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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 15:09:00 +0100
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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:26:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 21 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 20:47:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:30:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:31:00 +0100
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Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 13:03:00 +0100
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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta II rocket carrying the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) for NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Space Launch Complex-2 on Nov. 18 at 1:47 a.m. PST. The JPSS program provides the nation's next generation polar-orbiting operational environmental satellite system, delivering key observations for the nation's essential projects and services, including forecasting weather in advance and assessing environmental hazards...
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:07:00 +0100
The U.S. Navy's Communications Satellite Program Office, PMW 146, and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) handed over full operational control of the fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite to the Naval Satellite Operations Center (NAVSOC). The October 11 milestone followed the successful completion of the MUOS-5 satellite's on-orbit testing and delivery of all operational products needed to "fly" the satellite. In April, the Navy, working with Army Forces Strategic Command (ARSTRAT), con...
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:04:00 +0100
As part of ESA's strategy to foster commercial competitiveness in Europe while focusing on its core aims, the agency has transferred ownership of several ground tracking stations for reuse by external organisations. By the end of 2017, ESA will have transferred three stations to national organisations in Spain and Portugal, who will take over the provision of satellite tracking services to a wide variety of commercial customers. The three stations involved in the transfer are all equipped ...
Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:31-08-2016
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     Current job:RF & Antenna Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsTelecommunications, Antennas, RF, Microwave
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    RF & Antenna Engineer

     

    Personal Information

    Nationality: Romanian

    Date of birth: 25 December 1985 Address: Enschede, the Netherlands

     

    Skills

    Personal: proactive, organized, fast learner, teamwork, committed

    Engineering: telecommunications, antennas, RF design, satellite communications, EM modeling

    Tools: CST Microwave Studio, Agilent ADS, Simulink, LATEX

    Programming: Matlab, C&C++, Python, Netlogo

     

    Experience

    Since Dec 2015 Postdoctoral researcher, Telecommunication Engineering group, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, The main responsibilities are being a lecturer for the Mobile Radio Communications and Random Signals and Noise course, and conducting research in the field of communication systems for small satellites.

    Feb/Aug–Dec 2015 Telecommunications Engineer, Eurekite B.V., Enschede, the Netherlands, I started as a voluntary consultant for problems of microstrip and RF, and was employed in August 2015 as a Telecommunications Engineer. The work consisted of the design of antennas and electrical components using a patented flexible ceramics substrate.

    Nov 2010–Nov 2014 Research assistant, Telecommunication Engineering group, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands, My research focused on the communication systems and antennas for nanosatellites for low-frequency radio astronomy. Other accomplished tasks include: presenting in international conferences and workshops, building a mini-anechoic chamber, student supervision.

    May–Jul 2014 Fellowship, Sensors Department—RF, Thales Nederland B.V., Hengelo, the Nether- lands, Microstrip antennas and feeding networks were modeled using Agilent ADS and CST Microwave Studio. Manufactured prototypes were tested and measured in an anechoic chamber and using a network analyzer. Supervisor: Ing. Ufuk Yalcin.

    Jan–Oct 2010 Function Developer, Continental Automotive Group, Iaşi, Romania, The main duties were requirement management, and developing Matlab and Simulink models for the Electrical Power Steering project.

     

    Education

    Nov 2010–Jun 2015 Ph.D.—Telecommunications Engineering, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.

    Feb–Jun 2009 Erasmus Scholarship—Diploma project, KaHo Sint Lieven, Gent, Belgium.

    Sep 2004–Jul 2009 Engineer’s Degree—Telecommunications engineering, Technical University “Gh. Asachi”, Iaşi, Romania.

    Ph.D. Thesis (defended on the 3rd of December, 2015)

    Title: Echoes from the past—The communication layer of a nanosatellite swarm

    Supervisors: Prof. dr. William G. Scanlon, Dr. ir. Mark J. Bentum and Dr. ir. Arjan Meijerink Description: My Ph.D. thesis focused on the physical communication layers and the antenna systems for the inter-satellite and satellite-to-Earth links of a cubesat swarm.

    Diploma project

    Title: Cryptography in sensor networks

    Supervisors: Dr. ir. Lieven de Stryker and Prof. dr. ing. Ion Bogdan

    Description: The project investigated the use of public-key cryptographic algorithms for a secure wireless sensor network.

     

    Languages

    Romanian

    Native

    Dutch     Fair

    English

    Fluent

    French   Fair

     

    Awards

    2009 Valedictorian, Technical University “Gh. Asachi”, Iaşi, Romania, Awarded to the student with the highest ranking in his graduating class.

    2007 and 2008 5th and 4th place, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania, “Tudor Tănăsescu” professional national contest—Signals and Systems.

     

    Courses

    2014 Personal Branding and Pitching, “Selling” yourself as a distinctive researcher.

    2013 Professional Effectiveness, Personal leadership, time and project management.

    2012 Antennas for Space Applications, The European School of Antennas, ESA ESTEC.

    2006 CCNA, Cisco Networking Academy.

     

    Conferences and workshops

    2016 3rd ESA Antenna Workshop on Advanced Flexible Telecom Payloads, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

    2013, 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT.

    2013 35th ESA Antenna Workshop on Antenna and Free Space RF Measurements, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

    2011, 2012, 2013 International Astronautical Congress, 62nd and 63rd, 64th editions in Cape Town (South Africa), Naples (Italy), and Beijing (China).

     

    Relevant publications

    A.Budianu, “Echoes from the past—The communication layer of a nanosatellite swarm,”University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlans, Dec. 2015.

    A. Budianu, A. Meijerink and M. J. Bentum, “Swarm-to-Earth communication in OLFAR,” Acta Astronautica, Volume 107, Pages 14–19, Feb. 2015.

    A. Budianu, M. J. Klein, S. Engelen, A. Meijerink and M. J. Bentum, “Integrated downlink antennas in the deployable solar panels of a cubesat,” 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, Mar. 2014.

    A. Budianu, D. M. P. Smith, A. Meijerink, A. -J. Boonstra and M. J. Bentum, “Antenna architectures for a nano-satellite for radio astronomy,” 2014 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, Mar. 2014.

    A. Budianu, T. J. Willink Castro, A. Meijerink and M. J. Bentum, “Inter-satellite links for cubesats,” 2013 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, MT, Mar. 2013.


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