As a highly-motivated aerospace engineer within the space sector, I have experience in the fields of space mission analysis, satellite systems engineering and remote sensing. Taking part to Earth Observation and interplanetary phase A studies with major players of the space industry made me develop a valuable and broad technical skill set. Particular interests are focused towards orbit mechanics and rarefied aerodynamic modelling. I am extremely passionate about space and a strong believer of the need to expand the world’s space capabilities.
Looking to secure a position in the space industry, where I can bring technical value and develop current skill set further.
Masters Degree – Space Studies – Cum Laude 2012-2013
International Space University, Strasbourg, France
Gave a wide overview of the space sector. Courses included: Space Systems Engineering, Space Sciences, Space Applications, Space Management & Business, Space Policy, Space Economics & Law.
Bachelors and Masters Degree – Aerospace Engineering 2008-2012
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Courses included: Advanced Space Systems, Applied Aerodynamics, Aerospace Propulsion, Aerospace Structures and Materials, Systems and Control Engineering
European School of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Professional and Leadership Experience
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California - Internship 2013 to Aug 2013
Research Scholar, Mission Design Division May
I worked as a system engineer in the Mars Sample Return mission. Tasks included pre phase-A concepts generation & design and orbit modelling in matlab. I wrote a technical report outlining my results and presented them to the Mission Design Division at NASA Ames.
International Space University, Strasbourg, France- Full Time Oct 2012 to May 2013
Mars-X Project Manager
Project manager of a team of 27 members. Mars-X is a project involving an alternative holistic approach towards exploring Mars from its moons. Sponsored by NASA and Lockheed Martin. Presented to numerous conferences and institutions, including NASA HQ, NASA Ames, JPL and ESA.
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK - Part Time Apr 2012
STK Teaching Assistant
Supervised 80 space systems engineering students during an STK instructional workshop. I advised master level students on questions ranging from general orbital mechanics and astronomy to the STK software.
SES Astra, Luxembourg - Internship Jul 2011 (3 weeks)
Telecom Satellite Operator
Worked in the Business Development division, mapping and digitalising the uplink and downlink radiofrequencies and orbital ephemeris of communication satellites to update the in-house database.
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK - Full Time Oct 2010 to May 2011
Head of Mission Analysis
Designed an Earth Observation satellite in collaboration with EADS Astrium. My task consisted in using various engineering approaches and software to define the satellite's mission.
Grasso, A. 2013. Ultra-Low Orbit on Mars for Gravity Field Measurements and Atmospheric Sensing Applications (Unpublished).
Grasso, A. 2012. Feasibility Study of an Ultra-Low Altitude Hyperspectral Micro-Satellite. 63rd International Astronautical Congress, Napoli, 1-5 October 2012. IAC-12-E2.1.6.
Honours and Awards
Edmon Brun award for the best student paper at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress
L'association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France
Scholarship to attend the International Space University
European Space Agency
Winner of the 2012 UK student paper competition
British Interplanetary Society
Languages: Italian (Mother Tongue), English (Fluent), French (Fluent)
Computing: * Excellent Knowledge: Microsoft Office, Systems Tool Kit (STK), Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) at the International Space University
* Good Knowledge: 3D CAD (Autodesk Inventor), C/C++, Matlab, Simulink
* Basic Knowledge: Direct Simulation Monte Carlo (DS2V), Finite Element Analysis
Space: Attended and presented at numerous conferences, workshops and events related to space. Active advocator and promoter of space.
Sports: Practised professional football, swimming and diving. Enjoy running.
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