Enrico Chesta

Enrico is CERN’s Aerospace, Energy and Environmental Applications Coordinator and a senior member of the Knowledge Transfer Group, which he directly joined since his arrival at CERN in 2010.

Before coming to CERN, Enrico worked for several aerospace institutions and organizations.

In 1999-2000, he was at Stanford Plasmadynamics Laboratory in Palo Alto (US), performing numerical and experimental analysis of plasma instabilities in the accelerating channel of hall-effect thrusters. In 2000-2004 he worked at ESA (European Space Agency) in Noordwijk aan Zee (NL), where he became the manager of the Electric and Advanced Propulsion Laboratory and contributed to SMART-1, the first European mission to the Moon. In 2004-2010 he moved to CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, the French Space Agency) in Toulouse (F), where he coordinated the technical development and qualification of micropropulsion systems for fundamental physics missions (MICROSCOPE) and large telecommunication platforms (ALPHABUS).

Enrico joined CERN in 2010 as Technology Transfer Officer for a few months, then as Leader of the Intellectual Property Management and Technology Transfer Section (until its end in 2014).

In the frame of his studies, Enrico received a diplôme d’ingénieur généraliste (option ingénieur économiste) from Ecole Centrale Paris (F), complemented by a degree in aerospace engineering obtained with honours from Politecnico di Torino (I) and an executive aerospace MBA from ESC Toulouse (F).

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