Date of Birth: September 7th, 1992
Place of Birth: Catania
Jun. 2017 Master of Science in Space System Engineering, at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia) -- GPA: 5.0/5.0
Thesis: “Validation of Sterilization Methods for Planetary Protection Purpose”
Advisors: Prof. Rupert Gerzer, Dr. Melissa Jones, Laura Newlin
Space Science and Technology program, Space System Engineering track
Nov. 2014 Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, at “La Sapienza” University of Rome (Rome, Italy) -- GPA: 4.2/5.0
Thesis: “Mechanical Characterization of Natural Fiber Composites”
Advisor: Prof. Claudio Scarponi
Jun. 2017- Ongoing System Engineer at Airbus, office of the CTO for Technology Planning and Roadmapping (Toulouse, France)
Jan. 2017- Jun. 2017 Collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California)
Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group (352N)
Feb. 2014- Aug. 2015 Teaching Assistant (Prof. Claudio Scarponi)
Sep. 2009- Jun. 2017 Private Tutor
Apr. 2016-Dec. 2016 Researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, California)
Biotechnology and Planetary Protection Group (352N):
Gamma Irradiation and Vapor Hydrogen Peroxide validation process as a NASA standard sterilization technique for Mars Special Regions
Advanced Design Engineering (312D):
Study, Design and Simulation of a cubesat mission to Mars using aerocapture as a breaking maneuver.
Sep. 2015- Dec. 2015 Traineeship at Skoltech’s Additive Manufacturing Laboratory
Working on carbon fiber 3D printing: plastic selection and nozzle design
Feb. 2015- Aug. 2015 Traineeship at “Sapienza Space Systems and Space Surveillance Laboratory”
Working on the design and on the mechanical characterization of the URSA MAIOR cubesat.
Oct. 2015- Dec. 2015 Industrial Robotics in Prototyping; a project devoted to the application of robotics, using Kuka robots and robotics arms, in fast prototyping for the aerospace industry.
Responsibilities: Tools designer, requirements tracking, system engineer.
Feb. 2015- Aug. 2015 Ursa Maior (University of Rome la Sapienza Micro Attitude In Orbit testing) is an Italian 3U-CubeSat designed by the University of Rome "La Sapienza" participating in the Von Karman’s QB50 project.
Responsibilities: Structure Engineer with focus on random vibration analysis
Mar. 2014- Jun. 2014 P-GUN; Design, building, and launch of a rocket model for the Maurizio di Giacinto Competition.
Responsibilities: Team leader and designer
Feb. 2014- Aug. 2015 Sealab, a marine drone prototype, capable of reaching 200kph 'flying' on the water driven by small reaction motors and controlled by wings and skis that emerge at the launch to increase speed.
Responsibilities: Structure Engineer working on the inner composite case of the nautical drone helping Prof. Claudio Scarponi
L. Arena, F. Angeletti, F. Curianò, G. De Zanet, R. Gradini, A. Pellegrino, "Mechanical Design and Test Campaign Results of a Single-Piece Structure for the URSA MAIOR Nanosatellite", 66th IAC, Jerusalem, Israel, 2015
Awards and Fellowship
2017 Best Research Thesis of the Year (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
Academic Excellence Award (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
2016 JPL Visiting Researchers program (JVSRP), Section 352N, 312D
Academic Excellence Award (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
2015 Best Robotics Project Award (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology)
2014 Maurizio Di Giacinto Award (La Sapienza University of Rome; Avio SPA)
Software Good knowledge of Catia, NX, Ansys, Simulink, OPCAT
Optimal knowledge of STK, Solidworks, Matlab, Microsoft Office
Multiple launches of High Stratospheric Balloons
Leadership Team leader of the majority of the projects carried.
Able to work effectively in teams as well as individually
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