I am a dual British-Italian national with a Master of Physics interested in a career in the Energy business.
I have a scientific background with strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a programming aptitude. At university, I took courses such as Physics of Fluids, Object Oriented Programming in C++, Computer Techniques (focused on modelling and data analysis with Matlab), obtaining excellent results. During my first master project on the “Urban Heat Island” of Manchester, my colleague and I collected temperature data in 3 locations across the city. We sourced cloud and wind data from the university meteorological station to correlate with ours. I specialised in developing scripts using the Matlab skills acquired, to analyse the large amount of data (13 sensors recording data every 10 minutes for three years, together with cloud, wind and irradiance data). My colleague left University due to personal issues, nevertheless, I restructured the project’s aims to deliver the results on time. My report and presentation received a first class grade.
I am a quick learner. I worked hard to obtain excellent results and be considered for the competitive year abroad at the University of California; successful, I went on this opportunity of a lifetime. Apart from my physics major, I explored subjects such as Public Speaking; with the skills learnt I excelled the “Galaxy & Cosmology” final presentation, with a top of the class A+.
Enthusiasm for energy and renewables. I embarked on a work experience in Spain with Isotrol, learning about the wind energy business and ICT infrastructure, as well as enrolling in Spanish evening classes. This helped me join the IDCORE programme to train skilled engineers in offshore renewables. I completed the fast-paced first year, based on many two-week courses assessed by report and presentation, in group or solo. My research placement was with the small wave energy start-up Zyba. Here I became acquainted with OpenFOAM numerical modelling to understand the CCell WEC hydrodynamics. I assisted by correcting bugs, setting up simulations and developing R data analysis script.
I am flexible and resourceful. At the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission I learnt about the European Energy Union Strategy, the work done at the JRC and built knowledge which I used to develop an Excel tool (with basic VBA functions) to assess the impact of innovation on tidal levelised cost of energy, and forecast future costs with a learning curve analysis. “Very successful” and “quickly grasped the nature of the work” was the positive feedback I received from my supervisor.
Proven communication and teamwork skills. In Italy I tutored high-school kids, some eager to learn, others compelled by their parents. Thus, I learnt to be flexible and focus on the customer, by adapting my schedule, reporting to parents and teaching at the right Maths/Physics level. I pursued my sailing passion by teaching in Sardinia; with a team of instructors we taught sailing to 30+ students of all ages. Fundamental for a successful course is developing a “crew spirit”, and giving clear instructions.
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