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Amalia Ercoli Finzi

Amalia Ercoli Finzi, born in 1937, is Honorary Professor at Politecnico di Milano.

In this same institution, she previously held responsibility roles, being Director of the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Full Professor of Aerospace Mechanics at the Aerospace Engineering Faculty.

For over 30 years she has been a key player in the Space Flight Dynamics field, giving a meaningful contribution in several space research areas, such as: space mission design, attitude control, rendez-vous and docking manoeuvres, control of large space structures and micro-gravity experiments.

She was involved in several national and international space programs like: TSS (Tether Satellite System) program, studying the wire retrieval Deployment Dynamics; SAX (Satellite for X-Ray Astronomy) program, dedicated to the analysis of the Nutation Angle Dynamics; MITE experiment on immiscible fluids, flown on the sounding rocket MASER IV and the Italian SPIDER program on Cooperating Space Robots.

Prof. Finzi participated to international researches (theoretical and experimental) within the LSS (Large Space Structure) program, devoted to the space stations vibrations control of large flexible appendices. In this framework, she also coordinated the Italian Space Agency scientific program, for the realisation of a multi-body multipurpose space system with flexible manipulators, aimed to the validation of the control strategies.

Amalia Ercoli Finzi dedicated many efforts to educational space programs, such as the UNISAT program (Politecnico of Milano branch) for the development and construction of a University microsatellite. In this frame, she actively supported the design of PalaMede, a microsatellite entirely developed by students of the Aerospace Engineering Faculty of Politecnico di Milano.

In the very last years she was heavily involved in the European Rosetta Mission to the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, appointed Principal Investigator of the SD2 instrument, aimed to drill the comet core and to collect comet samples, as well as of the lander Philae Solar Power System.

Moreover, she is coordinating the “Team Italia” group for the A.M.A.L.I.A robotic lunar mission within the Lunar Google X-Prize program.

Amalia Ercoli Finzi chaired both the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Politecnico di Milano and the Italian Women Engineers and Architects National Association, strongly supporting the women participation to technical and scientific activities.


  • Italian Delegate for the Horizon 2020 European Program – Space configuration

  • Member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Italian Space Agency

  • Member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

  • Member of the High-level Scientific Policy Advisory Committee (HISPAC) of ESA

  • Gold Medal of the Italian Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIDAA)

  • Gold Medal of the Italian Republic President for scientific merits

  • Frank J. Malina Astronautics Medal of International Astronautical Federation (IAF)

  • On 2018 the International Astronomical Union named after her the asteroid 24890 “Amaliafinzi”.