Leonid Vasilchenko

Engineering Team Lead | ROSCOSMOS, Korolev, Russia


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  • Russian (Native)
  • English (Fluent)

Technical Skills


  • Python
  • LaTeX
  • R
  • C/C++
  • Delphy


  • Autodesk AutoCAD/Invetor/Fusion 360
  • T-FLEX
  • FreeCAD


  • Ansys
  • Abaqus FEA


  • Autodesk 3dsMax
  • 3DF Zephyr
  • Blender


  • Linux
  • Mathcad
  • MindManager
  • MS Office
  • OpenProject
  • Obsidian

Soft Skills

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Planning
  • Critical observation and thinking
  • Responsibility
  • Accepting criticism
  • Problem-solving
  • Curiosity and creativity at work
  • Prioritizing
  • Innovation


I enjoy understanding the theory and applying diverse skills in both work and hobbies. I prioritize implementing the best technologies and practices, finding interdisciplinary solutions, and gaining new knowledge. My hobbies frequently inspire projects at work, from creating prototypes to using photogrammetry and 3D printing to update lab equipment.



Engineering Team Lead | September 2019 to present

Spacecraft shock and impact testing.

  • Developed a new light-gas gun (designed with Autodesk Inventor and T-FLEX).
  • Improved the performance and accuracy of existing testing equipment (with help of data analysis using R and Python).
  • Modified gas guns to use them for high-G acceleration tests, for testing the dynamic stress–strain response of materials with the split-Hopkinson pressure bar, and for performance testing of separated fibers of fabric materials under impact loading.
  • Implemented project management and knowledge management in the department (based on OpenProject and Obsidian).
  • Conducted research on such topics as determining fabric’s specific energy absorption under shock loading conditions, testing the protection of inflatable orbital modules from space debris, and verifying the protective structures of the ISS per current space debris distribution models.
  • Performed the tasks of dynamic strength and impact loading simulation (Ansys Autodyn/LS-DYNA, Abaqus FEA) with subsequent verification of the results.

Ongoing projects:

  • Development of Direct Field Acoustic Testing (DFAT) equipment for large spacecrafts with a variable level of loading along the spacecraft’s height.
  • Test equipment upgrade to implement Photonic Doppler Velocimetry (PDV) for obtaining impact characteristics of materials.


Research and development engineer | January 2014 to September 2019

  • Development of technical drawings and 3D models in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, KOMPAS-3D, and T-FLEX.
  • Conduction of tests of heat-shielding materials under the influence of high-speed flows at high-enthalpy arc-heated facilities.
  • Calculation of the thermal state of ark heater elements.
  • Carrying out tests of materials for impact strength.
  • Preparation of reporting documentation on the results of testing.
  • Creation of an experimental stand for studying the dynamics of power transmission line wires (galloping) during their heating with the determination of characteristics in real time using computer vision.


Bauman Moscow State Technical University | Master of Engineering - MEng

September 2009 to June 2015

Rocket engine design specialist.

A significant part of the training focused on studying turbopump units, industrial control systems, gas kinetics and combustion processes. I took part in the “Youth Space Center of Bauman Moscow State Technical University” in the design of a geophysical air-launched rocket.