A well-educated graduate aerospace engineer with an outstanding academic record, I am currently working as electric propulsion research engineer at SITAEL S.p.A, the largest Italian privately owned company operating in the aerospace field. During my university studies and the early stages of my career I have developed the ability to face head on a wide range of different problems and situations. Experience gained at work, during my education and my involvement in sport have taught me the importance of teamwork in the achievement of any common goal. I would define myself as reliable, hardworking, self-motivated, and desirous to learn. My primary professional interest is space propulsion and I aspire to become aSpace Propulsion System Engineer in a world leading aerospace company, a role where I can contribute to the realization of large and challenging programs for the upstream space market.
Research Engineer | Aerospace Engineering | Space Engineering | Design Engineering | Electric Propulsion | Hall Thruster
May 2015 – Present
SITAEL S.p.A., Space Propulsion BU.
Electric Propulsion Research Engineer.
SITAEL S.p.A recruited me to this role straight after University. I am currently working within the Electric Propulsion Division of SITAEL and I am involved in the development, design and testing of high power Hall Effect Thrusters for space application. In particular, I am involved with four projects commissioned by ESA. They are as follows:
· Development of a Low-Erosion Long-Life Hall Thruster;
· Identification, evaluation and testing of alternative propellant for electric propulsion system;
· Development of a very high power Hall Thruster (20kW) for space exploration;
· Assessment of the key aerothermodynamics elements for the realization of a ram-EP concept.
Key Responsibilities & Achievements:
· Magnetic, mechanical and thermal design & analysis of high power Hall Effect Thrusters;
· The theoretical modelling of the plasma dynamics inside Hall thrusters;
· Design of a plasma diagnostic system with the purpose of measuring plasma properties inside the thruster;
· Diligently providing technical documentation including definition of requirements, test plans and procedures;
· Effective communication and interaction with customers and suppliers.
Oct 2014 – Apr 2015
Internship at SITAEL S.p.A.
Electric Propulsion Research Intern
In the frame of my Master thesis project I joined the electric propulsion research team of SITAEL S.p.A. I co-developed a one-dimensional model of a Hall Effect Thruster, and validated against the experimental data gathered for the SITAEL’s HT5k Hall thruster with remarkable results. This work was presented at the 34th Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) held in Kobe, Japan and at the 6th European Conference for Aeronautics and Space Sciences (EUCASS) held in Krakow, Poland
Oct 2012 – Apr 2015
Master of Science in Space Engineering- University of Pisa, Italy.
Grade: 110/110 Cum Laude. | 1st Class honours UK equivalent
Thesis:“One dimensional model of a Hall effect thruster and anomalous electron transport.”
Relevant subjects covered: thermal-fluid science, rocket propulsion, turbomachinery, cavitation, plasma physics, electric propulsion, space system and space flight mechanics.
Oct. 2009 – Oct. 2012
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering - University of Pisa, Italy.
Grade: 110/110 Cum Laude. | 1st Class honours UK equivalent
Thesis: “Wave resistance in supersonic air foils.”
Relevant subjects covered: fluid dynamics, applied thermodynamics, air-breathing propulsion and aerospace structures design.
Giannetti, V., Leporini, A., Andreussi, T., Andrenucci, M., “Theoretical Investigation of a 5 kW Class Hall Effect Thruster,” In Proceedings of the 34th International Electric Propulsion Conference, IEPC 2015 Paper 212.
Giannetti, V., Leporini, A., Andreussi, T, Andrenucci, M., “One-dimensional model of the plasma behaviours in Hall effect thrusters,” In proceedings of the 6th European Conference for Aeronautics & Space Sciences, EUCASS 2015 Paper 593.
Model Rocketry- This is a new interest developed in the last few years and tied with a university project. In the framework of this project, we built (in a team of 3) a high power amateur rocket with an apogee altitude of about 1000 meters.
Football-I have played football since I was 6 years old. Over the years, I had the opportunity to meet a lot of different kind of people and to understand the importance of teamwork.
English: Fluent. (TOEFL iBT certificate. Scores: 98/120. Nov 2014)
Technical Software – Strong experience in MATLAB and Finite Elements Method Magnetic (FEMM). Experience with Draftsight. Basic knowledge of Ansys and Catia V5.
Additional Software – Experience with Microsoft Excell, Powerpoint and Word.
European driving license: A, B.
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