Oct 2004 – Jun 2008: MPhys Physics, University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall
* 1st class (ranked in top 5% of year, average mark 80%)
* Master’s project, “Near-Earth Asteroid Sample Return Remote Sensing Instrumentation”, contributed to ESA Marco Polo mission
* Specialism in astrophysics and physics of atmospheres and oceans.
Sep 2003 – Jun 2004: A-levels, Foyle and Londonderry College
* 4 A grades: physics (100%), chemistry (97%), mathematics (97%), English literature (92%)
* Awarded Institute of Physics medal for top result in Northern Ireland
* 1 of 4 secondary school students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland selected to participate in the 36th International Chemistry Olympiad, medalist in the competition in Kiel, Germany.
Sep 2011 - present: Engineering Leadership Development Programme, Rolls-Royce plc (Derby and Bristol, UK; Seletar, Singapore)
* Currently engaged in a rapid design and make project for F-35B Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) cost saving, including project management, design, manufacture, and test
* Project managed manufacturing technology developments, conducted competitor intelligence for Executive Vice President, and achieved the highest performance rating in second six-month rotation
* Assisted work package owner for critical parts in the Trent XWB engine, managed and closed safety issues, including presenting to project chief engineer, and achieved the second-highest performance rating in first six-month rotation.
Aug 2010 - Jul 2011: Young Graduate Trainee, Directorate of Human Spaceflight, European Space Agency (ESA) (Noordwijk, the Netherlands)
* Developed and implemented a review process for International Space Station experiments that attracted over 180 proposals
* Surveyed analogue locations and facilities, assisting with the field testing of EUROBOT in Seville, Spain
* Completed introductory courses on space systems engineering and human spaceflight mission analysis and design.
Jul 2008 – Jul 2010: Science Teacher (Teach First), Data Analyst, Oasis Academy Hadley (London, UK)
* Selected to join charity which places graduates in challenging secondary schools after 6 weeks', rather than the usual 1 year's, initial teacher training
* Highly commended (top 3 of c. 50) science teaching that helped raise school's results above the national target for the first time, finalist at Teach First annual awards as a result.
* Led whole-school (c. 100 staff) training sessions and received 'outstanding' ratings for lessons.
Aug 2011: Intern, European Space Policy Institute (Vienna, Austria)
* Took advantage of a month between jobs to volunteer my time for the Institute.
* Completed a 10,000-word contribution to the Institute's flagship publication, Yearbook on Space Policy.
Jul 2007 – Sep 2007: Summer Student, John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science (Oxford, UK)
* Conducted an extensive research dig, summarising large volumes of data concisely
* Developed simulations of high-energy particle beams in C++
* Produced reports that the head of the research group found “very useful”.
Jul 2006 – Aug 2006: Summer Intern, Virtual Engineering Department, Olympus Corporation (Tokyo, Japan)
* Evaluated new optical design software (CODE V) by comparing it to experiment
* Developed strong communication skills, presenting at technical meetings to audiences with varying levels of English
* Adapted quickly to working abroad, finishing first assignment one week early.
Aug 2005: Summer Student, University of Umeå Human Spaceflight Summer Course (Kiruna, Sweden)
* Awarded distinction in final exams for team analysis and planning of future human space missions
* Selected by group members to present our work at a student conference in Kingston University, and later on at the Institute of Directors, London.
Other skills and activities
Computing: HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, C/C++, IDL
Languages: English (native), French (conversational)
Interests: Music (youth orchestra tours to US, Canada and continental Europe 2000-2004), Hiking and road cycling (Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award 2004, and Outward Bound course, 2003).
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