January 2012- Present: Young Graduate Trainee
ESTEC, European Space Agency , Noordwijk, Netherlands.
- Graduate Engineer in the Mechanisms Section in the Structures and Mechanisms Division.
- Developing models and using the multi-body approach to simulate the dynamics of launch vehicles, eg Vega Launcher.
- Concurrent Design Facility team member for future scientific missions.
- Writing Requirement Specifications and Statements of Work for the Technology Research Program.
July-October 2010: Composites Research Intern
Advanced Composites Centre for Innovation and Science (ACCIS), University of Bristol, UK.
- Research and development of sensing systems for damage in composite materials.
- Manufacturing and testing self-healing materials.
February 2006: Engineering Internship
Jaguar Cars, Castle Bromwich, UK.
- Work Experience with manufacturing engineers in the Plant Vehicle Team.
- Shadowing engineers in mechanical and road tests.
- C J Norris, J A P White, G McCombe, P Chatterjee, I P Bond and R S Trask. Autonomous stimulus triggered self-healing in smart structural composites. Smart Materials and Structures, Volume 21,094027
2007-2011: Master of Engineering (MEng) in Aeronautical Engineering at University of Bristol, UK.
2004-2006: A Levels: Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Product Design
at King Edward VI Fiveways, Birmingham, UK
June 2012: Multi-body Dynamics in Practical Use. Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland.
March 2012: Introduction to Space Systems Engineering. University of Southampton, ESTEC.
February 2012: Fundamentals of Matlab. MathWorks.
- CATIA, AutoDesk Inventor
- LabView, MATLAB, SimuLink
- Finite Element Analysis: Nastran
- Multi-body Dynamics: DCAP
- Visual Basic
- Linux/Unix OS
- MS Office: Word, PowerPoint, Excel
- English: Mother Tongue
- French, Spanish: Reading - Fair ; Speaking & Writing - Basic
- Dutch: Basic
- Mars Robotic Exploration Program: Concurrent Design Facility study at ESTEC on Sample Return Missions. My responsibilities were design of landing gear and sample return mechanisms.
- Thermal management of carbon composites for space applications (Masters Research project): The purpose of this project was to prove the concept of an integrated cooling system in composite laminates.
- Airbus Fixed-Wing Aircraft Design (3rd Year Group Design Project): The objective was to design all aspects of a new aircraft that would fill a future gap in the market for a medium range, 220-seat civil airliner. My specialisations were concept selection, systems architecture, cockpit design and flight control systems. I presented our proposed design, on behalf of my group, to academics and engineers from Airbus and Rolls Royce.
- Formula Schools: In a group of 4 students from school we designed and built the chassis and body for a remote control car to race against other teams at the Silverstone racetrack. We placed in the top 15 out of over a hundred teams.
- Engineering Education Scheme: A project carried out with graduate engineers at Network Rail, UK to design and test a prototype of a mechanism to enable easy maintenance access for display systems in train stations.
INTERESTS AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
My main interests include rock climbing, flying, astronomy, dancing, theatre and travelling.
- Officer Cadet in Bristol University Air Squadron: Flight training in a single-engine 2-seater light sport aircraft; taking part in leadership activities and adventurous training.
- University of Bristol Mountaineering Club committee (2008-2009): I helped organise climbing expeditions and train new members of the club.
- Volunteer English teacher at schools in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Guangzhou, China (2006-07): In my gap year I travelled around Asia and South America and worked for various NGOs.
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