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     Date Submitted:18-02-2015
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     Current job:Researcher on space exploration robotic systems, PhD student
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpace exploration robotic systems, space systems, cubesats, software, space engineering, physics
    CV

    Synopsis

    Researcher on space exploration robotic systems with particolar commitment to planetary rover locomotion, robotic grasping arms and grippers, automatic controls, machine learning, autonomous systems and space robotic missions.
    MSc in Space Engineering with experience in space systems, orbital mechanics, attitude determination and control systems, space environment, payloads and cubesats.
    BSc, MSc in Physics with experience in data analysis, antennas, optics, cosmic rays and astrophysics.
    Experience at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Earth, Astronomy and Physics Mission Formulation Group) bridging science and engineering. Experience with a lot of scienti c softwares and programming, ability to work in team and able to speak 6 languages. Advanced open water diver.
     
     
    Professional Experience

    11/2014 - Present PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino: space exploration robotic systems. Supervisor: Prof. G. Genta. Space Advanced Project Excellence in Research and Enterprise (SAPERE) Edu Systems Technology and Research National Global Operations (STRONG): space robotic grasping manipulator mechanical and control design process at Thales Alenia Space, Turin. Supervisor: S. Ferraris.

    09/2013 - 08/2014 Space systems engineer (internship), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, fully supported by J. Booth, Manager Astrophysics Competed Missions and Technology.

    - Implementation of a Python-STK interface to create a trajectory visualization tool for TeamXc concurrent engineering implementation studies for CubeSats.

    - Science observation strategy planning Matlab code, Mass Equipment List, Mission Traceability Matrix and Instrument block diagram for the PBR of the astrophysical SMEX mission proposal X-Calibur.

    - TeamXc concurrent engineering implementation studies for CubeSats:

    1. Mission design engineer for Near Earth Asteroid Detection System, (Matlab, STK).

    2. Deputy system engineer and Thermal engineer for The Ionospheric CubeSat Swarm Pathfinder, (Matlab).

    - Science Data Analyst in pre-TeamX study and science observation strategy planning Matlab code for the astrophysical SMEX mission proposal SpEAR (Space Explorer for Accretion and Reverberation).

    - Member of science team for the astrophysical SMEX mission proposal SWORD (Synoptic Wideband Orbiting Radio Detector), (Python).

    - Supported CubeSat concurrent engineering tool creation through the development of a CubeSat component database.

    03/2013 - 07/2013 Internship, Mission design engineer in SWING project (Space Weather INvestiGation), ten-people group project, realized during a university course at Politecnico di Milano to design the Phases 0-A-B1 of an innovative space mission. Design and test the whole mission analysis, using Matlab. This work was resented to European Space Agency (ESA) and aerospace companies (Thales Alenia Space, Selex ES).

    07/2012 Teaching assistant of Physics at Agostino Bassi Technical Economic High School in Lodi, Italy.

    09/2009 - 10/2010 Anechoic chamber test and simulation, using SRSR, on Planck 30GHz corrugated horns for Cosmic Microwave Background measurements, during a university course at Università degli Studi di Milano.

    08/2010 Internship, INAF headquarters (National Institute of Astrophysics), Osservatorio Astronomico di Brera, Italy. One-meter telescope observations and data analysis.

    09/2009 - 11/2009 Internship, Bachelor degree Thesis at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, Italy. Design and test of a method to quantify the effects of seeing on astronomical images, using LabView.

    2007-2009 Partecipation in creation of scientific exhibitions (research work, team work and assembling work) for the scientific association EURESIS:

    1. Atmosphere - Myths and Reality of climate change

    2. What many stars? - The Milky Way between science, history and art

    3. The light, the eyes, the meaning - the human experience of seeing

    exhibited at the Meeting for Friendship among Peoples (www.meetingrimini.org/eng) visited by 800000 people every year.

    Since 2003 Teaching assistant of Mathematics, Physics, English and French in High School seminars.

     

    Education

    2014 - Present PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Torino: space exploration robotic systems. Supervisor: Prof. G. Genta. Expected graduation: November 2017.

    Classes: Space robotics, Techniques of robust control, Advanced techniques for highly reliable electronic system design, Mimetic learning, Materials for extreme conditions in aerospace applications, Model predictive control: theory and practice, Attitude determination, guidance and control, Machine learning.

    Summer schools: 2015 Italian Society of Professors and Researchers in Automatic Controls (SIDRA) PhD Summer School on Robot Control; 2015 SIDRA PhD Summer School on Underwater Robotics; International Centre for Mechanical Sciences - 2015 Advanced School on "The Art of Modeling Mechanical Systems".

    2011 - 2014 Master's Degree in Space Engineering (102/110) (entirely in English), Politecnico di Milano, Italy. Thesis: Scientific analysis of the NASA astrophysical mission concept SWORD.

    2009-2011 Master's Degree in Physics (110/110 cum laude), specialized in Astrophysics, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Thesis: A statistical study of protostellar disk properties in nearby star forming regions.

    2006-2009 Bachelor's Degree in Physics (98/110), Università degli Studi di Milano. Thesis: Application of the Hartmann method to study the effects of seeing on the formation of astronomical images.

    09/2004 - 07/2005 One year at the Bundesgymansium Wien 9 High School" in Vienna, Austria, to study German.

     

    Publications

    1. "What number of cosmic ray events do we need to measure source catalogue correlations?". Dolci M., Romero-Wolf A., Wissel S.; submitted to the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics. arXiv: 1509.04356v1. Impact factor 5.81.
     
    2. "Synthesis model for real time dynamic analysis of planetary rovers". Genta G., Dolci M.; "23rd Conference of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics", Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), 17-19 November 2015.
     
    3. "Robotic system study for a LEO orbiting vehicle payload capturing". Dolci M., Ferraris S., Genta G., Pellegrino P., Richiardi D., Scalise G.; "23rd Conference of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics", Polytechnic of Turin (Italy), 17-19 November 2015.
     
    4. "Simpli ed model for real time dynamic analysis of planetary rovers". Genta G., Dolci M.; "XXII Congress - Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics", Genova (Italy), 14-17 September 2015.
     
    5. "What number of cosmic ray events do we need to measure source catalogue correlations?". Dolci M., Romero-Wolf A., Wissel S.; "34th International Cosmic Ray Conference", The Hague (The Netherlands), 30 July to 6 August 2015.

     

    Honors and Awards

    Since 07/2015 Space Generation Advisory Council member, in support of the United Nations programme on space applications.
     
    09/2013 - 11/2013 Winner of one of the two all paid Internships among all Italian Engineering and Physics students, supported by Italian Space Agency (ASI) and Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF). It took place at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Pasadena, USA.

     

    Scientific conferences

    17-19 November 2015 23rd Conference of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy. Oral presentations.
     
    14-17 September 2015 XXII Congress - Italian Association of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, Genova, Italy. Oral presentation.
     
    7-9 July 2015 9th IAA Symposium on the Future of Space Exploration - Towards New Global Programmes, Polytechnic of Turin, Italy.
     
    3-4 June 2015 "Il volo sub-orbitale e le infrastrutture per il trasporto di futura generazione". Vittori R., Ianelli S., Santoro F., Dolci M.; Polytechnic of Bari, Italy. Oral presentation.
     
    04/28/2014 - 04/29/2014 2014 Interplanetary Small Satellite Conference at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

    09/24/2013 DaMaSC-II symposium (Dark Matter in Southern California) at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena supported by Keck Institute for Space Science.

    08/24/2011 - 08/26/2011 International symposium on Brain, Mind and Language. The mystery of the unity of the self, hold in the San Marino Republic.

     

    Expertise

    Programming & OS:
    Advanced knowledge: Matlab, Simulink, Python, LaTeX, Microsoft Oce Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio), Mathematica, Octave.
    Excellent knowledge: C, C++, Autodesk Inventor, STK Systems Tool Kit, MSC Adams, MSC Nastran, MSC Patran.
    Good knowledge: IDL, LabView, ModelCenter, MagicDraw, Adobe Photoshop, ImageJ, SRSR, Arduino systems.
    Basic knowledge: CAD SolidWorks, Spice Tool Kit (Mice), DS Catia, Go, ROS.
     
    Operating systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux, Machintosh.
     
    Technical skills:
    Team Working, Complex Problem Solving, Operations Analysis, Systems Evaluation, Systems Analysis, Time Management, Critical Thinking, Judgment and Decision Making, Troubleshooting, Laboratory Experience.
     
    First Aid Course (European Red Cross Standards). Open Water Diver (CMAS, FIAS), Advanced Open Water Diver (CMAS, FIAS).

     

    Languages

    Italian mother tongue

    English fluent, good knowledge, PET(B1), TOEIC(C1), iBT TOEFL 91/120 (05/2013)

    German fluent, good knowledge

    French good knowledge

    Spanish discrete knowledge

    Russian basic knowledge, TEU(A1)

     

    Outside interests

    - Semi professional soccer player in a national division in Italy. Enjoy hiking very much and a lot of different sports. Delight in classical music in particular Dvorak, Mozart, Rachmaninov and Bach and in traveling.

    - During college years organization of several star-gazing parties and scientific lessons to high-school students. Active member of CUSL club in Milan (University Cooperative Study and Work - www.cusl.it) that helped students in preparing university classes.

    - Volunteer at Hillsides Education Center in Pasadena, CA. Since 1998 active member of CAI club (Italian Alpine Club - www.cai.it).

     

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