Nature never breaks her own laws.
Leonardo Barilaro graduated with a PhD in Sciences, Technologies and Measurements for Space (STMS) at the University of Padua in 2011, the focus of his research concerned new techniques to study the space debris risk and mitigation. During those years he had the opportunity to take part in an exchange program at Cranfield University (UK) and in the REXUS/BEXUS Programme of the European Space Agency, with the S.C.R.A.T. Experiment. In 2010 he won the Best Student Paper Award at the Aeroballistic Range Association (ARA) congress with a study about impact damage and ballistic limit equations for flexible multilayer meteoroid and debris protection shields.
He also pursued for a period the academic work as post-doc researcher at CISAS, Center of Studies and Activities for Space (Italy).
His technical background is mainly in mechanical measurements for engineering, constructions and structures, fluid dynamics and aerospace systems, with an extended experience in simulations (FEA).
He also acquired industrial experience working 5 years for multinational corporations like Maserati, SIT Group and Methode Electronics, being part of the Research and Development teams and developing new products.
He joined as Researcher the Institute of Aerospace Technologies team at the University of Malta in 2017, working on a project related to the development of an innovative interface for a multi-purpose detachable pod for a new type of gyroplane and on the Design of Experiment for a novel software tool used by Air Traffic Control to reduce airlines operation costs and carbon emissions, optimizing the ascent and descent phase.
In 2019 he worked on a project to design a kinetic energy recovery system for a landing aircraft, he was also involved in creating a collaboration with the Oxford University and the University of Padova for the development of a calorimetric detection system for hypervelocity impacts.
During 2020 he developed the BEA project, the first multi-drone system in the world to support and monitor the safety of divers.
Leonardo joined The Malta College of Arts, Science & Technology (MCAST) as full-time Senior Lecturer in Aviation for the Institute of Engineering and Transport in 2021 and currently is developing new research aiming at boosting new projects in the field of hypervelocity impacts and aerospace structures.