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     Date Submitted:18-05-2013
     Last Modified:19-05-2013 (04:49)
    Job information
     Current job:PDGS AIV Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services


    Date of birth
    • Dates (from – to)
    03/2012 –
    • Name and address of employer
    Serco S.p.A., Via Sciadonna 24/26 – 00044 Frascati (RM)
    • Type of business or sector
    Sentinel Mission PDGS: Integration, Verification and Validation activities
    • Occupation or position held
    PDGS AIV Engineer
    • Main activities and responsibilities
    Integration, Validation and Verification activities on Sentinel-1 mission Payload Data Ground Segment. Analysis of the consistency and validity of Sentinels products, data and metadata (e.g both L0/L1/L2 binary products and XML storing metadata content), obtained after tests on the various systems and sub-systems composing the PDGS, with the aim to validate the systems/sub-systems functionalities.
    • Dates (from – to)
    10/2011 – 03/2012
    • Name and address of employer
    Serco S.p.A., Via Sciadonna 24/26 – 00044 Frascati (RM)
    • Type of business or sector
    Satellite remote sensing and monitoring (IDEAS group)
    • Occupation or position held
    Paid internship
    • Main activities and responsibilities
    Elaboration and comparison of remote sensing data from different instruments/satellites (especially SCIAMACHY, MIPAS and GOMOS on board the ENVISAT platform) using GECA tool software. Graphic elaborations performed using Python software. Development of a tool that can be integrated within the monitoring work of IDEAS group in order to ensure full use (inter-comparison and validation activities).
    • Dates (from – to)
    02/2011 – 03/2011
    • Name and address of employer
    Carlo Gavazzi Space, Via Tiengo 1 – 82100 Benevento
    • Type of business or sector
    Star tracker design
    • Occupation or position held
    • Main activities and responsibilities
    Analysis of star tracker’s design parameters and development of a star tracker simulator (in Matlab) with the aim to analyze the performances using different design parameters
    • Dates (from – to) • Name and address of employer • Type of business or sector • Occupation or position held
    09/2007 – 10/2007 Alenia Aeronautica (Torino), Corso Marche 41 – 10146 Torino Engineering support Stage
    • Main activities and responsibilities
    Evaluation of hypothetical suppliers for interactive training courseware for C-27J aircraft
    • Dates (from – to)
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training (Lungotevere Tahon de Revel, 13 Roma). Photovoltaic Systems Design.
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Photovoltaic systems (stand-alone and connected): theory of photovoltaics, operating principle, photovoltaic cells, energy sizing, technology and manufacturing process, PV module quality, design of the overall system.
    • Title of qualification awarded
    Certification of Attendance
    • Level in national classification
    • Dates (from – to)
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    Digital Institute - Fata Informatica (Via Tiburtina, 912 00156 Roma). Java Design Pattern course.
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Java Design Pattern: structural, behavioral and creational GoF java design pattern.
    • Title of qualification awarded
    Certification of Attendance
    • Level in national classification
    • Dates (from – to)
    11/2011 – 03/2012
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    University of Naples Federico II, school of Engineering
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Qualification required for Registration of Engineers
    • Title of qualification awarded
    Esame di Stato di abilitazione all'esercizio della professione di ingegnere
    • Level in national classification
    Qualifying examination for engineer
    • Dates (from – to)
    03/2008 – 06/2011
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    University of Naples Federico II, school of Engineering
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Aerospace systems, remote sensing, reliability, flight mechanics
    • Title of qualification awarded
    University degree in Aerospace and Astronautics Engineering (110/110 cum laude)
    • Level in national classification
    Five years course University degree
    • Dates (from – to)
    09/2004 – 12/2007
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    University of Naples Federico II, school of Engineering
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Aerospace systems, aerospace structures, aerodynamics, aerospace propulsion
    • Title of qualification awarded
    University degree in Aerospace Engineering (110/110 cum laude)
    • Level in national classification
    Three years course University degree
    • Dates (from – to)
    09/1999 – 07/2004
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    High school (liceo scientifico) Enrico Fermi, Vallata (AV)
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Italian expression, mathematics, physics, science, English language
    • Title of qualification awarded
    Diploma di liceo scientifico (100/100)
    • Level in national classification
    High school graduation
    • Dates (from – to)
    06/2003 – 07/2003
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    Queen Mary College (Woodford, London)
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    English language intensive course, based on spoken, written, comprehension, listening activities
    • Title of qualification awarded
    Certificate assessing the competencies acquired
    • Level in national classification
    • Dates (from – to)
    09/2002 – 06/2003
    • Name and type of organisation providing education and training
    ECDL (European Computer Driving License)
    • Principal subjects/occupational skills covered
    Basic computer skills
    • Title of qualification awarded
    ECDL Core certificate (full, 7 modules)
    • Level in national classification
    European Computer Driving License
    Mother tongue: Italiana
    Other languages: 
    English (good)
    Français (beginner)
    I’m eager to relate with people of different nationalities and cultures and I like to communicate clearly end accurately, responding to specific requests of the client and/or user reference. I have no problems when working in team following to the formative experiences matured in former working experiences.
    I am able to organize my job independently and manage to spend my working time in order to the priorities and the objectives to accomplish.
    Programming languages/others:
    - Matlab: very good skills and appropriate work experiences thanks to the many problems faced and solved during my university studies
    - Python: very good skills related to this environment acquired during the internship in SERCO based on GECA toolset.
    - Java: good skills thanks to the work experience acquired during the Sentinels mission validation activities performed in Serco as Sentinels PDGS AIV Engineer.
    - Bash scripting: good skills: RHEL, Ubuntu and Fedora environment.
    - W3C XML schema language: I’m able to develop xsd schema files in order to validate xml files and to access to binary files.
    Operating Systems:
    - Windows (excellent): XP, Vista, Seven.
    - Linux (good, like user and shell scripting):RHEL, Ubuntu, Fedora.
    - Mac OS (good).
    - Excellent knowledge of GAEL Derby software and GAEL DRB libraries (usable in java environment, allowing binary data access).
    - Excellent knowledge of GECA toolset.
    - I easily master the entire Microsoft Office package.
    - I’ve got very good knowledge of Autocad.
    - I easily master XFoil software.
    - Mathcad (beginner).
    - SVN subversion (user).
    - Basic knowledge of some free software for photovoltaic systems design.
    Engineering skills:
    - Very good knowledge of satellite sensors for attitude measurement and control: star trackers, earth sensors, horizon sensors, sun sensors, magnetometers and orbital gyrocompass.
    - Good knowledge of actuators used for satellite attitude control: momentum wheels, thrusters, spin stabilization and control moment gyros.
    - Good experience in validation activities of satellites products (EO) monitoring Earth Atmosphere: I worked with GECA toolset, a software designed for satellite instruments data inter-comparison and validation.
    - I have excellent knowledge necessary to conduct a preliminary design of a star tracker prototype, acquired during the stage that I did in Carlo Gavazzi Space.
    - I have good knowledge of satellites L2 products. In particular, I have experience about ENVISAT data user products: MIPAS, SCIAMACHY and GOMOS instruments and elaboration of their data products.
    - Good experience in L0/L1 Satellite data and metadata access, verification, validation and manipulation (CADU/VCDU/Instrument source packets and generic TM packets). I’m able to write and develop schema files according to W3C XML schema language standards to perform these activities.
    - Good experience in software design and development: development of a star tracker simulator in Matlab environment and of a Tool for inter-comparisons and validation of satellites instruments data (in Python, using GECA toolset). Some other tools have been developed in order to support the AIV Engineer activity for Sentinel 1/2/3 PDGS.
    - I gained some specific skills regarding the use of the “Compliance Matrix”: namely, this tool is used to identify a suitable supplier to the demand of the Company.
    - Good knowledge of data Compression algorithms: dynamic dictionary based algorithm (LZMA, LZ78). During a study performed for Sentinel products data a static dictionary based algorithm has been developed in python environment.
    - Basic knowledge on photovoltaic systems, both stand-alone and connected.
    I have been playing the guitar for 10 years. I am an amateur photographer (won some prizes in this field and in particular a first prize in a competition called “Irpinia Mia” 2010)
    I regularly practice sports such as soccer and tennis. I’m fond of cinema and music as well.
    Driving license type B.
    The work performed during the internship at Serco in the IDEAS Atmo-Chem team has led to the development of two posters submitted at two scientific conferences.
    ATMOS 2012 Atmospheric Science Conference, Brugge (Belgium):
    Title: Open issue related to inter-comparisons of GOMOS, MIPAS and SCIAMACHY ESA limb products. Authours: Serco IDEAS Atmo-Chem team
    2012 EUMETSAT Metereological Satellite Conference, Sopot (Poland)
    Title: Inter-comparison exercise of GOMOS, MIPAS, and SCIAMACHY O3 ESA profiles
    Authors: Serco IDEAS Atmo-Chem team
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