Maria Antonietta PERINO

Maria Antonietta Perino holds a degree in nuclear engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. She attended the first Summer Session of the International Space University (M.I.T., Boston, USA) becoming a faculty member.

Since 1986 she has been working at Thales Alenia Space, Turin, as programme manager of major ESA and ASI activities related to exploration, such as ExoMars, Mars Sample Return and the Aurora Core Program.

Currently, she works in Thales Alenia’s Space Infrastructures and Transportation Systems Business Unit as Head of Advanced Exploration Programs.

Perino is also coordinator of the STEPS Project – Sistemi e Tecnologie per l’EsPlorazione Spaziale – a joint space exploration technology and system development of a consortium led by Thales Alenia Space and including Politecnico di Torino, Università di Torino, Università del Piemonte Orientale, ALTEC and 23 SMEs based in the region.

Perino is author of several publications, papers, reports, and invited speeches.

She has also been involved in a variety of activities to promote the involvement of young professionals in the space industry. She was one of the founders and president of the ISU European Alumni Association and since 1989 has been the Italian liaison of the International Space University. Furthermore, she is involved in a master course on “SpacE Exploration and Development Systems (SEEDS)” which prepares young professionals to work as system engineers in space exploration programmes.

Perino is a member of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and Vice-President of the IAF Bureau.