The Team

At the beginning of the 2022-2023 Academic Year, the Team is composed of more than 70 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 nicely dressed

    Fabio Meloni


    Fabio has been the Team's President since its foundation in 2022, during his second year of undergraduate studies, 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 75+ members, involving undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. Besides directing the Team, he manages the relations with academia, private partners, and other institutions.

    Fabio is also the Chief Engineering of the Cavour Project, where he leads a subteam of 50+ students to research and develop Cavour, a reusable experimental suborbital rocket with multiple apogee and payload configurations.

  • Elena Dilorenzo nicely dressed

    Elena Dilorenzo

    Chief Operating Officer

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

    She is now at 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.

  • Luca Santoro nicely dressed

    Luca Santoro

    Chief Technologist and Head of Strategy

    Luca graduated in Mechanical Engineering at Politecnico di Torino, where he is now a PhD student at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Immediately after the foundation of the Team, he provided the human resources, a strong strategy, and technical support to the project.

    As Chief Technologist, he is in charge of making decision for the technological infrastructure, in order to align it with the organization's goals.

    As Head of Strategy, he is in charge of all decisions concerning short and long term strategy, management, partnerships, cost-reduction, strategic initiatives and developing the Team's strategy and vision. The Head of Strategy is also the chairman of the Team's Advisor's board.

Chief Engineers

  • Face of Fabio Meloni
    Fabio Meloni Chief Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Matteo Crachi
    Matteo Crachi Chief Engineer Project Efesto

Division and Group Leads

  • Face of Francesca Bracaglia
    Francesca Bracaglia Aerostructures Lead Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Federico Guglielmi
    Federico Guglielmi IT Manager
  • Face of Salvatore Lagrasta
    Salvatore Lagrasta Cofounder | Avionics Lead Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Luca Loiodice
    Luca Loiodice CAD & Additive Manufacturing Lead Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Cristian Manfredi
    Cristian Manfredi Cofounder | Liquid Propulsion Coordinator Project Efesto
  • Face of Pier Luigi Mercadante
    Pier Luigi Mercadante Liquid Propulsion Coordinator Project Efesto
  • Face of Marco Prodan
    Marco Prodan Recovery & Manufacturing Lead Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Mattia Saba
    Mattia Saba Cofounder | Mission Analysis Lead Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Edoardo Viglietti
    Edoardo Viglietti FEA Group Lead Engineer Project Cavour
  • Face of Alessandro Di Nuzzo
    Alessandro Di Nuzzo Media Manager


64.5% 14.5% 6.6%

Members by program

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Physics Engineering
  • Other Engineering
  • Non-PoliTo
50.7% 43.8%

Members by level

  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
  • Ph.D.
79.5% 20.5%

International students rate

  • Domestic
  • International

Core members

Members after the first general meeting of the team
  • Abdullah Çelik Propulsion Engineer
  • Alessandro Nitti CFD Analyst
  • Alessio Improta Propulsion Engineer
  • Alex Aiello Avionics Engineer
  • Alex Jarod Sclafani Propulsion Engineer
  • Andrea Ruscica Recovery Specialist
  • Andrea Pantano Mission Analyst - Safety and Launch Manager
  • Andrea De Masi Software Engineer
  • Anna Del Tin Hardware Engineer
  • Cosmo Spinosa Propulsion Engineer
  • Daniele Boccacciari Propulsion Engineer
  • Davide Parlato Propulsion Engineer
  • Derin Yilmaz Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Duru Duran Photographer
  • Edoardo Baraldi Propulsion Engineer
  • Eliza Ciszewska Mechanical Engineer
  • Emir Topakci CAD & AM Engineer
  • Ettore Giuseppe De Bartolo Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Federica Carollo Propulsion Engineer
  • Federica Pellegrini Propulsion Engineer
  • Federica Portis Sponsoring Manager - Safety and Launch manager
  • Flora Punzi Senior FEA analyst & Counselor
  • Gabriele Caso Propulsion Engineer
  • Gabriele Tanca Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Giacomo Luccisano Avionics engineer
  • Gianluca Porta Advisor (Strategy)
  • Giuseppe Barbera Avionics Engineer
  • Giuseppe Roccasalva Software Engineer
  • Giusi Raso CFD Analyst
  • Gloria Nallo Propulsion Engineer
  • Gregorio Torchia Advisor (Legal)
  • Guglielmo Iacono Propulsion Engineer
  • Harrshit Oruganti Sridhar Propulsion Engineer
  • Hassine El Ghazel Graphic Designer - Software Engineer
  • Hojjat Miryavifard Propulsion Engineer
  • Jacopo Cerzosimo Software Engineer
  • Kacper Koncewicz Mechanical Engineer
  • Lorenzo Guarino Propulsion Engineer
  • Luca Barnobi Propulsion Engineer
  • Marco Guzzon Propulsion Engineer
  • Marco Romano Delogu Propulsion Engineer
  • Margherita Michahelles Propulsion Engineer
  • Maria Vittoria Giobbio Outreach & Recognition Specialist
  • Matteo Manavello Sponsoring Manager
  • Mattia Trombini Advisor (Engineering)
  • Mattia Angirillo FEM Analyst
  • Mehmet Basar Eroglu Software Engineer
  • MichaÅ Zawadzki CAD & AM Engineer
  • Michele Sannino Propulsion Engineer
  • Michele Bordini Propulsion Engineer
  • Mohammad Yousefi FEM Analyst
  • Mustafa Ulvi Aydin Mechanical Engineer
  • Nikita Fusilli Grynchenko FEM Analyst
  • Obaid Ur Rehman Web Developer
  • Orlando Nardo CAD & AM Engineer
  • Pierantonio Bertuccio FEM Analyst
  • Pierluigi Petrachi Propulsion Engineer
  • Rebecca Masia Advisor (Engineering)
  • Riccardo Di Maria CFD Analyst
  • Riccardo Terzo Propulsion Engineer
  • Samuele Martello Avionics Engineer
  • Tuna Sahin Mechanical Engineer
  • Wassim Cherkaoui Outreach & Recognition Specialist
PoliTo Rocket Team ™ 2022