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     Date Submitted:17-03-2014
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     Current job:PhD Research Student
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsTeam Leader, Systems Engineering, Project Management, Project Coordination
    CV

    Date of Birth               23rd of May 1988

    Citizenship                 British

     

    As of April 2015 I will be seeking employment in an aerospace/space engineering team-lead or systems engineering position. I have been part of various NASA / ESA / CSA projects and expeditions, with particular emphasis on Mars. My multi-disciplinary technical background is focused on the fields of aerospace and space. My international and multicultural exposure has rewarded me with significant leadership and media experience.

     

    Key Technical Skills: systems engineering, optimization, structures, aeroelastics, aerodynamics, composites

     

    EDUCATION

    Ø  PhDAerospace Engineering, University of Bristol, 08/11-01/15: Composite and Morphing Wing Optimisation. My PhD is funded as an Industrial CASE Award by EPSRC and Applied Computing & Engineering Ltd. The work is multi-disciplinary in nature, covering the topics ofaerodynamics, aeroelasticity, aerostructures, composite materials, honeycomb structures, and optimization techniques. I chose the topic specifically for its emphasis on systems engineering, thinking at an all-encompassing level and integrating ideas into a working platform.

     

    Ø  Space Studies Program, International Space University, 06/13-08/13: interdisciplinary program(sponsored by ESA & UKSA). I specialized in Space Policy, Law & Economics, to broaden my outlook of the sector beyond the technical.

     

    Ø  MEng Aerospace Engineering (Hons), University of Liverpool, 09/07-06/11: First-Class degree, top 5% of class of 110. Student Representative for the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and the university Academic Quality & Standards.

     

    Ø  International Baccalaureate, British School of Brussels, 08/05-06/07: Physics, Maths, DT, German, English, Psych.

     

    RELEVANT EMPLOYMENT

    Ø  Part-time Researcher, Applied Computing and Engineering Ltd., 08/11-01/15: software development of MDO package.

     

    Ø  Lab Demonstrator, University of Bristol & Liverpool, 10/11-05/13: Rocket Engine Nozzle Design (yr3 students), Rotor Blade Torsional Vibration (yr2 students), Fluid Mechanics (yr1 students).

     

    Ø  Lecturer, University of Liverpool, 01/12-05/12: Aeroelasticity and NASTRAN to yr3 & yr4 students

     

    NOTABLE PROJECTS & LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

    Ø  Crew Commander on NASA/ESA/CSA Mars Analogue Astronauts Expedition, Mars Desert Research Station, Jan 2014: I was the lead on a highly qualified group of seven scientists, engineers, and astronauts-in-training in a two-week astronauts-on-Mars simulation study. Subjected to psychological, nutritional, and protocol studies. Coordinated two dozen technical projects. Significant PR: TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, public lectures and outreach.

     

    Ø  Team Lead on NASA/ESA/CSA/ISRO/CASC Project, July 2013: one of three team-leads in a highly qualified and international group of 40 that developed a document disseminated to governments, space agencies, industry, and policy makers internationally regarding the risks and mitigation strategies associated with space weather.

     

    Ø  Project Lead on NASA Ames & Inspiration Mars Project, June 2013: lead of ten scientists and engineers that developed a methodology I conceived for reducing astronaut radiation dosages expected for the Inspiration Mars 2018 manned fly-by mission of Mars. I reported directly to the Centre Director of NASA Ames, daily.

     

    Ø  Team Leadon Engineering Enterprise Competition, EngineeringYES, May 2012: pitched projects to VCs.

     

    Ø  Crew Engineer on NASA/ESA Mars Analogue Astronauts Expedition, Mars Desert Research Station, Dec 2011.

     

    Ø  Various Aerodynamics Projects, 09/09-06/13: lead on a Mars UAV design, key role in a NASA-related hybrid heavy-lift air vehicle concept, sailplane wing design, in-depth drag analysis of two formula one aircraft, redesign of a fast-jet trainer wing, redesign of rotor blades on a heavy-lift helicopter to include a BERP.

     

    Ø  Masters’ Dissertation, University of Liverpool, 09/09-06/11: CFD investigation of airflow over a T23 Frigate helicopter landing deck and development of structural modification to modify airflow to broaden operational envelopes of landing helicopters. Finalist for best student dissertation in Northwest Aerospace Alliance Award.

     

    GRANTS & AWARDS

    Ø  University of Bristol Alumni Foundation, 2013: £2k award for public-outreach related activities

    Ø  University of Bristol Faculty of Engineering, 2013: £2k award for ‘early career’ related activities

    Ø  UK Space Agency & European Space Agency, 2013: £16k scholarship to attend International Space University

    Ø  University of Bristol Postgraduate Department, 2013: £1k award for extramural engineering activities

    Ø  University of Liverpool Postgraduate Department, 2012: £1k scholarship for engineering enterprise course

    Ø  University of Liverpool Faculty of Engineering, 2010, Mason-Bibby Award: £2k award to carry out a research

     

     

    LANGUAGE, LABORATORY & IT SKILLS

    Language & Cultural Skills: My first language is English. I can hold a conversation in German. I have limited capabilities in Dutch and Afrikaans. I have resided in Namibia, South Africa, USA, Belgium, and the UK. Such a diverse and intercultural background has gifted me with an ability to quickly adapt in dynamic environments, to take into account cultural differences and communicate well with international individuals and groups.

     

    Laboratory Skills:I am experienced with a wide variety of materials, tools and processing methods including lathes, laser-cutters, vacuum formers, a range of CNC operated machines, 3D printers, and wind-tunnels.

     

    IT Skills:

    Ø  MDO: I am capable with ModelCenter and have experience with theCEASIOM package.

    Ø  FEM/FEA: I am a capable user of: PATRAN,NASTRAN, ProMechanica.

    Ø  I excelled in the Matlab-focused modules (averaging 85% during my studies), and use it in my work.

    Ø  CAD: I am competent in ProEngineerandAutoCAD.

    Ø  CFD Analysis: FLUENT,VSAERO,OpenFOAM,XFoil,VisualFoil,Transfoil,MultiSurf Aero,Spin(w).

    Ø  CFD Grid and Mesh Generation: I am comfortable with:Gambit,SurfGen,TGrid.

    Ø  Other relevant software experience: STK, SPENVIS, and AutoIt

    Ø  Microsoft Office Word,PowerPoint,Project,and Excel, and experienced with the Linux OS.

     

    NOTABLE PUBLICATIONS

     Ø  Morphing is one way to make aircraft more efficient, March 2014, LiveScience, The Conversation, Phys.org

    Ø  “Space research pays for itself, but inspires fewer people”, Feb 2014, Space.com, Phys.org, The Hindu Newspaper

    Ø   “Walking on Mars – in Utah”, Jan 2014, feature article, Spaceflight Magazine.

    Ø  “Topology Optimization & Experimental Validation of 0-ʋ Honeycomb”,Jan 2014, AIAA, SCITECH, USA.

    Ø  “Mars UK Crew: Expedition at MDRS”, Nov 2013, Poster, RAS, Science Enabled by the GER, Meeting, UK.

    Ø  “Boldly Going…”,Nov 2013, feature article, Nonesuch Magazine.

    Ø  “Solar Maximum and Spacecraft Protection”, Sept 2013, 64th IAC, China.

    Ø  “SolarMAX: A Space Weather Survival Guide”, Aug 2013.

    Ø  “Aerodynamic Study of Adaptive Camber-Morphing Wing using 0-ʋHoneycomb”, June 2013, RAeS, IFASD, UK.

    Ø  “Adaptive Camber-Morphing Wing using 0-ʋHoneycomb”, April 2013, AIAA, SDM, USA.

    Ø  “Implications of Natural Dust Cycles of Mars on Solar Powered UAV”, Mar 2013, Conf. Poster, NSPS, UK.

    Ø  “Sono andato su Marte”, Nov 2012, feature article, L’Espresso Magazine.

    Ø  “My Life on Mars”, Oct 2012, feature & cover article, Physics World Magazine.

    Ø  “Adaptive Camber-Morphing Wing using Zero-Poisson’s Ratio Honeycomb”, RAeS, Aug 2012, 3rd ASDC, Netherlands.

     

    PUBLIC & MEDIA EXPERIENCE

    Ø  Dozen television interviews with CNN, BBC2, BBC News, ITV News, Space.com. e.g. http://tinyurl.com/oz55sp3

    Ø  Half a dozen radio interviews with the likes of BBC Radio and Heart Radio. e.g. http://youtu.be/qvowHcA4fVc

    Ø  Keynote speaker at Atlas Capital Centre, Montenegro, televised inaugural lecture on the importance of space, 2013.

    Ø  Invited speaker for UKSEDS World Space Week event, 2013: http://youtu.be/3yPwSeBTg1I

    Ø  Invited to give a TEDx talk on the future of bio-inspired flight, 2012: http://youtu.be/8HGczYNFmfk

    Ø  Invited seminar speaker at OU Planetary Science, Milton Keynes, to talk on The Potential Mars holds for Humanity

    Ø  Written feature articles in more than a two dozen newspapers and magazines.

     

    OTHER INTERESTS

    I often give seminars and public lectures: on topics ranging from how biology is inspiring the next generation of aircraft design, to the steps that need to be taken for human exploration of Mars, to the history of science through classical Greek civilisation. I enjoy reading the likes of Bronowski, Sagan, Feynman, Russell. Co-authoring book, “The Life of Scientists”.

     

    I am a fitness enthusiast: I have won gold medals at a national level in swimming and rugby; and havecompleted a four-day march with Royal Marine Commando Officers in training, covering 182 miles. I strive to challenge myself to the extremes - in mid-2013 I conducted a two-week solo hiking expedition through high arctic tundraat 800 latitude, several hundred miles from the North Pole, in the archipelago of Svalbard. With disorientating snow storms, 24 hours daylight a day, the constant threat of polar bears, and temperatures consistently dropping to below -300C.

     

    REFERENCES

     

    Contact details on request:

     

    Prof. J.E. Cooper               Relation: Academic Supervisor through undergraduate and PhD

                                                          Position: Airbus Sir George White Chair of Aerospace Engineering, University of Bristol

                                                          Contact: j.e.cooper(at)bristol.ac.uk  

         

    Prof. S. P. Worden             Relation: Director of projects I led at ISU and regular contact for last six months

                                                          Position: Centre Director, NASA Ames

    Contact: pete.worden(at)nasa.gov                                    

     

    Mr. A. Mosquera                Relation: Industrial Supervisor through PhD

                                                          Position: Manager of Design Services, Applied Computing & Engineering Ltd.

                                                          Contact: anthony.mosquera(at)acel.co.uk


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