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     Date Submitted:01-04-2010
     Last Modified:04-11-2018 (06:24)
    Job information
     Current job:Mechanical/Structures Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 2 months
     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


    Aerospace Structures Engineer with over six years of experience and demonstrated success in developing and delivering space products from breadboard to flight, looking to continue the development of space systems at Senior level.



    Full cycle development of space components and systems from breadboard to flight

    Spacecraft structures, materials and environmental testing

    Structural dynamics and microvibration

    Mechanical design, technical drawing, GD&T, and management of BoM

    Structural and thermal finite element analyses

    Manufacturing, assembly, integration and test of space systems

    R&D of space mechanisms and CubeSat

    Extended knowledge of ECSS, ISO and MIL standards and specifications

    PhD in Aerospace Engineering



    OCT 2016 - PRESENT



    Neptec UK Ltd, Harwell, UK

    Key technical work


    Mechanical design of LIDAR and IR cameras to ECSS standards

    Developed alternative mounting solutions for the optical sub-system of LIDAR and IR cameras

    Assembly, integration and optical calibration of LIDAR

    Assessed LIDAR and IR camera design against system requirements via structural and thermal FEAs

    Carried out lab and external facility testing of LIDAR and system critical components (including TVAC)

    Maintain mechanical and thermal system requirements up-to-date

    Prepare technical report/documentation for design and project reviews

    Technical leadership


    Company mechanical lead in design and project reviews (SRR, PDR, TRR, etc.)

    QA/QC for the procurement and inspection of mechanical hardware

    Supervised integration of optical and non-optical components

    Generated and maintained manufacturing history books

    SEP 2015 – SEP 2016



    Surrey Space Centre, Surrey University, Guildford, UK

    Key technical work


    Mechanical design of 3U CubeSats

    Mechanical design of a sail deployer and harpoon system for active debris removal applications

    Structural FEA of reduced CubeSat models

    Assembly, integration and testing of CubeSats and production hardware in ISO Class 6 cleanroom

    Define and carry out test procedures to meet mission requirements

    Technical leadership


    Supervised structural design of the harpoon cage

    Lead environmental testing activities of CubeSats

    Company mechanical lead in design and project reviews (CDR and TRR)

    QA/QC for the procurement and inspection of mechanical hardware

    SEP 2013 - SEP 2016



    Surrey Space Centre, Surrey University, Guildford, UK

    Key technical work


    Mathematical modelling and 3D CAD design of microvibration sources (i.e. reaction wheels)

    Carry out environmental and functional tests on reaction wheels in different boundary conditions (e.g. hard-mounted, free-free and coupled)

    Perform structural finite element analysis on reaction wheels and correlate results with mathematical models and test data

    Tutored students in Aerospace Structures and Structural Dynamics classes and for thesis projects

    Main achievements


    Developed novel testing techniques for the characterisation of microvibration sources

    Generated solutions for the accurate modelling of spacecraft structural coupled dynamics

    Designed, assembled and tested 3D printed space mechanisms (e.g. reaction wheel)

    Published three peer reviewed journal papers, two conference proceedings, and presented at two international conferences

    MAY 2012 – AUG 2013



    SSBV Space & Ground Systems, Southampton University, Southampton, UK

    Key technical work


    Prototyped and designed a reaction wheel (<500 g and <0.2 L) for Nanosats

    Designed an innovative bearing support system to reduce high frequency vibrations

    Optimised and validated the reaction wheel design against system requirements by means of structural FEA

    Technical leadership


    Lead the assembly and integration of the reaction wheel in ISO Class 6 cleanroom

    Lead environmental testing activities of the reaction wheel, including revision of test procedures and reports

    QA/QC for the procurement and inspection of mechanical hardware

    JAN 2008 – JUN 2009



    University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy

    Key technical work


    Support to the design of a rover chassis as part of the Google Lunar X-Prize competition

    Support to the flight dynamics team as part of ESA ESMO programme



    FEBRUARY 2018



    ITP Engines, Leicester, UK

    NOV 2016



    Surrey Space Centre, Surrey University, Guildford, UK

    JAN 2010



    University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy

    MAY 2007



    University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Rome, Italy



    MSC Patran/Nastran


    Static, frequency response, vibration, shock and thermoelastic finite element analyses of LIDAR and IR Camera

    Static, frequency response, and vibration analyses of space mechanisms and CubeSats

    Dynamic (apparent) mass estimate of space mechanisms

    Coupled structural dynamic analysis of space mechanisms integrated with representative spacecraft interfaces

    MSC Apex



    Generate finite element model of LIDAR and IR Camera

    Perform modal analysis on LIDAR and IR Camera



    Static, frequency response, and vibration analyses of space mechanisms



    Static, frequency response, vibration, and shock finite element analyses of LIDAR



    3D CAD design of LIDAR, IR Camera, space mechanisms and CubeSats

    Technical drawings, assembly drawings, and manufacturing drawings

    Perform finite element analyses for the optimisation of the design of space mechanisms using SolidWorks Simulation tool

    Generate render images for presentation to customers/clients

    Catia V5


    3D CAD design of space mechanisms



    Thermal analysis of LIDAR

    MS Office


    Word: technical reports including analysis reports, test procedures and reports; documentation for project and design reviews; proposals

    Excel: spreadsheet for management of BoM and task management; calculation spreadsheet to facilitate computation of stresses and dimensioning of bolts and composites

    PowerPoint: presentations for design and project reviews, and conferences

    Project: Gantt charts for task management and  proposals



    Business strategy


    Provided technical input to successful proposals (Pathfinder, NSTP, etc.)



    Supervised mechanical and structural design of production hardware

    Supervised assembly, integration and testing of space systems

    Problem solving


    Captured design issues highlighted by FEA and advanced multiple design solutions to mitigate risk of failure

    Data analysis


    Converted FEA results into corrective measures to optimise design

    Used test data to improve correlation between FEA and experimental test



    Cooperated with colleagues to achieve a common goal

    Provided and received ideas and suggestions to improve design of products, project management strategies, and work environment



    Presented work and research activities to project reviews and conferences

    Wrote project and technical reports

    Time management


    Planned work to meet deadlines and deliver products/documentation on time

    Aligned work load and key milestones with senior project manager

    Work ethic


    “Do what you love. Love what you do”

    Continuous learning by attending seminars and webinars

    Worked under pressure and extra hours when scheduled deliveries of hardware/documentation would not otherwise be met



    Italian citizen with EEA permanent residence (5 years continuous leaving in the UK)

    Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS), working towards chartered status (CEng)

    STEM Ambassador

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