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     Date Submitted:18-12-2007
     Last Modified:07-11-2017 (02:06)
    Job information
     Current job:Structural Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsStatic, dynamic, and thermoelastic analysis of composite and metallic lightweight structures. Very good knowledge of the mechanical environment and structural requirements for spacecrafts and space equipment.


    Structural Engineer with proven experience in development, verification and optimization of structural components of space vehicles and spacecraft subsystems.

    Well founded knowledge of static and dynamic (modal, frequency response, random, vibroacoustics, shock) analysis procedures for composite and metallic lightweight structures using FEM and other tools.

    Very good knowledge of the mechanical environment and structural requirements for spacecrafts and space equipment.

    Able to simultaneously manage multiple tasks. Work well independently and as a team member.


    Thales Alenia Space Italia S.p.A. Rome, Italy.

    July 2011 to March 2016

    Mechanical Project Engineer at CC Electronics - Antenna Mechanical Design Department.

    In charge of the structural design development and verification of antenna subsystems for communication and remote sensing spacecrafts.
    Involved in all the project phases, from preliminary design phase to environmental tests, coordinating the activities of the mechanical design team and performing static, dynamic (normal mode, sine and random vibration, shock, vibroacoustics), and thermo-elastic analysis using FEM and other tools.
    Responsible for constructing and analysing finite element models, issuing the relevant documentation and presenting the designs to customers in formal reviews.

    Main assignments:
    • mechanical design development and verification of the large SAR reflector antenna intended for the SARah 2 and 3 satellites;
    • preliminary design of a large unfurlable reflector suitable for small SAR satellites, developed in the frame of the Compact SAR program;
    • mechanical design of the two lateral deployable reflector antennas embarked on the Athena-Fidus telecommunication satellite as part of the italian payload.

    Sofiter System Engineering S.p.A. Rome, Italy.

    November 2005 to June 2011

    Structural Engineer

    FEM simulation and analysis of spacecraft structures carried out as consulting engineer at Thales Alenia Space Italia.

    Main assignments:
    • October 2008 to June 2011 - Structural engineer at Thales Alenia Space CCEL Antenna Mechanical Design Dpt, in charge of the development and analysis of metallic and composite lightweight structures of antenna subsystems for communication and remote sensing spacecrafts;

    • November 2005 to July 2008 - Structural analyst at Thales Alenia Space Observation Systems and Radar Satellite System Engineering Dpt. Also involved in support activities to the Thermal Control System specialists of the SICRAL program (generation of technical documentation, implementation of the environmental test campaign for SICRAL 1B spacecraft, and support to the operating team of the SICRAL 1 spacecraft).

    Department of Aerospace and Astronautic Engineering (DIAA) – University of Rome “la Sapienza”, Rome, Italy.

    October 2004 to July 2005

    Structural Analyst within a cooperation between DIAA and Alenia Spazio

    Updating, integration, verification and analysis (static and dynamic) of the structural finite element model of the SICRAL 1B spacecraft, carried out at the Satellite System Engineering Dpt of Alenia Spazio.

    AeroEng - Aerospace Engineering s.r.l., Rome, Italy.

    July 2001 to September 2004

    Structural Analyst

    FEM modelling and analysis (static and dynamic) of equipment and electronic units for space applications.

    FTO (Flight Training Organization) Aviomar S.r.l., Rome, Italy


    Ground Instructor for the CPL/IR (A) (Commercial Pilot's Licence / Instrument Rating – Aircraft) theoretical knowledge training course - Airframes & Systems (JAR-FLC Ref. No. 021).

    FTO AeroClub di Viterbo, Viterbo, Italy


    Ground Instructor for the ATPL (Airline Transport Pilot's Licence) theoretical knowledge training course - Airframes & Systems (JAR-FLC Ref. No. 021).


    Aerospace Engineering Degree (5 years program), March 2002.
    Università degli Studi “La Sapienza” di Roma.
    Final mark: 110/110 cum laude.
    Dissertation: “Dynamic analysis of aerospace structures excited by pulse loads”.


    Software: Nastran, Patran, Femap, HyperMesh, Actran, VA One
    Tools: Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint
    Environment: Windows, UNIX, Linux


    2014 - MSC Software: NASTRAN Non-linear analysis
    2013 - MSC Software: ADAMS basic
    2013 - MSC Software & FFT: ACTRAN basic
    2012 - MSC Software: NASTRAN - Advanced Dynamic
    2012 - MSC Software: NASTRAN - Optimization
    2012 - MSC Software: SymXpert basic


    Italian    →  first language
    English  →   intermediate


    The Development of a Large Unfurlable Reflector Assembly, ESA Workshop on Large Deployable Antennas, ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2‑3 Oct. 2012

    On the Experimental Validation of FEM for Pyroshock Propagation in Space Structures, Proceedings of XVII Congresso Nazionale AIDAA, Vol.I, pp. 111‑121, Roma, Italy, 15‑19 Sept. 2003

    On the Use of FEM for Pyroshock Propagation in Space Structures, Proceedings of 53rd International Astronautical Congress, IAC‑02‑I.2.07, Houston, Texas, 10‑19 Oct 2002

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