an industry position with dynamic, growing organization.
    If you are looking for a passionate individual, a doer, somebody with a broad spectrum of knowledge and leadership skills, I am the right person for you.

    EDUCATION

    • PhD in Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA | GPA 3.96 | July 2013
    • MS in Physics and Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA | GPA 3.93 | May 2010
    • BS in Mechanical Engineering, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy | GPA 3.78 | July 2006

    EXPERIENCE

    Postdoctoral Researcher | 06/2014-Present
    University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Philadelphia, PA 
    • Design, build, and test mechanical, electrical, and cryogenic elements for the BLAST-TNG experiment, a $6M+ stratospheric telescope successor and enhanced version of BLASTPol.
    • Act as technical liaison between NASA-CSBF ballooning engineers, and the BLAST experiment.
    • Maintain and monitor operations, and logistics for the ACT-Pol experiment, a $2M+ telescope at 17000ft in the Atacama Desert of Chile. Each night of observing is valued ~$30,000.
    • Manage project logistics nationally and internationally.
    • Maintain relationships with vendors, and responsible of direct purchasing operations for ~$100K- $200K/year.
    • As the senior postdoc in the Devlin lab, I supervise a team of 3-4 doctoral students, undergraduates, and oversee newly appointed postdocs and staff.
    http://sites.northwestern.edu/blast/

    Postdoctoral Researcher | 09/2013 - 06/2014
    University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Philadelphia, PA
    • Designed and developed a microfluidic technique to synthesize mono disperse microbubbles with tunable shell properties for biomedical applications. A patent was filed.
    • Collaborated with Johnson & Johnson, Rutgers University, and the MIT for water permeability studies of a model stratum corneum lipid membrane.
    http://www.seas.upenn.edu/~leegroup/index.html

    Research Assistant | 09/2008-07/2013
    University of Pennsylvania, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Philadelphia, PA
    • Worked on BLASTPol, a $5M+ fully-automated flying robotic telescope observatory, for a project in collaboration with NASA, and international institutions and universities.
    • Upgraded the design of a cryogenic gear train to operate and spin a half wave plate at 4K.
    • Improved the warm optics structural and mechanical design, and successfully implemented and assembled the new design.
    • Managed cryogenic receiver, detectors, and relative readout electronics.
    • Deployed to Antarctica for a total of about 8 months. Supervised integration, flight, observation, and coordinated the recovery of BLASTPol in both 2010-2011, and 2012-2013 campaigns.
    • Contributed on target selection, data analysis, and instrument characterization. http://devlinlab.info/projects/blast/index.php

    Visiting Scholar | 06/2007 - 09/2008
    Harvard University, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Cambridge, MA
    • Exploited droplet-based microfluidic techniques to develop a high-throughput assay for monoclonal antibody screening. A patent was filed.
    • Studied and optimized flow dynamics applied to microfluidic devices to encapsulate single beads in water in oil droplets.
    • Generated double emulsions with carbon nanofibers’ outer shell.
    http://weitzlab.seas.harvard.edu/

    Research Assistant  | 07/2006 - 03/2008
    National Research Council - Nanoscience Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    • Developed an innovative technique to realize multilayer microstructures using optical lithographic techniques. These were used as templates for the manufacture of microfluidic devices.
    • Performed basic studies on fluid dynamics in micro channels.
    http://www.nano.cnr.it/

    TEACHING

    University of Pennsylvania | 2008 - 2010
    Laboratory instructor and grader for first year and advanced physics & astronomy courses. Held office hours and provided individual instruction and attention to students.

    SKILLS

    MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
    • Design, analysis and validation of mechanical components
    • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
    • FARO laser tracker
    • 3D reverse engineering
    • Common machine shop equipment (mill, lathe, etc.)

    THERMAL ENGINEERING
    • Study and design of thermal components for Near-Space and sub-Kelvin instrumentation

    CRYOGENICS
    • High Vacuum applications and cryogenic liquids handling including liquid Nitrogen and liquid Helium

    ANALOG & DIGITAL ELECTRONICS
    • Design, validation and assembly of electronic printed circuit boards (PCB)
    • Electronic laboratory equipment (Oscilloscope, Spectrum Analyzer)

    OPTICAL ENGINEERING
    • Sub-mm and millimeter optical measurement and instrumentation

    NANO FABRICATION & CHARACTERIZATION
    • Clean room experience
    • Mask Aligner MJB3, MA4, EVG 620
    • QCM-D

    CAD
    • Solid Works
    • AutoCAD
    • Siemens NX
    • Eagle PCB
    • LTSpice

    APPLICATIONS
    • LaTeX
    • MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Mathematica
    • MATLAB
    • Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop, and Illustrator

    PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES
    • Python
    • IDL

    FURTHER SKILLS
    • Research & Development
    • Systems engineering process
    • Project and system reviews
    • Documents and proposal writing, management, and presentation
    • Team management and Leadership

    TRAINING

    NASA crane operator, cleanroom facility safety, management of laboratory waste, laboratory safety, machine-shop safety, university purchasing card training.

    PUBLICATIONS AND PATENTS

    Two patents in the field of microfluidics, and multiple scientific publications in peer reviewed journals. For a full list and details please visit https://goo.gl/suCrdI .

    RECOGNITIONS

    2010 - Antarctica Service Medal of the United States of America.


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