CV: Space Thermal Engineer

 


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 Date Submitted:12-03-2010
 Last Modified:09-11-2017 (12:59)
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 Current job:Space Thermal Engineer
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
 KeywordsESATAN-TMS, Systema, Thermica, FORTRAN, Python, VBA, Office, Excel, Project management, Thermal engineering, design, modeling and analysis, Vacuum testing, Sensitivity analysis, Error determination, Model reduction, Test predictions, Lumped Parameter Meth
CV
 

Summary

 

I have 9+ years expertise in space thermal engineering with a strong focus on modeling and simulation of scientific payloads for Solar System exploration. My experience extends from feasibility studies (phase A) up to testing and implementation (phases C/D).

My passion lies in simulation and analysis.

 

 

Experience

Sep 2016 – Present

space thermal analysis

Göttingen, DE

Thermal analysis for space applications. I focus on short to medium term projects with a modest share of home-office work.
 

 

 

Oct 2016 – Dec 2017

Thermal Engineer

Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungGöttingen, DE

. Thermal design and analysis with Systema/Thermica for the PEP-JEI instrument, JUICE mission.

 

 

Jan 2016 – Aug 2016

(8 Months)

Göttingen, DE

Career break to pursue personal interests such as contemporary dance, fitness/movement, hiking and traveling.

 

 

Sep 2010 – Dec 2015

(5 Years 3 Months)

Thermal Engineer

Max-Planck-Institut für SonnensystemforschungGöttingen, DE

. Thermal interface coordination between the Prime instrument team and the partner institutes, spacecraft manufacturer and European Space Agency.

. Responsible for STM level tests and support for subsystem tests including requirements, data acquisition and analysis.

. Thermal model creation and improvement together with structural and scientific team.

 

 

Nov 2007 – Aug 2010

(2 Years 9 Months)

Thermal Analysis Engineer

Active Space Technologies GmbHBerlin, DE

. Thermal model creation for scientific payloads and electronic units for Earth-orbiting missions as well as missions to Mercury and Mars.

. Management of a project for the thermal analysis of a detector including a thermoelectric cooler.

. Co-authored an article describing a thermal model in ESATAN that allowed the prediction of temperatures at the surface of Mercury.

 

 

Jun 2006 – Oct 2007

(1 Year 4 Months)

Environmental Technician

Instituto de Engenharia Mecânica e Gestão IndustrialPorto, PT

. Collected and tested samples for air pollutants according to national procedures.

. Progressed to team leader, responsible for the daily time management.

 

 

Education

Sep 2000 – Jul 2005

University Degree – Licenciatura, 240 ECTS

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do PortoPorto, PT

Physics/Applied Mathematics (Astronomy)

A multidisciplinary, pre-Bologna Process, 4 year degree with focus on Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and the methods, tools and techniques of modern astronomy.

 

 

Sep 2004 – Jun 2005

Erasmus Exchange Program

University of Warwick, Coventry, UK

Main subjects: Fractals and Geometric Randomness in Physics, Quantum Physics, Relativity, Statistical Physics, X-ray Physics

 

 

Courses and Certificates

July 2013

Seminar Zeitmanagement und Selbstorganisation

(Time management and work organization)

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft

June 2012

Space Systems Engineering Course

University of Southampton

April 2012

Course Python für Wissenschaftler und Ingenieure

(Python for scientists and engineers)

Python Academy

August 2011

CAPM – Certified Associate in Project Management

Project Management Institute

July 2011

ESATAN-TMS Advanced Course

ITP Engines UK

July 2005

CAE – Certificate in Advanced English

University of Cambridge

 

 

Language skills

 

Portuguese – Mother tongue

 

English – Fluent

 

German – Fluent

 

Spanish – Intermediate (Fluent reading)

 

French – Basic skills

 

 

Computer skills

 

Proficient with the ESATAN-TMS thermal analysis suite (ESATAN, ESARAD, ThermNV, CADbench)

Proficient with the Systema/Thermica thermal analysis software

Proficient with MS Windows and the MS Office applications

Good knowledge in Python and FORTRAN

Improvable skills in Linux, HTML, CSS and VBA

I have no practical experience with Thermal Desktop but I have a very good grasp of how space thermal analysis works and can quickly find my way in any SW package

 

 

Other skills

 

Working knowledge in project management, particularly scope and time management, and an interest in risk management

Good knowledge of the ECSS norms referring to thermal engineering and testing

Experience working in clean-room environments up to ISO 5

Experience in medium and high vacuum thermal tests

 

 

Still reading?

 
 

I have an european drivers licence and a tendency for perfectionism.

My passion lies in the creation and improvement of thermal models. I enjoy converting real (or soon-to-be-real) systems into computer code and studying them. I focus on short to medium term projects, in a home-office or on-location arrangement.

When I'm not working, I can be found cooking, enjoying nature, dancing or practising some sort of move-ment.


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