DR. Stelio Montebugnoli
- Senior Engineer Associate to INAF (National Institute for Astrophysic)
- SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) ADVISOR at the Scientific
- Department of INAF-Rome (Italy)
Degree in electronic and Nuclear engineering. A former engineer in charge of the Medicina (Bologna) station of the Institute of Radioastronomy. He designed an innovative FFT-based spectrometer that allowed the detection of the water maser line emission in the Comet SL-9 E fragment impact zone on Jupiter's high atmosphere (1994).
He led the first SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) observation in Europe using a special spectrometer supplied by Berkeley University.
In 2001 he successfully led his team, in the first intercontinental bistatic radar (NASA Goldstone USA – Medicina Italia) observations of a small size asteroid. He started in Italy the radar tests for Space Debris detection involving the Evpatoria (Ukraine) 70 mt dish (Tx) and the 32 mt Medicina VLBI dish (Rx). Since 2005 (till 2012) joined, as the engineer in charge of the Italian team, the Square Kilometre Array (SKADS) consortium. This was a worldwide group aimed to design a new generation of large international radio telescopes in Australia and South Africa.