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     Date Submitted:09-10-2015
     Last Modified:11-10-2015 (02:26)
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     Current job:Project assistant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordshuman life support systems engineering electrical engineering aerospace engineering C, C++, LabVIEW, LaTeX, basic VHDL, VHDL-AMS, Matlab Simulink Proposal writing Electronic systems design (from concept to schematic, PCB soldering, testing, software


    2015 – present Doctoral student in Electrical Engineering, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne), Switzerland

    ·       Research focus: tradespace exploration and analysis of complex, modular, resource constrained systems using transient, auto-generated system simulations

    2012 – 2015 Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), USA, GPA 5.0/5.0

    ·       Main research in the field of control for Environmental Control and Life Support Systems (ECLSS) for human space habitats and resource control of space colonies

    ·       Modular development and simulation of complex life support system configurations

    2009 – 2011 Master degree in Electrical Engineering, EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne), Switzerland, GPA 5.12/6

    ·       Major specialization in electronics and microelectronics, minor specialization in space technologies at the Swiss Space Center

    2005 – 2009 Bachelor degree at Polytechnic University, Faculty of Electronics, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Bucharest, Romania, GPA 9.45/10

    ·       Major specialization in electronics, micro-, opto- and nanoelectronics


    Work experience

    June 2014 and June 2015 Teaching Assistant for Prof. Olivier de Weck’s class on Systems Engineering, Zurich, Switzerland

    ·       My responsibility was to organize the practical project for this class, which involved coordinating senior systems engineers working at RUAG Zurich, Austria and Sweden to work in teams and build a LEGO playing robot. Had to conceive, design, implement and run the robot competition and build the arena in which it was held.

    February 2012 – May 2012 Project engineer at RUAG Space Nyon, Switzerland

    ·       Involved in the design phase of the SPHEROIDS bioreactor project: an automatized system for human health research in microgravity. RUAG Space handles the fluidic system of this experiment, which will fly in 2014 on the International Space Station (ISS)

    ·       Participated in project management, communication with principal investigators, design reviews

    February 2012 – June 2012 Teaching Assistant at the Swiss Space Center, EPFL, Switzerland

    ·       Helped Prof. Claude Nicollier with the course preparation, exercise sessions and exam of his “Space Mission Design and Operations” class

    July 2011 – December 2011 Electrical Engineer at the Swiss Space Center, EPFL, Switzerland

    ·       Worked on the REXUS GGES (Gravity Gradient Earth Sensor) project (an ESA program in which I was part of a student team to design an experiment that flew on a sounding rocket in March 2012 at the Swedish Space Center, Kiruna)

    ·       Completed project phase A electrical (hardware) and software design, phase B and C design and testing, inertial unit characterization, thermal testing of experiment, test plan development, post-flight data processing



    Selected projects

    January 2015 – present Google Ara modular phone simulations

    ·       Mid-fidelity simulations of the modular phone to extract parameters of interest such as battery life and module compatibility from a large variety of architectures. This is used to inform what configurations would be preferred by the phone adopters based on their expressed preference for various module inclusions in a phone of their choice, obtained from a conjoint market analysis

    July 2014 – January 2015 Analytical model and simulations of closed-loop rebreather systems for Earth and Space applications

    ·       Created a modular simulation of the ventilation loop of human life support systems and studied what resource control strategies can be used to maximize resource (oxygen) lifetime. This simulation is generic enough to be adapted to space conditions (vacuum), Earth applications (one atmosphere gas pressure) or underwater (more than one atmosphere gas pressure); open loop, semi-closed or fully closed ventilation circuits

    ·       The simulation was also used to reproduce typical rebreather system accidents

    September 2012 – August 2013 HabNet – Habitat Modeling environment (HabNet)

    ·       Was part of a MIT Strategic Engineers Research Group (SERG) team developing a novel generalized habitat modeling environment – modeled the ECLSS and performed simulations on the US spacesuit air revitalization system

    ·       Participated to the AIAA International Conference for Environmental Systems (ICES) with a poster on HabNet, won 1st place at the student poster competition

    September 2012 – January 2013 Model-based amphibious racing challenge(MBARC)

    ·       Aeronautics and Astronautics department, MIT, project for the “Fundamentals of Systems Engineering” class

    ·       Participated in the DARPA MBARC competition: was part of the MIT team challenged to build an amphibious vehicle, was in charge of the electrical systems design and operation for our vehicle, won the first place in the final competition at Camp Pendleton, San Diego, CA in January 2013.

    November 2010 – December 2011 Gravity Gradient Earth Sensor (GGES) REXUS experiment

    ·       Swiss Space Center, EPFL and Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory, EPFL

    ·       As part of the team that was selected by ESA to participate in the REXUS program (Rocket Experiments for University Students), I was in charge of the hardware and software design of the payload boards of this experiment. The goal of GGES was to test a MEMS attitude determination sensor. The payload boards are responsible for MEMS sensor and inertial data collection. This was the topic of my Master thesis (which took place from February 2011 to July 2011).

    ·       Published in the conference proceedings for 21st ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programs, Thun, Switzerland, June 9-13, 2013 (

    October 2008 – July 2009 Temperature sensor diodes on silicon carbide and diamond

    ·       Electrical Engineering Department, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest

    ·       In the first part of the project I did a theoretical synthesis of the material properties of silicon carbide and diamond, followed by measurements on silicon carbide diodes and the analysis of the results to characterize their capability to function as temperature sensors

    ·       Results led to an article published as part of the International Semiconductor Conference (CAS), together with G. Brezeanu and C. Boianceanu et al., entitled “Extreme Environment Temperature Sensor based on Silicon Carbide Schottky Diode” in the proceedings of CAS, 12 – 14 October 2009, Sinaia, Romania, pages 525 – 528.


    Extracurricular activities

    December 2014 – present Board member for the Romanian Student Association (RSA), MIT

    ·       Organize meetings and dinners to promote Romanian culture at MIT

    November 2014 – Participation at the “Women take flight” exhibit at the New England Air Museum

    ·       Presented to the museum visitors the research of women in the Aeronautics and Astronautics department at MIT and encouraging young women to pursue the astronautics engineering path

    September 2014 – June 2015 Board member for professional development for the Graduate Women Association in the Aeronautics and Astronautics, MIT

    ·       Organize seminars to guide the development of women in the aerospace field: work-life balance, negotiation tactics, how to solve gender-related issues

    May 2014 – May 2015 Inter-Hall Coordinator in MIT graduate residence

    ·       Organize events to promote resident wellness and community building; coordinates events among all nine floors and their hall councilors,

    ·       Conceived, planned and staffed monthly social activities for graduate students in the residence: welcome parties for residents who arrive early on campus, encourage roommate interaction through a dine out program in which roommates go out with their neighbors, procrastination dinner discussion, depression, anxiety and suicide prevention seminar and other various health events

    May 2013 – May 2014 Hall Councilor in MIT graduate residence

    ·       Responsible for organizing monthly events for 64 residents on the second floor of the Sidney Pacific residence, handle resident conflicts and concerns

    ·       Attend house government meetings and facilitate its interaction with residents

    Member of the Association of Women in Sciences (AWIS) and AIAA Student Chapter




    ·       Fully proficient in speaking, writing, listening and writing skills

    ·       Certificate of Proficiency in English, British Council, passed with grade B (2004), TOEFL exam 113/120 (November 2011)


    ·       Intermediate level speaking, writing, listening and writing skills

    ·       Zertifikat Deutsch exam, Goethe Institute, passed with grade “good” (2005), DAAD scholarship for a summer German language course in Berlin (2007)


    ·       Intermediate level speaking, writing, listening and writing skills

    ·       French language courses at the Language Center (August 2009, September – December 2009 and September – December 2010)

    Romanian – mother tongue


    Areas of expertise and skills

    ·       Radio amateur HB9 license

    ·       C, C++, LabVIEW, LaTeX, basic VHDL, VHDL-AMS, Matlab Simulink

    ·       Proposal writing

    ·       Electronic systems design (from concept to schematic, PCB soldering, testing, software design)

    ·       FPGA digital design (Xilinx, Verilog)

    ·       Use of electronic simulation tools (Cadence)

    ·       Programming of microcontrollers (Texas Instruments MSP430F)

    ·       Systems engineering, project management, leadership

    ·       Feedback control systems

    ·       Event organization (from planning to implementation), time and resource management, teamwork

    ·       Space systems knowledge and design

    ·       Aerospace biomedical and life support systems design

    ·       Multidisciplinary system design optimization


    Awards and prizes

    ·       Excellence prize offered by the League of Romanian Students Abroad (2015)

    ·       Zonta Amelia Earhart Fellowship (2014-2015 and 2015-2016)

    ·       Best poster award at the International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) with the poster “HabNet: a generalized habitat modeling environment” (2013)

    ·       Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne, Excellence Scholarship for Master Studies (2009-2011)

    ·       Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Performance and Study Scholarships (2005 - 2009)



    [1] I. Josan-Drinceanu, G. Brezeanu and C. Boianceanu et al., entitled “Extreme Environment Temperature Sensor based on Silicon Carbide Schottky Diode” in the proceedings of CAS (Annual Semiconductor Conference), 12 – 14 October 2009, Sinaia, Romania, pages 525 – 528.

    [2] K., Ghose, S. Dandavino, I. Josan-Drinceanu et al., “Gravity Gradient Earth Sensor Experiment on REXUS 11”, published in the proceedings of 21st ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programs, Thun, Switzerland, June 9-13, 2013,

    [3] I. Josan-Drinceanu, O. L. de Weck, “A novel framework for Advanced Life Support Systems Control”,  International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) 2014, Vail, CO.

    [4] A. Owens, M. Shaw, I. Josan-Drinceanu, “Multidisciplinary Hybrid Surface Habitat Tradespace Exploration and Optimization”, International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) 2014, Tucson, AZ.

    [5] I. Josan-Drinceanu, O. L. de Weck, “Analytical model and simulations of closed-loop rebreather systems for Earth and Space applications”, International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) 2015, Seattle, WA.



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