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     Date Submitted:17-10-2009
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     Current job:Undergraduate Student - Ending July 2010
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     Industry:Space Tourism
     KeywordsElectronic Engineering Spacecraft Systems Design Mission Analysis Near Earth Environment Near Earth Objects 3D Animation Space outreach
    CV

    Objective

    To start an exciting career in mission analysis and spacecraft systems design, in line with my skills and passion. I have strong abilities and knowledge in a range of areas including electronics, near earth sciences, spacecraft platforms and computing. I am very enthusiastic about space utilisation and my previous work experience and achievements demonstrate my ability to learn new skills and tackle challenges head-on.

    Core Skills

    • Excellent knowledge and skill in electronic engineering.

    • Broad knowledge of solar system science and the near-earth environment.

    • Good understanding of orbital mechanics and mission design.

    • Practical experience in computer hardware and programming (including engineering modelling).

    • Strong interest in animation, with years of experience in Blender 3D.

    • Adaptable and keen to learn new skills.

    • Able to fit well into a team atmosphere, as well as being organised enough to manage projects independently.

    Education and Qualifications

    MENG Degree in Electronic Engineering with Space Science and Technology (4th year), University of Bath, UK, Oct 05 – Present

    • Areas of study include: Digital Electronics, MATLAB, Unix and C, Electromagnetics, Electronic devices and Circuits, Space Vehicles and Platforms, Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences, and the Space Environment.

    • An average of 2:1 (66%) achieved for both my first, second, and third years.

    A Level Examinations, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, June 05

    • A2: Physics (B), Maths (C), Computer Studies (C) AS: Music Technology (C)

    GCSE Examinations, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, June 03

    • 10 passes including Information Technology (A), Maths (B), Electronics (B), Science Double Award (BB).

    Clean Full UK drivers license (Category B)

    Work Experience

    Design Engineer Placement, Clyde Space Ltd, Glasgow, UK, July 09 – September 09

    • Given 8 weeks to individually design a Sun Sensor that would be commercially attractive to the pico-satellite market and also integrate into existing Clyde Space products.

    • Very quickly taught myself the use of off-the-shelf components in space.

    • The project was successfully accomplished and resulted in an expected manufacture cost an order of magnitude lower than the nearest competitors.

    Medical Engineer, Gloucester Royal Hospital, Gloucester, UK, Aug 08 – Aug 09

    • Industrial Placement, an optional part of my degree course, working as a full time Medical Engineering Technician.

    • Primary responsibility was maintenance and repair of essential hospital equipment including defibrillators, ventilators and electrocardiograms.

    • Writing maintenance schedules for new equipment.

    Kitchen Assistant, Emily Jackson House, Sevenoaks, UK, June 05 – Aug 06

    Domestic Assistant, Emily Jackson House, Sevenoaks, UK, June 04 – Sept 04

     

    Work Experience Placement, ARM, Los Gatos, California, USA, Feb 03

    • One week work experience at the microprocessor design and sales division.

    Achievements and Activities

    Somerset & West Wiltshire Younger Member Paper Presentation Competition, May 2009

    • Awarded second place in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) competition.

       

    Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) NEO Working Group, Sep 08 - Present

    • Co-lead of the Near Earth Object (NEO) working group which has the primary task of assisting in developing the UN legal framework for international cooperation on NEOs. It has secondary tasks of encouraging thinking about new Asteroid deflection concepts and public outreach projects.

    • Produced and Directed a 30 minute professionally made outreach documentary on behalf of the SGAC to raise awareness about the policy issues surrounding Near Earth Objects and Planetary Defence.

    • Ran a successful SGAC campaign to gather volunteers for a Secure World Foundation project to create a wiki-based user guide for the new ESA Planetary Database.

    • Sponsored to represent the SGAC at the 2009 Planetary Defence Conference in Grenada, Spain and also presented a poster on my original paper “A method for the fragmentation and orbital disruption of the Asteroid 99942 Apophis using resonantly timed impactors” with the full paper being published in the conference proceedings.

    • Co-lead the team that orchestrated the successful international technical paper competition; “Move An Asteroid 2009”. Website: www.spacegeneration.org/asteroid

    BathSEDS, July 08 – Present

    • Founded BathSEDS, the newest chapter of UKSEDS (UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space).

    • This is a student society with the purpose of promoting students from the University of Bath to the UK Space Industry as well as introducing Bath students to space industry careers.

    • The chapter has 27 members and I organised a highly successful trip to the UKSEDS 20th annual conference at Southampton University (22nd –23rd November 2008).

    Move An Asteroid 2008, Space Generation Congress (SGC), Glasgow, Sep 24th – 28th 08

    • Awarded second place in the “Move an Asteroid” competition. As part of the prize I attended the SGC and International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow 2008.

     

    ESA Student Training Workshop, ESTEC, Netherlands, Aug 25th – 29th 08

    • Awarded sponsorship to attend the workshop for “System Engineering and Technology for Space Missions”.

     

    SEDSAT II Ground Station Project, Mar 08 – Present

    • Heading the Ground team segment of the international student Cubesat SEDSAT-II.

    • Formed a team at the University of Bath to design and build a satellite ground station on the roof of the Electrical Engineering Department.

     

    UKSC/SEDSIC Rover Design Competition, Mar 08

    • Won first prize for my design of a lunar scouting robot; my entry and presentation are available on the website below.

    • Competition Website: http://earth.seds.org/rovers.php

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