It is my intention to bring to your attention that my professional background as an Officer in the Italian Air Force gave me solid competences: ▪ I was the Italian Representative for various NATO Research Task Groups and I developed a special ability to let a "compromise solution" arise from national positions initially far apart; ▪ I have 7 years experience in the Satellite Ground Segment of both radar and optic satellites and images exploitation fields; ▪ I attended a full-year post-graduate Master in “Satellites and Orbiting Platforms", directed by Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi, at La Sapienza University (Rome), during which I studied satellite technology and emerging concepts such as air-launched micro-satellites; ▪ I attended a full-year post-graduate Master of Science in "Guided Weapons Systems", at Cranfield University (UK), during which I studied systems engineering and applications for weapons systems, I made a team project for a weapon system of MoD interest and a final thesis. As an Officer in the Italian Air Force since 1994, I can offer: ▪ Availability to frequent transfer and travelling abroad; ▪ A natural tendency to be very pragmatic, practical and "result oriented"; ▪ A strong aptitude for managing tasks and directing a team of people with a “win-win" approach; ▪ A solid experience, consolidated during 15 years as a Program Manager, in organizing complex activities and structured projects in international and multicultural context and involving important human, economical and material resources; ▪ My native language is Italian, and I'm fluent in English and French;
Marketing and international relationships / Engineering Program Management / Infrared and SAR images exploitation
15/07/2013–Present Assistant Officer at the Italian Liaison Detachment Italian Ministry of Defence @ Centre Militaire d'Observation par Satellite (CMOS), Base Aérienne 110, Creil (France) Fosterring institutional relationships between Italy and France Governments, with particular respect to common satellite military programs. Providing support for the daily operational mission of Hélios satellite constellation.
15/12/2009 Head of PSAI Office (Programs, Studies and Intelligence Applications) Italian Ministry of Defence - Joint Centre for Satellite Remote Sensing (CITS) Pratica di Mare Military Airport, 00040 Pomezia (rome) (Italy) Advisor for the Italian MoD on satellite systems (both space and ground segment) as well as on study, analysis and development of both SAR and IR image exploitation techniques Business or sector Military
18/05/2000–14/12/2009 Head of Weapons Systems branch Italian Air Force - Flight Test Centre, Weapons Department Pratica di Mare Military Airport, 00040 Pomezia (rome) (Italy) Responsible for aircrafts self-protection against infrared threats. Expert in infrared radiometry and spectrometry for infrared signature, multispectral camouflage nets and weapons systems. Business or sector Military
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
01/11/2008–01/11/2009 Master “Satellites and Orbiting Platforms” 1 year full time postgraduate master La Sapienza University, Rome (Italy) air-launched satellites; microsatellites; cubesats; satellite sub-systems; management of students and coordination of group tasks.
01/08/2002–01/08/2003 Master of Science “Guided Weapons Systems” 1 year full time postgraduate master Cranfield University, (UK) guided weapons engineering and applications, group project of a weapon system of MoD interest, final thesis in weapons field.
01/09/1994–01/03/2000 Degree Aerospace Engineering (Laurea Ingegneria Aerospaziale) [96/110] 5 years degree Federico II University, Naples (Italy) Aerospace Engineering. Course of studies duration within the time constraints stated by the Faculty Chart, no extension requested.
01/09/1989–01/06/1994 Scientific Diploma [60/60] Renato Caccioppoli, Naples (Italy) Latin, Physics, Math, Biology
01/06/1998–07/06/1998 Speed reading and memorizing techniques
01/03/2001–01/04/2001 Guided Weapons Technology Cranfield University, (UK) radar technology; aerodynamics; propulsion; airframe;
01/12/2003–15/12/2003 Level I and Level II Infrared Termographer Academy of Infrared Termography, (USA) infrared theory and civilian applications
01/06/2004–15/06/2004 Basic and advanced Infrared technology Georgia Tech Institute, (USA) infrared detectors, infrared theory and applications to systems
01/11/2004–11/11/2004 Fundamentals of Rockets and Missiles Applied Technology Institute, (USA) rocket propulsion
01/03/2008–20/03/2008 Electro-optics and Infrared sensors - part II Cranfield University, (UK) electro-optic devices, laser theory and infrared applications
01/10/2008–16/10/2008 Imagerie Infrarouge – Applications Militaires et Aérospatiales Eurosae, (France) infrared detectors and space applications
01/03/2010–10/03/2010 Atelier Traitement Géométrique Course – Helios 2 Italian Defence General Staff, (Italy) geometric analysis of satellite images
01/04/2010–11/04/2010 Hélios 2nd generation Constellation Italian Defence General Staff, (Italy) System architecture, satellite sub-systems, satellite images.
01/06/2010–16/06/2010 COSMO- SkyMed Constellation Italian Defence General Staff, (Italy) System architecture, satellite sub-systems, satellite images.
01/06/2011–14/06/2011 Advanced course on radar polarimetry 2011 ESA- ESRIN, Frascati (Italy) polarimetric use of radar
Mother tongue(s) Italian Other language(s) UNDERSTANDING SPEAKING WRITING Listening Reading Spoken interaction Spoken production English C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 French C2 C2 C2 C2 C2 Levels: A1 and A2: Basic user - B1 and B2: Independent user - C1 and C2: Proficient user Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
Communication skills Establishment of his own leadership by consensus and not by pure authority; Capacity to motivate his team, by evaluating capacities, motivations and individual attitudes; Efficient communication and clear transmission of working information to his team; Loyalty in inter-personal relationships with both superiors and colleagues and extremely careful for a balanced and serene working atmosphere in both team and individual work.
Organisational / managerial skills Habit to be effective, practical and result oriented. Always focusing on the "global vision" of a program/project and on "putting all pieces together"; Strong leadership and decisional capacity, emphasized by more than 20 years in the military as an Italian Air Force Officer; Problem solving attitude deriving from almost continuous tackling of “critical" situations in terms of time, money, human resources availability and management, leading to re-arrangement of plans and schedules of complex activities; Ability to negotiate and to manage diplomatic situations in a NATO/international/multicultural context due to very frequent missions abroad; Care for audience sensitivity, tact, absolute discretion; Mother tongue Italian, fluent in English and French.
Job-related skills Fifteen years experience as a Project Manager (managing complex activities abroad); Managing and directing a team up to 25 colleagues/researchers/students; Expert in the Ground Segment for both radar and optic imaging satellite constellations; Expert in both infrared and radar image exploitation (applications in the field of surveillance, intelligence, security, hazards, risks to the benefit of Armed Forces, Commercial Users, Civil Protection and other Institutional Users); Official member of the Italian Military Delegation for the presentation of the Italian satellite asset COSMO SkyMed to potential civil and military foreign partners; Expert in camouflage nets evaluation (Italian Representative for two NATO Research Groups); Participated to manifold experimental NATO and multinational field trials (optimization of infrared countermeasures towards surface to air threats).
Digital competence SELF-ASSESSMENT Information processing Communication Content creation Safety Problem solving Independent user Independent user Basic user Proficient user Independent user Digital competences - Self-assessment grid Very Good knowledge of Office Powerpoint , Word, Excel, Project; Use of specific softwares for infrared images and spectrometric analysis (Talon Ultra, DAS, Bomem Aquire); School knowledge of Turbo Pascal programming language.
Other skills Capable to listen and then spell backwards sentences in fractions of seconds
Available for frequent travelling and transfer abroad; Enrolled in 2001 as a member of the Professional Order of Engineers; Qualified as “Systems Test Engineer" in 2003; Qualified as “Space Systems expert" in 2009; Delegate for Defence General Staff at IAC 2011 (International Astronautical Congress) in Cape Town (South Africa); ESA-CNES “4S Symposium 2010": Presenter and First Author of the paper “Study on an air-launched constellation of tactical micro-satellites for defence use"; ESA-CNES “4S Symposium 2010": First Author of the paper “Cubesat mission with technological demonstrator payload for high data rate downlink and health monitoring"; Co-author of the articles “COSMO-SkyMed System and synthetic aperture radar images" published on “Aeronautica" issue 6, June 2010 and “COSMO-SkyMed the second Generation", published on “Aeronautica" issue 5, May 2011; Co-author of the articles “Dual Use of Space, Italy paves the way", and “The Fourth Dimension" published on “Space Mag" 2011, issue n.1; Lieutenant Colonel in the Italian Air Force and head of course; Participation to the “round table" on the subject "University Education for new space professions: 'la Sapienza' project", with the participation of Eng. Giuliano Beretta, Eutelsat President and CEO; Dr.Giuseppina Pulcrano, ASI Educational; Eng. Massimo Comparini, Vpres Thales Alenia Space Italy; Prof. Rick Fleeter, Brown University; Prof. Paolo Gaudenzi, Director of Master in Satellites; Prof. Filippo Sabetta, Dean of the Faculty of Space and Aeronautics Engineering.
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