Bianca Cefalo

Rocket Scientist & Space Systems Product Manager, Airbus Defense & Space UK


You have the power to make the world and the entire universe a better longlasting place.

What do you do?

I enable Airbus Defense and Space UK to develop and implement disruptive thermal control management solutions for Next Generation Telecommunication Satellites, establishing strategic product roadmaps, fostering innovation and leading multifunctional teams.

Why did you choose this field?

I'm an accidental Rocket Scientist. I fell in love with the Automotive industry when I was a child playing in my dad's garage with his dismantled cars and spare parts - he was a mechanic aka 'cars' wizard'.
Our Sunday family-lunch ritual was watching Formula 1 races and I wanted to become a Ferrari Team Engineer. However, I also loved colours, art and creativity - watching my mom's craft as a make-up artist. I then realized I could join Formula 1 Engineering with colourful patterns as an Aerodynamicist. I then had no choice but studying Aerospace Engineering and specialize in Aerodynamics and Fluidynamics. My airflow passion then rapidly progressed from cars to aircraft, to re-entry vehicles to Mars shaping the future of humanity thanks to Space Exploration, Telecommunication technology and Interplanetary travels.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Having contributed to the JPL/NASA Insight Mars Mission - successfully deployed on Mars in 2018. Also having lived in 3 different countries - Italy, Germany and the UK - and becoming the youngest and only female Product Manager at Airbus Defence and Space UK.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Shaping the world and the Universe. Having a significant impact on the way humankind lives and communicates today. Paving the way to a future of Intergalactic Generations and universal communities.

Best advice for next generation?

You have the power to make the world and the entire universe a better longlasting place thanks to your creativity, curiosity and leading innovation.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.” -
Mrs Warren's Profession, George Bernard Shaw.

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