Giuseppe Cataldo

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Giuseppe Cataldo

  • RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
  • 301.286.9462
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 665
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: Science Collaborator
  • Brief Bio

    Giuseppe Cataldo's research interests lie in the design and optimization of space systems with applications for astronomy and astrophysics. He has contributed to a variety of projects such as:

    • Feasibility and multidisciplinary optimization studies of infrared instrumentation for space telescopes, payloads for Earth-imaging satellites and advanced concepts for lunar exploration
    • The noise reduction program for the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) detectors of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
    • Modeling and analysis of the response of superconducting devices for infrared instrumentation
    • Development and validation of advanced numerical tools for the computation, analysis and interpretation of the infrared dielectric properties of astrophysical dust analogs (OPASI-T)

    He first joined NASA in 2009 fully sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) as one of the two European students selected for the NASA Academy, NASA's premiere leadership program for talented students.  During the program, he was one of the select recipients of the John Mather Nobel Scholar Award.

    Giuseppe pursues outreach presentations for young students, professionals and the public at large in different countries. Indeed, he speaks six languages, is part of the NASA GSFC Speakers Bureau, and contributes to public outreach and educational activities for the Embassy of Italy to the United States of America in Washington, DC.

    In his spare time, he enjoys playing the violin and the piano, swimming, hiking, skiing, sailing, reading, traveling and hanging out with his friends.

    Research Interests

    Space systems design and optimization
    High-precision infrared instrumentation for space-borne telescopes

    Infrared astronomy
    Origin and evolution of dust in the early universe
    Dielectric properties of interstellar dust in the general interstellar medium
     


    Current Projects

    Micro-Spec

    • Design and optimization of Micro-Spec, an ultracompact, high-sensitivity, far-infrared spectrometer for space-based telescopes and ballon-based instruments
    • Modeling and analysis of asymmetric-resonator transmission data with complex baseline removal for superconducting microwave kinetic inductance detectors (MKID)

    Optical Properties of Silicon Oxide Membranes in the Infrared

    • Derivation, analysis, and interpretation of the material dielectric properties as a function of wavelength

    Education

    PhD Candidate in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
    Thesis title (tentative): Development of ultracompact, high-sensitivity, space-based instrumentation for far-infrared and submillimeter astronomy

    Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering within the Top Industrial Managers for Europe (TIME) Program
    Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace SUPAERO, Toulouse, France (November 2010)
    Thesis title: Optical Properties of Astronomical Silicates with Infrared Techniques

    Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering within the High Polytechnic School (ASP) Program
    Polytechnic Institute of Turin, Italy (November 2010)
    Thesis as above

    Master's degree in Aeronautical Engineering
    Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy (October 2010)
    Thesis as above

    Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering
    Polytechnic Institute of Milan, Italy (July 2007)
    Thesis title: Experimental research on innovative solid fuels for hybrid propellers

    Awards

    Orville and Wilbur Wright Graduate Award (AIAA), 2014
    Arthur Gelb Fellowship (MIT), 2012-2013
    Honorary Plaque (Town of Lizzano, Italy), 2012
    Mayoux Dauriac Prize (ISAE-SUPAERO, France), 2010
    Pegasus Award (ISAE-SUPAERO and Polytechnic Institute of Milan), 2010
    ESA Research Grant, 2010
    John Mather Nobel Scholar Award (NASA), 2009
    NASA Academy Award (NASA/ESA), 2009
    Top Industrial Managers for Europe Award, 2008
    High Polytechnic School Award, 2008

    Professional Societies

    AIAA - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2011 - Present
    AAS - American Astronomical Society, 2011 - Present
    AAAF - Association AĆ©ronautique et Astronautique de France, 2010 - Present
    NAAA - NASA Academy Alumni Association, 2009 - Present
    Vice President of Operations (2010), Application Scoring Committee (2010 - Present), Academy Interview Committee (2010 - Present)

    Other Professional Information

    Languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German

    Referee service for journals (Applied Optics, Optics Express) and conferences (AIAA, AAS)

    Selected Publications

    Refereed

    Cataldo, G., W.-T. Hsieh, W.-C. Huang, et al. S. H. Moseley, T. R. Stevenson, and E. J. Wollack. 2014. "Micro-Spec: an ultracompact, high-sensitivity spectrometer for far-infrared and submillimeter astronomy." Applied Optics 53 (6): 1094-1102 [10.1364/AO.53.001094]

    Richey, C. R., R. E. Kinzer, G. Cataldo, et al. E. J. Wollack, J. A. Nuth, D. J. Benford, R. F. Silverberg, and S. A. Rinehart. 2013. "Optical Properties of Iron Silicates in the Infrared to Millimeter as a Function of Wavelength and Temperature." The Astrophysical Journal 770 (46): 1-12 [10.1088/0004-637X/770/1/46]

    Cataldo, G., J. A. Beall, H.-M. Cho, et al. B. McAndrew, M. D. Niemack, and E. J. Wollack. 2012. ""Infrared dielectric properties of low-stress silicon nitride" ." Optics Letters 37 (20): 4200-4202 [10.1364/OL.37.004200]

    Rinehart, S. A., D. J. Benford, G. Cataldo, et al. E. Dwek, R. Henry, R. E. Kinzer, J. A. Nuth, R. F. Silverberg, C. Wheeler, and E. J. Wollack. 2011. ""Measuring the Optical Properties of Astrophysical Dust Analogues: Instrumentation and Methods" ." Applied Optics 50 (21): 4115-4123 [10.1364/AO.50.004115]

    Non-Refereed

    Cataldo, G., A. Aragona, A. Gren, R. Maffei, and A. Paraboschi. 2009. ""Space Hotel Design - Design for an orbiting space hotel"." Alta Scuola Politecnica Report

    Carrasco-Martos, S., G. Cataldo, L. Cully, et al. H. Fingerhut, T. Garrett, H. Hui, F. Keels, E. Lee, V. Martin, K. McCoy, Z. Merceruio, M. Neveu, M. Piltz, E. Reiff, L. Sandberg, S. Shkolyar, E. Timmons, and A. Willingham. 2009. ""The Odysseus Project: NASA's Vision for Reaching the Stars"." NASA GSFC Report

    Brief Bio

    Giuseppe Cataldo's research interests lie in the design and optimization of space systems with applications for astronomy and astrophysics. He has contributed to a variety of projects such as:

    • Feasibility and multidisciplinary optimization studies of infrared instrumentation for space telescopes, payloads for Earth-imaging satellites and advanced concepts for lunar exploration
    • The noise reduction program for the Near-Infrared Spectrograph (NIRSpec) detectors of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)
    • Modeling and analysis of the response of superconducting devices for infrared instrumentation
    • Development and validation of advanced numerical tools for the computation, analysis and interpretation of the infrared dielectric properties of astrophysical dust analogs (OPASI-T)

    He first joined NASA in 2009 fully sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) as one of the two European students selected for the NASA Academy, NASA's premiere leadership program for talented students.  During the program, he was one of the select recipients of the John Mather Nobel Scholar Award.

    Giuseppe pursues outreach presentations for young students, professionals and the public at large in different countries. Indeed, he speaks six languages, is part of the NASA GSFC Speakers Bureau, and contributes to public outreach and educational activities for the Embassy of Italy to the United States of America in Washington, DC.

    In his spare time, he enjoys playing the violin and the piano, swimming, hiking, skiing, sailing, reading, traveling and hanging out with his friends.

    Refereed

    Cataldo, G., W.-T. Hsieh, W.-C. Huang, et al. S. H. Moseley, T. R. Stevenson, and E. J. Wollack. 2014. "Micro-Spec: an ultracompact, high-sensitivity spectrometer for far-infrared and submillimeter astronomy." Applied Optics 53 (6): 1094-1102 [10.1364/AO.53.001094]

    Richey, C. R., R. E. Kinzer, G. Cataldo, et al. E. J. Wollack, J. A. Nuth, D. J. Benford, R. F. Silverberg, and S. A. Rinehart. 2013. "Optical Properties of Iron Silicates in the Infrared to Millimeter as a Function of Wavelength and Temperature." The Astrophysical Journal 770 (46): 1-12 [10.1088/0004-637X/770/1/46]

    Cataldo, G., J. A. Beall, H.-M. Cho, et al. B. McAndrew, M. D. Niemack, and E. J. Wollack. 2012. ""Infrared dielectric properties of low-stress silicon nitride" ." Optics Letters 37 (20): 4200-4202 [10.1364/OL.37.004200]

    Rinehart, S. A., D. J. Benford, G. Cataldo, et al. E. Dwek, R. Henry, R. E. Kinzer, J. A. Nuth, R. F. Silverberg, C. Wheeler, and E. J. Wollack. 2011. ""Measuring the Optical Properties of Astrophysical Dust Analogues: Instrumentation and Methods" ." Applied Optics 50 (21): 4115-4123 [10.1364/AO.50.004115]

    Non-Refereed

    Cataldo, G., A. Aragona, A. Gren, R. Maffei, and A. Paraboschi. 2009. ""Space Hotel Design - Design for an orbiting space hotel"." Alta Scuola Politecnica Report

    Carrasco-Martos, S., G. Cataldo, L. Cully, et al. H. Fingerhut, T. Garrett, H. Hui, F. Keels, E. Lee, V. Martin, K. McCoy, Z. Merceruio, M. Neveu, M. Piltz, E. Reiff, L. Sandberg, S. Shkolyar, E. Timmons, and A. Willingham. 2009. ""The Odysseus Project: NASA's Vision for Reaching the Stars"." NASA GSFC Report

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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