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     Date Submitted:31-10-2013
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     Current job:PhD Researcher (space structures)
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpace Structures, Project Management, Experiments
    CV

    Nationality:        German

     

    EDUCATION:     

    2010-2013           Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK

                                    PhD-Candidate, started in October 2010, expected graduation in November 2013

    Topic: "Smart Deployable Space Structures"

    Advisors:              Dr. Massimiliano Vasile, Prof. Colin McInnes

     

    2012                       International Space University Space Studies Program (ISU SSP), Melbourne, Florida, USA

    4th of June – 3rd of August 2012,Florida Institute of Technology / Kennedy Space Center, Florida, USA

    Department: Space Applications, Team Project: Space Debris Mitigation and Removal

     

    2008-2010            University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

                                    Master of Science with Honors in Aerospace Engineering, June 2010 – GPA: 3.88/4.00

    Thesis: "Development of an Adaptive Flap/Flaperon Flight Control System with Shape Memory Alloy Actuation"

    Advisor:                Dr. Ron Barrett

     

    2004-2008            University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany

    Intermediate Diploma (two years, 2004-2006) plus an additional 2 years of advanced study in Aerospace Engineering (until 2008), similar to Bachelor of Science

    Specialization in the fields of Lightweight Structures and Space System Design

     

     

    WORK   EXPERIENCE:

    2012-2013           iSEDE Experiment: Inflatable Satellite Encompassing Disaggregated Electronics, UK

    Project manager and technical supervisor for multidisciplinary international student team

    Experiment was flown onboard BEXUS (Balloon EXperiments for University Students) in Oct 2013

     

    2013                       Wideband Ionospheric Sounder CubeSat Experiment (WISCER), UK

                                   Funded by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) with University of Birmingham          

                    System engineer to design and simulate a conical inflatable antenna deployed from cube satellites

                                   

    2011-2013            StrathSat-R Experiment: Ejecting two cube satellites from sounding rocket in micro gravity, UK

                                    Lead system engineer for SAM cube satellite deploying adaptive inflating structure

                                    Launched onboard REXUS13 (Rocket EXperiments for University Students) in May 2013

     

    2012                       UK Space Agency Study: CubeSat Low Cost Inter-Orbit Transfer Demonstrator, UK

                    Main system engineer and principle investigator on inflatable structure deployment (solar sail) 

                   

    2010-2013            Suaineadh Experiment: Deployment of spin stabilized space web in micro gravity, UK & Sweden

    Team leader and project manager responsible for coordinating researchers and students in Scotland and Sweden to successfully launch experiment onboard REXUS12 on 19th of March 2012

     

    2009                       CRESIS all composite UAV, University of Kansas, USA

                 Manufactured parts for the MERIDIAN UAV airplane, one of the largest UAV airplanes in the world

                 built by an university, tooling and prepreg /wet lay up of carbon- and glass epoxy composite parts

     

    2006                       EADS ASTRIUM, Ottobrunn, Germany

                                    Undergraduate Intern, developed and specified test procedures for GPS receiver of earth

                     observation satellite TerraSAR.

    WORKSHOPS:  

    2011                       BUAA International Graduate Summer School in Aeronautics and Astronautics

                                    Beihang University, Beijing, China, 10 – 23 July 2011

    Two week course with 80 international and 80 Chinese students consisting of lectures and workshops in the field of aeronautics and astronautics

     

    2010                       Space Station Design Workshop

    Institute of Space Systems (IRS), University of Stuttgart, Germany, 25 – 30 July 2010

    Interdisciplinary program of lectures and practical design work in a team-centered environment. Topics covered include exploration mission analyses, spacecraft and space design as well as utilization aspects, system engineering, and subsystem technologies

     

     

    AWARDS & PRIZES:        

    2012                 Hans von Muldau Team Award at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2012, Naples, Italy

    “StrathSat-R: Deploying Inflatable Cubesat Structures in Micro Gravity”, IAC-12-E2.3.7

     

    2011                       Excellent Student Prizeof the International Graduate Summer School in Aeronautics and

    Astronautics for outstanding performance in the academic exchange, Beihang University, Beijing, China

     

    2010                       NASA Team Science Awardfor outstanding achievement in human and robotic scientific investigation of Near-Earth Asteroids, Space Station Design Workshop, Stuttgart, Germany

     

    2010                       M.Sc. with Honors, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

     

     

    SKILLS: 

    Software             LS-DYNA, ANSYS, CATIA V5, Solid Works, Patran/Nastran, GAMBIT/FLUENT, LabView, Matlab, Microsoft Project,  Excel, Word, Power Point

     

    Language            Fluent in German and English, basic understanding in French

     

     

    VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE:           

    2011                       Space Ambassador, ISEB (International Space Education Board) program, 3-7 October 2011

                                    International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

                                    Outreach event for local South African school children to foster dialogue and connection among members of the next generation of space leaders.

     

    2009                       New International Orientation, University of Kansas, August 2009

                    Assisted 330 new international students during their first days at the university

     

    2006                       FIFA Soccer World Cup 2006 in Germany, June and July 2006

    Communicated with people of different cultural background and guided them through Stuttgart (host city)

     

    ACTIVITIES:        

    2013 -                   IET (The Institution for Engineering and Technology)

    2012 -                   AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum

    2011 -                   StrathSEDS (SEDS (Students for the Exploration and Development of Space) subdivision of UKSEDS at the University of Strathclyde,)

    2008 -                    AIAA (American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics)

    2008 - 2010          Treasurer AAS KU (American Astronautic Society, University of Kansas (KU))

    2008 - 2010          XBS (eXperimental Balloon Society, University of Kansas) 

    2005 -                    DGLR (Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt)


    PUBLICATIONS:               

                                  

     

    “iSEDE Demonstrator on High Altitude Balloon BEXUS: Inflatable Satellite Encompassing Disaggregated Electronics”,IAC-13-E2.3, 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013, 23 – 27 October 2013, Beijing, China

                                  

    “Lessons Learned from three University Experiments onboard the REXUS/BEXUS Sounding Rockets and Stratospheric Balloons”,IAC-13-D1.5.3, 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013, 23 – 27 October 2013, Beijing, China

     

    “Inflatable Shape Changing Colonies Assembling Versatile Smart Space Structures”, IAC-13-C2.5.2, 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013, 23 – 27 October 2013, Beijing, China

     

    “Ejection and Recovery System for Cubesat Sized Ejectables on Sounding Rockets”, IAC-13-A2.3.3, 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013, 23 – 27 October 2013, Beijing, China

     

    “Artificial Meteor Showers as an Example for a Secondary Business Case for Active Debris Removal”, IAC-13-D4.P.2, 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2013, 23 – 27 October 2013, Beijing, China

     

    “Lessons Learned from REXUS12’s Suaineadh Experiment: Spinning Deployment of a Space Web in Milli Gravity”, A-162, 21st ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, 9-14 June 2013, Thun, Switzerland

     

    “StrathSat-R: Deploying Inflatable Structures from Cubesats in Milli Gravity”, A-158, 21st ESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes and Related Research, 9-14 June 2013, Thun, Switzerland

     

    “ISU Team Project: An Integral View on Space Debris Mitigation and Removal”,6th European Conference on Space Debris,  22-25 April 2013, ESA/ESOC Darmstadt, Germany

     

    “Bio-inspired Programmable Matter for Space Applications”, IAC-12-C2.5.1, 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2012, 1 – 5 October 2012, Naples, Italy

     

    “Results of REXUS12’s Suaineadh Experiment: Deployment of a Spinning Space Web in Micro Gravity Conditions”, IAC-12-A2.3.15, 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2012, 1 – 5 October 2012, Naples, Italy

     

    “Space Debris Removal Using Self-inflating Adaptive Membrane”, IAC-12-A6.5.27, 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2012, 1 – 5 October 2012, Naples, Italy

     

    “StrathSat-R: Deploying Inflatable Cubesat Structures in Micro Gravity”, IAC-12-E2.3.7, 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2012, 1 – 5 October 2012, Naples, Italy

     

    “ISU Team Project: Space Debris Mitigation and Removal”, IAC-12-A6.6.8, 63rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2012, 1 – 5 October 2012, Naples, Italy

     

    “Inflatable Structures for Mars Base 10”, AIAA 2012-3557, 42nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES) 2012, 15 - 19 July 2012, San Diego, California, USA

     

    “Design and Development of Deployable Self-inflating Adaptive Membrane”,AIAA-2012-1517, 13th AIAA Gossamer Systems Forum as part of 53rd Structures, Structural Dynamics, and Materials and Co-located Conferences, 23 - 26 April 2012, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

     

    REXUS 12 Suaineadh Experiment: Deployment of a web in microgravity conditions using centrifugal forces”, IAC-11.A2.3.7, 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2011, 3 – 7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

     

    “Deployment Simulation of Very Large Inflatable Tensegrity Reflectors”, IAC-11.C2.2.10, 62nd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2011, 3 – 7 October 2011, Cape Town, South Africa

     

    “Design, Manufacturing and Test of a High Lift Secondary Flight Control Surface with SMAPBP (Shape Memory Alloy Post-buckled Precompressed) actuators”,Paper SMASIS2010-3681, ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems Conference 2010, 29 September – 1  October 2010, Philadelphia, PA, United States

     

    “Shape memory alloy post buckled precompressed (SMAPBP) actuator concepts and theory”,Paper 7643-7, SPIE (international society for optics and photonics) Smart Structures and Materials Conference 2010, 7 - 11 March 2010, San Diego, CA, United States


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