Executive Director (2013- Present)
Francesco is a rocket propulsion engineer with significant experience in international space & aeronautics programs. After completing his thesis during an internship at NASA Johnson Space Center, he was awarded the Laurea in Ingegneria Aerospaziale by the Politecnico di Torino. Francesco joined Alenia Flight Test in Caselle Torinese & supported Eurofighter (EF2000) flight test activities as propulsion, avionics & weapons systems specialist. During Space Shuttle Return to Flight he joined The Boeing Company as the Responsible Engineer for the Reaction Control System (RCS) thrusters & as a member of the Prime Material Review Board.
He is currently a Technical Lead Engineer working on a variety of programs such as Space Launch System (SLS), 777-X, KC-135, KC-46A & B1B. Recently, Francesco completed CST-100 Starliner's service module hot-fire testing as Test Conductor.
Francesco is one of the founders of FISE, serving on the board since 2008.