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Interview with Lisa Ribechini, AS Pisa

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“The greatest mistake a student can make is to be afraid of taking responsibilities. It may seem difficult and strenuous but, when things work out thanks to your hard work and determination, the feeling of success and proudness powers you up to keep on going”, says Lisa Ribechini.

'Lisa from Pisa', as she is kindly known among EUROAVIAns, studied at the University of Pisa both for the bachelor and master’s degree, and graduated in November 2019 with a thesis on mission analysis, specifically on the development of a semi-automatic MATLAB tool for the deployment of a nanosatellites’ constellation.


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The Aerospace Engineering course in Pisa, similarly to many other universities, is very theoretical. You don’t get any professional experience nor the opportunity to develop teamwork skills. Lisa then found all those feelings and experiences inside EUROAVIA.

“International events are the essence of EUROAVIA and the Covid-19 situation is now impeding them physically. I truly believe, anyway, that when everything will be over EUROAVIA will be back stronger than ever.”

Lisa’s career inside our Association has been highly attached to international events. In fact, she found it very valuable to organize them, in both a personal and a professional way, to the point that she sees it as one of the reasons why she currently works as Sales Engineer. Since March, she has been working for Media Lario S.r.l., an Italian leader company in designing and manufacturing high-tech optical components for space applications. As member of the Sales & Marketing team, her job mainly consists in writing institutional and commercial proposals from a technical, managemental and economic point of view.

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She joined our big family in 2015 and participated in the organization of the Fly-In Pisa 2016. Then, she decided to take a step forward by becoming AS Pisa’s local Treasurer and, the following year, President. In that period, she organized the event SpaceUp Pisa, during which she had the opportunity to work closer to the IB. She also attended several international events and fondly remembers her first one, a Rocket Workshop in Cluj-Napoca where she fell in love with the internationality and mix of cultures of EUROAVIA.

Lisa 3

Lisa is also the former coordinator of the Design WG: “It was challenging and fun at the same time. Leaving was bittersweet, but the time had come for new generations to get this role.”

“With EUROAVIA you can live amazing experiences with really funny people, but you can also find a very professional environment formed by a great network of students who are not highly qualified but definitely have a great potential, besides working hard to reach their goals. Having the opportunity to be in contact with them after graduating and knowing that one day they could be your colleagues or your contacts in a company, is something you can’t find anywhere else.”

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