I have over 10 years experience in mechanical engineering design and analysis, which includes 7 years developing highly complex and bespoke space systems and sub-systems for private and government organisations. I consider myself to be a highly analytical person with strong organisational and people skills. I am experienced in team leadership and management. I am a focused pro-active person who takes ownership of project requirements to deliver professional high quality solutions. My goal is to advance my career by working in a more challenging technical management role, leveraging my skills, knowledge and experience gained in the space sector in the successful delivery of engineering systems and products.
Management / leadership: Engineering team leadership and management, resource planning, project costing, proposal reviewing, recruitment, personnel development and mentoring, client interfacing, project de-risking and sub-contract technical management.
Technical: Spacecraft systems engineering, space product lifecycle management, opto-mechanical engineering, mechanical design, structural design, thermal design, vibration testing, data analysis, FEA and CAD
Software: MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Project; FEA: Msc.Patran / Msc.Nastran, Solidworks simulation and ANSYS; Dynamic analysis: Msc.Adams and SmartOffice; CAD: Solid Edge and Solidworks; Data management: SmarTeam
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (Surrey Research Park, Guildford, UK)
Opto-Mechanical Systems/ AIV Team Leader, 2011 – present
§ Managing a team of opto-mechanical engineers supporting several major earth observation projects for private and government customers.
§ Resource allocation, planning and project costing.
§ Staff performance reviews, coaching, development and recruitment.
§ Technical oversight of key issues and design reviews.
§ Driving the development of spacecraft earth observation opto-mechanical systems.
§ Presenting project information and engineering progress to customers as required.
§ Daily interfacing with project managers, team leaders, group leaders and customers to coordinate project requirements and resolve technical challenges.
Senior Opto-Mechanical Engineer, 2007 – 2011
§ Technical lead and work package manager for the design, assembly, integration and qualification testing of a thermal infrared imager, as part of the Earth Explorer Mission for the European Space Agency.
§ Technical sub-contract manager for the delivery of a blackbody temperature referencing sub-system used on a thermal infrared imager. Key tasks included assessing progress, reviewing the document data pack at project review stages, as well as providing regular feedback, steering technical solutions and ensuring compliance to the requirements specification.
§ Managed the full product lifecycle development of a multi-spectral imager system structural model as part of the instrument and spacecraft structural integrity de-risking. This included a significant amount of the scheduling, resource planning, design, FEA, product manufacture support, integration and test support work. I also managed the delivery of the end item data pack as part of the structural model product closeout and compiled the structural model requirements specification document.
§ Responsible for the design and analysis of several mechanical sub-systems for the NigeriaSat-2 project. I also performed the assembly, integration and testing of the imager focusing sub-systems and supported the flight imager vibration testing.
Sunspace & Information Systems(Techno-Park, Stellenbosch, W.Cape, RSA)
Mechanical Engineer, 2006 – 2007
§ Responsible for the spacecraft level FEA to interrogate the structural design for strength, dynamic behaviour and random vibration response.
§ Designed a propulsion system supporting structure for a satellite using FEA.
§ Managed a mass model satellite design project through to product realization.
§ Managed the mass properties testing of a satellite flight model.
CAE-Centre for Automotive Engineering(Atlantis, W.Cape, RSA)
Design & Analysis Engineer, 2002 – 2006
§ FEA and design of test equipment for automotive and marine industry.
§ Designed a catamaran hydrofoil-assisted composite boat structure according to DNV shipping standards of practice.
§ FEA of a hydrofoil structural design for a 60-foot passenger catamaran using FEA software.
§ Engineered and integrated a measurement device for testing the performance of a model surface piercing propeller and rudder system.
University of Stellenbosch(Stellenbosch, W.Cape, RSA)
Master of Science in Engineering (MscEng), 2001 – 2002
§ Graduated with distinction (cum laude)
§ Thesis: “Thermal Management and Control of Space Satellite Systems and Subsystems in Orbit”. I developed a finite difference thermal model of South Africa’s first space satellite and performed an in-depth study of the thermal performance of the satellite for different modes of operation in space.
Bachelor of Engineering (BEng, Mechanical), 1997 – 2000
§ Awarded prize for best final year project in thermodynamics
§ Final year class representative
Stanger High School (Stanger, Kwa-Zulu Natal, RSA)
§ Graduated with A aggregate, December 1996
§ Awarded prize for being top final year student
Courses and conferences
§ International Conferences for Space Optics (ICSO), Ajaccio, 2012
§ Managing Your Team Effectively, Surrey, 2012
§ Effective Time Management, Surrey, 2012
§ Spacecraft Systems Engineering Short Course, University of Surrey, 2010
§ Short course: Ship Design, University of Stellenbosch, 2004
§ Building Better Products with Finite Element Analysis, Vince Adams, Gauteng 2004
§ Co-author: “Thermal management of SUNSAT”, Journal of Energy in Southern Africa, Vol. 15, No.1, February 2004
§ I am currently the business connection forum representative for the Optical Payload Group and act as mediator to resolve staff concerns at director level.
§ I am in the process of applying for my Chartered Engineering Certification with IMechE.
§ In my spare time, I enjoy photography, cooking and running.
§ English (fluent), Afrikaans (semi-fluent), German (basic), French (basic)
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