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     Date Submitted:22-09-2014
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    Job information
     Current job:Expert in Deep Space Tracking Systems and Research Fellow
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
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     KeywordsOrbit Determination, Deep Space Tracking Systems, Software Development, Orbital Mechanics, Radio Science, Gravity Experiments
    CV
    Experience
     
    Arpsoft s.r.l.
    Rome, Italy
    Expert in Deep Space Tracking Systems
    Mar ’13 – Present
     
    Arpsoft is a company based on years of experience consolidated at prestigious italian and foreign institutes (Sapienza University of Rome, INAF, JPL). Its expertise is focused on space fields like navigation and orbit determination, radio science, interferometric deep space tracking techniques and signal processing. During my experience at Arspsoft I’ve taken part in a feasibility study commissioned by ESA, to assess the benefits, in terms of data volume return in Ka-band, coming from the use of radio-meteorological data and statistical optimization in space telecommunications. ESA’s BepiColombo mission has been taken as the reference mission for the study in terms of mission profile and mission operations. My contribution consists in implementing a new optimization tool for radio links in Ka-band, capable of ingesting weather forecast data, in terms of attenuation and associated probability distribution function. The tool will be used by ESA for mission planning and computation of the total data volume using the new analysis mode.
     
    Sapienza University of Rome
    Rome, Italy
    Research Fellow and PhD student in Aeronautical and Space Technology
    Nov ’11 – Present
    Radio Science Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
     
    During my PhD a great deal of my research has focused on the determination of the gravity field of Saturn’s icy satellites by means of precise Doppler tracking of the Cassini spacecraft. The activity entails the analysis of RS gravity data collected during several flybys of Saturn’s moons Enceladus and Rhea, using space-quilified software. I’ve had to deal with calibration of non-gravitational accelerations, Saturn satellite ephemeris update and implementation of a multi-arc analysis method.
    I’ve carried out extensive numerical simulations of the radio science experiment on-board the JUICE mission to the Jupiter system, which represent the main topic of my dissertation. The activity entails: characterization of the dynamical environment (gravitational and non-gravitational forces, spacecraft modeling), assessment of the accuracies attainable in the estimation of the gravity field of Jupiter’s icy satellites, the development of dedicated software for the measurements of Ganymede’s and Callisto’s tidal distortions, precise spacecraft positioning for applications in laser altimetry.
     
    Weizmann Institute of Science
    Rehovot, Israel
    Visiting Scientist
    Nov ’13 – Mar ’14
    Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
     
    During my visit at Weizmann Institute of Science I’ve worked, in collaboration with Dr. Yohai Kaspi, on a number of projects mainly concerning the Juno gravity experiment. My work has focused on the development of a 3-D model for Jupiter’s deep wind structure based on an anelastic general circulation model and the assessment of the impact on the scientific return of the experiment of gravity anomalies caused by Jupiter’s atmospheric dynamics. I’ve alsoworked as a consultant on the radio science experiment of ESA’s JUICE mission, in the matter of radio occultations, for the retrieval of vertical density, pressure and temperature profiles in Jupiter’s neutral atmosphere.
     
    Education
     
    Sapienza University of Rome
    Rome, Italy
    Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineering
    2006 – 2009
    TOPICS: calculus, numerical methods, physics, applied mechanics, fluid dynamics, flight dynamics, space propulsion, space structures.
    THESIS: Structural analysis of a Earth-orbiting micro-satellite.
    Graduation mark: 110/110 cum laude (full marks with honor, GPA equivalent: 3.7-4.0).
     
    Sapienza University of Rome
    Rome, Italy
    Master’s degree in Space Engineering
    2009 – 2011
    TOPICS: space missions, space systems, space environment, space instrumentation, telecommunications, remote sensing, ground stations, radio localization, satellite navigation, orbital mechanics, astrodynamics, attitude control.
    THESIS: The determination of Ganymede’s tidal deformations.
    Graduation mark: 110/110 cum laude (full marks with honor, GPA equivalent: 3.7-4.0).
     
    Sapienza University of Rome
    Rome, Italy
    PhD Candidate in Aeronautical and Space Technology
    2011 – 2014
    Advisor: Professor Luciano Iess.
    THESIS: Gravity and geodesy of the Jovian system bodies with the Juno and JUICE missions
    Thesis submission date: July 20, 2014.
    Expected graduation date: February 2015.
     
    Publications
     
    Peer Reviewed:
     
    L. Iess, D. J. Stevenson, M. Parisi, D. Hemingway, R.A. Jacobson, J. I. Lunine, F. Nimmo, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, M. Ducci and P. Tortora, The gravity Field and Interior Structure of Enceladus. Science, April 4, 2014, Vol. 344 no. 6179 pp. 78- 80. DOI: 10.1126/science.1250551.
    
    Submitted:
     
    Ofman, L., M. Parisi and A. K. Srivastava, Three dimensional MHD Modeling of Vertical Kink Oscillations in an Active Region Plasma Curtain.
     
    In preparation:
     
    M. Parisi, L. Iess, S. Finocchiaro, The gravity fields and tides of Ganymede and Callisto with the JUICE mission.
     
    Iess, L., M. Parisi, M. Ducci, B. Giese and R. A. Mackenzie, Cassini gravity measurements detect the reorientation of Rhea’s inertia axes.
    
    Finocchiaro, S., L. Iess, M. Parisi, Juno radio science experiment: assessment of the accuracies attainable in the determination of the gravity field of Jupiter.
    
    Conference proceedings
    
    Parisi, M., S. Finocchiaro, L. Iess, Gravity Science with the JUICE mission. European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2012, Vienna, Austria, 22-27 April 2012.
    
    Parisi, M., S. Finocchiaro, L. Iess, Multi-arc an batch-sequential filters for the orbit determination of ESA’s
    JUICE mission. 23rd International Symposium on Space Flight Dynamics, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.,
    October 29-November 2, 2012.
    
    Marzano F. S., M. Biscarini, L. Iess, M. Gregnanin, M. Parisi, M. Montopoli, K. De Sanctis, S. Di
    Fabio, L. Bernardini, M. Montagna, M. Arza, M. Mercolino, M. Lanucara, Investigating Ka-band Science Data Transfer for BepiColombo Mission by using radiometeorological numerical models, TTC 2013 6th ESA InternationalWorkshop on Tracking, Telemetry and Command System for Space Application, ESAESOC, 10-13 September 2013.
    
    Iess, L., M. Parisi, M. Ducci, R. A. Jacobson, J.W. Armstrong, S.W. Asmar, J. I. Lunine, D. J. Stevenson, P. Tortora. The gravity field of Enceladus from the three gravity flybys. AGU 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California, 9-13 December 2013.
    
    Parisi, M., L. Iess, M. Ducci, Determination of Enceladus’ gravity field from Cassini radio science data. European Geosciences Union EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27 April-2 May 2014.
    
    Parisi, M., L. Iess, S. Finocchiaro, The gravity fields of Ganymede, Callisto and Europa: how well can JUICE do?. European Geosciences Union EGU General Assembly 2014, Vienna, Austria, 27 April-2 May 2014.
    
    Parisi, M., E. Galanti, Y. Kaspi, S. Finocchiaro, Inferring the depth of Jupiter’s vortices by the Juno gravity measurements. Latsis Symposium 2014, Atmosphere and Climate Dynamics: from Clouds to Global Circulations, 18-21 June 2014, Zurich, Switzerland.
     
    Other Information
     
    Invited talks and seminars
     
    Parisi, M., Gravity investigations with Radio Science Experiments: recent results from the Cassini mission.
    Department of Geophysics and Planetary Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel, hosted by Dr. Ravit Helled, November 25, 2013.
    
    Parisi, M., The gravity field of Enceladus and Rhea from several Cassini flybys. Planetary Journal Club at Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, hosted by Dr. Oded Aharonson, December 16, 2013.
     
    Summer schools
     
    Summer School Alpbach 2012, Exploration of the Giant Planets and their Systems, July 24 - August 2, 2012, Alpbach/Tyrol, Austria.
     
    Certificates and Awards
     
    Pegasus Certificate from the European Network of Excellence in Aerospace Engineering Education.
    
    Italian Engineering Qualification Exam (Esame di Stato). Grade: 187/200.
    
    First Certificate in English (FCE).
    
    Preliminary English Test (PET).
     
    Memberships
    
    European Geosciences Union (EGU).
     
    Skills
     
    Technical specialties:
    Software development and implementation, with(in) a team. Expertise in programming with Python, Fortran 90/95, Matlab. Good knowledge of Visual Basic and C++. Linux administration skills: bash. I also entered the world of logic programming with Prolog. Proficient user of the following operating systems: MAC OS X, MSWindows, Linux Fedora. Excellent knowledge of MS Office Suite. Proficient user of markup language LATEX. Expert user of space-qualified navigation and orbit determination software Proficient user of structural analysis and design software Nastran / FEMAP (NASA/JPL).
     
    Job-related specialties:
    Passionate about space exploration. Able to work autonomously, under supervision and in team. Capable of compromising in order to come to an agreement. Problem solving attitude. Enjoys working in an international environment. Is sensitive to diversity and multiculturalism. Ability to gather and synthesize information. Fast learner. Self-motivated. Skills in coordinating different people’s works and
    activity planning. Establishes collaborative relationships and projects.
     
    Other skills:
    Excellent communication skills gained by participating at international conferences and workshops, interacting with space agencies (ESA, NASA/JPL) and scientific institutions (Weizmann Institute of Science, California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, Italian National Institute for Astrophysics, University of Pisa, University of Bologna). Expertise in scientific writing. Experience as technical responsible of software development and data handling (ESA RadioMetOP project). Comfortable with risk taking. Confident in handling new tasks. Flexible in assignments. Able to work under tight deadlines.
     
    Languages:
    Italian (mother tongue), English (full professional proficiency), Spanish (elementary proficiency) and Hebrew (beginner).

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