3 September, 2017

SGAC and ASI are pleased to announce the winners of the 3rd edition of the ASI-SGAC Grants, which are provided by the Italian Space Agency (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, ASI) in collaboration with SGAC. These grants are part of the Higher Education programmes undertaken by ASI, in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding between ASI and SGAC, regarding the promotion of conjuncted activities for students and young professionals in the space sector and concerning research topics of interest to the Agency.

The grant enables 7 outstanding university students regularly enrolled in a Master’s course (corso di laurea magistrale o specialistica), 2nd level Master’s course or a Doctorate course in an Italian university, to attend the 16th Space Generation Congress and the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide, Australia.

Within over twenty years, ASI became one of the most significant players in the world in space science, satellite technologies for Earth Observation (e.g. COSMO-SkyMed) and the development of rover systems for exploring Solar System. Today, ASI has a key role at the European level where Italy is the third contributor country to the European Space Agency. In addition, ASI has always been a point of reference in the support and scientific education of young graduates and Italian researchers. The Agency's Education sector develops specific national and international programmes in partnership with universities, the Conferenza Nazionale dei Rettori (CRUI-the National Conference of University Presidents) and other space agencies that operate in Europe.

SGAC would like to thank ASI for their generous support and for making these grants possible.

Congratulations to all the winners and see you in Adelaide, Australia!


The Winners are:

Adam McSweeney

Adam completed his first degree in 2015, gaining a joint Bachelor’s and Master’s in Physics from King’s College London. His studies in London focused primarily on astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, and particle physics. Adam participated in the 2016 Space Studies Programme with the International Space University, hosted by the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, in Haifa, Israel. During this time, he contributed to a NASA sponsored project investigating how recent discoveries of the Martian environment could potentially impact and benefit future human exploration of Mars. Adam is currently finalising his second specialising Master’s with the ‘Space Exploration and Development Systems’ programme, a collaboration between Politecnico di Torino, ISAE-Supaéro, the University of Leicester, and the European Space Agency (ESA). He is working as a systems engineer in a multinational and multidisciplinary team designing a mission that aims to exploit Moon resources for the benefit of the future human exploration. In late 2017, Adam will begin work at ESA as a Young Graduate Trainee in systems engineering for future missions focused on planetary sample return.

“I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity to attend the 2017 Space Generation Congress and International Astronautical Congress. I look forward to engaging with a diverse range of space professionals from around the world on global cooperative efforts to expand human presence in space.”


Kaveh Razzaghi

Kaveh Razzaghi was born in 1989 in Tehran, Iran. He did his BSc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST); meanwhile he was a member of Robotics Research Laboratory (RRL) working on innovative control algorithms for Autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. In 2012 he moved to Italy to continue his education. He got his MSc in Electronics System Engineering from Politecnico di Milano in 2015, and immediately after graduation he started to work as an embedded software engineer in Altran Technologies.

Kaveh has always been passionate about space systems and introducing the state of the art technologies to space industry. So, in 2016 he joined the specialization master program in Space Exploration and Development Systems (SEEDS) held by Politecnico di Torino, ISAE Supaero, and the University of Leicester. Currently he is working on a human mission to Mars using the concurrent design facility in ESA.

"This scholarship is very precious for me, because it gives me the unique opportunity to meet the space enthusiasts and professionals from all over the world, and have the chance to exchange ideas and expertise."


Livia Savioli

I graduated in aerospace engineering in Italy and then I obtained the doctoral degree in Science, Technologies and Measures for Space working on the development of innovative missions and technologies for active debris removal. During my studies, I was part of a team for ARCADE (Autonomous Rendezvous Control And Docking Experiment), an experiment which was selected within the Rexus/Bexus Programme sponsored by ESA, DLR and SNSB, and flew on-board two stratospheric balloons launched from Esrange Space Centre in Sweden.

I am currently working in MUSE Project (Moon Utilisation for Science and Exploration), within the 2nd level specializing Master in Space Exploration and Development Systems (SEEDS IX), a collaboration between three European Universities (Politecnico of Torino – Italy, ISAE SUPAERO Toulouse – France, University of Leicester – UK) and supported by Thales Alenia Space and the European Space Agency. With an international team, composed by students from all over the world, I am studying how to exploit Moon resources to support human missions in cislunar space and beyond, paving the way for going to Mars.

“I am very glad for being awarded of this scholarship. The participation to the Space Generation Congress and the IAC is a great and unique opportunity to meet and exchange experience with professionals involved in the space field.”


Alberto Fedele

Alberto Fedele was born in 1985. He received his Bachelor degree in Aerospace Engineer at Polytechnic of Milan in 2007 and his Master degree in Astronautical Engineer with honors at University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 2011.

He has been working at the Italian Aerospace Research Centre (CIRA) since 2011 and currently he is a project manager and system engineer at the Space Department. His research and development activities are in the field of space and re-entry systems. In 2017 he started a PhD in collaboration with the university of Naples “Federico II”.

“I am very grateful for being awarded this grant, as it means that I will have the unique privilege and opportunity to participate at these important events.”


Lorenzo Bucci

Lorenzo Bucci, born 1991, obtained his Bachelor and Master’s degree in Space Engineering in Politecnico di Milano, graduating in April 2016. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the same university, developing his research in partnership with the European Space Agency, and spending half of the Ph.D. period in the Mission Analysis section at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

His research is focused on mission analysis and design for future exploration missions, including trajectory optimization, orbital station-keeping, navigation and operations planning. He actively collaborated in different projects, including the design of an attitude control system for a pico-satellite, a phase-A study for an orbital refuelling mission, and the development of a software for attitude dynamics simulations.

Lorenzo loves to travel and meet people, both for pleasure and for scientific purposes, highly valuing the opportunities to exchange and share opinions, methods and results on current projects; in his free time, he plays the guitar, the bagpipe, and plays football – not at the same time!

“I’m honoured and grateful for receiving the ASI-SGAC scholarship, which allows me to attend the IAC and the SGC. It will be a unique and inspiring occasion to meet students and young professionals, fostering new partnerships in a collaborative spirit for the future of space exploration.”


Andrea Colagrossi

Andrea Colagrossi is a Ph.D. candidate in Space Engineering at Politecnico di Milano, where he is researching about the dynamics and control of large space infrastructures in cislunar space. He is also working to other projects, including the development of a pico-satellite and the design, testing and qualification of an attitude determination and control system for small space platforms. In his professional experience, he performed the mission analysis for different Earth, cislunar and interplanetary missions for industrial or agency collaboration contracts.

Andrea began his studies at Politecnico di Torino where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Afterwards, he moved to Milan to deepen his knowledge on Space Systems and, in April 2015, he earned a Master’s degree in Space Engineering from Politecnico di Milano. He worked as a visiting researcher at Purdue University, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where he learned several methods and techniques to deal with dynamics in multi-body regimes, while developing his Master’s thesis on space flight dynamics around irregularly-shaped celestial bodies. His professional interests include space flight dynamics in non-Keplerian environments; spacecraft guidance, navigation and control; optimization of spacecraft trajectories and flexible space structures

“I am very grateful for being awarded the ASI-SGAC scholarship, which allows me to present and discuss my research with other space professional from all over the world. The networking experience of IAC and SGC is extremely relevant to boost progress in the space sector.”


Erind Verurari

Erind was born in Albania. In Italy since he was nine, he obtained his Bachelor Degree in Aerospace Engineering and his Master of Science Degree in Space Engineering, both at Politecnico di Milano. In the last university years, his interest about space evolved from a youth passion, into a discipline of study where to focus all his energies.

He graduated with an astrodynamic thesis on numerical solutions for the n-body problem. The aim of the thesis was to find innovative, ultra-low-cost trajectories, exploiting the peculiar characteristics of high fidelity models. The developed methods have been applied into the research of trajectories for the end of life of the ESA mission Lisa PathFinder.

He took part in the ILIAS project, a feasibility analysis for a mission to Trojan asteroids, developed in team for the Space Mission Analysis and Design course. Specifically, as a mission analyst, he focused on the process of defining possible trajectories among asteroids and the proximity motion around them. He will present the major results of this project at the IAC in Adelaide.

“The opportunity to attend the Space Generation Congress and the IAC conference is of greatest value for me: the possibility to take part to an event where some of the most important space knowledge will be transmitted as soon as I finished my studies, gives me new vitality and enthusiasm. That is why I think as invaluable the opportunity ASI and SGAC are offering to me.”

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