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     Date Submitted:30-05-2013
     Last Modified:13-07-2021 (06:51)
    Job information
     Current job:Engineering Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Launch Systems
     Keywordssystems engineering, systems engineer, engineering manager, launchers, mechanisms, payload, structure, composite

    Work experience

    03/2021 – present         Engineering Manager

                                        RUAG Space USA, Launchers department, Huntsville, Alabama

    Leading the engineering department consisting of analysis, design and systems engineering teams.

    Main tasks: coordinate product development activities, establish engineering production support, plan resources, manage budget, complete knowledge transfer from the Swiss division to the new USA division.

    02/2019 – 02/2021       Head of Systems Engineering, Materials and Processes

                                        RUAG Space USA, Launchers department, Denver, Colorado

    Leading the systems engineering team (technical project management office) as well as the materials and processes team at RUAG Space USA.

    Main tasks: lead the engineering teams during design, development and manufacturing of launchers composite structures; knowledge transfer of engineering processes from the Swiss division to the new USA division.

    07/2011 – 01/2019       Technical Project Manager / Systems engineer

                                        RUAG Space, Launchers department, Zurich, Switzerland (2014 – present)
    RUAG Space, Mechanisms department, Zurich, Switzerland (2012 – 2014)
    RUAG Space, Department of experiments & microgravity, Zurich, Switzerland (2011 – 2012)

    Technical manager of complex development projects with engineering teams up to twenty people and budget over 15 M€.

    Developed products (selection of): Dual launch system, launch vehicle payload fairing, solar array drive mechanism, antenna pointing mechanism.

    Overall project technical responsibility, customer’s technical contact person.

    Planning and execution according to design-to-cost and design-to-schedule philosophies.

    Drafting of technical proposals; requirements management; assembly, integration and verification plans; preparation to peer reviews; technical risk management; qualification tests planning and coordination.

    Deputy of Systems Engineering Head.

    Short-term international missions to coordinate critical engineering activities and support the establishment of new engineering site.

    05/2008 – 06/2011       Systems engineer & Thermal architect

                                        DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany

    Technical manager of space scientific instruments.

    Experimental development approach based on concurrent engineering methodology.

    Thermal architect of complex planetary exploration instruments.

    Coordination of thermal and test engineers.

    11/2004 – 04/2008       Thermal engineer

                                        DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany

    Thermal design and analysis of planetary exploration instruments.

    Extension of thermal software capability subsequently adopted by software developer.

    Analytical and laboratory research.

    Technical publications and conference papers.



    04/2006                       Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, final mark 92/100.
    Politecnico di Milano, Italy


    04/2006                       Award from Pegasus, European network of excellence in aerospace engineering education
    Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    Statement of recognition of a special achievement through working abroad for academic research and industrial development projects.


    11/2004 – 03/2006       Intern as graduated student
    DLR German Aerospace Center, Institute of Planetary Research, Berlin, Germany
    Master Degree Thesis: Thermal analysis of a penetrometer for the measurement of the planetary surface heat flow.


    08/2002 – 09/2003       Student exchange year (Erasmus)
    Technische Universität Stuttgart, Germany


    1998                            Scientific High School, final mark 54/60
    Liceo Scientifico “Luigi Magrini”, Gemona del Friuli, Italy


    Further education

    Courses & workshops    Advanced systems engineering course. CATIA course.
    Zurich, Switzerland

    Comsol training course. IBM Rational Doors workshop.
    Berlin and Bremen, Germany

    ESATAN advanced course
    Lencester, UK

    Moon Mars Habitat Design Workshop
    ESTEC, ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
    Project awarded as winner design.

    European Workshop on Astrobiology
    École Normale Supérieure, Lyon, France

    International Workshop on Penetrometry in the Solar System
    IWF (Space Research Institute), Graz, Austria

    Conferences                 Spacecraft Thermal Control Workshop
    The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, California, USA
    Paper presented.

    European Workshop on Thermal and ECLS Software
    ESTEC, ESA, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
    Paper presented.

    IAC - International Astronautical Congress
    Hyderabad, India. Valencia, Spain. Fukuoka, Japan
    3 papers presented.

    International Symposium on Environmental Testing for Space Programmes
    ESTEC, ESA (European Space Agency), Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    Habitation – Conference on habitation research and technology development
    Orlando, Florida, USA
    2 papers presented.

    Further work experience

    Founder, owner and managing director of Nannuoshan

    Berlin, Germany
    Nannuoshan is an exclusive online tea shop. It is the only tea company in Europe sourcing the whole range of teas directly from the producers and the only high-end tea shop with branches in both Europe and USA.
    Business areas: warehouses in Berlin and Denver, ecommerce with worldwide clientele, tea seminars throughout Europe, supplier to fine dining restaurants and other tea shops, tea journeys.


    Computer skills

    Operating systems     Microsoft Windows, macOS.

    MS applications          Word, Excel (VBA), PowerPoint, Visio.

    Management              IBM Rational Doors, Microsoft Project.

    Programming              Fortran, Python, Matlab (programming and Simulink).

    Other                          CATIA, AutoCAD, Solidworks. ESATAN, ESARAD, ThermNV, COMSOL.



    Italian           Mother tongue

    English             Fluent

    German           Fluent

    Russian            Basic knowledge

    Mandarin        Basic knowledge


    Personal Profile

    Sixteen years in the space sector, half at national space agency and half in the industry.
    Thirteen years of solid experience as systems engineer and technical project manager and three years covering engineering leading roles.


    Style and strengths:

    Systematic, highly efficient and steady capable of high workload.

    Excellent abilities in technical planning and engineering team coordination.

    Focus on frontloading and risk reduction measures.

    Strong aptitude for responsive management of complex, continuously evolving projects.

    Multitasking and quick decision making with ease.

    Ability to facilitate good working relationship within the team and with the customer.

    Extensive experience in multicultural working environments.

    Familiar with international business relationships (Europe, USA, Russia, China, India).

    Experience in establishing and managing a company: business and financial planning, leadership, recruitment and resources management, operational and strategic planning, strategy, intercontinental import-export activities, partnership, e-commerce.

    Fluent in English, German, Italian. Basic knowledge of Mandarin and Russian.



    Judo (black belt), triathlon, travelling (50+ countries), self-sustained bike journeys, astronomy, photography, chess, cook.

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