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Thursday’s dramatic launch abort was the first time a crewed spacecraft bound for the ISS has suffered a mission critical failure. But it was not the first time that a manned Soyuz rocket has been forced to activate its launch abort system. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:03-05-2017
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     Current job:Postdoc Researcher
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsAntennas Microwave RF
    CV

    I’m an Italian engineer skilled in the modeling and design of novel antennas and other microwave devices. Positive and very curious, I’m seeking new challenges to share my knowledge and grow professionally and personally


    Education
    ▪ PhD degree in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2011-2015)
    Dissertation: “Antenna Design Solutions for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Tags based on Metamaterial-inspired Resonators and other Resonant Structures” (http://www.tdx.cat/handle/10803/314186). Awarded with cum laude by the defense committee presided by Prof. Tatsuo Itoh.
    ▪ Master degree in Micro and Nanoelectronics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2010-2011)
    ▪ Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering at the Università Degli Studi di Firenze (2008)
    Dissertation: “Analysis of a 10 GHz feed array for the primary focus of the Sardinia Radio Telescope”.


    Work experience
    ▪ 2011-2016: I worked as a researcher in Radio Frequency Identification technologies (RFID) in the CIMITEC research group at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. During this period I managed the development of ad-hoc antenna designs for RFID tags operating in challenging conditions, as for example in close proximity to metal or metallic objects, exploring the use of structures and concepts related to the world of metamaterials. I derived new analytical expressions for the radiation properties of several electrically small resonators (e.g. the split-ring resonator, or SRR), which were applied to obtain novel and competitive RFID devices. Among the most important results, an original strategy for tagging optical discs (e.g., DVDs, Blu-ray discs) allowed a 1 order of magnitude improvement over the commercially available solutions, and generated a patent. The achievements, disserted in international journals and conferences, also include an innovative impedance matching strategy for RFID tags which simplifies the design task and allows
    better understanding of the physical limitations in terms of bandwidth. As a tool for antenna design, I used full-wave simulation software on a daily basis, mainly CST Microwave Studio and Advanced Design System.
    The research group, composed of people from different countries, cooperates with several companies and research centers, which keeps me constantly goal-oriented and improved my communication and team-working skills.

    ▪ 2008-2011: I worked as a member of the electronic design team for the projects PERSONA (http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/80532_en.html) and NOMS (http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/91223_en.html ) funded by the European commission. My tasks here were oriented at designing PCB boards for sensor conditioning and actuator control for home automation and assistive technology applications. I cooperated through the whole process of PCB design, including components choice and purchase, microcontroller
    programming, schematic design, routing and hardware testing. The large number of research entities from several European countries contributed to create a multicultural environment, which enriched my communication and collaboration skills, and promoted the exchange of ideas and concepts from different disciplines.


    Language skills
    Italian, native language
    English, good
    Spanish, fluent
    Catalan, fluent
    Understanding

    Computer skills
    ▪ EM and Multiphysics simulators (Agilent Technologies Advanced Design System, CST Studio Suite, ANSYS).
    ▪ Basic microcontroller programming (mostly experienced with Texas Instruments MSP430).
    ▪ PCB design and simulation software (OrCad).
    ▪ Basic knowledge of the main programming languages (C, C++, Java).
    ▪ Advanced use of Microsoft Office and OpenOffice


    Driving licenses
    European B driving license

    Personal interests
    I love science in every form. I am especially interested in astronomy, which I actively practice with instrumental observations, and participate to conferences and public observations at the local astronomy clubs. I also love music!


    Resume of publications and patents
    Journals:
    J. Bonache, G. Zamora, F. Paredes, S. Zuffanelli, P. Aguila and F. Martin, "Controlling the Electromagnetic Field Confinement with Metamaterials," Scientific Reports, 6: 37739, Nov. 2016.
    F. Paredes, S. Zuffanelli, P. Aguila, G. Zamora, F. Martín, and J. Bonache, “2-SR-based electrically small antenna for RFID application”, Applied Physics A, vol. 122, pp. 1-7, March 2016.
    S. Zuffanelli, G. Zamora, P. Aguila, F. Paredes, F. Martin and J. Bonache, “Analysis of the Split Ring Resonator (SRR) Antenna Applied to Passive UHF-RFID Tag Design,” IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 64, no. 3, pp. 856-864, Dec. 2015.
    S. Zuffanelli, G. Zamora, P. Aguila, F. Paredes, F. Martin and J. Bonache, “On the Radiation Properties of Split-Ring Resonators (SRRs) at the Second Resonance,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol. 63(7), pp. 2133-2141, May 2015.
    N. Torras et al., “Tactile device based on opto-mechanical actuation of liquid crystal elastomers,” Sensors and Actuators A: Physical, vol. 208, pp. 104-112, Feb. 2014.
    S. Zuffanelli, G. Zamora, F. Paredes, F. Martín, and J. Bonache, “An approach for the design of passive UHF-RFID tags mounted on optical discs,” IEEE Transactons on Antennas and Propagation, vol. 61(12), pp. 5860-5867, Dec. 2013.
    G. Zamora, F. Paredes, S. Zuffanelli, F. Martín, and J. Bonache, “Design and Synthesis Methodology for UHF-RFID Tags Based on the T-match Network,” IEEE Transactions on Microwave Theory and Techniques, vol 61(12), pp. 4090-4098, Dec. 2013.
    G. Zamora, S. Zuffanelli, F. Paredes, F. Javier Herraiz-Martínez, F. Martín and J.Bonache, “Fundamental mode leaky-wave-antenna (LWA) using slotline and split-ring-resonator (SRR) based metamaterials,” IEEE Antennas and Wireless Propagation Letters, vol. 12, pp. 1424-1427, Oct. 2013.
    V. Soler, A. Peñalver, S. Zuffanelli et al., “Domotic Hardware Infrastructure in PERSONA Project,” International Symposium on Ambient Intelligence (ISAmI2010), 2010.

    Conferences
    J. Bonache, G. Zamora, F. Paredes, S. Zuffanelli, P. Aguilà and F. Martin, “Application of metamaterials in near field UHF-RFID readers,” Metamaterials 2016, Crete, Greece, Sep. 2016.
    S. Zuffanelli, G. Zamora, P. Aguilà, F. Paredes, F. Martín, J. Bonache,”Passive UHF-RFID tag based on Electrically Small Square-Shaped Split Ring Resonator (SRR) Antenna”, International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radioscience
    Meeting (APS/URSI 2016), Fajardo, Puerto Rico, June 2016
    J. Bonache, G. Zamora, F. Paredes, S. Zuffanelli, P. Aguilà and F. Martin, “Near Field RFID Reader Based on Metamaterials”, 10th Annual IEEE International Conference on RFID (IEEE RFID), Orlando, USA, May 2016.
    S. Zuffanelli, P. Aguilà, F. Paredes, G. Zamora, F. Martín and J. Bonache, “Passive UHF-RFID tags for Blu-ray discs,” 2014 International Symposium on Antennas and Propagation and USNC-URSI Radioscience Meeting (APS/URSI 2014), Memphis, Tennessee, July 2014.
    S. Zuffanelli, G. Zamora, F. Paredes, P. Aguilà, F. Martín and J. Bonache, “On-metal UHF-RFID tags based on non-bianisotropic complementary split ring resonators,” 5th International Conference on Metamaterials, Photonic Crystals and Plasmonics (META’14), Singapore, May 2014. Invited.
    S. Zuffanelli, G. Zamora, F. Paredes, P. Aguilà, F. Martín, and J. Bonache, “An Impedance Matching Method for Optical Disc-Based UHF-RFID Tags,” 8th Annual IEEE International Conference on RFID (IEEE RFID), Orlando, USA, Apr. 2014.


    Patents
    Title: An optical disc with a wireless communication device, a wireless communication device and a method for its design and fabrication.
    Inventors: Jorge Bonache Albacete, Ferran Paredes Marco, Simone Zuffanelli, Ferran Martín Antolín and Gerard Zamora Gonzalez.
    Owner: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
    Number: EP13382232.0 (EPO: european patent office), 1310982.2 (UK-PO: United Kingdom patent office), P201330926 (OEPM: Oficina española de patentes y marcas).
    Date: June 20, 2013.
    Title: Method for manufacturing a communication device to operate in near field and communication device thereof.
    Inventors: Jorge Bonache Albacete, Ferran Paredes Marco, Simone Zuffanelli, Ferran Martín Antolín and Gerard Zamora Gonzalez.
    Owner: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
    Number: EP13382287.4 (EPO: European patent office), 1312367.4 (UK-PO: United Kingdom patent office), P201331049 (OEPM: Oficina española de patentes y marcas).
    Date: July 10, 2013.


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