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 Date Submitted:30-09-2012
 Last Modified:01-10-2013 (07:57)
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 Current job:Aerospace Engineering Consultant
 Employment Term:Temp/Contract
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within 2 months
 Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
 KeywordsExpert in Satellite payload equipment design and procurement
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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sex:  Male | Date of birth: 07/08/1963 | Nationality: United States of America

 

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

 

Feb 2012 to Present

  System Engineering Consultant

 

LUXSPACE Sarl, Betzdorf, LUXEMBURG

 

• Maintain EDRS-C TT&R S/S requirements traceability to equipment level requirements and S/S Statement of Compliance

• Assess Supplier’s technical proposal documents and associated SoC(s) to Equipment Specifications, SOW and General Environmental Requirements, as well as eventual RFDs

• Evaluate Supplier’s Datapackage, prepare RIDs on ECLIPSE and support Equipment level reviews

• Prepare engineering documents for Subsystem and Satellite Reviews (Design, Development & Verification Plan, Verification Control Document, Trade-off Analyses, Equipment Specifications, S/S SoC(s), etc.)

• Provide technical guidance to system engineering team, manage technical interface with suppliers and monitor TT&R equipment development on-site, as needed

 

Sept 2011 to Jan 2012

  Supply Chain Management Consultant

 

OHB Systems AG, Bremen, GERMANY

 

• Established subcontracts by performing RFP, RFQ and ITT campaigns (MTG program)

• Supported “fair practice” proposal evaluation reviews to select the best supplier

• Pursued long-term agreements with suppliers for multi-program purchasing (on MTG, EDRS-C, SGEO, and others)

• Implemented process improvements for SCM and procurement in general

                                                        

Feb 2011 to Jan 2012

  Program Monitor

 

ORBITAL Sciences Corporation, Dulles, Virginia, USA

 

• Performed weekly visits to Supplier’s facility (TAS-Italy) and supported teleconferences to review Telemetry and Beacon Transmitter equipment production status, verify performance and ensure compliance to committed schedule

• Provided insight on Supplier’s production capacity and manpower commitment in order to evaluate schedule risk

• Provided weekly status reports and notified ORBITAL of any eventual technical problems that may impact both cost and schedule

• Performed equipment inspections and hybrid module pre-cap(s) as needed

 

Feb 2010 to Feb 2011

  Project Management and System Engineering Consultant

 

EFACEC Sistemas de Electrónica, S.A., Porto, PORTUGAL

 

• Conducted status review, progress reporting and formal presentation to customer (ESA)

• Coordinated integration and testing of TDP8 subsystem (particle spectrometer and test bed system to evaluate radiation effects on certain component topologies) destined to fly on ALPHASAT

• Managed validation/verification of all ESA equipment requirements and of compatibility with ASTRIUM satellite-level environmental requirements

• Provided consultancy to EMC testing and trouble-shooting support

• Supported flight operational software validation with good knowledge of TC/TM protocols, FOM and FOP documentation

• Supported Data package document preparation and review

 

July 2005 to Jan 2010

 

  Head of Telecommunication Products Group

 

Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A., Rome, ITALY (formerly Alcatel Alenia Space Italia S.p.A.)

 

• Payload Product Line Manager: was responsible for team of design engineers with goals of performance improvement as well as incremental cost reduction on all equipment. Role involved optimization and coordination of resources to support on-going projects and particular attention to Hi-Rel issues such as manufacturing processes, component selection and radiation hardening

• Project Manager: was in charge of expenditures and maintaining schedule, from design through production phase, on flight equipment : TDP5 Q/V Converter/FGU subsystem destined to fly on ALPHASAT and NSS-14 LNAs

• Lead Center Manager of LNA, Specific Rx, and FGU product lines: was responsible for road-map of combined future R&D from both Italian and French sides, in particular, for next generation Ka LNA

• Contributed to technical proposal preparation and cost analysis for recurring payload equipment offers as well as emerging product developments, especially in Ka band, sponsored by both the Italian Space Agency and ESA

 

Sept 1996 to June 2005

  Project Leader

 

Alenia Spazio S.p.A., Rome, ITALY

 

• Was responsible for design and development phase of RF & microwave telecommunication equipment, including Low Noise Amplifiers, Converters and Receiver units, destined to fly on commercial (and military) satellite payloads. Contributed on programs: SIRIUS (CD RADIO), Atlantic Bird 1, AMOS 2, NIMIQ 2, KOREASAT 5 and SICRAL 1B

• Developed highly producible Ka-band equipment for next generation multi-media satellite payloads on EuroSkyWay

• General responsibilities included: coordination of design team effort, scheduling of project milestones, cost account management, issuing of flight documentation, verification of first production alignment and test, and formal presentation of design and qualification model performance to customer

 

April 1996 to Aug 1996

  Test Engineering Consultant

 

Andromeda Sistemi, Rome, ITALY

 

• Was responsible for alignment and test of flight level RF and microwave equipment for Alenia Spazio commercial production

 

Jan 1995 to March 1996

  Senior Design Engineer

 

Officine Galileo Space Division, Florence, ITALY

 

• Was responsible for integration, test and overall performance of Ka-band radiometric receiver, Multi-frequency Imaging, Microwave Radiometer (MIMR) Demonstrator

• Designed microwave and millimeter-wave Radiometer/RADAR receiver subsystems for various ESA programs

• Promoted CAD microwave system/circuit simulation software, HP-EESOF

• Integrated and tested Ka-band frequency translator flight model for Alenia Spazio program, CASSINI

 

May 1990 to Dec 1994

  Senior Design Engineer

 

SMA (Segnalamento Marittimo ed Aereo), Florence, ITALY

 

• Collaborated in design and test of microwave integrated circuits and modules for Ka-band frequency translator EQM of Alenia Spazio program, CASSINI

• Managed the electrical design of microwave frequency multiplexer for experimental Q and W band radiometer receivers on ESA program, RADET

• Contributed preliminary designs of receiver front-ends and general technical support to development phase of ESA program, MIMR

• Developed a low-cost synthesizer for the telecommunication market which included the design of  low phase noise PLL, fractional-N digital divider, and Ku-band X4 multiplier

 

July 1985 to March 1990

  Microwave Engineer

 

Westinghouse  Electronic Systems Group, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 

• Designed S, C, X, and Ku-band hybrid amplifiers and multi-function modules, directed technician support, and conducted tests for military radar subsystems

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

1981 to 1985

Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering

 

 

Case Western Reserve University (in Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

 

Major in RF & Microwave Communications

 

PERSONAL SKILLS

 

 

 

Mother tongue(s)

English

 

 

 

Other language(s)

UNDERSTANDING

SPEAKING

WRITING

 

 

Listening

Reading

Spoken interaction

Spoken production

 

 

Italian

C1

C1

C1

C1

C1

 

French

A2

B1

A1

A1

A1

 

 

Levels: A1/2: Basic user – B1/2: Independent user – C1/2 Proficient user

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

 

 

Communication skills

Strive for improved understanding between contractor/supplier and customer (present role as technical interface between supplier and prime/customer - comfortable and confident in multi-national team environment)

 

Organisational / managerial skills

Strong spirit of collaboration either through leading or supporting team efforts (have lead teams of design engineers; currently providing technical guidance to "young" system engineering team)

 

Job-related skills

 

§  Well developed trouble-shooting instincts (thanks to extensive RF & microwave experience)

§  Vigilant to quality and product assurance according to ECSS standards (currently in Consultant role for ESA program: EDRS-C)

§  Effective written communication (most recent experience in preparing spec(s), document evaluations, RFD assessments and various subsystem technical documents)

 

Computer skills

§  Proficient with Word, Excel and Powerpoint through 20+ years as user

§  Beginners experience with DOORS

 

Other skills

§  Licensed sailing - through experience with "Granlasco" Sailing School plus 6 years of winter regatta competition

§  Novice golfer; avid runner

 

Driving licence

Italian: A & B

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

Honours and awards

US Patent No. 5426437 (1995), "Integrated Optical Distribution of Control Signals in a T/R Module Uni-structure Antenna"

 

References

Rudolf Halm

rudolf.halm(at)gmail.com

(Retired from) ESTEC, Noordwijk,

The Netherlands

 

Kevin Goodey

Kevin.Goodey(at)esa.int

ESTEC, Noordwijk,

The Netherlands


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