Recent Work Experience
Lead Mechanical engineer, Lead Propulsion engineer 08/2011 – 06/2016
Assembled and led a 5 member team responsible for the mechanical and structural engineering of 2 Cubesats, 5 Microsats, Payload and AOCS components, all of them operating in orbit
Conducted numerous microsat Layout Studies, Structural Designs, Structural Analysis and Simulation, Interfacing, Manufacturing Supervision, Environmental Testing and Documentation
Led a team that rectified, shortly prior to launch, a defective third-party principal mirror support
Teamed up with ITBA to conceptualize, develop, build and test an N-butane ResistoJet propulsion system, also including propellant tanks, manifolds and instrumentation
Explored innovative materials and manufacturing techs for solar panels as well as shielding
Coordinated with LSP and co-designed different LV adaptors
ITBA – Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Research activities 07/2010 – current
Mechanism and mechanical design and simulation of custom machines and products for industrial applications
Electrical and autonomous performance vehicles
Cost-effective application of additive manufacturing in aerospace and industrial applications
Electrolysis (alkaline) generation, storage, and usage of very high pressure (700bar) H2 and O2 systems
Innovative gas and H2 + O2 internal combustion engine simulation and development
In-orbit energy storage and propulsion systems based on H2 and O2
KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Dr.-Ing. (PhD.) Mechanical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude 10/2005 – 11/2009
Robust optimization of mechanical systems affected by large system and component variability
Skills: FEM, Multibody Simulation, Structural Optimization, Microsystems, Robust Design
Institution: IPEK – Institute of Product Development – CAE/Optimization Research group
Research Grant: 3.5 year DAAD full scholarship, 0.5 year Baden-Württemberg initial grant
Major, Mechatronics, GPA 3.70 03/2004 – 09/2005
Major, Mechanical Engineering, with multiple Honors, GPA 4.00 03/1998 – 12/2002
Bachelor, engineering, GPA 3.30
Languages: English and German, full professional proficiency ; Spanish, native speaker
ITBA – Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Associate Professor 08/2018 – current
FSAE electrical powertrain lead
Mechanisms design, analysis and simulation
Machine technology and design
Industrial automation (Pneumatics, Hydraulics, PLC, Servo control)
Maestría en Energía y Ambiente (ITBA-KIT), Argentina 08/2014 – current
Assistant Professor 07/2010 – 07/2018
R&D - Head of CAE/Optimization group at ITBA 07/2010 – 03/2014
Mechanical design and simulation of custom machines and products, for industry applications:
Development of material substitution schemes for non-visible interior components
Development of special door assembly tools
PCP Oil tools
Design of a geared wellhead drive system in different HP-ranges for progressive cavity pumping (PCP) in the oil industry
Support for in-house engineering teams solving problems related to: CAD - MultiBody Simulation - Structural Optimization - Finite Element Analysis - DOE
Graduate Research Assistant 03/2004 – 09/2005
Generation of H2 and O2 using high pressure electrolysis devices, up to 700bar
Developed several (electro)mechanical devices for small and medium local industrial facilities
Design of mechanical components
Design of machinery
Undergraduate Research Assistant 05/2002 – 12/2002
Member of an engineering team that successfully developed an NCG conversion kit for diesel truck engines (Mercedes Benz OM-352)
Redesigns on the existing cylinder head to place a spark plug replacing diesel injectors
Design of an intake valve and nozzle assembly to produce the air-gas mixture
Dyno tests and model checks
América Latina Logística, Argentina
Mechanical Engineer 01/2003 – 12/2003
Member of an engineering team that successfully developed an LPG conversion kit for diesel railway engines (FM 251D 6 cyl in-line, 66lt, turbocharged)
Piston-hat and body redesign CAD and remachining drawings, to both reshape the combustion chamber and improve the internal cooling
Design of an charge-air intake water cooling system, and intake air-gas mixture manifolds
Participation in full-scale "laboratory" tests
 Vogel, D. ; Geismayr, L. ; Langer, M. ; Leslabay, P. ; Schlick, G.: Combining Additive Manufacturing and Biomimetics for the Optimization of Satellite Structures, IAC-18,C2,IP,17, Bremen, Germany
 Leslabay, P. ; Lauretta, R. ; Pedreira, P.: The ResistoJet as a simple and cost-effective propulsion system for nano- and microsatellites. In: 1st IAA Latin American Symposium on Small Satellites: Advanced Technologies and Distributed Systems, March 7-10, 2017, Buenos Aires
 Leslabay, P.: Propulsion systems for privately founded small Satellites. In: Strömungsmechanik, Strömungsmaschinen, Techn. Energiesysteme. Seminar im WS 2015/2016, 02.11.2015, Karlsruhe, Germany
 Leslabay, P.: Simulation of H2/O2 direct injection engines. In: ITBA-KIT Workshop: Technologies for wind-hydrogen systems, 24-26 April 2013, Buenos Aires
 Leslabay, P.: Robust optimization of mechanical systems affected by large system and component variability. In: Forschungsberichte des Instituts für Produktentwicklung, Band 39, Karlsruhe 2010, ISSN 1615-8113
 Albers, A. ; Börsting, P. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Micro Gear Validation – Improving the Correlation between Virtual and Physical Testing. In: Microsystems Technologies, Springer Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, Vol. 16 Nr. 8-9, 2010
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Methods for Simulating and Optimizing Moulded Micro Components and Systems. In: Microsystems Technologies, Springer Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, Vol. 16 Nr. 8-9, 2010
 Albers, A. ; Börsting, P. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Validierung von Mikrogetrieben – Erhöhte Korrelation zwischen Simulation und Prüfstandsversuch. In: VDE Mikrosystemtechnik - Kongress 2009, 12.-14 Oktober 2009, Berlin
 Albers, A. ; et al.: Validierung von Mikrozahnrädern: Erhöhung der Korrelation zwischen Simulation und Versuch. In: 4. Kolloquium Mikroproduktion, BIAS-Verlag, 2009
 Albers, A. ; Leslabay, P.: Modeling, Sensitivity Analysis and Optimization of Mechanisms made of Micro-Molded Components. In: ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC) & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (CIE), Aug 30-Sep 2, 2009, San Diego
 Albers, A. ; Leslabay, P.: Simulation and Optimization of Mechanisms made of Micro-molded Components. In: International Conference on Automotive and Mechanical Engineering ICAME 2009, 29.-31 July 2009, Oslo, Norway
 Albers, A. ; Leslabay, P.: Design and Optimization of Mechanisms made of Micro-molded Components. In: World Congress on Engineering (WCE) 2009, 1.-3 July 2009, London, U.K.
 Albers, A. ; Börsting, P. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Micro Gear Validation – Improving the Correlation between Virtual and Physical Testing. In: 8th International Workshop on High-Aspect-Ratio Micro-Structure Technology, HARMST 2009, 25.-28 June 2009, Saskatoon, Canada
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Methods for Simulating and Optimizing Moulded Micro Components and Systems. In: 8th International Workshop on High-Aspect-Ratio Micro-Structure Technology, HARMST 2009, 25.-28 June 2009, Saskatoon, Canada
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Challenges in Simulating Molded Micro Components and Systems. In: NAFEMS World Congress, 16.-19 June 2009, Crete, Greece
 Albers, A. ; Leslabay, P.: Simulation and Optimization of Mechanisms made of Micro-molded Components. In: 8th World Congress on Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization, 1.-5 June 2009, Lisbon, Portugal
 Albers, A. ; Lauretta, J. R. ; Leslabay, P.: Electrolytic reactors for high pressure hydrogen generation. Design and simulation. In: ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 31 Oct -06 November 2008, Boston, MA
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: Simulation of Molded Micro Components and Systems with regard to the Grain Structure. In: ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 31 Oct -06 November 2008, Boston, MA
 Albers, A. ; et al.: Dealing with uncertainty of micro gears – Integration of dimensional measurement, virtual and physical testing. In: ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, 31 Oct -06 November 2008, Boston, MA
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: A Contribution to the Simulation of Molded Micro Components and Systems. In: ASME IDETC: 2nd International Conference on Micro- and Nanosystems, 03.-06 August 2008, New York City, NY
 Albers, A. ; et al.: Prediction of Functionality and Life Cycle Performance of Microgears. In: Procs. EUSPEN 2008 - European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology, 10th Anniversary International Conference, 18.-22 May 2008, Zürich
 Albers, A. ; Deigendesch, T. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Hauser, S. ; Leslabay, P. ; Oerding, J.: An integrated Approach for Validating Micro Mechanical Systems based on Simulation and Test. In: Microsystems Technologies, Springer Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, Vol. 14 Nr. 12, 2008
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: On the Simulation of Molded Micro Components and Systems. In: Microsystems Technologies, Springer Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg, Vol. 14 Nr. 9-11, 2008
 Albers, A. ; Deigendesch, T. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Hauser, S. ; Leslabay, P. ; Oerding, J.: Ein integrativer Ansatz zur simulations- und versuchsgestützten Validierung mikromechanischer Systeme. In: Kolloquium Mikroproduktion, 22.-23 November 2007, Karlsruhe, Germany
 Albers, A. ; Enkler, H.-G. ; Leslabay, P.: On the Simulation of Molded Micro Components and Systems. In: 7th International Workshop on High-Aspect-Ratio Micro-Structure Technology HARMST, 7.-9 June 2007, Besancon, France
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