Victoria Da Poian

Victoria Da Poian

  • VISITING SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.6104
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 699
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: Southeastern Universities Research Assoc.
  • Brief Bio

    I obtained a master in Aerospace Engineering from ISAE-Supaero, french aerospace engineering university, in 2019 after having specialized on conception and operations of space systems. 

    After several internships at ESA (Germany), CNES (Kourou) I wanted to focus on planetary exploration and joined 699 department at Goddard Space Flight Center. I am currently working on Exomars mission (MOMA instrument), Dragonfly (Titan) with 699 and field experiments with 698.

    My main interest is to develop future space missions to explore our solar system (planets, moons, ocean worlds) from the idea to the design of the instruments and finally to the operations.

    Current Projects

    Machine Learning tool for MOMA data

    Developing machine learning and data analysis tools for mass spectrometry data from Exomars MOMA mass spectrometer instrument.

     

    Positions/Employment

    3/2017 - 9/2017

    ESA Aerospace Engineering intern

    ESA/EAC (European Space Agency / European Astronaut Center), Koln, Germany

    Five-month internship, working on analog human-telerobotics simulations in the SpaceShip EAC Project:

    • development and teleoperation of a lunar analogue rover aiming at being astronaut’s buddy for Lunar exploration
    • modelling a Soyuz replica for modern simulation (architecture)
    2019 - Present

    Exchange semester at Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU)

    Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU), Moscow
    • Aerospace (propulsion, flight dynamics) and Russian language courses.
    • Scientific work on worldwide space agencies project: the Deep Space Gateway, research focusing on the proof of concept of a astronaut collaborative rover for Lunar missions
    3/2018 - 8/2018

    CNES Aerospace Engineering Intern

    CNES CSG (Centre Spatial Guyanais), Kourou, French Guiana

    Five-month internship within Flight Safety department working on the development of a decision-making tool using Machine Learning and Data Science for the flight control department in charge of the security of people and environment during Ariane5, Vega or Soyouz launches

    6/2019 - Present

    NASA Visiting Scientist

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt
    • Dragonfly mission: Laboratory work on Titan analog samples (preparation and measurements using laser desorption mass spectrometers: Thermo Scientific LTQ XL, Bruker Autoflex Max).
    • ExoMars mission: Development of machine learning and data analysis tools on MOMA (Mars Organics Molecular Analyzer) mass spectrometer data to assist the MOMA science team in their decision-making process during ExoMars mission surface operations.
    • Goddard Instrument Field Team: In charge of hXRF (handled XRay Fluorescence) spectrometer experiments in the San Francisco Volcanic Field during field campaign with Drs. Kelsey Young and Jacob Richardson.
    • Laboratory for Agnostic Biosignatures (LAB): Conduct research with Drs. Heather Graham and Paul Mahaffey focusing on MSMS data to categorize samples using different spectra analysis tools and machine learning process.
    • MOMA ETU analysis: Conduct research in collaboration with Drs. Xiang Li, Andrej Grubisic and other NASA and external collaborators on mass spectrometry analysis both on commercial instrument and in-flight spare ones.
    • Titan atmosphere chamber: Carry out GCMS analysis on gaseous samples to elucidate the aerosol formation in the carbon fractionation of Titan atmosphere.

    Education

    2015-2019: MS, Aerospace Engineering, ISAE-SUPAERO Graduate School of Aerospace Engineering. Selective 3-year program, Toulouse, France
    Major: Design and Operation of Space Systems , Earth Observation and Science of the Universe
    Final year project: Lunar Transport design in collaboration with ArianeGroup company 
    Master Thesis: Investigation of Machine Learning and Data Analysis tools for future Space Missions Operations (MOMA - ExoMars on Mars, DraMS - Dragonfly on Titan) and Support to Geological and Laboratory Work


    2019: California Institute of Technology, Caltech Space Challenge 2019: participation in a week-long space mission design competition (in teams) under the mentorship of experts from industry, NASA and academia to design mission concept from scratch to final proposal, Pasadena, USA.

    2017-2018: Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU)}, Exchange semester in Department SM3: Dynamics and control of piloted and automated spaceflights (ballistics, flight dynamics, spacecrafts theory) , Moscow, Russia

    2012-2015: Preparation class in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Industrial Engineering for entrance exams to top French engineering schools, Lycée Pierre de Fermat, Toulouse, France

    Awards

    2019: ISAE-SUPAERO "Passion for Space" award 
    2018: TOMATO (aerospace association) Aerospace Vocation grant
    2018: CNES and SGAC Fellowship for IAC 2018 (Bremen)
    2017: ESA and CNES Fellowshop for ISU SSP program (International Space University Summer Space Program)
    2017: 2nd prize at Space Station Design Project
    2017: Toulouse City Award to support an excellence program abroad

    Selected Public Outreach

    NASA volunteer 2019 - 2019
    • 50th Apollo anniversary : Support on the NASA event on the National Mall in Washington DC
    • NASA booth at the "Small words, big impacts" conference at the National Air and Space Museum
    • NASA booth animations at IAC 2019 in Washington DC

    Brief Bio

    I obtained a master in Aerospace Engineering from ISAE-Supaero, french aerospace engineering university, in 2019 after having specialized on conception and operations of space systems. 

    After several internships at ESA (Germany), CNES (Kourou) I wanted to focus on planetary exploration and joined 699 department at Goddard Space Flight Center. I am currently working on Exomars mission (MOMA instrument), Dragonfly (Titan) with 699 and field experiments with 698.

    My main interest is to develop future space missions to explore our solar system (planets, moons, ocean worlds) from the idea to the design of the instruments and finally to the operations.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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