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).
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”
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.
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”
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)
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).
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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