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     Date Submitted:01-12-2013
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     Current job:Spacecraft Antenna Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAntenna, Advanced R&D, Electromagnetics, RF, Propagation, RF System, Mission Definition, Consulting
    CV

    Born on May 11th 1965, Swiss and Canadian (Dual Citizenship).

    Married, One child.

     

    Titles:

    Doctor in applied science of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies of Lausanne (EPF).

    Electrical Engineer EPF, Telecommunication Specialist.

    Electrical Technical Engineer ETS, Telecommunication Specialist.

    Certified Electrical Mechanics.

                                    

    Linguistic knowledge:

    French:             Mother tongue.

    English:            Good knowledge, written and spoken.

     

    Professional Background:

    From 2008 to Present      Spacecraft Antenna Engineer at Eutelsat S.A.  Expert in Space Antenna and their applications.

    Antenna needs planning for future mission, antenna procurement and test, in orbit antenna test and monitoring.

    Completed five satellites, plus one on-going: Thales-Alenia Space (W3B, W3C, W3D, W6A), Space System/Loral (EB2A-Es’Hail), Astrium (AMU1 on-going).

    Mission Planning: Spacecraft Antenna definition and Contractor Proposal Technical Evaluation for Future Satellite Missions.

    Spacecraft Antenna Procurement: Contactor technical management and reviewing: Equipment design and tests, On Ground antenna spacecraft integration and tests.

    In Orbit Tests: Spacecraft antenna in orbit antenna measurements. In orbit anomaly identification, assessment, correction or mitigation. Antenna re-pointing and monitoring for mission repositioning (gap-filling).

    Antenna Technology Survey and Consulting: Consulting for Technology developments in Space Antenna and Vacuum RF Power technologies, abreast of the Space Antenna evolution.

     

    From 2001 to 2008          Specialist, Member of Technical Staff at EMS-Technologies Ltd (now MDA Corporation since November 2005).

    Research and Development of Space and Avionic Antennas. Active in planar antennas and arrays conception, lens antenna development and reflector research. New solution study for proposals and potential applications in space.

    Array Antennas, including Space Segment of Navigation antennas and precise phase center controlling in conventional technologies and advanced Metamaterial / Electromagnetic Bandgap Material technologies. Electronically scanned Phased Arrays for airborne RADAR detection. Slotted waveguide antenna array design.

    Horn Antennas, for direct radiation or reflector feeding, including beam shaping using chokes or lenses or Electromagnetic Bandgap layers and various feeding techniques such as slotted waveguide and multimode transitions.

    Multi-Beam reflector shaping, including special optimization features, such as near field controlling.

    Lens Antennas, for Ka-band RADAR, including very low sidelobe multi-beam configuration and avionic design.

    TT&C Antennas, (Tracking, Telemetry and Command) such as Biconical Antennas, Isoflux Shaped Beam Horns, Quadi-filar Helical Omni-Directional Antennas.

    Handling both theoretical advanced studies and product developments, including all kind of antenna measurements and antenna troubleshooting.

    Customization of Commercial Antenna Prediction Tools, such as GRASP8 (implementation of a MoM for reflector strut scattering computation), WIPL (embedding of WIPL into optimization loops), and others.

    R&D Studies for Customers and Governmental Agencies, on antenna or antenna system developments (Canadian Space Agency, NASA/JPL, European Space Agency, Other Government Agencies, and Industrial Customers).

    Business Acquisition, Redaction of Project Proposals, including technical evaluation, statement of work, work slicing and compliance statement for Governmental and Commercial customers.

    Mentoring of (Junior and more Senior) Engineers, provide guidance in technical matters related to antenna and RF engineering, such as technical reviews and counseling, early stage feasibility assessment, critical program recovery, innovative solution proposition and daily coaching.

    Practical daily knowledge of major CAD tools, such as Ansoft HFSS and Designer suite, Ticra’s GRASP9 and POS5, WIPL-D and Zeeland IE3D.

     

    From 1997 to 2001          Project Manager and Senior RF Engineer at CSEM S.A.

    Conception, realization and industrialization of customized application specific RF modules and transceivers. Specialist in Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DS-SS / CDMA) and Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FH-SS) techniques for data transmission, such as IEEE 802.11 (DS-SS and FH-SS norms), Bluetooth, and harsh environment transmission equipment developments (long Pseudo-Noise sequences DS-SS systems). Highly actives also in the area of Short Range Device transceivers, such as European 863-870 MHz Low Power and Social Alarm band, US 915 MHz Industrial and Scientific (ISM) band, and generalized 2.400-2.483 GHz ISM band.

    Development and study of RF transmission link between implanted medical devices and external monitoring systems through living tissues and its resistance to interferences in medical environments.

    Thorough knowledge in conventional modulation techniques, such as analog and digital FM, AM and digital xPSK. Practical and theoretical knowledge of RF circuits and systems implementation and modeling, such as VCOs, LNA, PA, passive and active Mixers, active and passive filters, PLLs, AGCs, etc...

    Daily practical knowledge of all RF measurement instruments, such as Vector Network Analyzers, RF Power Meters, Spectrum Analyzers, Impedance Meters, etc...

    Practical and theoretical knowledge of European Equipment Protection Regulation, EMC/EMI and preparation of equipment regulation conformance testing.

    Antenna Expert. Strong expertise in miniaturized antennas, application specific antennas, Antenna arrays, Lens antennas, Space antennas, up to 650 GHz.

    Strongly in relation with customers. Redaction of Project Proposals, including statement of work, project pricing and technical evaluation.

     

    In 1999    Co-founder of JAST Sàrl (now ViaSat Antenna Systems S.A.), a start-up actives in Electromagnetic CAD tools industrialization and highly technical software commercialization.

    Realization of Graphical User Interfaces for several advanced spatial and industrial antenna modeling tools. Specialist of Planar Antenna and Circuit Numerical Kernel development, such as Microstrip circuits and antennas, Coplanar Waveguide circuits, Stripline circuits, including Lens antennas, Phased antenna arrays and Beam shaping.

    Extensive knowledge of Printed Circuit Board (PCB) high frequency effects, such as surface waves, spurious radiation, Zenneck waves.

     

    From 1996 to 1997          Post Doc, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne.

    Development of a new Quasi-Optical Antenna Feeder at 650 GHz, using integrated planar technologies and lens antennas (ESA).

     

    From 1993 to 1996          Doctoral Thesis at the Electromagnetics and Acoustics Laboratory (LEMA) of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies of Lausanne.

    The thesis titles « SSFIP antennas: from the isolated element to the planar array » and was performed under the direction of Professor Juan R. MOSIG, who has been awarded IEEE Fellowship. The subject of the thesis was the development of a numerical antenna model for the computation an arbitrary planar antenna, such as slot feed patch antennas, microstrip patches antennas and planar antenna arrays. The major results achieved in this work were:

    - the complete and rigorous modeling of the multilayered printed antenna,

    - the thorough study of the stratified media asymptotic behavior of Green’s functions, including the discovery and the explanation of the Zenneck type surface waves which appear in dielectric slabs,

    - the development of an iterative method to solve large element matrix in an electromagnetic context, for the computation of large antenna arrays.

    Extensive knowledge of the Moment of Method (MoM), and multi-layered substrate Green’s functions computation, via the numerical resolution of Sommerfeld type integrals.

    Extensive knowledge of Antenna and Antenna Array theories.

     

    In 1995      Five months contract at Boulder Microwave Technologies, now Ansoft Corporation, Boulder, Colorado.

    Study of an infinite phased array Green’s function set for planar array computation.

     

    From 1989 to 1993          Diploma and studies of Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technologies in Lausanne (EPFL). Specialized in Telecommunications.

     

    From 1985 to 1989          Diploma and Studies of Electrical Technical Engineer at the High Technical School (ETS) of Geneva, Switzerland.

    Specialized in Telecommunications. Awarded Major of the 1989 promotion.

     

    From 1981 to 1985          Apprenticeship of Certified Electrical Mechanics at the SODECO-SAIA factory, in Geneva.

    Knowledge and intensive use of machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, etc ...

    Practical knowledge of electrical motors, general electricity and electromechanical commanding boxes.

     

    Areas of Interests:

    Leading an Engineering Team.

    Antenna development, radiation modeling and RF propagation studies.

    Being in close contact with the customer.

    Always interested in learning new skills.

     

    Hobbies:

    An eleven year old Daughter.

    Alpine Skiing.

    Scuba Diving.

     

     

    References:

    Dr. Minya Gavrilovic

    VP. Antenna Engineering and Operations

    Communication Components Antennas Inc.

    Ottawa, CANADA.

    E-mail: mgavrilovic(at)cciproducts.com

     

    Michel Forest

    Manager, Antenna Engineering

    MDA

    21025 Trans Canada Highway

    Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

    CANADA, H9X 3R2

    E-mail: michel.forest(at)mdacorporation.com

     

    Prof. Juan R. MOSIG

    DE-LEMA-EPFL

    CH-1015 LAUSANNE.

    SWITZERLAND

    Email: juan.mosig(at)epfl.ch

     

     

     

    Major Publications:

    Publication in Congresses

    Brand Y. et J. R. Mosig, 1995, « Modélisation des antennes multicouches excitées par fentes », Journées Nationales Microondes, pp. 5A7, Paris.

    Brand Y, and J. R. Mosig, 1995, « Modeling of Multilayred Aperture-Coupled Planar Antennas », Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium, Vol. 4, pp. 2094-2097, Newport Beach, California.

    Brand Y., R. C. Hall and J. R. Mosig, 1996, « Approximation of Mixed Potential Green’s Functions at Large Distances », Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium, Vol. 1, pp. 388-391, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Brand Y., R. C. Hall and J. R. Mosig, 1996, « Analysis of Infinite Arrays of Aperture Coupled Patch Elements Via a Space Domain Mixed Potential Integral Equation », Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium, Vol. 1, pp. 396-399, Baltimore, Maryland.

    Brand Y., A. K. Skivervik and J. R. Mosig, 1996, « An Iterative Scheme for Array Analysis », Jounées Internationales de Nice sur les Antennes (JINA ‘96), pp. 683-686, November 1996.

    Brand Y., A. Alvarez-Melcon, J. R. Mosig and R. C. Hall, 1997, « Large Distance Behavior of Stratified Media Spatial Green’s Functions », Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium, Vol. 4, pp. 2334-2337, Montreal, Canada.

    J. Mees & alt., 1997, « Open Structure Integrated Schottky Receiver for Space Applications », Proceedings of the 20th ESTEC Antenna Workshop on Millimeterwave Antenna Technology and Antenna Measurements, pp. 257-264, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

    J. Mees & alt., 1998, «Key Advanced Structure Investigation for mm- and sub mm- Wave Integrated Receiver (KASIMIR) », Proceedings of the 2nd ESA Workshop on Millimeterwave Technology and Applications, pp. 49-54, MilliLab, Espoo, Finland.

    Brand Y., A. K. Skrivervik, J. R. Mosig and F. E. Gardiol, 1998, « New Iterative Integral Equation Technique for Multilayered Printed Array Antennas », MMET’98 Conference Proceedings, Kharkov, June 2-5, pp. 615-617.

    Ayadi J., Y. Brand and J. R. Farserotu, 2001, « On the Use of UMTS for Air Ground Links », 12th IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC), Paper B7-3, San-Diego, October 2001.

    Brand Y., & Alt., 2002, “Ultra Flat Tri-Band High Power Satellite Array Antenna for Ground Navigation”, 20th International Communication Satellite System Conference of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA-ICSSC), Paper 2002-2029, Montreal, May 2002.

    Iriarte, J.-C., & alt., 2006, "EBG Superstrate for Gain Enhancement of a Circularly Polarized Patch Antenna", Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, July 9-15, 2006, pp. 2993-2996.

    Lacasse, J.-D., & alt., 2006, "Loss-reduction and dispersion control for minimum beam squinting in infinite-wavelength CRLH beam forming networks", Proceedings of the IEEE Antenna and Propagation Symposium, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, July 9-15, 2006, pp544.

    Riel, M., & alt., 2010, "Design of Low Scattering Struts for Center-Fed Reflector Antennas", European Conference on Antennas & Propagation (EuCAP) 2010, Paper A20-3, Barcelona, Spain.

     

    Publication in Journals

    Hafner C. & alt., 1994, «On the Combinaison of MMP with MoM », Applied Computational Electromagnetics (ACES) Journal, Vol. 9, pp. 18-27.

    Zurcher J.-F. and Y. Brand, 1996, «An Active Strip-Slot-Foam Inverted Patch Antenna », MOTL, Vol. 13, No. 3, October, pp. 114-119.

    Eleftheriades, G. V, Y. Brand, J.-F. Zurcher and J. R. Mosig, 1997, « ALPSS: A millimeter-Wave Aperture Coupled Patch Antenna on a Substrate Lens », Electronics Letters, Vol. 33, No. 3, January 1997, pp. 169-170.

    Brand Y., A. K. Skrivervik and J. R. Mosig, 1997, «An Iterative Scheme Solution for The analysis of Printed Arrays », MOTL, Vol. 16, No. 2, October, pp. 106-115.

    Iriarte, J.-C., & alt., 2009, «EBG Superstrate Array Configuration for the WAAS Space Segment», IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, Vol. 57, No. 1, pp. 81-93, 2009.

    Riel, M., & alt., 2012, «Performance Improvements of Center-Fed Reflector Antennas Using Low Scattering Struts», IEEE Transactions on Antenna and Propagation, Vol. 60, No. 3, pp. 1269-1280, 2012.

     

    Patents

    Gerrits J., C. Piguet, and Y. Brand, 2000, « Garde-temps avec mise à l’heure automatique et procédé de mise à l’heure d’un tel garde temps », European Patent No. 01401093.8-2208.

    Gaudette Y. and Y. Brand, 2003, «Method for Improving Isolation of an Antenna Mounted on a Structure », US Patent No. US7,138,959 B2 and European Patent No. EP1435676.

    Amyotte E. Y. Brand, V. Dupessey and S.-S. Garcia, 2004, « Electromagnetic Bandgap Device For Antenna Structures », US Patent No. US7,236,142.


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