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     Date Submitted:01-04-2010
     Last Modified:15-06-2017 (11:37)
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     Current job:Aerospace Structures Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsStructural Analyst CAD AIT Assembly Integration and Testing Dedicated to work Attention to details Good communication and interpersonal skills Both solo and team worker SolidWorks ANSYS Patran Nastran MATLAB Micro-vibration Micro-dynamics Fi


    Currently employed as an Aerospace Structures Engineer, I am responsible for the CAD design, structural and thermal analyses, integration and environmental testing of opto-mechanical systems for space applications and rovers for extra-terrestrial exploration. In November 2016 I was awarded a PhD in Aerospace Engineering at Surrey Space Centre leading a research on the characterisation of microvibration sources on-board spacecraft. My experience includes both academic and industrial collaborations. Particular interest in spacecraft structures, CubeSat development, opto-mechanical systems, structural dynamics, microvibration analysis and ground testing.



    Aerospace Structures Engineer

    October 2016 – Present

    Neptec UK Ltd, Harwell Campus, Didcot, United Kingdom


    Project: Luna Resource-1 Lander (Airbus Defence & Space, ESA, Roscosmos)

    Prototyping and optimisation of the mechanical and structural design of the landing sensor (LIDAR) as part of the autonomous landing system (PILOT)

    Selection of materials and surface treatments implemented throughout the various phases of the project

    Structural FEA, including random vibration and shock analyses

    Thermal FEA for the identification of whether radiators and/or heaters are needed to meet the temperature and heat flux requirements

    Responsible for the assembly, integration and environmental testing at component, sub-system and system levels

    Responsible for the generation of mechanical drawings and the procurement of the mechanical parts

    Responsible for the draft of technical reports (i.e. MICD, structural and thermal analysis reports, etc.)

    Management of WP for material and parts procurement


    Project: Proba-3 (ESA)

    Support to the assembly, integration and environmental testing at component, sub-system and system levels


    Project: CREST-3 (UKSA)

    Mechanical design of a lunar rover prototype used for feasibility study

    Assembly and integration of mechanical and structural components forming the lunar rover prototype


    Other duties:

    Actively participate to writing of proposal for Pathfinder and/or Fast Track UKSA projects

    Responsible for the procurement and management of tools and hardware required for the mechanical integration activities and for the management of the integration workstation



    Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer - Research Assistant

    September 2015 – September 2016

    Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, United Kingdom

    Project: RemoveDEBRIS (Surrey Satellite Technology)

    Mechanical and structural design of active debris removal (ADR) systems for capturing and deorbiting

    Assembly, integration (cleanroom) and functional testing at component, sub-system and system levels  Responsible for the management of the documentation (e.g. DDVP, ICD, test reports, etc.) of one of the four ADR systems


    Project: AlSat-1N (ASAL, Surrey Satellite Technology)

    Support to the mechanical and structural design of a 3U CubeSat for the Algerian Space Agency

    Structural FEA at system level, including random vibration and shock analyses

    Support to the assembly, integration (cleanroom) and environmental and functional testing at component, sub-system and system levels

    Draft of technical reports and documents (e.g. ICD, test procedures and reports, etc.)


    Teaching Assistant

    December 2012 – December 2015

    Univ. of Surrey and Southampton, Guildford and Southampton, United Kingdom

    Duties included:

    Teaching assistant in Structural Mechanics & Analysis

    Teaching assistant in Structural Dynamics

    Lab demonstrator in Structures and Materials mechanical properties for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering undergraduate students

    Lab demonstrator in CAD design for Computational and Computer Design classes


    Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer

    May 2012 – April 2013

    Univ. of Southampton and SSBV Aerospace & Technology Group, Southampton, United Kingdom

    Project: Next Generation Reaction Wheel Assembly (TS/ J004723/1)

    Prototyping and architectural design of a reaction wheel for micro and nano satellites

    Detail design of critical components

    Validity study and structural FEA

    Vibrational analysis and testing of the wheel


    Research and Academic Projects Support Engineer

    January 2008 – October 2011

    San Marco Project Research Centre (CRPSM), Univ. of Rome LaSapienza, Rome, Italy

    Control Auto-configurable Data network for MObiles (CADMO). Monitoring of high-risk criminal area with a high density of people by means of GNSS real-time maps

    Design of a lunar rover based on the specification of the Google Lunar X-Prize mission

    European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO). Development of the first lunar spacecraft designed by students for ESA




    Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering

    17th November 2016

    Surrey Space Centre, Univ. of Surrey, Guildford, United Kingdom


    A Semi-empirical Approach for the Modelling and Analysis of Spacecraft Microvibration Sources

    Supervisor: Prof Guglielmo S. Aglietti

    Topics investigated:

    Microvibration analysis and characterisation of microvibration sources (i.e. reaction wheel assemblies, antenna pointing mechanisms) aiming to estimate mass, stiffness, damping and imbalance properties

    Architectural design and prototyping of reaction wheel assemblies for micro and nano satellites

    Ground testing including harmonic response, force/acceleration measurements and dynamic mass

    FEA to correlate analytical and experimental results and improve the modelling of the microvibration source

    Coupled dynamics analysis and testing between a source and its supporting structure

    Bearing and broad-band noise characterisation


    M.Sc. in Astronautical Engineering

    26th January 2010

    School of Aerospace Engineering, Univ. of Rome LaSapienza, Rome, Italy

    First-Class Honour


    Synchronisation of an On-board Satellite Communication Station via Crosslink Techniques

    Modules included:

    Satellite structures and materials (including metals, composites and smart materials)

    Satellite propulsion (including electric propulsion)

    Earth observation and remote sensing

    Telecommunications and space electronics

    Astrodynamics and dynamics of fly


    B.Eng. in Aerospace Engineering

    17th May 2007

    Univ. of Rome LaSapienza, Rome, Italy

    Upper Second-Class Honour


    Mechanically Fastened Joints and their Application to an Aircraft Wing Structure

    Modules included

    Aerospace structures and thin wall structures

    Aircraft propulsion and rocket propulsion

    Mechanics of fly and fundamental of orbits


    Materials for Aeronautical and Space applications (including metals and composites)

    Maths and Physics



    Mechanical Design CAD/CAE: SolidWorks (proficient), SolidEdge (proficient) and Catia V5 (beginner)

    FEA/TFEA: MSC Patran/Nastran (advanced), ANSYS Mechanical APDL (advanced), Altair Hypermesh/Optistruct (good) and ESATAN-TMS (beginner)

    Technical Computing: MATLAB (proficient), AutoCAD (good) and MathCAD (advanced)

    Signal Processing and Analysis: m+p International Smart Office (advanced), m+p VibPlot (advanced) and LabView (beginner)

    Technical writing and presentation: LaTex (advanced), Microsoft Office Suite (proficient)

    Excellent management, presentation and people skills



    Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)

    Working towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) and actively participating to RAeS events

    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Ambassador



    Applied for permanent residence on the basis of 5 years continuously living in the UK as a qualified person

    UK driving license: AM/A/B1/B/f/k/p/q

    National Insurance Number: SR 722036 A

    English and Italian literate



    Kerry Sanz, Programme Manager at Neptec UK Ltd, Didcot, OX11 0QX, UK. Contact: ksanz(at)

    Prof Guglielmo S. Aglietti, Director at Surrey Space Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XH, UK. Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Space Engineering. Contact: g.aglietti(at)


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