CV: Propulsion and AOCS Engineer



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 Date Submitted:18-09-2011
 Last Modified:18-09-2011 (09:00)
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 Current job:Propulsion and AOCS Engineer
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within 2 months
 Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
 Keywordspropulsion, attitude control, flight dynamics, design sensors, system engineering

Date of Birth:

December 22nd, 1984

Place of Birth:

Tartagal (Salta), Argentina


Argentinean, Spanish

Marital Status




·         Space propulsion and flight dynamics

·         Feedback control systems analysis and design

·         Mission analysis

·         Design of sensors

·         Software, proto-software, VHDL coding

·         Thermo-hydraulics and plant modeling

·         Business planning and system management


August 2008 – June 2011:

Master of Engineering

Balseiro Institute, National University of Cuyo, Argentina (

Thesis title: Design and Implementation of a Fine Solar Sensor for Aerospace Applications (June 2011), point average: 9/10


August 2005 – June 2008:

Nuclear Engineering

Balseiro Institute, National University of Cuyo, Argentina (

Thesis title: Real-time PIV Velocimetry based on FPGA technology (June 2008), point average: 9/10


February 2003 – June 2005:

Electronics Engineering (first five semesters)

National University of Tucumán, Argentina (




·         INVAP SE – Aerospace and Government Area (August 2008 – Present).

o   System engineer responsible for ARSAT-2 (geostationary satellite) propulsion system.

o   Design and analysis of propulsion system of ARSAT satellites platforms:

§  Definition of interface requirements with Attitude Control, Thermal, and Mechanical systems.

§  Thruster configuration designer, plume impingement analysis.

§  Reliability analysis of thruster configuration.

o   Support Engineer for propulsion system of SAC-D/Aquarius satellite (NASA-CONAE project to globally measure oceans’ surface salinity).

§  Modules fabrication, integration, assembly and testing.

§  Member of the launch and early orbits phase (LEOP) support and commissioning engineering team.

o   Spacecraft attitude and orbit: dynamics, instrumentation and control.

§  Actuators and attitude sensors configuration.

§  Thruster selection algorithmia and modeling.

§  Propellant sloshing and flexible structural modes models analysis and programming for in-house general spacecraft simulator.

§  Attitude controller architecture, PID and structural filters design for GTO orbit rising maneuvers.

§  Genetic Algorithms to optimize attitude feedback controllers

o   Development of an engineering model of a compact high accuracy solar sensor for aerospace applications.

§  Part of industrial/academic agreement between Balseiro Institute and INVAP. Conceptual to detail design, fabrication tracking and performance verification.

·         BARILOCHE ATOMIC CENTER - Cavitation and Biotechnology Lab  (August 2007 – June 2008).

o   Research and development of a real-time particle image velocimetry (PIV) system for fluid flows studies based on FPGA technology.

·         SOFTWARE DEVELOPER (2002 - Present)

o   Optimization of travel searching systems for internet applications / Image processing.


·         José Relloso, Santiago Martinez, Gabriel Absi. INVAP SE, Bariloche, Argentina.

·         Fabián Bonneto, Damián Dellavale, Maximiliano Sonnaillon. CAB, Bariloche, Argentina.

·         Dieter Simon. Space Transportation, EADS Astrium, Lampoldshausen, Germany

·         Carl Guernsey. Propulsion, JPL NASA, Pasadena, USA.


MathWorks MATLAB/SIMULINK for analysis, design and algorithmia prototyping.

Hardware logic in VHDL/Verilog for FPGA/ASIC digital designs: Xilinx ISE, Mentor Graphics ModelSim, Mentor Graphics FPGA Advantage, Leonardo.

Programming: C/C++, Python, Eclipse Environments, Web design (PHP, MySQL, JS, CSS, HTML, Apache, Corel), VisualBasic. Parallel Programming: PETSc, MPI.

3D drawing design in Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks.


YPF Foundation full scholarship (2005-2008).

Member of the Argentinean Mathematical Olympiad (OMA) team at high school (2000).


Spanish: native language.

English: fluent, spoken and written

French: basic level, spoken and written


Thesis: “Sensor solar fino para aplicaciones aeroespaciales” (Spanish), 2011.

Tech Paper: “Real time particle image velocimetry based on FPGA technology”. Selected for presentation at IEEE 5th Southern Programmable Logic Conference, São Carlos, Brazil, 2009.

Thesis: “Velocimetría PIV en tiempo real basada en lógica programable FPGA” (Spanish), 2008.


Sailing and motor yachts helmsman (timonel de yate a vela y motor, PNA).

Gastronomic tourism & travelling / Sports: football, tennis, ski.

-Last update: Sept 2011-

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