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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:21-09-2013
     Last Modified:22-09-2013 (07:43)
    Job information
     Current job:Post-doctoral research fellow
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsAstrodynamics; Optimal control; Local and global optimization; Payload operation; Space system engineering
    CV

    Personal information

     

     

     

    Nationality

    Italian

     

     

    Date of Birth

    24 August 1978

     

     

    Gender

    Male

     

     

    Work experience

     

     

     

    Dates

    06/2008

    Occupation or position held

    Postdoctoral Research fellow

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Management of the Sampler, Drill and Distribution (SD2) subsystem, currently flying onboard the lander PHILAE of Rosetta mission. SD2 is devoted to drill the soil of the comet 67P/ Churyumov-Gerasimenko, collect cometary samples, and distribute them to two evolved gas analysers (COSAC and PTOLEMY) and one infrared and visible sample analyser (ÇIVA). Main activities: development of the mission plans for the cruise and comet phase; laboratory activities to assess the drill behaviour in various drilling, sampling, and sample discharging scenarios; development of optimal strategies for the scientific use of SD2.

    Deputy manager for the activities related to the thermal-vacuum chamber available at the laboratory of the Department of Aerospace Sciences and Technologies of Politecnico di Milano. Main activities: space qualification tests setup and execution for internal activities and external customer service; research activity devoted to implement innovative model predictive optimal control strategies for the temperature profile during tests.

    Research activity:

    ·  Application of differential algebra and high order methods to space engineering: nonlinear uncertainty propagation in space system and space trajectory design; high order optimal feedback control of spacecraft dynamics; nonlinear preliminary orbit determination and filtering methods;

    ·  Space situational awareness: NEO identification and impact risk assessment; orbital debris conjunction analysis

    ·  Global optimization of interplanetary transfers: stochastic and deterministic algorithms; validated global optimization methods based on Taylor models

    Main participations to agencies/industrial contracts:

    ·  2012: Space Situational Awareness - CO-II Architectural Design; Telespazio S.p.A.

    ·  2011: Trajectory optimisation under uncertainties: a differential algebra approach; ESA/ESTEC Ariadna study

    ·  2008: Rosetta E2 Phase - Scientific activity - Mission Operations; Italian Space Agency

    ·  2008: Predicting asteroid trajectories using validated integrators and determining impact leading conditions; ESA/ESTEC Ariadna study

    ·  2007: Global trajectory optimization: can we prune the solution space when considering deep space maneuvers?; ESA/ESTEC Ariadna study

    ·  2006: European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO): cost analysis; ESA/ESTEC

    ·  2006: Nuclear Multimodule ISRU Mission; Alcatel Alenia Space, Italy

    ·  2005: Assessing the accuracy of interval arithmetic estimates in space flight mechanics; ESA/ESTEC Ariadna study

    Name and address of employer

    Politecnico di Milano, Via La Masa 34, 20156, Milano, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Research

     

     

    Dates

    03/2008

    Occupation or position held

    Co-founder and senior partner at Dinamica S.r.l.

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Dinamica S.r.l. is an Italian SME, devoted to developing cutting edge solutions and products within the space engineering field, and to promoting their use into other industrial sectors. The team of Dinamica is currently composed of 6 senior and 2 junior engineers. The main industrial contracts awarded to Dinamica include:

    ·  2013: End-of-life disposal concepts for Lagrange-points and HEO missions; European Space Agency

    ·  2013: Partner of Stardust EU Initial Training Network; FP7 Marie Curie ITN, European Commission

    ·  2013: Lunar Ash space system design; Innovative Orbit Design, Inc., Princeton, NJ, USA

    ·  2012: Hybrid propulsion transfer strategies; European Space Agency

    ·  2012: Advanced process control; Sanofi-Aventis S.p.A., Origgio (VA), Italy

    ·  2010: Predictive control of industrial plants; Sanofi-Aventis S.p.A., Origgio (VA), Italy

    ·  2009: Assessment of the performances of satellite-based monitoring of illegal immigration in the Mediterranean Sea; Centro Militare di Studi Strategici (CeMiSS), a department of the Italian Ministry of Defence

    ·  2008: Support to the design, assembly, test, and launch of an Earth Observation Satellite (ESEO); subcontractor of Carlo Gavazzi Space S.p.A., Milan, Italy

    ·  2008: Mechanical and thermal design for the X telescope for the XIAO mission; subcontractor of Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica (IASF), Italy

    Besides increasing and strengthening technical competences, the entrepreneurial experience of Dinamica allowed the candidate to take active part in the financial management of the projects and to gain complementary skills in proposal preparation to request funding, project management, task coordination, capacity to build collaborations

    Name and address of employer

    Dinamica S.r.l., Via Val di Sole 22, 20141, Milano, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Space engineering

     

     

    Dates

    10/2009-11/2009 and 06/2011-07/2011

    Occupation or position held

    Research Fellow

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Research activity on the validated integration of solar system dynamics, the rigorous identification of the minimum orbit intersection distance for asteroid motion, and the computer assisted proof of the existence of periodic orbits in the circular restricted three-body problem

    Name and address of employer

    Center of Beam Theory and Dynamical Systems, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

    Type of business or sector

    Research

     

     

    Dates

    12/2004

    Occupation or position held

    Consultant

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Global optimization algorithms for optimal capital allocation in banking groups

    Name and address of employer

    Ambrosetti Stern Stewart Italia, Milano, Italy

    Type of business or sector

    Finance

     

     

    Dates

    04/2004 - 10/2004

    Occupation or position held

    Research fellow

    Main activities and responsibilities

    Research activity on the global optimization of space trajectory design using deterministic, stochastic, and metamodel-based algorithms within the ESA/ESTEC Ariadna study: “Advanced Global Optimization Tools for Mission Analysis and Design”

    Name and address of employer

    University of Glasgow, Glasgow ,UK

    Type of business or sector

    Research

     

     

    Education and training

     

     

     

    Dates

    03/2005 – 03/2008

    Title of qualification awarded

    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

    Ph.D. thesis: “Robust space trajectory and space system design using differential algebra”

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Milano – Department of Aerospace Engineering, Via La Masa 34, 20156, Milano, Italy

     

     

    Dates

    04/2006 - 11/2006

    Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

    Visiting scholar at the Center for Beam Theory and Dynamical Systems of the Michigan State University. Research areas: differential algebra; high order methods; optimization of interplanetary transfers; uncertainty management in orbital mechanics; optimal control of space trajectories

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Center of Beam Theory and Dynamical Systems, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

     

     

    Dates

    09/1997 - 12/2003

    Title of qualification awarded

    Laurea (Master) in Aerospace Engineering

    Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

    Master’s thesis: “Multiobjective global optimization of space mission design using evolutionary methods and interval analysis”

    Name and type of organisation providing education and training

    Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

    Level in national classification

    100/100 cum laude

     

     

     

     

    Personal skills and competences

     

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Italian

    Other language(s)

    English, French

     

     

    Computer skills and competences

    Operative systems: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux

    Programming languages: Matlab, COSY, Fortran, C

    Softwares: Simulink, Labview, Autocad, STK, Office, LaTex, Project Libre

     

     

    Additional information

    He is co-author of 10 scientific publications on international peer-reviewed journals, 27 papers on international conference proceedings, 2 contributions to scientific books

    He attended and contributed to 28 international conferences and workshops

    He was teaching assistant in 4 courses at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy (spacecraft attitude dynamics and control, space system design, fundamentals of spaceflight mechanics, analytical mechanics)

    He was co-advisor of 13 Master’s theses at Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

    He collaborates with the no-profit organization Efo&Awa Onlus (Ostia, Rome). Main duty: support to the child sponsorship program in Guinaw Rail (Dakar, Senegal)

     

     



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