Dr. Alejandro Salado Dr. Alejandro Salado is an assistant professor of systems science and systems engineering with the Grado Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech, where he balances research, teaching, and private consulting. Previously he was employed as a Systems Engineer with OHB System AG, a Satellite Systems Engineer with EADS Astrium GmbH (now Airbus Defense and Space), an Electronics Engineer with SENER-NTE S.A., a Stagiere Electrical Systems Engineer with the European Space Agency (ESA), and an Intern Electronics Engineer with Delta-Utec SRC. His work focuses in problem definition, elicitation of stakeholder value, architecture of affordable and elegant systems, and in embedding strategic intent in engineering activities over the entire system life cycle. Moreover, Alejandro has developed a success track record in pragmatically infusing latest developments in the fields of systems engineering and engineering management in industrial contexts.

Alejandro has been exposed to a wide variety of manned and unmanned space systems and his efforts have contributed to several projects, including PLATO 2.0, Space Weather (SWE), EnMAP, DARPA’s F6 program, Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV), MARES, and Young Engineers’ Satellite 2 (YES2) among others. He holds a BSc/MSc in electrical engineering by Polytechnic University of Valencia, an MSc in project management by Polytechnic University of Catalonia, an MSc in electronics engineering by Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the SpaceTech postgraduate Master in space systems engineer­ing by Delft University of Technology, and a PhD in systems engineering by the Stevens Institute of Technology.

Among others, Dr. Salado received the Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Systems Engineering Research and the Stevens Institute of Technology Outstanding Dissertation Award in 2014, the Fulbright International Science and Technology Award and a Stevens Fellowship in 2010, and a team World Record Guinness in 2009 for the longest manmade structure ever deployed in space with the YES2 project.