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     Date Submitted:15-02-2015
     Last Modified:08-05-2015 (10:49)
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     Current job:Dr. Aerospace Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsComposite materials, deployable space structures, finite elements analysis, material testing, manufacturing, Digital Image Correlation, Abaqus Standard/Explicit, Matlab, Fortran, C++, SolidWorks, SolidEdge



    California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, California                                                                                        2009 - 2014

    Ph.D. in Aeronautics, June 2014                                                                                                                                                     2010 - 2014

    ·   GPA: 3.8/4.0

    ·   Thesis title: High-strain composites and dual-matrix composite structures

    M.S. in Aeronautics, June 2010                                                                                                                                                        2009 - 2010           

    ·   GPA: 4.0/4.0

    ·   Research project at NASA – Jet Propulsion Laboratory: designed, manufactured and tested a Langmuir probe for a mass spectrometer on a Mars Exploration Rover


    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain                                                                                                                     2002 - 2007

    Ingeniero Superior Aeronáutico (Aeronautical Engineer, 5-year degree), November 2007                                                                 

    ·   GPA: 9.23/10. Ranked 2nd in the Aerospace specialization and 5th overall. Honors on Diploma Thesis

    ·   Thesis title: Analysis and simulation of the plasma discharge on a Hall thruster prototype





    California Institute of Technology (Caltech),Pasadena, California                                                                              2010 - present

    Graduate Aerospace Laboratories (GALCIT), Space Structures Laboratory

    Supervisor: Professor Sergio Pellegrino


    Collaborator                                                                                                                                                            September 2014 - present

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow                                                                                                                                 June – September 2014


    Dual-matrix composite self-deployable log-spiral antennas for CubeSats

    ·   Collaborate with the antenna research team to design self-deployable shell structures that integrate log-spiral antennas according to performance and stowage mission requirements

    ·   Source tools and materials for the project within budget constraints

    ·   Lead team to identify and address challenges including material selection, conductor integration, composite lay-up design, and manufacturing techniques

    ·   Validate designed structures through preliminary non-destructive testing and finite element analysis

    ·   Successfully manufacture self-deployable log-spiral antennas performing within the required bandwidth and gain

    ·   Prepare proposals and presentations for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), who funds the project



    Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                        June 2010 - June 2014


    Experimental research in advanced composite materials

    ·   Collaborated with L’Garde, Inc. to address challenges in flexible fiber composites manufacturing

    ·   Implemented novel material testing methodology to estimate the mechanical properties of the L’Garde flexible composites

    ·   Led research of fiber microbuckling under compression of unidirectional carbon fiber-reinforced silicone composite rods

    ·   Analyzed composite microstructures to obtain statistical data on fiber waviness, misalignment and volume fractions

    ·   Prepared proposals, reports and review presentations with L’Garde, Inc. for NASA-Jet Propulsion Laboratory


    Composite material modeling

    ·   Implemented homogenization techniques and linear and non-linear Finite Element models to characterize flexible composite materials

    ·   Implemented statistical values of microstructural properties on Finite Element models to predict the behavior in compression of soft composite rods replicating experimental conditions

    ·   Analyzed experimental and numerical data and compared the results to theoretical estimations to explain the effect of fiber angle distributions on the fiber microbuckling of nominally-unidirectional silicone composite rods


    Deployable shell structures

    ·   Identified challenges to manufacture foldable shell structures for deployable space applications

    ·   Designed, manufactured and tested dual-matrix foldable composite shells

    ·   Sourced tools and materials under budget constraints and studied different composite lay-ups and matrix curing processes

    ·   Designed concepts and manufacture prototypes of origami-inspired foldable and self-deployable shell structures

    ·   Proposed dual-matrix composite shells to design deployable wideband antennas for CubeSats





    Teaching Assistant                                                                                                                                                                          2010 - 2014


    ·   Held office hours, trained students for laboratory coursework, managed laboratory resources, and graded homework, laboratory reports, Master thesis reports, and final exams

    ·   Acquired teaching experience in three courses: Composite Materials (4 trimesters), Theory of Structures (1 trimester), and Experimental Methods (1 trimester)


    Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM),Madrid, Spain                                                                                                      2005 – 2009

    Department of Mathematics, Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Aeronáuticos

    Supervisor: Professor Eduardo Ahedo


    Research Assistant                                                                                                                                                                                


    ·   Developed and implemented new models for the plasma discharge on Hall thrusters

    ·   Performed comparative analysis on the efficiency and accuracy of different plasma–wall interaction models

    ·   Used measurements from a real prototype in order to improve existing models





    ·   Numerical analysis of composite materials and structures: Finite Element Analysis packages ABAQUS/Standard and Explicit

    ·   Additional software: SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Matlab, Tecplot, C++, Fortran, Python, Mathematica, Maple

    ·   Composite materials testing: Instron mechanical systems, Digital Image Correlation, laser extensometers, optical and digital microscopy, SEM

    ·   Fiber composite materials manufacturing with different fibers, fabrics and resins. Experience in vacuum bagging, autoclave curing and UV curing   





    ·   Spanish: native language

    ·   English: fluent (5 years of work experience in the USA)

    ·   French: intermediate (writing), basic (speaking)





    ·   Fulbright Scholarship, Fulbright Foundation, U.S. Department of State and Comunidad de Madrid                     2009 - 2014

    ·   Graduate Researcher Training Scholarship, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid                                                        2008 - 2009

    ·   Undergraduate Research Assistant Scholarship, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid                                                2006 - 2007

    ·   Undergraduate Research Assistant Scholarship, Ministry of Education and Science, Spain                                    2005 - 2006

    ·   Excellent Academic Performance Grant, Comunidad de Madrid                                                                                  2002 - 2003





    Sakovsky, M., Maqueda. I., Karl, C., Pellegrino, S., and Costantine, J. (2015). Dual-Matrix Composite Wideband Antenna Structures for CubeSats. AIAA Spacecraft Structures Conference, 5-9 January 2015, Kissimmee, FL, AIAA 2015-0944


    Maqueda, I., Pellegrino, S. & Mejia-Ariza, J., Characterization of a high strain composite material. 53rd AIAA/ASME/ASCE/AHS/ASC Structures, Structural Dynamics and Materials Conference, 23-26 April 2012 Honolulu, Hawaii.


    Maqueda, I.,Escobar, D. & Ahedo, E., Advances on a Hall thruster hybrid code, 30th International Electric Propulsion Conference, 17-20 September 2007 Florence, Italy


    Ahedo, E.,Maqueda, I.,Antón, A., Raitses, Y. & Fisch, N.J., Numerical simulations of a 2kW Hall thruster, 42nd AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, 9 - 12 July 2006, Sacramento, California





    SUPAERO,Toulouse, France                                                                                                                                                      Summer 2006

    Community of Ariane Cities Summer School (180 hours)

    ·   Attended lectures on aerospace engineering and management in the EU   

    ·   Visited French R&D centers and aerospace companies

    ·   Worked in international teams on the design, certification, operation and management of nanolaunchers                                           

    ·   Awarded best project in program: Hybrid Propulsion Nanolaunchers

    ·   Awarded with a visit to the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana





    Interests: space technology and exploration, classic guitar, model making, numismatics, photography and travel

    Associations:Spanish Fulbright Alumni Association (Member of the Executive Board), AIAA, Caltech Alumni Association, Community of Ariane Cities

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