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     Date Submitted:07-12-2012
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    Academic career

     

    1981 - 1986     Liceo Classico Ist. Nazareth, Rome. 

     

    July 1986          Licenza liceale classica, grade: 60/60 cum laude.

     

    23 June 1994   Laurea degree in Physics at Rome University 

                             "La Sapienza" 

                             Thesis's title: Surface photometry of face-on spiral galaxies,

                             grade: 107/110 

                             Advisors: Dr. G. Natali and Prof. P. Giannone

     

    17 May 1995    Beginning of graduate school in Physics 

                             at the University of Trieste

     

     

    1997-1998      Visiting student at the Ohio-State University

                            Columbus, Ohio.

     

    Jan.-Mar. 1998  Teaching Associate at the Ohio-State

                               University, Columbus, Ohio.

     

    15 Jan.1999     Defense of Ph.D. thesis in Physics: 

                            Thesis's title: Spheroidal structures in spiral galaxies: a study of the relationship of bars to triaxial bulges

                            Advisors: Prof. F. Matteucci and Dr. J. Danziger.

                            Ph.D. in Physics

     

    Schools

     

    2 - 7 Oct. 2006  IRAM millimetric interferometry school

                              IRAM HQ, Grenoble, France

     

    26 Aug. - 7 Sep 1999 Infrared and submillimetric astronomy from space

                                      International school of space science

                                      Coppito (AQ), Italia

     

    29 Aug. - 12 Sep 1994 X and gamma ray astronomy from space                  

                                         International school of space science

                                         Coppito (AQ), Italia

                                        

    14 - 26 Sep 1992  Ultraviolet and optical astronomy from space                  

                                International school of space science

                                Coppito (AQ), Italia  

     

    13 - 17 Nov 1995  Computer networks I: Introductory course

                                  University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

     

    19 Nov - 6 Dic 1995  Computer networks II: advanced course

                                       University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy

     

    15 - 26 July 1996 Fifth E.S.O.-O.H.P. summer school          

                                Observatoire de Haute Provence   

                                St. Michel, Haute Provence, France

     

     

     

    Working career

     

    15 Nov. 1998 - 10 Mar 1999

    Collaboration with the astrometric group of Turin Observatory (consultant contract) to realize the Second Guide Star Catalog for the Space Telescope 

    (Project GSPCII)

     

    23 Mar 1999 - 28 Feb 2001

    European Southern Observatory (ESO) Post-doctoral Fellowship, duty station at La Silla Observatory (2.2 Team) and Santiago headquarters

     

    1 Mar 2001 - 28 Feb 2002    

    E.S.O. Staff astronomer, duty station at Paranal Observatory and Santiago headquarters

     

    1 Mar. 2002 - 31 Dec. 2006   

    E.S.O. Staff astronomer, duty station at La Silla Observatory and Santiago headquarters

     

    Jan. 2007 -   current (tenure position)    

    E.S.O. Staff astronomer, duty station at Paranal Observatory and Santiago headquarters.

     

     

    Technical expertise 

     

    • Good knowledge of astronomical data processing software in the optical and in the near infrared (MIDAS, IRAF, VISTA, eclipse, IDL basics), basics of processing of interferometric radio observations (KARMA, MIRIAD)
    • Good knowledge of Fortan and HTML, wiki, basics of Tcl/Tk;
    • Good knowledge of Linux, OS X (Macintosh);
    • Good knowledge of spreadsheets (Excel, Kaleidagraph, Igor, Grace);
    • Good level of system maintenance on Mac OS X including scientific software support;
    • Experience in optical spectroscopy (long slit and echelle) and imaging; near infrared imaging; active optics with natural and laser guide star; experience in adaptive optics and basics of radio astronomy;
    • Instrument scientist of several astronomical instruments (FEROS, Boller&Chivens spectrograph, DFOSC, FORSes, EMMI, NTT, NACO) and experience in use of adaptive optics systems;
    • Good knowledge of WFI, ISAAC, SOFI, SUSI, EFOSC2, SINFONI and HAWK-I, telescopes (1.52m, 1.54m Danish, 2.2m, VLT) and Laser Guide Star assisted observations;
    • Support level knowledge of UVES, FLAMES, CRIRES, VIMOS.
    • Experience in supporting visitor and service mode runs, data quality control and user support at large.
    • Experience with pipelines for data reduction, and development/writing of quick look tools for astronomical data;
    • Good experience in handling, writing and testing observational and technical templates for ESO instruments;
    • Obsering experience at Campo Imperatore Observatory, La Silla and Paranal Observatory, ATCA, IRAM single dish (one run only);
    • Several approved observing runs as PI both in La Silla and in Paranal at EFOSC2, EMMI, IRAC2, B&C spectrograph, VIMOS and FORS. Two approved runs at Australian Telescope Compact Array and another approved run at the single dish 30m telescope at IRAM.

     

    Expertise within the Organization (ESO)

     

    • P.I. of a proposal for a new spectrograph, presented to STC in 2003, following the ESO call for a next generation NTT instrument;
    • Contact person at ESO for the 3D-NTT, a wide field of view Fabry-Perot integral field spectrograph, plannned as a visiting instrument for the NTT;
    • Invited chairman of the final design review for the 3D-NTT, Meudon Observatory, Paris 2008;
    • Acting team leader of La Silla Science Operations team in 2004-2005;
    • Responsibility and coordination of the astronomy summer practice of chilean students at La Silla Observatory (2004-2006): this program, unique to La Silla site, allowed recently graduated master students or young PhD students to spend the summer months working on a dedicated project at the Observatory, under the supervision of an ESO staff astronomer.
    • Member of the commissioning team for the new FORS1 blue sensitive CCD; among other tasks, my responsibilities were the characterization of the efficiency of the spectroscopic mode, and the creation of a quick-tool to reduce and analyze FORS spectra.
    • Member of the commissioning team for the merging of the two FORSes in one instrument: my main responsibility has been to coordinate the preparatory activities of the engineering team, schedule and run SW and HW tests and to define a new procedure to measure the zero polarimetric angle of the instrument after remounting the polarization optics (ESO internal document).

     


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