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     Date Submitted:11-04-2014
     Last Modified:11-04-2014 (01:20)
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     Current job:Mechanical test engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsthermal mechanical testing test space satellite satellites vibration managment


    Nationality:            Italian

    Date of birth:         08/11/1986



    Marco has a wide experience in spacecraft and subsystems assembly, integration and testing campaigns, deep knowledge of operations and management of mechanical test facilities (thermal, vibration and mass properties). He has experience as test engineer and mechanical designer. Marco graduated in Aerospace Engineering at University of Pisa and received the professional habilitation as Industrial Engineer by University La Sapienza in Rome. He completed a PhD in Physics and Physic Technologies for Space Applications at the University of Perugia in January 2014. The PhD thesis work consisted in design, realization and test of a machine for the measurement of all the inertia properties of small space payloads (less than 50 kilograms), the results of the thesis were published as a paper in a peer reviewed journal (see publications). His 2,5 years work experience is focused on qualification testing (with particular attention to automotive and Space applications) and design & construction of machines, mainly for testing.

    Marco has experience as conductor and/or supporter for the following tests: Thermal-vacuum, Thermal, Vibration, Pyroshock, Mass properties measurements, Drop, Ship motions, Sand and dust and Rain.

    Moreover, he designed and participated in the construction of the following test machines: vibration test interfaces, pyroshock, inertia measurement, drop and ship motions. Marco has experience in the following software simulation fields: CAD modelling, FEA analysis, Multibody simulations and Fluid-dynamics simulations.



    February 2014–now     Mechanical Test Engineer, European Test Services BV at ESA-ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands

    ·       Preparation, execution and reporting of mass properties measurements and vibration tests

    ·       Preventive maintenance of test facilities and auxiliary equipment 

    ·       Test Responsible and operator for complex test campaigns including 
    - Test campaign team coordinator
    - Customer support during test phases 
    - Set-up of mass properties facilities (CoG, MoI, Balancing/Spin machine)
    - Set-up of shaker facilities (Multi shakers systems, Shock bench)
    - Operation of vibration control systems 
    - Operation of PLC systems of vibration and mass properties 
    - Preparation of the test documentation


    June 2013–January 2014      Research fellow, University of Perugia (Italy)

    Qualification testing and mechanical design for scientific projects

    ·       Design of testing machines and test interfaces

    ·       Conduction and support to vibration, thermal-vacuum and pyroshock tests

    ·       Didactic support


    November 2011–June 2013  Thermal/Mechanical Engineer, SERMS srl, Terni (TR), Italy

    Mechanical design

    ·       Design of testing machines and test interfaces

    Test support

    ·       Conduction and support to vibration, thermal-vacuum and pyroshock tests


    October 2011–November 2011      Thermal Engineer, CGS spa, Milan (MI), Italy

    Thermal Engineer

    ·       Conduction of thermal and thermal-vacuum tests

    ·       Writing thermal-vacuum test reports

    ·       Planning thermal and thermal-vacuum tests



    01/2011 – 01/2014   PhD in Physics technology for Space application, University of Perugia (Italy)

    ·       Thesis about the design and set-up of a testing machine for the measure of the inertia properties of small Space payloads


    2008 – 2010                 Master Degree in Aerospace Eng., Univ. of Pisa (Italy)



    ·       Several safety and management trainings

    ·       LMS 2013 Aerospace conference (speaker)

    ·       AIAS 2013 (speaker)

    ·       Thermal-vacuum specialist

    ·       Thermal test specialist



    Device for measuring the inertia properties of space payloads, M. Bacaro, F. Cianetti, A. Alvino, Mechanism and Machine Theory, Volume 74, April 2014, Pages 134-153



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    ·       French:        beginner

    ·       Dutch:         beginner

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