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     Date Submitted:16-05-2017
     Last Modified:12-10-2017 (06:29)
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     Current job:Control and Mechatronic Engineer/ Electronic Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAOCS/GNC, automation, robotics, electronic, software and hardware design, modelling of dynamic systems, state estimation, computer vision


    Intern at the Institute of Flight Systems, Unmanned Aircraft                Feb. - Aug. 2017

    German Aerospace Center (DLR)                   Braunschweig, Germany

    · UKF-SLAM implementation for the optical navigation system of a lunar lander. Refer to ’Projects’.


    Electronic Engineer, Power Subsystem of a SAR satellite (full-time job) 2016 – 2017

    ICEYE oy                              Espoo, Finland

    · Assessment of the power budget, hardware and software development, integration and hardware-in-the-loop test. Primary focus: custom smart LiPo battery, solar array, telemetry handling, subsystem interfacing. Refer to ’Projects’.


    Development and Integration Engineer (full-time job)              June 2014 - Oct. 2015

    Alternativas Informáticas AlterInfo C.A. (Representative of National Instruments) Caracas, Venezuela

    · Development of custom hardware and software for instrumentation and automation. Main customers: Navy of Venezuela, private banking and telecom companies. Refer to ’Projects’.



    MSc. in Space Science and Technology (joint program)              Oct. 2015 - Oct. 2017

    Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg                    Würzburg, Germany

    · FloatSat project (multidisciplinary team project to design and develop a satellite prototype). Main modules/lectures: spacecraft dynamics, spacecraft system design and space physics.


    Lulea University of Technology                                Kiruna, Sweden

    · Main modules/lectures: electronics in space, space physics, space environment, optics and radar-based observations. Extensive analysis and interpretation of incoherent scatter radar data (EISCAT) and coherent radar data (ESRAD).


    Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering                Espoo, Finland

    · Principal modules/lectures: modelling, estimation and dynamic systems; stochastic models and estimation, robotics kinematics and dynamics, robotics manipulation, decision making and learning; embedded systems.


    International Exchange Program                          Sep. 2012 - Sep. 2013

    Nagaoka University of Technology                             Nagaoka, Japan

    · Bachelor’s thesis project: “Sensor-less Adaptive Force Control System for a Leg-press Machine based on a Twin Belt-driven Mechanism.” at the Motion Control Laboratory under the advisory of Dr. Ohishi Kiyoshi. Keywords: Disturbance Observer (DOB), impedance control, B-spline interpolation for force response planning, Modal Space Design for simultaneous control of the external human force and the belt tension, Hadamard matrix, Real-Time Linux, AC Servomotors, Twin Belt-driven Mechanism.

    · Modules/lectures (in Japanese language): digital control, robotics, artificial intelligence topics, network engineering and


    · Member of the RoboCon Project (inter-university robotics contest): design of autonomous and teleoperated mobile robots

    intended to perform multiple tasks under fixed and/or dynamic environments.


    BSc. in Electronic Engineering (5-year program)                Sep. 2008 - July 2014

    Simón Bolívar University                           Caracas, Venezuela

    · Overall GPA: 4.25/5

    · Honorable mention for bachelor thesis.

    · Principal modules/lectures: signal acquisition and processing, digital and analog control systems, object-oriented programming, computer architecture, sensors and actuators, robotics, power electronics, electromagnetic theory, radiocommunications, semiconductors and neural networks.



    English: Advanced (TOEFL Ibt 98/120).

    Japanese: Intermediate (JLPT score: level N3).

    German: Basic.

    French: Basic.

    Spanish: Mother tongue.



    Programming Languages: C/C++, Python and Java.

    Hardware Description Languages: HDVL, VHDL.

    Dynamic System Modelling/Control Design: MatLab/Simulink-Simscape (used on daily basis). Toolboxes: System Identification, Curve Fitting, Nonlinear Filtering, Aerospace, Robotics System, Control System.

    Robot Development Platforms: ROS, Gazebo, Caffe, KUKA LWR 4+ manipulator.

    Image Processing: OpenCV/OpenFrameworks libraries, Processing Software, Labview.

    Embedded System Development Tools: Freescale’s CodeWarrior Development Studio and Processor Expert Software.

    Microcontrollers and ICs: BeagleBone Black, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Freescale, Motorola, FPGA.

    Space Mission/Environment Simulators: STK, SPENVIS .

    Mechanical Design: CATIA

    GUI programming: PyGTK, QT4/5, Android, Labview.

    Operating Systems: Linux (Ubuntu, Debian), Real-Time Linux.



    • Certified LabView Associate Developer (CLAD) by National Instruments company.



    • UKF-SLAM Implementation for the Terrain-Based Optical Navigation System of a Lunar Lander: Development of a state estimator addressing SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and UKF (Unscented Kalman Filter) to provide with estimates of position, velocity and attitude to the controller of the lander along its descending trajectory. The state estimator fuses measurements from the IMU, star tracking camera, LIDAR, image processing algorithms (absolute position measurements) and 2D image features (landmarks). The landmark tracking functionality serves as a complementary or unique reference for localization whether absolute position measurements are available. Keywords: UKF, monocular SLAM, Inverse Depth Parametrization, Undelayed landmark initialization, Strapdown algorithm, sensor fusion, state estimation. Project at DLR.

    • Electrical Power Subsystem of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite: Development of a solar cell I-V curve simulator on MatLab with tunable electrical parameters, fluence and temperature coefficients. Performance verification of real solar array samples. Development of a custom real time in-orbit solar array simulator by interfacing a PV mode-compliant power supply, ADCS module, STK software and a pc to run the setup routine. Design, implementation and testing of the polymer-lithium battery: definition of power budget and battery architecture (hardware and software), cell balancing circuitry, power usage monitoring circuitry, telemetry handling. Integration of the power subsystem and interfacing with the onboard computer. Project at ICEYE oy company.

    • Reinforcement Learning (extended Q-learning) based navigation system to aid a robot to move out of an unknown maze autonomously. Development and simulation of the algorithm on MatLab and on a custom mobile robot, also developed for this project. Keywords: Reinforcement Learning, Q-learning, e-greedy policy, realtime learning from experience, BeagleBone Black microcontroller, proximity sensors Master’s project at Aalto University.

    • Practical exercises of path planning and machine learning with the 7 DOF manipulator KUKA LWR 4+ in jog, teaching and programming mode Master’s project at Aalto University.

    • Satellite prototype (Floatsat project). Satellite’s mission and features: 3d- mapping and plotting of surrounding terrain by means of IR sensors, one-axis control (velocity and position), Command and Data Handling, sun searching and solar panels deployment. Keywords: Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), Cascade control, Embedded system, Telemetry and Telecommand, light sensor, solar panels, power measurement circuit, sensor conditioning circuits. Masters’s project at University of Würzburg.

    • Data Distribution System for a Navy submarine based on a modular Labview application aimed to interconnect all the existing devices (Radar, Inertial Navigation System, etc) and guarantee an optimal data flow. Modeling and simulation of submarine’s devices. Development of communication protocols and graphical user interfaces. Keywords: synchronous and asynchronous serial communication, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, synchros, NMEA protocol, NI Hardware Platform (PXI). Project of Alternativas Informáticas Alter-Info C.A.

    • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) to power efficiently and independently each time-dependent module of a multifunctional platform running user interfaces. Keywords: time-delay circuit, relay switching circuit, electronic filtering, Altium Software. Project of Alternativas Informáticas Alter-Info C.A for banking.

    • Autonomous mobile robot for the detection and picking of surrounding items by means of computer vision and sensor fusion. Avoidance of obstacles, other robots and opponent’s items. Full development of software and hardware. Keywords: Processing software, Openframeworks and OpenCV libraries, infrared sensors, DC motors, encoders, PID control, Raspberry Pi, Wireless communication. Bachelor’s project.

    • Musical instrument based on an array of sensors and a synthesizer implemented on Labview. Full development of hardware and software. Keywords: accelerometers, optical and haptic sensors, Freescale’s microprocessor, Wireless communication, Fourier Transform, data sampling theory. Bachelor’s project.



    Adventure Tourism Guide (part-time job)                 013 - 2015

    Climbing Venezuela                                  Venezuela

    · Experience working with local and international groups in activities as rock climbing, trekking, canyoning, rappelling , spelunking, team-building activities and recreation.


    Student Government Representative                    2011 - 2012

    Simón Bolívar University                             Caracas, Venezuela

    · Promote and organize academic events as internships-job fairs and the academic awards ceremony.

    · Manage projects intended to improve students’ learning and campus life as online/face-to-face courses and teaching assistant interactive database.


    Political Activist                               2009 - 2012

    “Voto Joven”, youth nonprofit organization                   Caracas, Venezuela

    · Encourage people to participate actively in political events as government elections, making them to be aware of political,ethical, economic and social problems.

    · Manage projects intended to improve students’ learning and campus life as online/face-to-face courses and teaching assistantinteractive database.


    Teaching assistant of Mathematics and Physics                     2010 - 2011

    Simón Bolívar University                            Caracas, Venezuela


    Volunteer                                       2008 - 2010

    “Misioneros Claretianos”, charity program              Venezuela

    Join long term programs in remote and threatened regions of the country.


    Bass Performer                     2005 - 2008

    Youth Symphony Orchestra of Caracas            Caracas, Venezuela


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