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Paola Sivera

Software Engineer European Southern Observatory (ESO)Science Operation Software – Software Engineering & Quality
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Software quality assurance and testing engineer at ESO

January 2014 – Present (1 year 5 months)

Software quality assurance for the SPARTA and E-ELT projects
Software testing for the ALMA project


Integration and Test Subsystem Leader at ESO for ALMA Project

January 2002 – December 2013 (12 years)

Coordination of the Integration and Test Subsystem (6 testers distributed among Japan, New Mexico and
– Interaction with the Release Manager and ALMA Subsystems Leaders to coordinate priorities and
schedules for the ALMA software releases
– Definition of the integration and test procedures
– Preparation of test plans and test reports for Management and Stakeholders
– Execution of the tests and analysis of the results
– Participation, in the first years of activities within the ALMA project, in establishing the software
engineering standards for the ALMA computing group, together with the Software Engineering Subsystem.
– Coordination of the Test Engineering Working Group for the ESO Software Development Division (7
testers working in various software projects handled by ESO)

Software configuration control manager – VLT Project

June 1999 – January 2004 (4 years 8 months)

– Integration and test of the control software produced for the VLT project.
– Software quality assurance
– Management of the programming standards
– Preparation of a VLT software release twice a year
– Handling of patches for the releases, bug fixes and improvements through the organization of periodical Software Configuration Control Boards
– Integration and testing of the produced software in the control model (set of machines to simulate the VLT units and instruments)
– Installation of the release on the telescopes at Paranal
– Preparation and definition of procedures to make installations and development work easier or more efficient.


Software and system engineer

RAS – Allianz group – Insurance Company
January 1997 – May 1999 (2 years 5 months)

– Management and configuration of a high availability system (supposed to be available 24h/day, 7
days/week) for the operations of ca 300 branch offices (agencies) all over Italy.
– Development of a client-server application in C for handling the transactions between the mainframe and the agencies through a middle-ware based on Unix.
– Evaluation of tools for network management and security
– Preparation of procedures for the operators and for the maintenance of the computing systems and
– Development of web pages which handled the access to visual basic applications for querying the
mainframe database


Software Developer

CEA – France
April 1996 – October 1996 (7 months)France

Short period of research in the nuclear fission field


Software Engineer

Electricite de France
January 1995 – September 1995 (9 months)

Improvement and completion of the neutron diffusion code used at EDF
– Development of a simulation for the microscopic evolution of nuclei in the reactor core, using mathematics models to solve systems of differential equations.
– Validation of the code and of the simulation against real data.



Universite d’Aix-Marseille (Saint Jerome)

DEA, Phisique des reacteurs

1995 – 1996


University of Turin

1994 M.Sc, Physics

1987 – 1993


Location: Germany