PhD aerospace engineer with extensive NDT and automotive industry experience
PROFESSIONAL AND ACADEMIC RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
01/2010 – 05/2013 (expected) PhD in Engineering, Cardiff University, UK
· Developed prototype of power transmission system which uses ultrasonic waves travelling through aircraft skin in order to power wireless structural health monitoring sensors on wings.
· Project specification and sponsorship by Airbus UK and Cardiff University, evolved from power source requirements for sensor nodes in SHeMS project.
· Experience in: definition of system architecture based on experimental and theoretical findings, choice of optimally performing components, AC electric power measurement in the kHz frequency range using digital equipment, characterisation of piezoelectric transducers, data processing and circuit simulation using Matlab, ultrasonic wave imaging using scanning laser vibrometer, academic writing and presentation, liaising with industrial partner.
05/2004 – 09/2007 and
10/2008 – 01/2010 Product Engineer, Delphi Automotive, Krakow, Poland
· Managed development of shock absorber internal components in a major customer programme (BMW X5, X6). Cooperated with suppliers of these components. Devised and executed testing plans for prototype parts. Coordinated timely introduction of this project into mass production achieving required low reject rate.
· Liaised with engineers of customer companies throughout product development.
· Led project teams dealing with supplier changes and product redesign. Supervised work of laboratory technicians and production plant workers during trial production runs.
· Experience in specification, design, testing, materials and manufacturing processes of shock absorber valves, damper oil, moulded rubber oil seals, sliding bearings, sintered metal components, PTFE components, coil springs.
06/2008 – 02/2009 Consultant Engineer, Paramata, Cambridge, UK
· Advised start-up company on aerospace applications of their innovative non-destructive composite material testing technology and engineering-specific aspects of product development. Carried out market analysis and patent search. Identified strengths and weaknesses of the technology.
10/2007 – 07/2008 MPhil in Micro- and Nanotechnology Enterprise, University of Cambridge, UK
· Modules in: MEMS, nanotechnology, biotechnology, management, start-up company operation.
· Thesis: Analysis of energy dissipation mechanisms in vibrating MEMS devices. Compiled a large set of published experimental data and results of Simulink model in order to highlight directions of development needing further attention.
10/1998 – 04/2004 MSc Mechanical Engineering and Machine Building,
specialising in aerospace engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
· Thesis: Used PATRAN / NASTRAN software to model heat exchange in thrust vectoring assembly of spacecraft ion engine and proposed design which prevented overheating.
04/2003 – 09/2003 NUPACE exchange programme student, Nagoya University, Japan
· Completed courses in Japanese language and Japanese studies. Attended lectures in production methodologies given by speakers from Toyota, Yamaha and Denso.
10/2002 – 01/2003 ERASMUS exchange student, Kingston University, UK
· Completed final year project of the BSc in Aerospace Engineering course: created a preliminary design of an embedded micromechanical system for thrust vector control in an ion thruster. Supervised by dr. Chris Welch and Nicolas Leveque.
SELECTED UNIVERSITY PROJECTS AND INTERNSHIPS
12/2007 – 03/2008 Cambridge i-Teams project
· With a team of students defined applications for a CMOS aerodynamic shear stress sensor invented at Cambridge University. Carried out market research, contacted multiple companies in the aerospace and automotive sectors.
03/2002 – 08/2002 Design project and internship at Space Research Centre, Warsaw
· Designed mechanical ground support equipment for assembly of Planck spacecraft High Frequency Instrument.
· Shadowed engineers who developed penetrator device for Rosetta lander and Fourier spectrometers for Mars and Venus Express. Learned about typical challenges of design for vacuum environment. Prepared literature search report on reaction wheel designs.
· A. Kural, R. Pullin, K. Holford, J. Lees, J. Naylon, C. Paget, and C. Featherston, “Design and Characterization of an Ultrasonic Lamb Wave Power Delivery System,” Accepted for publication in IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control, 2013.
· R. Pullin, M. J. Eaton, M. R. Pearson, C. Featherston, J. Lees, J. Naylon, A. Kural, D. J. Simpson, and K. Holford, “On the Development of a Damage Detection System using Macro-fibre Composite Sensors,” Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 382, p. 012049, Aug. 2012.
· A. Kural, N. Leveque, C. Welch, and P. Wolanski, “Design of an ion thruster movable grid thrust vectoring system,” Acta Astronautica, vol. 55, no. 3–9, pp. 421–432, Aug. 2004.
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION
· IMechE Chartered Engineer – expected (interview attended in April 2013)
· Shainin Red X Apprentice - certificate in engineering problem solving methodology
· Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing according to ASME 14.5
· Programming in Matlab and Excel VBA
· LISA finite difference method ultrasound simulation software
· Unigraphics, PATRAN/NASTRAN, Mathcad (used for dissertation work at Warsaw)
· Native Polish, fluent English and German, basic Japanese
· Snowboarding, rowing, hiking, travel, live music
References available on request
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