The Team

During the 2022-2023 Academic Year, the Team is composed of more than 85 between undergraduate students, graduate students, and PhD candidates. Most of the Team members come from the aerospace, mechanical, electronic and computer engineering courses of Politecnico di Torino.


  • Fabio Meloni


    Fabio is the founder and first President of the Team, and he is now a third-year Bachelor's student in Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Torino.

    During his presidency, Fabio expanded the Team from 6 to 85+ members, involving undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. He is in charge of directing the executive, overseeing the budget and the financial performances, and communicating the Team’s vision, mission, and values.

    Fabio is also the Chief Engineer of the Project Cavour, where he leads a subteam of 30+ students to research and develop Cavour, a reusable suborbital rocket with multiple apogee and payload configurations that was successfully launched and recovered at the 2023 Spaceport America Cup.

  • Elena Dilorenzo

    Chief Operating Officer

    Elena is responsible for the Operations Subteam, which is in charge of logistics, outreach, and maintaining relations with the Team's partners. In addition, her work focuses on achieving operational excellence in the Team's technical and non-technical projects.

    She is now in her last year of the Master's in Aerospace Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, specializing in the Aeromechanical and Systems field.

    Elena was previously the president of AESA Torino - the Aerospace Engineering Students’ Association of Politecnico - a non-profit student group composed of 500+ members.

Faculty Advisors

  • Face of Prof. Alfonso Pagani
    Prof. Alfonso Pagani Primary Faculty Advisor
  • Face of Prof. Enrico Zappino
    Prof. Enrico Zappino Faculty Advisor

Project Cavour Leads

  • Face of Edoardo Viglietti
    Edoardo Viglietti Chief Engineer
  • Face of Samuele Martello
    Samuele Martello Avionics
  • Orlando Nardo Design & Additive Manufacturing
  • Face of Edoardo Viglietti
    Edoardo Viglietti Recovery (acting)
  • Face of Mattia Saba
    Mattia Saba Cofounder | Mission Analysis
  • Face of Riccardo Di Maria
    Riccardo Di Maria Finite Element Analysis

Project Efesto Leads

  • Face of Matteo Crachi
    Matteo Crachi Chief Engineer
  • Face of Cristian Manfredi
    Cristian Manfredi Cofounder | Coordinator
  • Face of Pier Luigi Mercadante
    Pier Luigi Mercadante Coordinator
  • Face of Luca Barnobi
    Luca Barnobi Test Bench
  • Face of Daniele Boccacciari
    Daniele Boccacciari Liquid System Architecture
  • Face of Gloria Nallo
    Gloria Nallo Thrust Chamber Assembly
  • Face of Lorenzo Guarino
    Lorenzo Guarino Engine Cycle

Operations Leads

  • Face of Andrea Pantano
    Andrea Pantano Logistics Manager
  • Face of Federico Guglielmi
    Federico Guglielmi IT Manager

Advisor Board

  • Face of Fabio Meloni
    Fabio Meloni Cofounder | Project Cavour Advisor
  • Face of Flora Punzi
    Flora Punzi Senior FEA analyst & Counselor
  • Face of Francesca Bracaglia
    Francesca Bracaglia FEA Advisor
  • Face of Salvatore Lagrasta
    Salvatore Lagrasta Cofounder | Avionics Advisor
  • Face of Luca Loiodice
    Luca Loiodice Additive Manufacturing Advisor


57.6% 15.3% 11.8% 7.1%

Members by program

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Physics Engineering
  • Other Engineering
  • Non-PoliTo
55.3% 41.2%

Members by level

  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Ph.D.
71.8% 28.2%

International students rate

  • Domestic
  • International

Core members

Members after the first general meeting of the team
  • Abdullah Çelik Propulsion Engineer
  • Alessandro Nitti CFD Analyst
  • Alessandro Rabino Software Engineer
  • Alessio Improta Propulsion Engineer
  • Alex Aiello Avionics Engineer
  • Alex Jarod Sclafani Propulsion Engineer
  • Ali Mirzaei Propulsion Engineer
  • Andrea De Masi Software Engineer
  • Andrea Ruscica Mechanical Engineer
  • Cosmo Spinosa Propulsion Engineer
  • Davide Parlato Propulsion Engineer
  • Derin Yilmaz Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Duru Duran Photographer
  • Edoardo Baraldi Propulsion Engineer
  • El Sheikh Isber Charbel Abdo Propulsion Engineer
  • Eliza Ciszewska Mechanical Engineer
  • Emir Topakci Cad & Am Engineer
  • Ettore Giuseppe De Bartolo Recruitment Specialist
  • Ezgi Yenigun Propulsion Engineer
  • Federica Carollo Propulsion Engineer
  • Federica Pellegrini Propulsion Engineer
  • Francesco Abate Avionics Engineer
  • Gabriele Caso Propulsion Engineer
  • Gabriele Tanca Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Giacomo Luccisano Avionics Engineer
  • Giovanni Ferrannini Propulsion Engineer
  • Giuseppe Barbera Avionics Engineer
  • Giusi Raso Cfd Analyst
  • Guglielmo Iacono Propulsion Engineer
  • Harrshit Oruganti Sridhar Propulsion Engineer
  • Hassine El Ghazel Graphic Designer - Software Engineer
  • Hojjat Miryavifard Propulsion Engineer
  • Iftekhar Anwar Propulsion Engineer
  • İlayda Deniz Bayraktar Propulsion Engineer
  • Kacper Koncewicz Mechanical Engineer
  • Marco Guzzon Propulsion Engineer
  • Marco Magnanini Propulsion Engineer
  • Marco Prodan Mechanical Engineer
  • Marco Romano Delogu Propulsion Engineer
  • Margherita Michahelles Propulsion Engineer
  • Maria Vittoria Giobbio Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Mattia Angirillo FEM Analyst
  • Mehdi Mansouri Web Developer
  • Michał Zawadzki Cad & Am Engineer
  • Michele Bordini Propulsion Engineer
  • Michele Sannino Propulsion Engineer
  • Mohammad Yousefi FEM Analyst
  • Mustafa Ulvi Aydin Mechanical Engineer
  • Nicolò Petronella Mission Analyst
  • Nikita Fusilli Grynchenko FEM Analyst
  • Obaid Ur Rehman Web Developer
  • Oshani Kularathna Propulsion Engineer
  • Pierantonio Bertuccio FEM Analyst
  • Pierluigi Petrachi Propulsion Engineer
  • Riccardo Di Maria CFD Analyst
  • Riccardo Terzo Propulsion Engineer
  • Samuele Martello Avionics Engineer
  • Suleyman Burak Deniz Propulsion Engineer
  • Syed Muhammad Ussama Zafar Propulsion Engineer
  • Tuna Sahin Mechanical Engineer
  • Wassim Cherkaoui Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Yuri Valle Graphic Designer
PoliTo Rocket Team ™ 2023