European Space Agency, Noordwijk (NETHERLANDS) - Intern
JUNE 2016 - SEPTEMBER 2016
Traineeship at ESTEC’s Mechanical Engineering Department, at the Structures Section of the Structure and Mechanisms Division (TEC-MS). Hitherto, my duties as a trainee have included:
- Performance of static finite element analysis (quasi-static and thermal loads) of E/O satellite structures using Abaqus/Standard.
- Performance of dynamic finite element analysis (sine and random vibrations) of E/O satellite structures using Nastran/Patran.
- Assessment of topology optimization tools, such as Abaqus/ATOM, Hyperworks/Optistruct and Hyperworks solidThinking Inspire, for the optimization of structural components. Study of topology optimization algorithms and their application to additive manufacturing processes.
Current project: Structural analysis of the Optical Instrument Module (OIM) of the Sentinel-4/UVN satellite for the optimization of the isostatic mounts.
West Virginia University, WV (U.S.A.) - Research Scholar
SEPTEMBER 2014 - MARCH 2015
Development of my senior thesis in collaboration with the Mechanical & Aerospace Department.
Title: “Applicability to a pre-design tool of analytical models on the impact of composite laminates”
(Summa cum laude).
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Integral Park Systems, Madrid (SPAIN) - Trainee at Technical Department
JULY 2011 - AUGUST 2011
Analysis and application of semiautomatic and robotic parking systems.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
International Space University, Strasbourg (FRANCE)
(Expected) MSc in Space Studies
SEPTEMBER 2015 - SEPTEMBER 2016
Scholarship from the European Space Agency (ESA).
Carlos III University, Madrid (SPAIN)
MSc & BSc in Mechanical and Structural Engineering
SEPTEMBER 2008 - MAY 2015
National scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.
Microsoft Office Package and LaTeX
Design, 3D modeling and rendering: AutoCAD, SolidEdge, SketchUp, and Vray.
Numerical Computing: Matlab, Mathcad.
Finite Element Analysis : ANSYS, Abaqus.
Avionics: Mission Planner and APMPlanner2.
Space mission modeling, simulation and analysis: Systems Tool Kit (STK Certified Level 1)
Highly proficient in both spoken and written English (Common European Framework C1)
Universal Near Space Platform (UNSP), Payload & Structural Design. (Ongoing project - Extracurricular Project)
Development, simulation, testing, and launch of a High Altitude Platform (HAP); renamed UNSP for this particular project. This platform will be suspended by a multi-balloon system at an altitude of 20 km for 24 hours. The payload consists of a Virtual Reality (VR) system that will broadcast on-live 360 imagery of the Earth’s curvature and near space environment. Expected launch date: April 2016.
Development of a UAV system to augment remote observation via spatial immersion. (Ongoing project - Master’s thesis - Payload development and AIT)
Improvement of a quadcopter UAV through the integration of a Spatial Immersive System (SIS). The SIS consists of a multi-camera payload intended to record VR immersive videos for the augmentation of remote satellite Earth observation.
SEDNA - Planetary Protection in Missions to Icy Moons: A Technology Roadmap. (Ongoing project - Research)
As part of the Master of Space Studies course at the International Space University, this Team Project is conducting a study of Planetary Protection in missions to icy moons within the solar system. Specifically, this study aims to produce a technology roadmap which presents a plan of the necessary technology to achieve satisfactory planetary protection in such missions. Editing of the final report, Enceladus future concepts missions, and study of full-passive Earth Reentry Capsules were performed as part of my duties within the team.
Cubesat Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE) Mission Design. (Team project, 2015 - Concept mission design)
The CARE mission will provide valuable insight into the debris atmospheric drag interaction by using a COTS-based cubesat intended to conduct scientific observations in LEO and finally reenter through the atmosphere.
Venezuela: On space autonomy. (Team project, 2015 - Research)
Project developed under the International Space University, Space Emerging Countries curriculum. Focused on a political, legislative, economic and social analysis regarding space activities along with an introduction to the present and future of Venezuelan satellite technology.
Extensive experience performing projects in a multicultural, international, and interdisciplinary teamwork environment.
Research-related projects conducted through the development of my senior and master’s thesis, and present graduate collaborations.
Technical projects carried out as a result of my academic experience and extracurricular endeavors.
Resourceful and versatile. Experience playing different roles; from project management to subsystem developer.
Public speaking, technical and scientific writing, and editing.
Spacecraft systems, structure and mechanisms.
Structural dynamics, 3D modeling and CAD.
Mechanics, robotics, and avionics.
Mathematical modeling and programming.
Solid mechanics and material science.
Space mission design and analysis.
Request for proposal/Invitation to tender (RFP/ITT) development.
Spacecraft systems integration and technology development.
Further information and references are available upon request
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