Curriculum Vitae      

Elena Masciadri

Dirigente di Ricerca - Director of Research
Marie Curie Excellence Grant Awarded (2006-2010)

Institute: INAF-Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, L.go E. Fermi 5, 50125 Firenze, Italy
E-mail: surname at arcetri.astro.it
Nationality: Italian
Languages: Italian mother tongue, English fluent, French fluent, Spanish fluent


Education and Training

1995 - 1998  - PhD "Astronomie et Haute Resolutione Angulaire", Departement d'Astrophysique,  Universite de Nice- Sophie Antipolis, Nice, France (Mark: Tres Honorable avec Felicitationes du Jury).

1997 -  1998 - Six months visitor/stage (financied by the Centre International des Etudiantes et Stagieres), Centre National des Recherches Meteorologiques (CNRM), Toulouse, France

1994 - Master - Diplome d'Etudes Avances (DEA) "Imagerie et Haute Resolutione Angulaire", Departement d'Astrophysique, Universite de Nice-Sophie Antipolis, Nice, France

1994  - 1995 - Human Capital and Mobility Network Fellowship - "Turbidity and Turbulence effects on the propagation of optical radiation" promoted by Centro di Eccellenza Optoelettronica (CEO) Firenze, Italy. Host Institute: Departement d'Astrophysique, Universite de Nice-Sophie Antipolis, Nice, France

1993 - Laurea in Physics (Mark: 110/110), Universita' degli Studi, Milan, Italy

Awards & Grants

2005
- "Marie Curie Excellence Grant (EXT)" awarded by the European Community to scientists who showed potentialities in reaching excellence in their research domain. I was granted 1.2 MEuro to create a research group and carry out a project (ForOT) extended over 4 years. Status report of excellence Grants in 2005: 209 submissions, 27 proposals have been granted, 4 in Physics. ForOT is one of the granted proposals in Physics.

1999 - Post-Doc Grant - Selection by open call, IA-UNAM, Mexico D.F., Mexico

1997 - Award from Ministere des Affaire Etrangeres (PhD studies) at Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France

1994 - "Human Capital and Mobility" Fellowship at Departement d'Astrophysique, Universite de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, Nice, France

Positions held

2010 - today
- Dirigente di Ricerca - Director of Research (permanent position)
at INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy

2006 - 2010
- Dirigente di Ricerca - Director of Research (temporary position)   at  INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy
- Marie Curie Excellence Grant Fellow
at INAF Osservatorio Astrofisico di Arcetri, Florence, Italy

2003 - 2005
- Associate Researcher  at Max Planck Institute fur Astronomie (MPIA), Heidelberg, Germany


2001 - 2002

- Astronomer Researcher (permanent position)  at
Istituto de Astronomia Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (IA-UNAM), Mexico D.F., Mexico

1999 - 2000
- Post-Doc at Istituto de Astronomia Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (IA-UNAM), Mexico D.F., Mexico


1995 - 1998 
- PhD studies at Departement d'Astrophysique, Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France


1994 - 1995

- 'Human Capital and Mobility' Fellow at Departement d'Astrophysique, Universite de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France


1991 - 1993
- Graduate student - Laurea in Physics degree at Universita' degli Studi, Milan, Italy



Scientific Research Activity

I have been member of the narrow scientific community working at the rontier between the Astronomy and Atmospherci Physics and grown up in the Astrophysics Institute created in Nice (France) by F. Roddier, father of the European High Angular Resolution. My scientific interests and research topics include, indeed, astrophysics as well as applied physics, physics of the atmosphere and  instrumentation. In my successive positions I could develop theoretical, observational and technical skills publishing around 48 papers in peer reviewed journal (24 as first author; 9 as supervisor), and a total of 112 papers (reviewed and non reviewed journals, conference proceedings,...).

Invited Talks

2009:  Optical Turbulence above the Internal Antarctic Plateau, 3rd ARENA Conference - An astronomical observatory at Concordia (Dome C, Antarctica), Frascati, Italy, 11-15 May 2009
2008:  ForOT: a new approach for the  optical turbulence forecasts studies applied to the ground-based astronomy, Optical Turbulence - Astronomy meets Meteorology, Alghero, Italy, 15-18 September 2008
2007:
Dome C for optical astronomy - A new site testing approach, ARENA Site Testing Meeting, Rome, 11-13 June 2007

2007: Optical Turbulence simulations with meso-scale models - Towards a near ground based astronomy era, Symposium on Seeing, Kona - Hawaii, 20-22 March 2007
2005: A quite flexible vertical profiler: an atmospherical model at meso-scale, Site Workshop III, Vancouver - Canada, June 2005
2004: Searching for massive planets around nearby young stars: from NACO to CHEOPS, Max-Planck Institute dur Astronomie Fachbeirath, October 2004, Heidelberg, Germany
2002: Recent results with Meso-Nh: near ground wind simulations and model calibration, Sites Workshop II, Tucson - Arizona, July 2002
2000:
What can Meteorological numerical models do for the astronomers ? , IAU Workshop, Astronomical sites evaluations in the Visible and Radio Range,  Marrakech, Marocco 13-17 November 2000


International and National Projects

- MOSE: MOdelling Sites ESO (PI: E. Masciadri, INAF-Arcetri) - Since March 2011
Feasibility study for the optical turbulence forecasts above two among the main sites for ESO ground-based astronomy: Cerro Paranal (site of the VLT) and Cerro Armazones (site selected for the E-ELT).

- LTC: LBT Turbulence Center
(PI: E. Masciadri, INAF-Arcetri) - Since October 2010
Set-up of an operational system for the optical turbulence forecasts at Mt. Graham, site of the Large Binocoluar Telescope (LBT).


- Special Project
at the European Center for Medium Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
"Optical turbulence modelling for astronomical applications: towards the Extremely  Large Telescopes (ELTs)."
(PI: E. Masciadri, INAF-Arcetri) - 2011-2013

- ARGOS (LBT Laser Guide Stars system - PI: S. Rabien). ForOT is in charge of the characterization of the vertical distribution of the optical turbulence in the whole troposphere above Mt. Graham (Arizona)


- Development of dedicated microthermal sensors to measure CN2 profiles - PI: J. Storey (UNSW, Sydney, Australia), E. Masciadri (INAF, Florence, Italy), A. Pellegrini (PNRA, Casaccia, Rome, Italy), AIr Force (Italy). Site testing campaign on July 2008 at Vigna del Valle (Roma)

- FOROT@DC - "FORECAST Optical Turbulence Vertical Distribution above Dome C" -  (PI: E. Masciadri, INAF; J. Storey, UNSW; A. Pellegrini, ENEA) submitted to IPEV and PNRA, Approved in September 2008.


- STABLEDC - "Studio dei processi dello strato limite planetario a Dome C - fase 2" - (PI: S. Argentini, CNR/ISAC; E. Masciadri, INAF; U. Rizza, CNR) submitted to the IPEV and PNRA. Approved at the beginning of 2007.


- Special Project at the European Center for Medium Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).
"Forecasting Optical Turbulence for Astronomical Applications" (PI: E. Masciadri, INAF-Arcetri).

- FOROT - Marie Curie Excellence Grant (Team Leader: E. Masciadri, INAF-Arcetri) delivered by the European Community.


- TOWL - Feasibility study for an infrared camera conceived for the E-ELT (PI: R. Lenzen R., MPIA). I was involved in 'Atmospherical and Adaptive Optics Specifications' and 'Science Cases'.  (Up to 2005).

- CHEOPS (now SPHERE) - a second generation instrument (Planet Finder) conceived for the VLT carried on by an International Consortium. I was directly involved in preparation of 'Science Cases' and 'Simulations and Instrumental perfomances'.  (Up to 2005).

- Working Group Permanent Member: ESPAS (European Searches for Potential Astronomical Sites)

- Working Group Member: Site Search for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) - 2001.


Projects Management

- Scientific and financial management of the LTC Project.

- Scientific and financial management of the FOROT Project (4 researchers Team) - Marie Curie Excellence Grant.

Site Testing Campaigns

- 1995 Roque de los Muchachos (Canaries Islands) - Generalized Scidar, Mast
  
  @ Nordic Optic Telescope (2.5 m)
    @ William Harschel Telescope (4.2 m)

- 1997 Cerro Tololo (Chile) - Generalized Scidar, Balloons
   
@ Richtey-Chretien Telescope (1.5 m)
    
- 2000 San Pedro Martir (Mexico) - Generalized Scidar, Mast, DIMM, Balloons
  
  @ 2.1 m Telescope

- 2004/2008 Mt. Graham (Arizona) - Generalized Scidar, DIMM
   
  @ VATT (1.8 m)

- 2008 Vigna del Valle (Roma) - Microthermal sensors, balloons


Teaching & Tutoring

Stages: 3

Stage for Master: 1


Diploma theses (Laurea): 1


PhD theses: 3


Supervision of  the FOROT Team: 3 researchers


Other Research Activities

- Promoter of the International Conference "Optical Turbulence - Astronomy meets Meteorology", 15-18 September 2008, Baia delle Ninfee, Alghero, Sardinia, Italy. SOC and LOC member (http://forot.arcetri.astro.it/otam08).

- Editor of the Conference Proceedings: "
Optical Turbulence - Astronomy meets Meteorology", 2009, Edited by E. Masciadri & M. Sarazin, Imperial College Press.

- International Conference - Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Open Science Conference (OSC) - 3-6 August 2010, Buenos Aires, Argentina - Convenor of the Session: " From the stars to the ice: electromagnetic propogation through the thermosphere, mesosphere and atmsophere".

Selected Observational  Projects

- VLT (NACO)   Period:74A
A search for methane-rich planets around nearby later type stars
(PI: E. Masciadri)

- VLT (NACO)  
A search for companions around brown dwarfs and low mass stars
(PI: R. Mundt)

- VLT (NACO) 
Direct detection of Massive Extrasolar Planets around Young solar Analogues using NACO SDI
(PI: L. Close)

- VLT (NACO) 
Confirmations of massive extrasolar planetary candidates around young stars using NACO SDI
(PI: L. Close)

- VLT (NACO)
Direct detection of Gas giant planets around Sun-like stars: placing our solar-system in the context
(PI: M.R.Meyer)

- VATT (GS) - Period 2007B
Optical Turbulence characterization at Mt. Graham
(PI: E. Masciadri)

- VATT (GS) - Period 2007C
Optical Turbulence characterization at Mt. Graham
(PI: E. Masciadri)

- VATT (GS) - Period 2008A
Optical Turbulence characterization at Mt. Graham
(PI: E. Masciadri)

- VATT (GS) - Period 2008C
Optical Turbulence characterization at Mt. Graham
(PI: E. Masciadri)


Commitees

- Indipendent expert reviewer of projects freely competing for fundings by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). NWO stimulates high-risk innovative and original research and offers opportunity for researchers to develop pioneering ideas.

- Equal Opportunity Officer (EOO) for the Max-Planck Society in Germany - Representative for the MPIA of an organism whose principal task is to guarantee equal opportunities for advancements of women in scientific careers at the interior of the MP Institutes.

Community Service

Referee for peer-reviewed journals:

- Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A)
- Astrophysical Journal (ApJ)
- Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (MNRAS)
-
Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (PASP)
- Revista Mexicana de Astronomia y Astrofisica (RMxAA)
- Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (American Meteorological Society)