Maria Antonietta got a Degree in Nuclear Engineering at the Politecnico di Torino. In 1988 she attended the first Summer Session of the International Space University (M.I.T., Boston, USA) and then she became a Faculty member. She is currently member of the Academic Council.
Since 1986 she has been working at Thales Alenia Space – Turin, as Program Manager of major ESA and ASI activities related to Moon and Mars exploration.
Currently she is Director Space Economy Exploration and International Network.
Maria Antonietta is involved in different activities promoting the development of young professionals in the space industry.
She is author of several publications, papers, and reports, and Acta Astronautica Co-Editor.
Maria Antonietta is a member of different scientific committees, of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), and of Women in Aerospace-Europe. She is member of the Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace and of the International Academy of Astronautics, and former Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation Bureau. She is President of Explore Mars Europe.
Awarded “Woman of Excellence 2010” by AIDDA, the Italian chapter of FCEM (Femmes Chefs d’Enterprises Mondiales) and in 2019 “Stella al Merito del Lavoro” (Star of Merit for Labour) by the President of the Italian Republic.