March 2012 – July 2015: Master of Science in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano University, Milano (MI), Italy.
Courses taught in English.
Final Thesis title: “NASA Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator for Mars Entry Performance Enhancement”. Analysis of Space Entry Vehicle Dynamics. Application of Optimization Methods for Trajectory Design. Design of Trigger Control for decelerator’s inflation.
Final grade 96/110
October 2014 – April 2015: Master Thesis developed in Irvine CA, USA, at University of California – Irvine. Thesis’ subject: Mars Atmospheric Entry.
September 2008 – February 2012: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Milano University, Milano (MI), Italy. Final Thesis composed by three works: Double design of an aeronautical reservoir in metallic alloy and composite material, Performance analysis of a training aircraft and design of a lunar transfer orbit, Scientific literature review about problems concerning the design of combustion chambers for aeronautical engines.
Final grade 100/110
January 2007 – June 2007: International Exchange at Great Falls High School, Great Falls MT, USA.
September 2003 – July 2008: High School Diploma at Istituto di Istruzione superiore Galileo Galilei di Poppi (AR), Italy.
Final grade 94/100
March 2013 – July 2013: Design of the space mission NADIR, responsible for the OBDH subsystem and the design of the orbital operations during the scientific phase. Team-leader in a teamwork with nine colleagues.
October 2013 – January 2014: Feasibility analysis for a space mission in collaboration with the astrophysicist Claudio Maccone from Turin. Presentation of the study at the International Academy of Astronautics’ conference held in Washington D.C., USA. Publication of a scientific paper: “Amalia Ercoli Finzi, Michèle Lavagna, Nicolò Cattaneo, Michele Fani, Lorenzo Ferrario, Andrea Galbiati, Samuele Salvi – Architecture for the eXploration of the Edge of the Solar System (AXESS),International Academy of Astronautics/Space Exploration Conference, 09 January 2014, Washington D.C.”.
English: Excellent knowledge in reading, listening, oral and written production, with TOEFL IBT certification of 2011, with grade 103/120. Comparative CEF level C1.
Excellent technical language knowledge acquired through the Mater’s courses held in English.
French: Basic scholastic knowledge, with good will for future development.
OS: Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Linux, Mac OS.
Programming languages: Excellent knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink. Basic knowledge of C/C++.
Office productivity: Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office package, good knowledge of Latex Language.
CAD systems: Basic knowledge of Dassault Systèmes Solidworks, Autodesk Inventor and Siemens Solid Edge.
Structural analysis software: Basic knowledge of MSC Patran/Nastran, acquired with the course held at Politecnico di Milano University in November 2013.
Sport: Competitive activity in Football and Basket in own town youth teams. Amateur activity in Tennis, Swimming and winter sport, such as Ski and Snowboard.
Volunteering: Four hands painting in TANGRA support center for disabled in Soci, Bibbiena (AR). Volunteer work for cultural promotion associations in own town.
Interests: Very passionate with science and technology, sci-fi, fantasy and music. Guitar player.
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