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 Date Submitted:21-02-2011
 Last Modified:17-03-2011 (09:05)
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 Current job:Scientific and Technical Officer
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 Industry:Business Services
 KeywordsSpace Instrumentation, Ground Segment, Calibration, Tests, Metrology, Ocean color, Earth Observation, Solar Physics
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Personal information

Nationality:  Belgian
Date of birth:  05 January 1976
Gender Male

Work experience
 

Dates 15 February 2010 →Occupation or position held : Scientific/Technical Officer

Main activities and responsibilities

- Optical measurements in support of satellite ocean color validation activities
- Assessment of methodologies for in-situ ocean color measurements.
- Image processing and validation of ocean optical sensors (Seawifs, Modis).
- Participation in the joint NATO, EU and NOAA cruise for in situ measurments on the Alliance ship.
- Ocean color radiometers characterization

Name and address of employer

European Commission - JRC
2749, Via E. Fermi, 21027 Ispra (VA) (Italy)
Type of business or sector Research

 

 

Dates 01 June 2003 - 15 February 2010
Occupation or position held Instrument Scientist


Main activities and responsibilities

Involved in the following radiometers operated in space for monitoring the solar activity (TSI) :
- SOVIM, Solar Variability Intensity Measurements on the International Space Station
- SOVAP, Solar Variability on the micro satellite PICARD
- DIARAD/VIRGO, Differential Absolute Radiometer on SOHO

Main responsibilities


* INSTRUMENT EXPLOITATION (Performances, data and image processing)


- Technical Specifications of the ground segment for SOVIM on the ISS
- Ground segment specification and implementation for SOVAP onboard PICARD
- Instrument data processing, operations and performances assessment
- Instrument metrology, data quality, radiometric measurements and electrical calibrations
- In-flight aging evaluation and corrections

* INSTRUMENT DEVELOPMENT (Design, characterization and tests)


- Instrument compliance with specifications
- Characterization of instruments: sets of optical, thermal and electrical experiments assessing instrument performances in space and ground
- Radiometers thermal design and modelling
- Instrument testing: thermal vacuum, vibrations, EMC/EMI
- System identification, analysis and specification of the control loop of the radiometer
- Development of an infrared pyroelectric trap detector using PVDF thin film and black-gold deposit


Name and address of employer

Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
3, Ringlaan, 1180 Brussel (Belgium)
Type of business or sector Service and Research

 

Dates 01 July 2001 - 31 May 2003
Occupation or position held Instrument specialist


Main activities and responsibilities

- Affected at NASA Goddard as Instrument specialist during the Columbia shuttle flight STS 107 for the SOLCON instrument operations, simulations, commanding and monitoring. This instrument was used to obtain reference mesurements of the Solar Constant.
- Integration and test of SOLCON instrument on the Columbia payload
- Flight simulations and operations, deep space calibrations
- Real time control and commanding of SOLCON during the STS 107 flight
- Radiometeric processing


Name and address of employer

Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
3, Ringlaan, 1180 Brussel (Belgium)
Type of business or sector Service and Research

 

Dates 01 March 2001 - 30 June 2001
Occupation or position held Trainee

Main activities and responsibilities

- Detector development, design, characterisation and tests
- Development of an infrared pyroelectric trap detector using PVDF thin film and black-gold deposition

Name and address of employer

Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium
3, Ringlann, 1180 Brussel (Belgium)
Type of business or sector Service and Research

 

 

 

Education and training

Dates 15 September 2006 - 21 January 2010
Title of qualification awarded:

PhD in Engineering
Principal subjects / occupational skills covered: Instrument Calibration ,Metrology, Data processing
Name and type of organisation providing education and training
Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University)
2, Pleinlaan, 1150 Brussel (Belgium)

 

Dates 01 July 2002 - 01 September 2002
Title of qualification awarded

Summer Session Program
Principal subjects / occupational skills covered
multidisciplinary lectures in space studies
Name and type of organisation providing education and training
International Space University, Pomona, California, USA (Univeristy)
3801 West Temple Avenue, 91768 Pomona, California (United States)

 

Dates 15 September 2000 - 30 June 2002
Title of qualification awarded

Master of space sciences and techniques
Principal subjects / occupational skills covered
space studies and space instrumentation
Name and type of organisation providing education and training
Université de Liège (University)
7 Place du 20-Août, 4000 Liège (Belgium)

Dates 15 September 1996 - 15 September 2000
Title of qualification awarded

Degree in Mathematics
Principal subjects / occupational skills covered
Mathematics
Statistics
Name and type of organisation providing education and training
Université de Liège (University)
7, Place du 20-Août, 4000 Liège (Belgium)

Personal skills and
competences

Mother tongue(s) French and Arabic

Fluent in English

Fair in Italian

Social skills and competences:

Multidisciplinary approach in problem solving in intercultural and international environment, acquired through training at the International Space University.


Technical skills and competences

Space instrumentation development, testing, calibration and performance assessment
Space Operations and data processing
Image and data processing
Thermal design and Analysis

Computer skills and competences

Good knowledge of mathematical and numerical softwares : Mathcad, Matlab, Mathematica
Good knowledge of C, IDL, bash
Good knowledge of thermal and structural modelling softwares : FEMAP/TMG, MSC NASTRAN and
PATRAN, ESARADDriving licence(s) B

Publications:

The effect of flares on total solar irradiance.
Nature Physics, Vol: 6, 690–692, (2010).

Total Solar Irradiance absolute level from DIARAD/SOVIM.
Advances in Space Research, Volume 45, Issue 11, p. 1393-1406 (2010).


Total Solar Irradiance Measurements During Solar Cycles 22 and 23.
PhD Thesis, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, (2010).


Pre-Flight calibration of Lyra, the Solar VUV radiometer on board PROBA 2
A&A 508, 1085–1094 (2009).

The PICARD data center.
AIAA, 092407, (2008).
 

TSI measurements and modelling during cycle 23.
Solar Physics, Vol 247,203-216, (2008).


Absolute accuracy and repeatability of the RMIB radiometers for TSI measurements.
Solar Physics, Vol 224, 237-246, (2004).


Measurement and uncertainty of the long term total solar irradiance trend.
Solar Physics, Vol 224, 209-216, (2004).

A Malaria information system for prediction and monitoring of epidemics.
Design Project of the international space university, Summer Sesssion Program (2002).

Building a pyroelectric (PVDF) trap detector.
University of Liège, master thesis (2002).
 


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