Aeronautical Engineer, Military Pilot and retired Brazilian Air Force Aviator Officer. Having served 32 years in the Air Force up to the rank of colonel, acted mainly in the R&D area where assumed most of the positions (e.g.: technical advisor, project manager, technical representative, director, vice-president), including a two year assignment overseas. Being one of a handful Brazilian Air Force’s officers who has worked through the whole life cycle of aerospace defence systems, has developed the skills of leadership, team work, conflict solving and mission and safety-driven solutions development at a holistic approach. Has also acquired expertise in personnel and higher education administration. Speaks Brazilian Portuguese, English and Italian and understands Spanish.
Vice-President for Administration at Technological Institute of Aeronautics - ITA
October 2010 - March 2012 (1 year 6 months)
ITA is a federal government institution dedicated to provide high level education and research in Science and Technology areas of interest to the aerospace sector in general, and especially to the Brazilian Aeronautical Command. Rated one of the best academic institutions in Brazil in engineering and related fields, ITA offers regular undergraduate courses in engineering, and graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master and Doctor. Extension and specialisation courses are also offered according to market demands. (www.ita.br)
The VP for Administration is responsible for providing, to the academic divisions and to the Office of the President, support in infrastructure, IT&C, Scientific and Technological Information (Library), Security, Safety of Work, Financial and Funding Management, Budget Planning and Execution and Personnel Administration at executive level.The VP for Administration is a permanent member of the three Superior Collegiate Counsels (Congregation, Counsel of the Presidency and Counsel of the Heads of the Divisions).
Chief of Personnel Administration at Department of Aerospace Science and Technology - DCTA
January 2010 - October 2010 (10 months)
Department of Aerospace Science and Technology's mission is to expand knowledge and to develop scientific and technological solutions to strengthen the Aerospace Power, contributing to national sovereignty and the progress of the Brazilian Society through Education, Research, Development, Innovation and Specialised Services in the Aerospace Field. It has one institute for education (ITA), two for performing R&D (IAE, IEAv), one for contracting R&D (COPAC), two for specialised services (IFI, IPEV), two launching centres (CLBI, CLA) and an infrastructure support group (GIA-SJ). (www.cta.br)
The Chief of Personnel Administration is responsible for the management of the DCTA personnel (~5.000 civilian and military) at a strategical level, dealing with three main careers: Military, Science & Technology, and Higher Education Teaching.
Coordinated a study and the formalisation of a proposal to the MoD to recreate over 2,000 work posts that have been lost in the past 25 years, in the S&T careers. Advised the relevant authorities in the matter of Qualification Awards to intermediate-level non-graduated workers. Participated in a working group to design a career plan for the engineer officers.
Director at Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute - IFI
February 2007 - February 2009 (2 years 1 month)
The Industrial Fostering and Coordination Institute contributes to assure the performance, safety and availability of aerospace products and systems in the interest of the Brazilian Air Force Command, providing technological services in the areas of Normalisation, Metrology, Certification, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Industrial Coordination, thus fostering the Brazilian aerospace scientific and technological complex. (www.ifi.cta.br)
The IFI Director is also the DCTA representative in the Deliberative Counsel of the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards - ABNT (www.abnt.org.br), and the Brazilian permanent member of the Joint Certification Board for the A-Darter missile project.
Played a key role in keeping the Institute morale after the civil aviation certification activity, personnel (almost half of the total workforce) and materiel was transferred to the recently created Civil Aviation National Agency (ANAC). The Institute was led to rediscover its original mission of fostering and coordinating the aerospace industry development towards the objectives of the Brazilian Air Force. Focused on the Mission, an organisational restructuring was conducted, concentrating common activities that were dispersed, and optimising personnel and materiel assignment. A series of lectures were made to the internal public to disseminating the organisation's objectives and their importance for the Air Power. A great effort was also made to publicise the Institute's achievements.
A pro-active attitude was stablished in dealing with intellectual property rights towards the other R&D organisations.
A more cooperative relationship with the R&D and operational organisations of the Air Force was built up with an overall positive impact in the technological production and in the safety of the air operations.
Qualification on Governmental Quality Assurance (GQA) was granted to the air force personnel of the other Military Organisations that also work in site with the industry.
Spatial Certification activities were supported with priority, and finally "lifted-off".
SIS-SENS Project Manager at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
May 2006 - January 2007 (9 months)
The Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Program is the organisation of the DCTA whose purpose is to procure, manage, monitor and control the acquisition or modernisation of aerospace systems and materiel that require R&D, articulating the actions needed to achieve effectiveness and efficiency in the life-cycle of these systems and materiel.
In the COPAC structure, the SIS-SENS Project takes care of all the avionics and weapons that, for their singular characteristics, are developed aside the main projects.
Participated in the final negotiations and signed, as Project Manager, the relevant documents for the provisioning of the financial resources from the Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology for the development, in a joint venture with the South African Air Force, of the 5th generation air-to-air missile A‑Darter.
Spey 807 Project Manager at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
January 2004 - April 2006 (2 years 4 months)
At the concerned period, as the Project was in the In-Service Phase, the role consisted of monitoring the MRO activities and the technical issues arisen during the operation of the engine in the Brazilian and Italian Air Forces fleets.
The PM is the BAF R&D’s technical representative for the discussions with the relevant entities: BAF, IAF, Rolls-Royce, Avio, Alenia, Aermacchi and Embraer.
Played an important role in the solution of the issue regarding the shortage (due to obsolescence) of a forged material for the production of a turbine disk, having co-ordinated the technical discussions and negotiated and written with Rolls-Royce plc. the draft contract for the development of a new material.
AM-X Deputy PM at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
January 2004 - April 2006 (2 years 4 months)
Coordination of the solutions for the technical and logistical issues arisen during the In-Service Phase of the AM-X Programme.
Technical and contractual advice to the PM regarding the AM-X Mid-Life Update activities (MLU).
Project managing activities regarding the Mission Planning and Debriefing Station for the updated AM-X, having coordinated a PMR and the CDR of the equipment.
Brazilian representative in the Joint Working Group for the AM-X Programme in Brazil.
F-5 BR Contracts Specialist at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
June 2003 - December 2003 (7 months)
Support to the negotiations and writing of the contracts clauses to assure its compliance with the Brazilian Federal legislation and the Air Force requirements and standards.
Technically supported the negotiations and performed the relevant paperwork of the contracts concerning the Contractors Logistics Support (CLS) of the modernised F-5 E/F aircraft with Elbit and AEL.
Technical and Logistical Advisor at BAF Office in Italy - REMABI
March 2001 - April 2003 (2 years 2 months)
Following-up of the activities of the Italian Companies of the AM-X Consortium (Alenia and Aermacchi), the engine companies Rolls-Royce and Avio, and the other relevant European vendors, regarding the In-Service Phase of the AM-X Programme.
Brazilian representative in the Technical and Logistical Panels of the Joint Executive Committee for the AM‑X Programme.
Brazilian representative in the Joint Safety-of-Flight Committee for the AM-X Programme.
Contracts specialist for ad-hoc contracts with Italian AM-X companies and relevant European vendors. Brazilian member of joint acceptance commissions for several contracts regarding the AM-X Programme (e.g.: Technical Publications, Whole Aircraft Fatigue Test).
As an aeronautical engineer, has played an important role in defining the best solutions for the technical issues arisen during the In-service Phase and in clarifying these technical issues to the relevant stakeholders of the Programme.
Contributed to the critical review of the Basic Operational Requirements (ROB-21) for the AM-X MLU.
During this period, has developed a relational database for gathering and analysing data related to technical, logistical and safety-of-flight issues, contractual milestones, Joint Steering Committee’s decisions and Joint Executive Committee’s action items.
Radar SCP-01 PM at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
January 1999 - August 2000 (1 year 8 months)
Following-up of the activities performed by the relevant companies (Galileo, Mectron and Embraer) regarding the development, production and logistic support of the SCP-01 multimode airborne radar and its integration to the avionics system of the AM-X light-attack aircraft. Planning and provisioning of the relevant Government Furnished Equipments (GFE) and Facilities (GFF), as well as the financial resources from the Brazilian Treasure. Coordination of the cooperative resources from the Air Force (aerial targets), Navy (maritime targets and surface radars) and Army (terrestrial targets and ground radars) for the Flight Test Programme of the Radar. Coordination of the relevant scheduled and ad-hoc reviews of the Project (PMRs, PDRs, CDRs). Standard paperwork and ad-hoc reports.
Played an important role in the Working Group that recommended the Mid-Life Update (MLU) of the AM-X fleet, being the recommendation fully accepted by the Air Force General Staff at the time. The Working Group has also prepared the draft of the Basic Operational Requirements (ROB-21) for the MLU.
Contracts Specialist at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
January 1997 - December 1998 (2 years)
Issuing of RFP's, proposals evaluation, negotiation and all the relative paperwork of contracts concerning the production and in-service phases of the AM-X Programme. Support to the PM’s in writing the draft contracts to assure its compliance to the Brazilian Federal legislation and to the Air Force requirements and standards.
Being an engineer amongst lawyers, in one hand contributed to clarify technical issues and in the other hand learned all the legal aspects and procedures of the governmental contracts. Left a great contribution to suiting and optimising the internal procedures to the singularities of the R&D contracts.
Technical Advisor at the Monitoring and Control Group for the Radar SCP-01 - GAC-RADAR
November 1993 - December 1996 (3 years 2 months)
In-company monitoring of the development activities (development, testing, industrialisation, Integrated Logistic Support) related to the SCP-01 and its interfaces with the AM-X to ensure the compliance with the relevant contractual specifications and requirements. Data gathering and analyses for the issuing of periodic reports to support decisions at the project managing and higher levels of decision. First level sanctions within the legal limits of the contracts.
Coordinated the re-scheduling of the activities to install the radar in the aircraft involving the radar companies (at the time) Tecnasa (Brazilian) and SMA (Italian), the aircraft company Embraer, the Brazilian Air Force (BAF) Flight Test Centre (IAE-PEV) and the Brazilian Certification Authority (IFI-FHM).
Played a main role in the development of the Hands on Throttle and Stick (HOTAS) solution for the integration of the radar to the aircraft avionics system, trading off the operational requirements and the system restrictions.
Played a main role in the evaluation (in-company and in-flight) of the radars proposed for the modernisation of the BAF's F-5 E/F fleet, in the United States (Westinghouse APG-66), Italy (Fiar Griffo-F) and Israel (Elta 2032). Together with Eng. Julio Shidara, issued the Technical Report that led to the choice of the winner proposal.
Technical Advisor at Coordinating Committee of the Combat Aircraft Programme - COPAC
January 1993 - October 1993 (10 months)
Assigned to several technical and acceptance commissions regarding the contracts for the development and the production of the AM-X. These contracts were both national with Embraer, and joint international (Brazilian and Italian Air Forces) with Alenia Aeronautica as prime contractor.
Brazilian War College - ESG
Specialisation, High Studies of Politics and Strategy, 2009 - 2009
Brazilian Air Force Logistics Institute - ILA
Specialisation, International Contracts Negotiation, 1997 - 1997
Embraer Training Centre
Specialisation, AM-X aircraft Ground School for Maintenance Personnel, 1993 - 1993
Technological Institute of Aeronautics - ITA
Engineer's degree, Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, 1988 - 1992
Brazilian Air Force Academy - AFA
Officer, Bachelor of Applied Aeronautics Sciences (B.A.Sc.), Military Pilot, 1980 - 1983
Skills & Expertise
Leadership, team work, conflict solving, safety-driven solutions development at a holistic approach.
Brazilian Portuguese (native speaker), English and Italian (professional proficiency), Spanish (understands).
Airpower, Aerospace, Aviation, Project Management, Risk Assessment, Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Testing
Normalisation, Metrology, Product and Managing Systems Certification, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer, Industries, Military, Government, Federal Contracts, Personnel Administration, Security, Higher Education.