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     Date Submitted:24-09-2018
     Last Modified:24-09-2018 (01:06)
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     Current job:Junior Project Manager for Complex Programmes
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsThermal Engineering; System Engineering; Project Management; Test Planning; PMI-PMP; Maturity Gates; Quality; Cost and Finance; Time Planning and Control; Cost Planning and Control; Scope Planning and Control; English Language; Telecom Satellites; Science


    Project Manager, Thermal & System Engineer with a deep interest in Fast Human Transport and Space Technologies, currently part of the Airbus Defence and Space Graduate Development programme. Double Degree MSc. (with Academic Prize) specializing in Aerospace Propulsion and Space Systems. Co-invented, designed and managed a team to develop an innovative space technology for dynamic heat dissipation, collaborating with major space agencies and providing first class sponsorships and outstanding media coverage. Looking forward to test the acquired skills in cutting edge projects within aerospace and defence area as Project Manager.



    Chosen to be part of the Airbus Defence and Space Graduate Programme as outcome of a strict selection involving 10k+ candidates from all over the world. One year of experience as Spacecraft Thermal Engineer working on complex tasks for Antennas, Chemical/Electrical Propulsive Systems Architecture and R&T. Six month secondment to System Engineering supporting a major ESA mission (Solar Orbiter) Environmental Test Campaign. Current placement in Programmes, Performance and Improvement as Project Manager for Critical Projects to aid and support key company projects recovery. Certified attendance to soft skills and technical trainings.

    Contributed to space thermal control technology with the co-invention, design and testing of a modular multi-plate space radiator which was launched by the European Space Agency aboard of a balloon into the Stratosphere. In addition, procured Euros 50k+ to POLARIS Experiment development with a creative sponsorship campaign, which ended up with Moncler, Audi, Samsung and Bosch as main sponsors.

    Completed a Bachelor and Master of Science degree in one of the top Engineering Universities in Italy. Obtained a Double Degree with distinction (Academic Prize) at Cranfield University (UK) with a highly confidential thesis contracted by Lufthansa Technik AG about Transonic Aerodynamics.



    03/2018 – present

    Junior Adjunct Project Manager for Critical Programmes, Airbus Defence and Space, Munich/Friedrichshafen – D

    o Ramp-up and recovery of complex projects in CIS domain (Gold)

    o Member of Project Acceleration mission ACTACOR4SIE

    o Support for Change Management, EAC, Audits and Customer Relationship

    o AGILE development methodology evaluation and implementation

    o Improvement of Project Reporting

    o Creation of Integrated Schedule for ACTACOR4SIE

    o Definition of Project Management standards and best practices

    09/2017 – 03/2018

    Systems Engineer for Solar Orbiter, Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage – UK

    o Support Activities for Environmental Proto-Flight Model Test Campaign

    o Thermo-Vacuum Test Procedure and Configuration

    o Movement Plan of Spacecraft and Mechanical & Electrical Ground Support Equipment

    o Test sequences optimization

    o Space segment and Test Facility requirements verification

    o Responsible for interfaces functional verification proofing

    09/2016 – 09/2017

    Spacecraft Thermal Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space, Stevenage - UK

    o E3000/Eurostar NEO Chemical and Electrical Propulsive Systems thermal analysis

    o Inmarsat6 CM line

    o EgyptSat CM line

    o Eurostar NEO XPRS and ring heaters

    o Antennas detailed thermal model

    o MilComStar CDR thermal analysis and report

    o QV Band PDR thermal analysis and report

    o Embedded heat pipe panel test correlation

    o Research and Development for department processes improvement

    o Pipework automatic tool

    o Test and temporal extrapolation and stabilization forecast (MITTE)


    10/2015 – 09/2016

    Aerodynamics Research Manager, Lufthansa Technik AG, Cranfield - UK, Hamburg – D

    o Analysis of transonic aerodynamic effects of an eroded compressor fan blade

    o Managed a key aerodynamic research and the key stakeholders of the biggest MRO company in Europe

    o Modelled transonic compressor blades subjected to erosion with the aid of CFD techniques

    o Foreseen the performance depletion in terms of SFC and mass flow capacity

    09/2013 – 03/2015

    Commercial Manager and Technology Researcher, POLARIS Experiment (ESA Educational), Padova - IT, Noordwijk – NL, Kiruna - S

    o Co-invented, designed and tested a new space radiator for space vehicles thermal control selected by ESA to be part of Bexus 18 programme

    o Travelled frequently within Europe providing technical reports and presentations to aerospace agencies and industries

    o Led an outstanding sponsorship, material procurement, media and outreach campaign (50000+ Euros) and relationships with first class sponsors (Moncler, Audi, Samsung, Bosch)

    o Published papers in worldwide famous space conferences (65th, 66th International Astronautical Congress)

    o Awarded with important public and industry rewards (Audi Innovative Thinking, Veneto Awards 2014)



    2015 – 2016

    Master of Science: Thermal Power (Aerospace Propulsion), Cranfield University, Cranfield - UK, First Class (with Course Director’s Prize).

    Thesis: Loss Model for Compressor Blades Subjected to Erosion (Lufthansa Technik)

    2013 – 2016

    Master of Science: Aerospace Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova - IT, 110/110.

    Group projects:

    • Led a team of 40+ students to design preliminarily a Ramjet Engine

    • Developed, built and tested an Arduino based Hexacopter

    2010 – 2013

    Bachelor of Science: Aerospace Engineering, Università degli Studi di Padova, Padova - IT, 94/110.

    Thesis: Missions to the Sun: peculiarities and analysis of the ESA mission Solar Orbiter

    Group projects:

    • Designed orbital trajectories to land in Solar System planets with Matlab

    • Simulated and characterized incompressible flow stream lines within a centrifugal compressor with Matlab





    Dassault Solidworks, Siemens Teamcenter


    Native Proficiency


    Ansys Workbench, Ansys Mechanical


    Full Professional Proficiency


    Thermica, ESATAN, ThermNV


    Beginner Proficiency


    ICEM, ANSYS Fluent, CFD Post, CFX



    Matlab & Simulink; VBA; C (Arduino microcontroller programming); Fortran; Python; TurboPascal.

    Soccer, Travelling, Snorkelling, Hiking


    Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher; Latex



    Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop;


    Windows; Linux; Mac OS;

    Italian Driving Licence, category B (Cars)


    Public Speaking, People Management, Conflict Resolution, Change Management, Customers Relationship and Interface



    D.Paganini et al., "A NEW CONCEPT VARIABLE RESISTANCE RADIATOR", 65th International Astronautical Congress, Toronto, Canada (Poster Session on October 2014)

    D.Paganini et al.,"POLARIS EXPERIMENT: DATA COLLECTED DURING THE STRATOSPHERIC FLIGHT ON THE BALLOON BEXUS18", 22th ESA PAC Symposium, Tromso, Norway (Presented on June 2015)

    D.Paganini et al.,"A NEW CONCEPT OF VARIABLE RESISTANCE RADIATOR: STRATOSPHERIC FLIGHT TEST & PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS", 66th International Astronautical Congress, Jerusalem, Israel (Presented on October 2015)

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