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     Date Submitted:01-04-2010
     Last Modified:03-08-2018 (09:36)
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     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

    *    6+ years of experience in space structures, materials and environmental testing of space systems
    *    4+ years of professional experience in mechanical design, structural and thermal FEA, and MAIT of space systems
    *    3+ years of experience in R&D of space mechanisms and CubeSat development
    *    6+ years of experience using CAD and CAE software, including MSC Patran/Nastran/APEX, SolidWorks, ANSYS, CATIA, ESATAN-TMS, and Hyperworks
    *    4+ years of experience working to ECSS, ISO, and MIL standards and specifications
    *    3+ years of tutoring and teaching undergraduate students in Aerospace Structures and Structural Dynamics related subjects
    *    PhD in Aerospace Engineering and MSc in Astronautic Engineering
    *    Working towards Chartered Engineer status within the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)
    *    Holder of a Permanent Residence card as an EEA citizen since May 2017, I am eligible for a Security Clearance (SC) having lived 5 years consecutively in the UK
    *    Interested in Senior positions, leading small teams of Mechanical Design / Structural / Stress engineers within the space industry

    Neptec UK Ltd, Harwell Campus, Didcot, UK

    Main responsibilities:
    *    Mechanical/Structures Engineer within Luna-Resource-1 mission (Roscosmos, ESA, Airbus Defence & Space), and AVATAR (UKSA) and IR CubeSat Camera (ESA, UKSA) programmes
    *    Opto-mechanical design and structural/thermal design optimisation of the landing sensor (LiDAR) as part of the autonomous landing system (PILOT) within the Luna-Resource-1 mission
    *    Opto-mechanical design and structural/thermal design optimisation of IR cameras for either Earth Observation or Docking & Rendezvous on CubeSat within the IR CubeSat Camera programme
    *    Prototyping and architectural design of a rover for space exploration used for feasibility study of a future mission on either the Moon or Mars within the AVATAR programme
    *    Generate drawings, BOM, and technical documentation. Review and validate drawings, write specifications and complete drawing sets. Develop production, assembly and parts list drawings. Modify and revise documentation to reflect design changes and corrections
    *    Conduct structural, thermal and combined structural-thermal FEA on LiDAR and IR camera sensors
    *    Perform MAIT activities, including functional/operational and environmental testing, on optical and non-optical components and systems. This also includes alignment and calibration of optical modules using a laser tracker device
    *    Prepare, review and revise acceptance and checkout test procedures for deliverable hardware. Conduct acceptance and checkout procedures on deliverable hardware

    *    Responsible for the procurement and management of mechanical and optical components and modules, and MGSE, including mechanical integration tools and hardware
    *    Support to developing Engineering Documentation Control/Control Management rules/strategies and implementation of PDM
    *    Support in the writing of bids and proposals (i.e. Pathfinder, Fast Track, Flagship, etc.)

    Surrey Space Centre, Guildford, UK

    Main Responsibilities:
    *    Mechanical/Structures Engineer within RemoveDEBRIS (Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.) and AlSat-1n (ASAL, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.) missions
    *    Mechanical design of active debris removal systems for capturing and deorbiting, including the detailed design of a sail deployer using an expandable mast within a 3U CubeSat and support to  the structural design of a harpoon system within the RemoveDEBRIS mission
    *    Design and structural optimisation of a 3U CubeSat for the Algerian Space Agency as part of the Technology Transfer AlSat-1n programme
    *    Generate drawings, BOM, and technical documentation. Review and validate drawings, write specifications and complete drawing sets. Develop production, assembly and parts list drawings. Modify and revise documentation to reflect design changes and corrections
    *    Perform MAIT activities, including functional/operational and environmental testing
    *    Prepare, review and revise acceptance and checkout test procedures for deliverable hardware. Conduct acceptance and checkout procedures on deliverable hardware

    MAY 2012 - APRIL 2013
    University of Southampton and SSBV Aerospace & Technology Group, Southampton, UK

    Main responsibilities:
    *    Mechanical/Structures Engineer within Next Generation Reaction Wheel Assembly (Innovate UK TS/J004723/1) programme
    *    Prototyping, architectural and mechanical design of a reaction wheel assembly for micro and nano satellites
    *    Generate detailed design of the mechanism housing, rotor and bearing system
    *    Generate drawings, bills of materials, and technical documentation
    *    Perform MAIT activities, including functional/operational and environmental testing
    *    Perform structural finite element analysis
    *    Prepare acceptance and checkout test procedures for deliverable hardware. Conduct acceptance and checkout procedures on deliverable hardware

    JANUARY 2008 - OCTOBER 2011
    San Marco Project Research Centre and University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy

    Research and Academic Projects:
    *    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. Support to the Radio-Navigation and GIS systems
    *    Google Lunar X-Prize. Design of a rover for lunar exploration. Support to the mechanical design of the rover chassis
    *    European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO). Development of the first lunar spacecraft designed by students for ESA. Support to the flight dynamics team

    FEBRUARY 2018
    ITP Engines, Leicester, UK

    MAY 2013 - SEPTEMBER 2016
    Surrey Space Centre, Surrey University, Guildford, UK
    *    Microvibration analysis and characterisation of space mechanisms, including their effects when integrated with representative spacecraft interfaces in different boundary conditions, by means of FEA and experimental testing
    *    Author of three journal papers (AIAA, JSV and AASS) and two conference proceedings (IAC and ECSSMET). Attend and present research activities at two conferences (IAC and ECSSMET)
    *    Tutoring and teaching undergraduate students in Aerospace Structures and Structural Dynamics related subjects

    OCTOBER 2007 - JANUARY 2010
    School of Aerospace Engineering, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
    First Class Honour

    OCTOBER 2003 - MAY 2007
    University of Rome "La Sapienza", Rome, Italy
    Upper-Second Class Honour

    *    CAD: Solidworks (proficient), SolidEdge (proficient), and Catia V5 (beginner)
    *    CAE: MSC Patran/Nastran (proficient), MSC APEX (proficient), ANSYS Mechanical APDL (advanced), ANSYS Workbench (advanced), HyperWorks/Optistruct (advanced), and ESATAN-TMS (beginner)
    *    Technical computing: MATLAB (proficient) and MathCAD (advanced)
    *    Testing and signal processing: m+p Smart Office (advanced), m+p VibPlot (advanced), FARO Laser Tracker CAD2Measure (good), and LabView (beginner)
    *    Technical writing and presentation: LaTex (advanced) and Microsoft Office Suite (proficient)
    *    Excellent management, presentation and people skills

    *    Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS)
    *    Working towards Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and actively participating to RAeS events
    *    STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Ambassador

    *    UK permanent residence card holder as an EEA citizen (valid from May 2017)
    *    Soon to apply for British passport and citizenship
    *    UK driving license: AM/A/B1/B/f/k/p/q
    *    National Insurance Number: SR 722036 A
    *    Notice period: 6 weeks
    *    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, Surrey University, Guildford, GU2 7XH, UK. Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Space Engineering. Contact: g.aglietti(at)

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