Speakers

Click in a card to find out some brief informations about the inspinring paths took by the speakers who will be present in Semana Aeroespacial, as well as zoom links to their correspounding lectures.

Lectures

March 1st

Rodrigo Sequeira

Ground Operations Engineer

Mário Gabriel

CTO

José Freitas

Space Systems Sales & Business Development Manager Edisoft

Simão Trincheiras

Control Systems Engineer

March 2nd

João Santana

Aerostructures Stress Analyst

Răzvan Mărgăuan

Head Technical Systems

Inês Almeida

Mission Analysis & GNC Engineer GMV

Teresa Ferreira

Director of Space

Marco António Silva

Digital Advisor & AI Ambassador Microsoft

Arnold Morales

Aerospace Engineer, Speaker & Podcast Host NTCS

Juan Valdés

Junior Design Engineer - Aerodynamics Aston Martin

March 3rd

Nicolas Delmas

Program Director Airbus

Christian Lindener

Head of Airbus BizLab Airbus

Stephan Uhrenbacher

Co-Founder

Henk Hof

Head of ICAO & Concept Unit EuroControl

Piero Messina

Senior Strategy Officer ESA

Hugo Lopes

Senior Software Engineer & Data Science Engineering Manager

Ed Van Cise

Flight Director NASA

Alumni Talks

March 1st

André Ribeiro

Mission Analysis and GNC Engineer

João Barroca

Junior Data Scientist

Mário Gabriel

CTO

João Loureiro

CEO

Rodrigo Sequeira

Ground Operations Engineer

Munich,

Germany

Space Operations Engineering: Opportunities

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 11h30min -

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Rodrigo Sequeira attended the aerospace engineering course due to his passion for aeronautics and space, having at the same time taken his private pilot license, officially gaining his wings shortly after his master's thesis. His passion for flying has never stopped growing and he already has several additional qualifications. In the engineering field, he took his initial steps in the OGMA trainee program, having taken a leap to Airbus in Hamburg and more recently to the German aerospace center (DLR), employed by LSE Space, where he started out as Spacecraft Controller and where he currently plays the role of Ground Operations Engineer in the Columbus project: the ESA module on board the International Space Station.

Spacecraft Operations

Multi Mission Flight Support

Mission Control Systems

Ground Subnetwork Operations

Mário Gabriel

CTO

Paris,

France

From AeroCloud to Omny Cloud, Entrepreneurship in Aero

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 13h00min -

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Mário Gabriel is a recent graduate CTO of a cloud start up in Paris. His work consists of guiding the entire startup's technical team, defining the technologies used and planning the development of the product in coordination with the sales team. He is fond of aviation, however he decided to start his career embracing his second greatest passion - entrepreneurship. His academic journey began at IST, where he graduated in Aerospace Engineering. Followed with a Master's Degree at ISAE Supaero (Toulouse, France) in embedded systems and software. Mário did one year of investigation in blockchain for a project which ambitioned to be the first to develop a blockchain for a group of drones. The project's success lead to two papers published, having made his presentation in person at a conference about blockchain at MIT (Boston, USA). Besides his license, he was also responsible of a cubesat's software which is going to be launched to ISS in March 2021. His hobbies include guitar, tennis or even spending some time in a flight simulator. He's very proud of being the nerd who created AeroCloud.

Entrepreneurship

Startup

AeroCloud

Cloud Computing

José Freitas

Space Systems Sales & Business Development Manager

Lisbon,

Portugal

AEROS: Sending Nano-Satellites to orbit

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 14h30min -

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José Freitas é responsável por Vendas e Desenvolvimento de Negócios da unidade de Sistemas Espaciais da EDISOFT desde 2019. É o gerente de contas da empresa para ESA, GSA, EMSA e outros clientes importantes. A sua carreira começou em 2000 na área das TIC. Após atuar nos setores de Banca, Telecomunicações, Aeronáutica e Defesa, sua carreira se concentrou no negócio Espacial. Antes de ingressar na EDISOFT, trabalhou na BAE Systems no Reino Unido e na Thales Alenia Space em França. É licenciado em Engenharia Informática pelo Instituto Superior Técnico. No ano passado concluiu o Doutoramento em Sustentabilidade e Desenvolvimento Social, na Universidade Aberta, tendo defendido uma tese que abordava a Observação da Terra em África.

nano-satellites

AEROS

Earth Observation

Communications Technologies

Simão Trincheiras

Control Systems Engineer

West Midlands,

England

Avionics - an overlooked field?

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 16h00min -

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Simão Trincheiras has a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Aerospace Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico, during which he chose to follow the branch of Avionics - focusing on courses like Distributed Real Time Control Systems, Artificial Intelligence and Decision Systems, Computer Control, Navigation Systems, and Systems Programming. Shortly after completing his studies, he took on the challenge of moving to the UK to work for Rolls-Royce - one of the leading cutting-edge technology companies in the aerospace industry. He works as a Control Systems Engineer developing and maintaining HIL simulations and environments that are used for the verification and validation of all of the company's Civil and Defense FADEC systems. He is fond of all Engineering related subjects, especially when related to Aerospace, Automotive or Motorsport. When not in the office, he´s likely to be found playing guitar, brushing up his language skills with friends over coffee, or travelling the world (preferably on a motorcycle!).

HIL simulations

Control Systems

Avionics

FADEC systems

João Santana

Aerostructures Stress Analyst

Porto,

Portugal

CEIIA and the respective model of building aeronautical engineering capacity, from the KC390 to the ATL100

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 10h30min -

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João Santana has been working at CEiiA for more than 8 years. There he had the opportunity to work in different aerostructures (fuselage, sponson and elevator), as well as to participate in different development phases of the military aircraft KC390. This experience allowed him to refine the knowledge he had learned and developed during the Master’s Degree at IST on Aerospace Engineering, which enabled him to gain a better perception of the task of developing an aircraft from scratch, as well as the impact of decisions and actions in different development phases.

CEIIA History

KC390 Impact

Future Challenge

Structural analysis

Răzvan Mărgăuan

Head Technical Systems

Maastricht,

Netherlands

Cross-border air navigation services

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 11h30min -

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Răzvan Mărgăuan joined EUROCONTROL Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre (MUAC) in February 1999, after starting his career in ATM in 1993 with the Romanian Air Traffic Administration (ROMATSA). At MUAC he has successively held several managerial positions in technical and strategy areas and he is currently leading the MUAC Technical Systems Unit responsible for the development and maintenance of MUAC’s IT applications and infrastructure. Răzvan graduated in 1993 from the Polytechnics University in Bucharest as a civil engineer in Aeronautics. He holds as well a Master in International Business, has been licensed as an En-Route Air Traffic Controller in Romania, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and holds a Private Pilot License.

Air Traffic Management

Technical Systems Operations

Upper Airspace

Automation Systems

Control Centre

IT applications

Inês Almeida

Mission Analysis & GNC Engineer

Lisbon,

Portugal

Hera: the European Planetary Defense Mission

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 13h00min -

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Inês Almeida, Aerospace Engineer, studied at Instituto Superior Técnico e completed her Master's Degree in the Space branch. Studied one year at Università degli Studi di Padova, focusing on Astrodynamics and Satellite Attitude Control. In 2021 wrote her thesis " Multi-spacecraft Navigation for the Hera Mission", in coordination between IST and GMV, while simultaneously integrated into the Mission's Analyze and GNC Team at GMV Space Segment unity. Since her integration, has been working in Hera´s Mission Analyze, mainly in performance of navigation tests in operations of proximity and the optimization of the rendezvous phase from a navigation point of view.

Asteroid Impact

Asteroid Deflection Assessment

Mission Analysis

Attitude & Orbits Control System

Double Asteroid Redirection Test

Teresa Ferreira

Director of Space

Lisbon,

Portugal

Hera: the European Planetary Defense Mission

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 13h00min -

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Teresa Ferreira, Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico. Started working at GMV in 2004, as a Project Engineer in GNSS, working in projects mostly connected to applications and receivers' technology for the European Space Agency as well as the European Comission, focusing specially in the Galileo Program and its evolution. In 2015, was nominated responsible for business development of Space in Portugal and since 2017 has been exercising the functions as Space Director of one of the biggest teams of her field working in Portugal.

National Opportunities

Space in Portugal

Aerospace Industry

Marco António Silva

Digital Advisor & AI Ambassador

Lisbon,

Portugal

How easy it is to leverage AI today

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 14h30min -

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Marco Silva works as a Digital Advisor for Microsoft with many years of experience in the telecommunications industry. As Digital Advisor, his job consists of continuously challenging his costumers with new ideas and new methods for technology applications. With academic training in the fields of Electronics Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Graphic Computation, he is an integral part of Microsoft's AI Ambassadors Team, where he embraces the mission of empowering the public for the use of AI and enhance the achievement of results that employ this technology. Professional speaker for several years, Marco Silva is also a guest professor at ISEG, Lisbon, where he teaches AI and Data Mining. Besides all that, he is also the founder and host of 2 podcasts: “AI Portugal Podcast”, focused on AI, and “DICE Podcast”, dedicated to his personal passion of the wonderfull world of board games.

Introduction to AI

Deep fake

Computer Vision

Artificial Intelligence

Natural language processing

Arnold Morales

Aerospace Engineer, Speaker & Podcast Host

Washington,

California (USA)

What you don’t learn in Engineering School!

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 16h00min -

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Arnold is an Aerospace professional, Speaker, Podcast Host, and founder of the podcast Nontraditional College Success. He has interned, worked, and received offers from companies like Aerodyn, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Rolls-Royce, Cummins, and Allison transmission. He specializes in helping aerospace engineering students land their dream job and what school doesn't teach students to be successful. Arnold has given presentations to 50+ groups with some audiences in the hundreds. He has been a professor, recruiter, and scholarship interviewer. Arnold also is on advisory councils for several colleges and universities.

Real world Engineering

Teamwork

High potential engineer

College

Aerospace, Mechanics & Technology

High Performance

Juan Valdés

Junior Design Engineer - Aerodynamics

Silverstone,

England

Designing Aerodynamics and the Road to F1

Tuesday,

March 2nd 2021

- 17h30min -

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Juan Valdés graduated in Aerospace Engineering from UPM (Madrid) and is specialised in aircraft and surface design. Being passionate about motorsports, aerodynamics and design led him to his current position: Aerodynamics Engineer at Aston Martin F1 Team.

Aerodynamics

Design

Surface Design

F1

Motorsports

Project development

Nicolas Delmas

Program Director

Marignane,

France

VSR700 - Airbus’s multi-mission naval unmanned aerial system

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 09h30min -

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Nicolas Delmas is an automotive and aeronautical engineer, graduated from ESTACA (Higher School of Aeronautical Techniques and Automobile Construction). After several years of experience in the automotive industry within the Renault group, he joined Airbus Helicopters in 2004. He is currently leading the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) and VSR700 Program team in Airbus Helicopters. This activity regroups around 70 people in a dedicated plateau, located in Aix en Provence (France). The Program combines many challenges: development of a very innovative platform and system, Contract Management with DGA, partnerships established or to be set, preparation of Export campaigns, definition of a Product strategy.

unmanned aerial system

Intelligence

Surveillance targeting

Reconnaissance

enhanced stealth

larger & clearer tactical picture

autonomous takeoff & landing (ATOL) approaches

Christian Lindener

Head of Airbus BizLab

Munich,

Germany

Airbus Bizlab - the global aerospace accelerator

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 10h30min -

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Christian Lindener is the Head of Airbus BizLab, an aerospace accelerator. Prior to joining Airbus, Lindener worked as Managing Director for Wayra Germany, a technology innovation hub. In this role, he oversaw the strategic direction of the organisation, as well as, the selection of startups and young technology corporations for integration into the Telefonicà investment portfolio. As an independent tech consultant, he has created and advised more than 20 incubator and accelerator programs. As Director of TechFounders, a high-tech hardware accelerator based in Munich, he was responsible for the development of more than 50 high-tech startups. Lindener has co-founded several companies, one of which a virtual reality startup—was sold to booking.com in 2014. Most recently, he co-launched D3 Technologies AG, an open digital operations platform for the urban air mobility market. Lindener was born in Brazil and grew up in Mexico. He studied international business administration and economics at the Leopold-Franzens-University in Innsbruck, the University of New Orleans and the University of Barcelona.

Start-Up World

Innovative Ideas

Business accelerators

Airbus Bizlab

Portuguese ecosystem

intrapreneurs

Stephan Uhrenbacher

Co-founder

Hamburg,

Germany

Accelerating the transition to sustainable aviation

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 11h30min -

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Stephan Uhrenbacher is the founder of multiple companies such as Qype, 9flats, avocadostore, Flio and most recently Sustainable Aerolab. Furthermore, he is a Mentor at Creative Destruction Lab. Stephan Uhrenbacher has a background in Engineering, having graduated from the University of Kaiserslautern in Germany and he also has an MBA from Queen’s University. Stephan Uhrenbacher has experience in building large internet platforms, investments in AI, Climate and Health. His current focus area is sustainable aviation.

Sustainability

Aviation

Hydrogen

Fossil Fuels

Electric Batteries

Transition

Henk Hof

Head of ICAO & Concept Unit

Brussels,

Belgium

The Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS)

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 13h00min -

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Henk J. Hof works for EUROCONTROL as Head of ICAO and Concepts. He is responsible for the contribution of the EUROCONTROL Agency to ICAO and for strategic initiation and facilitation on Concept development. Henk is the EUROCONTROL member and the chairman of the ICAO ATM Requirements and Performance Panel (ATMRPP). When the disappearance of MH370 brought the inability to globally track aircraft into sharp focus, ICAO identified the need to take a ‘total systems’ approach to the problem and established the ICAO Aircraft Tracking ad-hoc working group (AHWG) which produced the GADSS CONOPS. Henk was chairman of the Aircraft Tracking ad-hoc working group (AHWG) which produced the GADSS Concept and is currently chair of the ICAO GADSS implementation advisory group.

Aircraft tracking

ATM Requirements

Performance Panel

Strategic initiation & facilitation

GADSS

Concept development

ICAO

Piero Messina

Senior Strategy Officer

Paris,

France

Portugal and the European Space Agency

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 14h30min -

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Piero Messina is a senior strategy officer in the ESA DG's Services. He is in charge of relations with Member States and has been working on several cross-cutting projects such as the "Moon Village". Piero has been working at the European Space Agency for over 20 years in several positions. Before holding the present position he was, for several years, chief of staff / advisor to successive ESA Directors of human spaceflight and space exploration. He holds an advanced degree in Political Science from the University of Florence, and a Master in Space Studies from the ISU in Strasbourg. He also holds an Advanced Master in History and Sociology of Science from the EHESS in Paris, where he is also pursuing a PhD. He is an auditeur of the Institut des Hautes Études de Défense Nationale (IHEDN).

Member States Relations

ESA’s Coordination Office

“Moon Village” concept development

Human Spaceflight

Space Exploration

Portugal’s role

Hugo Lopes

Senior Software Engineer & Data Science Engineering Manager

New York,

United States of America

Aerospace, AI Startup, Google: My path and lessons learned

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 16h00min -

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Hugo Lopes is currently a Senior Software Engineer at Google in New York City. Formerly, Hugo was Head of Research & Development (R&D) at James, a Fintech company based in Lisbon, where he worked on AI projects applied to credit risk. At the same time, he was also a teacher of Data Science at Rumos and at the Lisbon Data Science Academy. After finishing the MSc in Aerospace Engineering at Tecnico-UL / TU Delft, he was involved in Global Navigation and Satellite Systems R&D, at Deimos Engenharia, in a close association with the European Space Agency (ESA). There, he developed space software, being responsible for the definition, implementation, and validation of navigation algorithms.

Software

Data Science

Artificial Intelligence

Control & Simulation Track

Ed Van Cise

Flight Director

Houston,

Texas (USA)

Flight Director Insights Into Human Spaceflight Operations

Wednesday,

March 3rd 2021

- 17h30min -

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Ed Van Cise is Flight Director at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Mr. Van Cise has been working in International Space Station (ISS) operations since 1998 when he started as a co-operative education student while attending the University of Michigan. Mr. Van Cise has been certified to operate in a number of positions in ISS Mission Control, to include the areas of Structures & Mechanisms, In-Flight Maintenance, Motion Control, Command and Data Handling, and Communications. Mr. Van Cise has instructed flight controllers and astronauts in various maintenance lessons and worked a number of ISS assembly missions. Mr. Van Cise was selected as a Flight Director in 2009. Certified in January 2010, Mr. Van Cise became the 78th NASA Flight Director, taking the call sign "Carbon Flight". Mr. Van Cise has over 8,100 hours of console experience in ISS operations, has accumulated over 90 minutes of zero gravity experience on NASA's Vomit Comet aircraft, and has utilized his SCUBA certification to dive on the full size ISS mockups in NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. In the Summer of 2012, he was inducted into the US Space Camp Hall of Fame. A native of Bay City, Michigan, Mr. Van Cise is married and has two children.

ISS Mission Control

Human Spaceflight Missions

ISS assembly missions

Structures & Mechanisms

In-Flight Maintenance

Motion Control

Command and Data Handling

Communications

André Ribeiro

Mission Analysis and GNC Engineer

Lisbon,

Portugal

Alumni Talk

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 17h30min -

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André Ribeiro, Aerospace Engineer, joined the Instituto Superior Técnico in 2014, where he left in 2017 to head to the Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands. He was part of the winning team of ActInSpace Leiden 2018 (the largest hackathon focused on space sector applications), promoted by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Center for Space Studies (CNES), which guaranteed participation in the international final, which took place in Toulouse, France. Between September and December 2018, as part of a curricular internship, he worked in the Deerns International Airports department, being placed in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he provided technical support to the client during the construction of the Midfield Terminal Complex. In 2019, he participated in a workshop organized by ESA focusing on the operations of the Rosetta mission, which was attended by several engineers and scientists directly involved in the mission. At the end of 2019, he concluded his Master's degree with a specialization in Space Flight - Space Exploration, when preparing his thesis work "Optimal Aeroassisted Maneuver for Orbital Transfer". Also in that year, he was integrated into the Mission Analysis and GNC team at the GMV Space Segment unit. He is involved in various projects, including the HERA mission, in the evaluation of navigation performance in the rendezvous phase and in the analysis of scenarios during proximity operations, and the development of navigation analysis software for the European Space Operations Center (ESOC).

João Barroca

Junior Data Scientist

Lisbon,

Portugal

Alumni Talk

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 17h30min -

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João Barroca started his career at Instituto Superior Técnico, where he was a student of Aerospace Engineering. For a master's degree he chose Avionics, focusing on the Control and Systems area. During the master's degree he developed / integrated some personal and extracurricular projects, namely the construction of a quadrotor and flight controller programming, and also the development of a device whose function was to measure the heartbeat, skin temperature and movement data, sending the measurements for an application via Bluetooth. In the final stretch of his academic career, he chose the theme “A Spoken Dialogue System for Service Robots” as his Master Thesis, in which he developed a system of spoken dialogue, using models of automatic learning and natural language processing. In March 2019, he joined the SocRob @ Home team at ISR, where he had the opportunity to implement the dialogue system on a service robot within the scope of the Smart CIty RObotic Challenge competition that took place in Milton Keynes. He is currently Junior Data Scientist at Farfetch, where he is part of the team working on the search engine of the technology platform. On a daily basis, he deals with a wide variety of tasks, from data analysis and processing, model training using automatic / deep learning methods and natural language processing, as well as the development of new features for the search engine.

João Loureiro

CEO

Lisbon,

Portugal

Alumni Talk

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 17h30min -

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João is an Aerospace Engineer who finds aeronautics a fascinating area. During college and to complement a very theoretical training, his active nature led him to get involved in many extra activities. He founded the Air Cargo Challenge in his school and made this academic competition happen simply because he would love to participate and it did not yet exist in Portugal. After 3 years, the event gained European level and it was his turn to participate. Needless to say, he won. After college, he did an internship in Switzerland, where he worked on Solar Impulse, a solar plane to fly around the world. Curious to know more, João traveled to Brazil where he worked on the country's most advanced air military project - the Embraer KC-390. After the sky, only space was the limit. João was a project manager and division manager for a company that collaborates with the European Space Agency producing components for the robotic exploration of Mars. João believes that anything is possible and problem solving is just one of his many talents. Since 2020 he has dedicated 200% to the company he founded in 2018, and is currently developing products for the Aerospace and Wind markets. Some people dream of success, others get up every day to make it happen.

Mário Gabriel

CTO

Lisbon,

Portugal

Alumni Talk

Monday,

March 1st 2021

- 17h30min -

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Mário Gabriel is a recent graduate CTO of a cloud start up in Paris. His work consists of guiding the entire startup's technical team, defining the technologies used and planning the development of the product in coordination with the sales team. He is fond of aviation, however he decided to start his career embracing his second greatest passion - entrepreneurship. His academic journey began at IST, where he graduated in Aerospace Engineering. Followed with a Master's Degree at ISAE Supaero (Toulouse, France) in embedded systems and software. Mário did one year of investigation in blockchain for a project which ambitioned to be the first to develop a blockchain for a group of drones. The project's success lead to two papers published, having made his presentation in person at a conference about blockchain at MIT (Boston, USA). Besides his license, he was also responsible of a cubesat's software which is going to be launched to ISS in March 2021. His hobbies include guitar, tennis or even spending some time in a flight simulator. He's very proud of being the nerd who created AeroCloud.