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     Date Submitted:12-11-2014
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    05-2014 à Now

      Integration and V&V Leader on EDRS-MOC

     

    Redu Space Services

     

    RSS is in charge of the turn-key Project Management, Design, Development, Assembly, Integration and Validation of the EDRS-MOC (European Data Relay System - Mission Operation Centre).

    RSS will deliver a customized innovative MOC to meet the requirements for the EDRS Programme:

     

    - Management of the Consortium of Suppliers (Spacebel, SES Techcom, Edisoft).

    - Delivery of 2 MOC (Germany and Redu).

    -  Maintenance and Operations.

     

    The European Data Relay System (EDRS) will be an independent, European satellite system designed to reduce time delays in the transmission of large quantities of data.

    In particular, RSS leads a consortium consisting of Spacebel (Belgium), Edisoft (Portugal) & Deimos (Portugal) and SES TechCom (Luxembourg) for the design, development, testing and delivery of the EDRS Mission Operation Centre (MOC). The prime system will be installed at EADS Astrium’s facilities in Ottobrunn/ Germany, whereas a backup system will be installed and operated by RSS from the ESA station in Redu.

    RSS will also be in charge for the lifetime maintenance and backup operations of the MOC system. This operational phase will involve the 24/7 operators shift team and the IT, logistic and maintenance teams.

    The main activities covered by the System Engineer are:

    · Provision of support and advice to the EDR-MOC Team

    - Leaders for all issues related to Ground Segment Integration and V&V as well as support for the GSVT activities

    · Contribution to the production and updates of the Ground Segment V&V High Level

    Plans

    · Generation of the detailed Ground Segment V&V tests specification as a collobaration between Integration and Verification and Validation approaches.

    · Definition and support to the development of test tools and test data sets required for the activities

    · Leading and support for the preparation and the execution of the Ground Segment Integration and V&V test procedures

    · Leading the coordination of the testing, including daily/weekly meeting, the analysis of test results and the preparation of the test reports

    · Contribution to the definition of the Overall System Validation Test Plan

    · Support to the identification and the assessment of risks related to Integration and V&V activities and implementation of mitigation measures

    · Monitor and, where applicable, steering the lifecycle for all related anomaly reports (ARs) /non-conformance reports (NCRs)

     

    Business or sector Space

    01-2014 à 05-2014

      Senior System Engineer on Space Weather Additional Services (SN-VI)

     

    Rhea System S.A. - Wavre

     

    The main objective of the System Engineering function is to lead the Task3 Activity of the project.

    The objective of this task is to develop an easy-to-use interface and preliminary set of visualisation tools supporting a forecaster in rapid analysis of latest space weather data. The tool and interface is based on an overall space weather event timeline and allow easy visualisation of solar images, heliospheric, magnetospheric, ionospheric and geomagnetic data coupled with overlays of relevant context. The activity is focus on developing the interactive timeline user interface and tools with a view to incorporating further more advanced tools and underpinning models in future activities. The toolkit is implemented as additional functionality to the SSA-SWE Service Portal.

    The main activities covered by the System Engineering are:

    - Review of user and system requirements

    - Provide Software Development Plan, Software Verification and Validation Plan, Software     Requirements Specification, Interface Control Document, Software Design Document, Software Validation Specification, Software Validation Report, Software User Manual

    - Provide build files, source code, test data and scripts, software installed, installation kit

    - Implement and support during the FAT (Factory Acceptance Test), AR1 (acceptance review at ESAC Testing Environment), AR2 (final acceptance review at REDU Operational Environment)

     

    Business or sector Space

     

    01-2011 à 11-2012

      Senior System Engineer on Space Weather Precursor Services Segment (SN-I)

     

    Rhea System S.A. - Wavre

     

    The position is based on Rhea HQ working with ESA/ESAC and ESA/ESOC clients for the Space Weather Segment Precursor Services.

    The main objective of the System Engineering function is to support for integration and deployment of the SWE PORTAL and the various SWE EOAs (Space Weather ESA-Owned Application) in the ESA OS (Operating System) baseline which is SLES-11 SP1 (SuSe Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 1).

    The main activities covered by the System Engineering were:

    - Adapt the SWE EOA services documentation and provide service application;

    - Provide support for their integration in the SWE portal;

    - SWE Service Test Suite for non-regression tests and installer and Test Report;

    - Support for integration and deployment;

    - Software requirements for the Space Weather Portal affecting the Assets;

    - Rules for target environment, installation, porting documentation, validation and maintenance;

    0 Review the requirements for the integration on SWE portal (SRS, ICD, SUM, SVS, SVR, SCF, SReID);

    - Ensure functionality of interfaces to external providers (if any)

    - Perform minor software developments to comply with requirements and interface with the portal;

    - Provide input to the SLA/OLA (Service Level Agreement/Operational Service Agreement) from second level support;

    - Modify, adapt and complete the documentation as per specified requirement and rules;

    - Provide service application datapack: source code, makefile, and installation procedures;

    - Provide support to the integration team for validation and deployment;

    - Support to anomaly investigation and resolution;

    - ESA Support to during regular meetings, audit;

    - Documentation review and editing;

     

    In addition add the Service Requirements coming from the scientific community and others into IBM Rational DOORS

     

    Business or sector Space

     

    08-2010 à 12-2010

      Senior System Engineer at the Operations Service Desk for Earth Observation Payload Data Systems

     

    Rhea System S.A. - Wavre

     

    The position is based on SerCo (Italy) but working with the ESA/ESRIN client.

    The OSD (Operations Service Desk) is not a help desk for users.

    The OSD includes a first level Service Desk, System Engineering to provide Anomaly investigation and resolution as well as change impact analysis, Common Services for all PDS elements (including Multi-Mission Facility Infrastructure configuration and maintenance, support to Operational Centres, Network and Security maintenance) and Overall Service management for all the service domains in the PDS Operations and Maintenance Contract.

    The objective of the System Engineering function is to ensure the various elements of the overall EO PDS function together to provide efficient and smooth day-to-day operations, as well as to provide the engineering management of the overall system.

    The main projects impacted were the EOLI systems (Eoli-SA and Eoli-Server), HMA and UM-SSO.

    System Engineering also provides an effective and efficient second and third level support for Anomaly investigation and resolution, support to Operational Centres and Operator consortium, Change Request impact analysis, etc. In addition, the System Engineering function provides the main technical interface to ESA for the overall Operations and Maintenance service – supporting progress meetings, joint Change Control Boards (J-CCBs), scheduling meetings, Transfer To Operations (TTO), etc

     

    Business or sector Space

     

    10-2006 à 07-2010

      Senior System Engineering for Maintenance and Support to Operations for Earth Observation Payload Data Systems

     

    Rhea System S.A. - Wavre

     

    The position is based on Datamat (Italy) but working with the ESA/ESRIN client.

    The activity covers the reception of software upgrades and corrections after successful factory acceptance test for on-site acceptance testing and operational integration. The activity covers all the software used on User Services and Mission Planning for the MUIS Ground Segment Systems which includes EOLI systems (Eoli-SA and Eoli-Server), HMA and UM-SSO.

    Meanwhile the activity covers also the validation and support to operation of Mission planning tools.

    As well it also included engineering support to Ground Segment Operations for the relevant systems, to:

    - Definition of User & Software requirements

    - Maintenance of Test Specifications

    - Acceptance testing of SW deliveries (including documentation)

    - Management of Change Requests (CR) and Non Conformance Requests (NCR)

    - Maintenance of off-site Integration Environment

    - Definition of User & Software requirements of Evolution Projects and their Offsite Integration - AIV & ROM for SVT (Swath Visualization Tools) tools like: SaVoir (Swath Acquisition Viewer), RSE (Reference Swath Editor), GSA (GMES Station Analysis tool) and PIAT (Project Impact Assessment Tool)

    - Supervision of Reference and Operational Environment configuration

    - Application Installation and Configuration on the Reference and Operational Environment

    - Operational Qualification on the Reference and Operational Environment

    - Use of CVS as tool for the configuration control

    - Use of SQUISH as automatic testing tool

    Meanwhile the activity covers the support to operations for the new missions already mentioned and the management of CRs and NCRs.

    The activity includes also the Integration on new Missions and its management on Configuration Control (CVS), using the CVS as tool for the configuration control.

    The integration activity of new missions and evolution project is performed by teleconf with the client ESA and the software house TAITUS to plan the software released, the acceptation test plan and the transfer to operation plan to ESA users by DVD production.

    The AIV activity is plan by weekly meeting with particular attention to critical/blocking release.

    Moreover the activity includes the Integration of new Missions to be configured on MMFI and USMP functional areas and to be validated performing an End-to-End Test following Operational Scenario for the specific mission.

     

    Business or sector Space

     

    08-2005 à 09-2006

      Java Programmer on SIPAM Project

     

    VITROCISET S.p.A. - Rome

     

    The position was to develop an Information System (named SIPAM, “Sistema Informativo del Personale Aeronautica Militare”) dedicated to Management of Italian Air Force personnel. This system will be a single, centralized system located in RESIA Acquasanta (the main IAF Data Centre on Rome), the User Interface, for access the system and use of functions, is developed on JAVA web-based using Servlets/JSPs and Tomcat web container and where the used database is ORACLE.

    The position was analyst on JAVA by use of “jsp” and “jsf” with the integration of plsql procedures on ORACLE.

     

    Business or sector Defense

     

    03-2002 à 07-2005

      Junior Analyst Engineer on Maintenance and Support to Operations for Earth Observation Payload Data Systems

     

    VITROCISET S.p.A. - Rome

     

    The position was about the MUIS (Multi-Mission User Information Services) support, extending it to the whole ODISSEO environment.  Systems covered in short-term are MUIS (Eoli-SA and Eoli-Server) and OHS (Order Handling Systems), including their gateways to the ENVISAT PDS, with extension to the new Master Catalogue. The activity covered the reception of software upgrades and corrections after successful factory acceptance test for on-site acceptance testing and operational integration. As well it also included engineering support to operations for the relevant systems, to:

    - Support system configuration issues

    - Analyse anomaly reports

    - Identify the subsystem causing the anomaly and provide the relevant diagnostic

    - Analyse change requests

    - Raise the relevant SPRs

    - Follow-up the relevant SPRs until closure of loop via above on-site acceptance test.

    The system was developed using JAVA, C++ and XML technologies. The operating system was before a SUN after that is was migrating to a Linux cluster. The main activity was developed Applet for system testing and Swing programs. I was part of AIV (Acceptance, Integration and Validation) team managing all the subsystems and performing the migration to the LINUX platform supporting the ROM team for the transfer to the operation

     

    Business or sector Space

     

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING

     

     

    07/02/2014

    AWS Certification

    Replace with EQF (or other level if relevant

     

    AWS Cloud School, Amazon Web Services, Brussels

     

    - Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)

    - Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud)

    - AWS DynamoDB

     

    From 29/10/2013 to 31/10/2013

    Public Speaking

    Replace with EQF (or other level if relevant

     

    Public Speaking, Learning Tree Noordwijk

     

    - Speak publicly in a convincing and concise way

    - Deliver dynamic, clear and succinct

    - Build audience rapport through eye contact, vocal delivery and body language

    - Sharpen your public speaking skills by preparing and integrating personalized feedback

     

    04/2008

    Project Management: Skills for Success

    Replace with EQF (or other level if relevant

     

    Project Management, Learning Tree, ESTEC Noordwijk

     

     

    From 03/1999 to 02/2002

    Post-Lauream Fellowship

    Replace with EQF (or other level if relevant

     

    Department of Nuclear and Theory Physic of University of Pavia and Department of Aerospace Engineering of Rome “La Sapienza”

     

    Two different contracts:

    1) Data analysis of temporal series, with reference to the experiments to the detections of gravitational waves by spatial missions;

    2) Data analysis of temporal series, with reference to the experiments to the detections of gravitational waves on wide band

     

    From 09/1990 to 09/1997

    MSc in Physics

    Replace with EQF (or other level if relevant

     

    University of Rome “La Sapienza”

     

    Specialization in Electronics, with graduation thesis on:

    - Search for coincidence events with the resonant bar detectors EXPLORER and NAUTILUS

     

    From 09/1985 to 07/1990

    General Certificate of Scientific Education

    Replace with EQF (or other level if relevant

     

    Liceo Scientifico “T. G. Talotta” Rome (Italy)

     

    Scientific Education:

    - Latin

    - Mathematics

    - Natural Sciences

    - Philosophy

    - Physics

     

    PERSONAL SKILLS

     

     

    Mother tongue(s)

    Italian

    Other languages

    English, French

     

    Communication skills

    §  Good communication skills gained through my experience as team manager in SN-I and SN-VI Space Weather Projects

     

     Organisational / managerial skills

    §  Sense of organization, Ability of coping with the customers and partners, Good experience in his project management skills gained through my experience as AIV team member in ESRIN Ground Segment and in SN-I and SN-VI Space Weather Projects

     

    Job-related skills

     

    §  Very good skill of analyzing the processes and to focus on the problems of interest gained through experience as AIV Team Member in ESRIN Ground Segment.

    §  Experience on development client and server side (Swing) and on Web application and knowledge of distributed multi-tier application using JAVA technologies (Applets) by UMS, OOAD and Rational Rose gained through experience as Java developer

    §  Knowledge of Versioning System as CVS and Subversion gained through experience as AIV Team Member in ESRIN Ground Segment

    §  Knowledge of Requirements Management Tool like IBM Rational DOORS and Processes and standard tools like ITSM7 and IBM Rational Change gained through experience in all Space Weather projects (SN-I, DC-II, CO-II, SN-VI)

     

    Computer skills

     

    §  Hardware: SUN Workstation, HP, Intel Personal Computer, IBM

    §  Operating System: SLES-11, SunOS, Solaris, IBM AIX, Linux, UNIX, VMS, DOS, MacOS, MS Windows 95/98/NT/2k/XP/VISTA/7

    §  Programming Languages: C/C++, Visual C++, IDL, Java/J2EE, SQL, Pro*C SQL, PL-SQL, Fortran 77, Perl, ksh, csh, bash shell scripts

    §  Internet e WEB technologies: Web Servers: Apache, Netscape Server, Internet Information Services (IIS), Application Servers: Oracle Application Server (OAS), Servlet Containers: Tomcat, Web Programming Languages: PHP, ASP/ASP.Net, JSP, JSF, Mark-up Languages: HTML, XML

    §  RDBMS: ORACLE Relational Database Management System and its tools, SQL Server, Postgres, MySQL

    All of those gained during my experience as AIV Team member in ESRIN Ground Member

     

    Driving licence

    §  Driving license Categories A and B



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