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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:27-10-2015
     Last Modified:15-06-2018 (07:12)
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     Current job:Control Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
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     Keywordsspace, space systems, control design, project engineer, project management, Matlab/Simulink
    CV

    Professional Experience

     

    CYNGN, Palo Alto, CA, USA
    Control Engineer, Autonomy December 2017 – Present

    Modeled different PID controllers for velocity tracking and cross-tracking error minimization.

    Implemented an MPC controller for path tracking, focussing on minimizing the acceleration and

    steering angle.

    CYNGN, Palo Alto, CA, USA

    Computer Vision and ML engineer, Autonomy April 2017 – December 2017

    Designed and evaluated algorithms for AI-based object detection and classification, depth esti- mation, lane detection, ego-motion calculation and sensor fusion.

    Trained complex neural networks and integrated them into the Perception module.

    Quantified image processing uncertainties, dealt with image distortion and rectification as part

    of depth estimation using stereo cameras.

    GMV Innovating Solutions, Bucharest, Romania

    Project Manager September 2015 – December 2016

    Participated in the development of Space Business Unit.

    Coordinated project meetings with clients (mainly the European Space Agency - ESA).

    Prepared progress and technical review reports for clients.

    Reviewed system requirement specifications and architectures for space application projects.

    Defined acceptance standards and performed unit test that verifies that the solutions met the

    original requirements.

    GMV Innovating Solutions, Bucharest, Romania

    Space System Engineer September 2012 – September 2015

    Evaluated visual navigation techniques for spacecraft position, attitude determination and satel- lite anomalies detection when landing on a asteroid.

    In charge of the identification of the GNC and FDIR system requirements for visual navigation using Mathworks analysis tools.

    Implemented in Python a simulator interface for a 3D visualization of a debris removal net from the release until the total wrapping of the target.

    Drafted mission planning requests to perform required satellite control commands.

    Assembled an optical laboratory necessary to validate the image processing algorithms used in

    the visual navigation application that is based on feature tracking.

    Airbus Deutschland GmbH, Bremen, Germany

    High Lift System Engineer - Intern April – June 2009

    • Analyzed the possibilities to automate the time consuming manual evaluation of tests done on a

    High Lift System Integration Test Rig in order to save time and work in the future.

    S.C. INCAS S.A., Bucharest, Romania

    Flight Dynamics Engineer March 2008 – February 2009

    • Participated in software development of the control systems for IAR99 aircraft.

    Education

    Harvard University, Extension School In Progress

    • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

    University Politehnica of Bucharest, Ph.D. November 2016

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    • Thesis Topic: Attitude and orbit control system for the European Student Moon Orbiter.

    Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Scotland November 2012 - June 2013

    Doctoral Fellow

    University Politehnica of Bucharest, M.S. February 2011

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    • Thesis Topic: Algorithms and software procedures for optimal regulation of satellite attitude.

    University Politehnica of Bucharest, B.S. June 2009

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    Thesis Topic: Stream data sequence analysis using Matlab and Data Mining on high lift system test

    Class Valedictorian

    Technical University of Delft, Netherlands September 2007 - February 2008

    Faculty of Aerospace Engineering

    • Erasmus Student

     

    Publications


    • Stefanescu, R., Prioroc, C. and Stoica, A.M., Weighting Matrices Determination using Pole Placement for Tracking Maneuvers, U.P.B. Scientic Bulletin, Submitted
    • Chitu, C., Stefanescu, R., Aviles, M., Colmenarejo, P., VisOne: Maturing the Lunar Vision-Based Absolute Navigation Technology, Proceeding of the IAC-13, Beijing, 2013.

    • Stefanescu, R. and Prioroc C., Automatic Control Systems for ESMO Satellite Using LQR Con- trol Strategy, Proceeding of the 1’st IAA Conference on Dynamics and Control of Space Systems, 2012.

    • Prioroc, C. and Stefanescu, R., Three Axis Reaction Thrusters Attitude Control System During Trajectory Maneuvers for ESMO, Proceeding of the 1’st IAA Conference on Dynamics and Con- trol of Space Systems, 2012.

    • Chiuri, E., Pilati, A., Prioroc, C. and Stefanescu R., Attitude and Orbit Control System for the European Student Moon Orbiter, Proceeding of the 8’th International ESA Conference on Guidance Navigation and Control System, 2010.

    Technical Expertize

    Python, Matlab/Simulink, C++, ROS, Control Systems, Machine Learning, Project Management

    Additional 

    • Contributor to the NewSpace Ventures database
    • MOOC courses: Udacity Machine Learning, Deep Learning and Self-Driving Car Nanodegree • Private pilot license in progress


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