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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:45:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:31-10-2015
     Last Modified:20-01-2017 (02:06)
    Job information
     Current job:Spacecraft Controller at DLR
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsFEM analysis, structural design analysis, space trasportation system, Galileo operation, SCOSS 2000
    CV

    Sex female
    Date of birth 20/07/1988|
    Nationality Italian

    JOB APPLIED FOR POSITION PREFERRED Space engineer

    WORK EXPERIENCE

    July 2016 – Nowadays:

    Spacecraft Controller – Galileo Operational Team
    DLR GfR mbH – Oberpfaffenhoffen - Permanent Contract

    Main Task:

    - Provide spacon support during simulation
    - Planning and implementation of test procedures
    - Performe manual and automated routine activities for Galileo Costellation
    - Provide spacon support during IOT phase for L8 Galileo launche, during manuover and during special operation
    - Production of training documents

    - Support to Ground Operations according to procedures (GOPs)

    - Oversee maintenance activities on remote sites, interact with remote teams for coordination of activities and perform simple checks on the system after each maintenance activity

    - Initiation of first and basic incident response steps according to pre-defined procedures in case of anomalies affecting space, ground, or security assets


    July 2015 – December 2015 

    Structural engineer Avio s.p.a, Colleferro (Roma) - Internship

    I was involved in three different design activities:

    1) Trade – off base cover design for Vega C: different configuration and different materials (aluminium, carbon-epoxy fabric, and sandwich) are analyzed in order to realize a preliminary design of the base cover used in the A1 and A2 stage of the new European launcher Vega C. The main items is the minimization of manufacturing cost. The following activities have been performed:
    - Structural linear analysis, modal analysis, buckling analysis of different configuration
    with Nastran/Patran tool
    - Non linear analysis of non-metallic structural part (thermal blanket) with Dytran
    - Cost analysis
    - Grip joint design
    - Documentation and result presentation for Vega C launcher PDR
    2) Design MLI support for the 12th launcher Vega: in the 4th stage of Vega launcher there are some supports used as interface between the thermal assy and the AVUM structure. Actually they are realized in aluminium but in order to minimize the cost it’s necessary to develop a new design in carbon – epoxy fabric. The following activities has been performed:
    - Structural linear analysis, modal analysis, buckling analysis with Nastran/Patran tool
    - Cost analysis
    - Change Proposal documentation and result presentation.
    3) Preliminary design analysis of the raceways for VEGA C in carbon epoxy fabric materials. Actually they are realized in aluminium but in order to have a simpler design the use of fabric material is taken into account. The following activity has been performed:
    - Structural linear analysis and modal analysis with Nastran/Patran tool

    WORK EXPERIENCE DURING UNIVERSITY
    February 2014 – December 2015 In – store promoter for Lenovo personal computer Part-time job during the week-end
    December 2011– December 2012 In – store promoter for Bose home cinema and personal audio Part-time job during the week-end

    EDUCATION AND TRAINING
    November 2014 – December 2015 Master in Space Transportation System

    Master after master level course in space transportation system During this master we perform a lot of activities:

    - 4 months of lessons in Rome
    - Individual coursework (liquid rocket engine design coursework with Matlab tool, Ecosimpro coursework for a LRE systems design, Nastran – Patran static and dynamic analysis coursework)
    - 1 months of visits and lessons in the most important European aerospace centre as VKI (gasdynamic experiment week), Cnes (GNC week), Cira (experimental techniques), Avio, ESTEC (CDF), Vitrociset, Thales Alenia Space, Supaero.
    - 6 months of Stage in an aerospace society


    September 2011 - January 2015 Master degree in space engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”

    Student at the master course in space engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”.  During my master degree programm I fucused my preparation mainly on propulsion system and structures problems. I finished all the exams on February 2014 and then I started to work on my master thesis. The topic of my thesis is the development of a cubesat in composite materials (carbon epoxy fabric). I performed static and dynamic structural analysis with FEM simulator (Adina), I optimized the design, and then I realized it at the university laboratory of Aerospace Composite. My thesis advisor is Paolo Gaudenzi that was my professor of Space Construction and Thermal Problem.
    Total mark of the master degree is 109/110


    September 2007 – July 2011 Bachelor degree in aerospace engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”

    During my bachelor degree I studied the basis of aeronautical and space engineering (like aerospace materials, aerospace propulsion, aerodynamics, aerospace technologies and so on) and obviously the classical subject of engineering.
    Thesis: I discussed a thesis on the new generation thermal barrier coating for aircraft engine and I took my bachelor degree in July 2011.


    September 2002 – June 2007 scientific high school in Cascia, and at the end I have taken a diploma witha total mark of 100/100 in July 2007. During high school I have studied English language for five years, and in the first two years I have studied also French language

    PERSONAL SKILLS

    Language Skills

      Understanding speaking writing
      Listening Reading Spoken interaction spoken production  
    English B2 C1 B2 B2 C1
    French A1 A2 A1 A1 A2
    Italian C2 C2 C2 C2 C2

    I am also attending the A1 German Course.

    Software Skills

    Excellent Good Fair Poor

    Nastran/Patran

    Office

    Adina

    Patran/Dytran

    Matlab

    Scoss 2000 and Csim

    Ecosimpro

    CFD+++

    Tecplot

    Fortran 90

     

    International team working experience:

    CVA summer school experience:
    From 1 to 26 July 2011: participation at the 12th edition of the summer school organized by CVA organization in Rome. During this experience we did:
    - 40 hours lessons in space transportation systems.
    - 2 days Micro-rockets workshop in Segni (a small village near Rome)
    - 15 hours English course
    - 50 hours of team working on Vega Launcher’s project
    Volunteering experience: On august 2009 I have participated to an international workcamp in Dar-es-saalam (Tanzania) with other young people coming from different European and not- European countries. During the work-camp we have organized some games for the children and we have taught them a little bit of English at school. At the same time we have built up some cultural night in order to share information of our countries


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