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     Date Submitted:01-11-2017
     Last Modified:02-11-2017 (06:23)
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpace mission analysis; Mathematical modeling; Optimisation; Space trajectory design; Low thrust; Solar sail
    CV

    CURRENT POSITION:

    PhD Researcher, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow (UK).  Oct 2013 - Dec 2017

    Project: “Solar-Sail Mission Design for Multiple Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous”

     - Develop a fast and reliable semi-analytical shape-based trajectory model for solar sailing.

     - Develop an algorithm to search through the possible sequences of near-Earth asteroids to visit.

     - Develop an algorithm to numerically optimise the shape-based trajectories with a refined model.

     - Provide a set of feasible mission scenarios for informing the stakeholders on future mission options.

     - Scholarships from EPSRC (2013), The Royal Society of Edinburgh (2015) and University of Glasgow (2015).

     


    EXPERIENCE:

    Research Assistant, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow (UK).  Jul – Dec 2016

    Project: “Osculating Keplerian Elements for Highly Non-Keplerian Orbits”

    Project Managers: Prof Colin R. McInnes and Dr Matteo Ceriotti.

    Project Sponsor: Air Force Office of Scientific Research

     

    Research Assistant, University of Rome “Sapienza” (Italy). Work carried out at the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow (UK).  Feb – Sep 2013

    Project: “Optimal Control of Solar Sail in an Atmosphere”

    Project Managers: Prof Christian Circi and Dr Matteo Ceriotti

     

    Student Research Assistant, University of Rome “Sapienza” (Italy).  Feb – Sep 2013

    Project: “Development of a MATLAB software for the vision system of a rover for lunar exploration”

     


    COLLABORATIONS:

    FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences, Germany.  Oct 2013 – Dec 2017

     - Several joint journal and conference papers during the PhD research.

     

    University of Florida, USA.  Jan – May 2016

    Project: “Study of Solar-Sail Interplanetary Trajectories via Direct Transcription Method” (Visiting scholar. Supervisors: Prof Anil V. Rao and Dr Matteo Ceriotti).

     - I enhanced my understanding of the mathematical foundations of the direct transcription optimisation technique and mastered the use of the optimal control software GPOPS-II.

     - I improved the shape-based method developed for solar sailing and interfaced it with GPOPS-II.

     - I built a collaboration between the University of Glasgow and the University of Florida.

     

    German Space Center (DLR), Germany.  Dec 2016 – Dec 2017

     - Trajectory design for the work “Soil to Sail – Asteroid Landers on Near-Term Sailcraft as an Evolution of the GOSSAMER Small Spacecraft Solar Sail Concept for In-Situ Characterization”, presented at the 5th IAA Planetary Defense Conference.

     

    Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany.  May 2015

     - Participation at the 8th edition of the Global Trajectory Optimisation Competition (GTOC) as part of the GlasgowJena+ team, which ranked 9th out of 18 team that submitted a valid solution.

     


    OTHER EXPERIENCES:

    Teaching assistant, University of Glasgow (UK).  Oct 2013 – Dec 2017

     - Teaching assistant for mechanical engineering students on MATLAB.

     - Teaching assistant for aerospace engineering students on space flight dynamics.

     

    Co-supervising a BSc student, University of Glasgow (UK).  Dec 2014 – Apr 2015

    Project: “A Shape-Based Approach to Solar Sail Trajectory Optimization in 3D”

     


    EDUCATION:

    Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering, University of Rome “Sapienza” (Italy). Jan 2013

    Final mark 110/110 summa cum laude (equivalent to a 1st)

    Thesis: “Study of the Performances of a Solar Sail with Moving Masses for Interplanetary Missions”

    Main modules: Space mission design; Mathematical methods; Space flight dynamics; Thermal control; Robotics space systems; Spacecraft attitude control; Control algorithms; Electronics of guided systems.

     

    Bachelor Degree in Physics and Astrophysics, University of Rome “Sapienza” (Italy).  Dec 2009

    Final mark 103/110 (equivalent to a 2.1)

     


    ADDITIONAL SKILLS:

    Teamwork: I have successfully participated in several aerospace-related team projects, some as a team leader. These produced four publications in peer-reviewed journals, several works presented at conferences and the 9th ranking at the GTOC8. Moreover, 19 years in the Scouts helped me building my capacity of working as part of a team.

    Communication: I have excellent communication skills, both written and oral, improved by conference presentations and the papers I wrote. The applications to several scholarships significantly improved my communication skills.

    Organisational: My studies and the research assistant experiences developed organisational skills that allowed me to meet all the deadlines. Moreover, 8 years as a Scout leader helped enhance my organisational skills.

    Computer skills: Excellent knowledge of MATLAB and Simulink, used throughout my university projects and theses. Excellent knowledge of the optimal control software GPOPS-II. Good knowledge of C and Mathematica. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.

    Problem solving: I have the capacity of solve problems either working alone or as part of a team. This capacity has been tested and improved through my numerous university projects and my PhD.

    Willingness to learn: I am always keen to expand my knowledge and gain new skills.

    Languages: English (Full professional proficiency). Italian (Native proficiency).

     


    REFEREES:

    Dr Matteo Ceriotti (PhD Supervisor).  Email: matteo.ceriotti(at)glasgow.ac.uk

    Prof Colin R. McInnes (Research Assistant Project Manager).  Email: colin.mcinnes(at)glasgow.ac.uk

     


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