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     Date Submitted:26-11-2013
     Last Modified:27-11-2013 (09:52)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD Research Student (Hybrid Propulsion Transfer)
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsProfessional, Applied Mathematics, Mission Analysis and Design, Trajectory Design

    Current Position

    PhD Student

    October 2010 – Present: Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

    Project Title: Design of Novel Hybrid Propulsion transfers

    Through my research I have developed a novel hybrid propulsion transfer and optimisation methodology. I have gained experience in modelling and optimising high and low-thrust transfers, both analytically and numerically. I have also applied the hybrid transfer to several relevant transfers, primarily LEO/GTO - GEO transfers, for medium to large satellite platforms (1000 – 8000 kg) with current and near-term propulsion systems. This has particularly focussed on the new Alphabus satellite specification due to its use of high and low-thrust propulsion systems. The transfer has demonstrated significant improvements in fuel mass compared to conventional high-thrust transfers (Hohmann and bi-elliptic) and, due to its definition, will also reduce radiation loads on a spacecraft compared to current hybrid and low-thrust transfers. Through this project I have gained experience in mission analysis, guidance and navigation of spacecraft. I have also learnt to manage all aspects of a project through experience and a formal professional project management qualification I have gained (CAPM).

    ·         Publications

    o    Analogy to Bi-Elliptic Transfers Incorporating High- and Low-Thrust, Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, Vol.36, No.3(2013), pp. 890-894,doi: 10.2514/1.57917

    o    A Novel Approach to Hybrid Propulsion Transfers, IAC, Cape Town, South Africa, October 3rd – 7th, 2011

    o    An Extension and Numerical Analysis of the Hohmann Spiral Transfer, IAC, Naples, Italy, October 1st – 5th, 2012

    o    Hohmann Spiral Transfer With Inclination Change Performed By Low-Thrust System,Presented at the AIAA Spaceflight Mechanics, Kauai, Hawaii, USA, February 10th  – 14th, 2013

    o    Novel numerical optimisation of the Hohmann Spiral Transfer. IAC, China, September 23rd – 27th, 2013


    2004 – 2009: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland

    Masters with Distinction in Aero-Mechanical Engineering (MEng: IMechE & RAeS Accredited)

    Core Subjects Studied:            Machine/Structural Dynamics; Thermodynamics and Fluid Mechanics; Aerodynamic Propulsion & Performance; Spaceflight Mechanics; Systems and Control;


    2007 – Jan to June: Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden

    ERASMUS student exchange programme which helped broaden my engineering knowledge and experience.

    Professional Development

    ·         Further Qualifications

    o    Certified Associate of Project Management (CAPM)

    ·         Professional Courses Attended

    o     Project Management, Risk Management, Technology Commercialisation and New Business Development

    ·         Technical Skills

    o    Competent with all Microsoft packages

    o    Proficient and Experienced in several engineering programmes including MATLAB, ANSYS, Pro Engineer (Finite Element Analysis) and MathCAD

    o    Problem Solving and Experimental Techniques

    o    I hold a full UK driving license with no convictions

    ·         Awards/Achievements

    o    First Strathclyde student to pass CAPM examination

    o    Selected by University for video case study – The Professional Researcher

    o    Awarded travel grants to attend overseas conferences by Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET)[x1],Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE)[x2]/European Space Agency (ESA)[x1]/Royal Aeronautical Society(RaeS)[x1]

    o    Mentored first UK student team to win prestigious ESA’s CanSAT competition

    ·         Professional Memberships

    o    Member of IMechE, RaeS and IET

    o    Ambassador for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and IMechE campaigns

    Past Work Experience

    Strathclyde University

    Tutoring and Lecturing Position

    Glasgow, Scotland, Dates: October 2010 – Present


    Alongside my PhD I am also responsible for tutoring and lecturing undergraduate classes. Through this I have gained fantastic experience in communicating complex ideas and helping the students learn and use complex engineering theory for ‘real-life’ engineering problems. Classes involved: Systems Engineering, FEA, Matlab, MathCAD


    Weir Services – Power and Industrial Division

    Graduate Placement

    Alloa, Scotland, Dates: June 2009 – September 2009


    During this placement I gained exposure to Lean principles and implemented a total planned maintenance schedule to capture maintenance costs and improve machine reliability; ultimately improving the performance of the service centre. I worked directly with management and workshop personnel in this role, allowing further development of my teamwork and communication skills while also gaining experience of working to strict project deadlines.



    ·         At the advanced space concepts laboratory, we develop ideas as part of a small team and then share them amongst the whole department at a weekly colloquia. This encourages great teamwork and allows ideas to be developed to their full potential.

    ·         While studying in Sweden, I embraced the opportunity to train with the Swedish Military for a course in Arctic Survival. Out of my comfort zone and the only native English speaker, I was tasked with communicating the group orders among all members in a task in which we had to construct a snow-hole to spend the night.


    ·         I have gained presentation experience from several situations: presenting my research/work to fellow colleagues, experts in the industry at conferences and engineering management through my industry placements.

    ·         While on placement at Weir Services. I was the main link between management and workshop personnel for my project. I had to ensure both parties knew exactly what to do at every stage of the project.


    ·         In 2011, a few friends and I entered an engineering TV show broadcast on a UK satellite TV channel, Sky 1, named Safebreakers. I was appointed team captain and was responsible for organising the team, making critical design decisions and ensuring we stayed within the budget. This was a novel management experience for me and required quick, clear and effective thinking which I believe I demonstrated as we went on to beat our competitors and additionally, win the grand prize of £5000 with a superb end of series episode.


    I enjoy keeping up to date with current affairs: specifically technology innovation in engineering and business news. I also have a love to learn new skills which is why I pursued a PhD and I hope to continue you this throughout my career. Personally, I am a highly motivated and active person and enjoy competing in many different activities. These include Football, Mountain-biking, Running, Squash and Winter Sports. I have completed a marathon, several half-marathons, a seven hour endurance mountain-biking race and several triathlons. I have also represented both my local club and county in national golf competitions. I believe my participation and high level of performance in these competitions highlights my determination and commitment to any challenge I take on. I enjoy experiencing new cultures and environments and have travelled through South East Asia and worked and lived in both Australia and New Zealand which I think demonstrates my flexibility and adaptability. 

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