My Home Page: Ijar M. Fonseca


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Welcome to my home page. I'm very glad that you made it this far . . . and I hope that you'll stick around long enough to get to know just a little bit more about me and my life.

World Space Congress - Washington D.C. - 1992  

My Background

I was born in a small town called Carmo do Cajuru, M.G., Brazil. I was still a teen when I moved to Belo Horizonte city where I got my bachelor degree in History. From Belo Horizonte I moved to Governador Valadares city, M.G. where I worked for ten years as History teacher in a middle school. During this time I got my Mechanical Engineering degree at the Minas Institute of Technology. In 1981 I married to Jusmena and in 1982 we moved to  Sao Jose dos Campos, S.P., where I began a Master graduation course on Aerodynamics and Flight Dynamics (at ITA, the Technological Institute of Aeronautics). In 1984 before getting the M.Sc. degree I start working at the Brazilian Institute for Space Research,  INPE. Then I was involved in the Brazilian Complete Space Mission, MECB, by participating of the SCD-1  satellite project. In parallel I have continued my M.Sc. research and in 1986 I got the M.Sc. degree in Science in the area of Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics. In 1991 I started my Doctoral Program at the Technological Institute of Aeronautics at the Aeronautics Technological  Center in S. J. Campos. Meanwhile I was engaged in the  SCD-2  and   SSR1   satellite projects. In 1992 I received a scholarship from CNPq and the Doctoral Program entered in shared phase with the participation of Howard University, Washington D.C., U.S.A. I went to Howard University where I spent two years developing a joint research together with Prof. Peter M. Bainum on the integrated structural and Control Optimization of a Large Orbiting Space Structure. In 1994 I got back to Brazil. I was immediately engaged in the SACI-1 small satellite project as the responsible for the spacecraft attitude control subsystem (see SaciACS and SaciOver). In parallel I have continued to develop the doctoral  program. In March 1998 I defended my thesis at ITA with the presence of my advisor Prof. Peter M. Bainum,  from USA. I got my Ph.D. degree in Flight Dynamics. In November 2001 I came back to Howard University to develop a Post-Doctoral program. I returned to Brazil in January 2003. Presently I am working in the Brazilian satellite PMM (Multimission Platform) AOCS   and  serving as an assessor in the NanosatC, a student nonosatellite in development at the Federal University of Santa Maria, State of Paraná. Also I teach at INPE/DMC graduation Space Mechanics and Control course and at São Marcos University (Education, Administration and Communication Interdisciplinar course).  In parallel to my space activities at INPE, from 1998 up to now I have got involved in university teaching in the area of Software Engineering and Information Technology, Robotics and Distance Learning.  If you want to go further on my professional skills here is my Curriculum (English)  and Curriculo (Portuguese). After all I like very much the nature, fishing, music and the sky... all about the sky and the universe. Just to see the stars in a dark and silent night or to go through math, mechanics and computer to formulate and solve problems related to space. In the space area work and hobby is all the same for me.


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