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     Date Submitted:04-08-2014
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    Job information
     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystems Engineer Mission Design Constellations Mechanical
    CV
    I am a motivated individual in the final year of study for a PhD. I have three years of industry experience and a Masters Degree in Aerospace Engineering. My career objective is to be part of a dedicated team that solves difficult problems using novel methods.
     
    Key Skills
    Satellite networks
    Space Systems Engineering
    Mechanical Design
    Design for Manufacture
    EMITS, ECSS & ESA project experience
    CubeSat Systems
    Matlab, CAD, MBSE, Microsoft Office
     
    Professional
    Member of the IET
    Student Affiliate of the RAeS
    English (native speaker)
    German (A1 – CEFR)
     
    Personal
    Married 
    Full driving license
     
    Career & Education
     
    University of Strathclyde & Clyde Space Ltd - PhD Researcher (Sep ‘11 – Present)
    The aim of my research is to investigate modern approaches to mission design of large space networks (multiple space vehicles and ground nodes) and introduce novel methods to quantify performance of the system. Specific application to nano-satellites is considered, owing to the promise they show with regard to mass manufacture and deployment. I have developed computational models to verify the methods being examined.
     
    Technical University of Munich - Visiting Researcher (Sep ‘14 – Jan ‘15)
    I will spend the final 4 months of 2014 at the Institute for Astronautics, Technical University of Munich (TUM), under the supervision of DLR Astronaut Prof. Ulrich Walter for part of my PhD studies. My objectives during this time are to finalise my PhD research and gain insight and knowledge from an exciting new team of researchers.
     
    Clyde Space Ltd - Simulation Engineer (Sep ‘11 – Jul ‘14)
    I developed numerical simulation models to help with ground station pass planning, energy collection verification and flight behaviour validation as contribution towards Scotland’s first satellite, UKube1. My models are also being used in support of future Clyde Space projects, such as the PICASSO satellite.
     
    INCOSE - SSWG - Team Contributor (Oct ‘12 – Present)
    I am an active member of the INCOSE Space Systems Working Group (SSWG), who are developing a generalised CubeSat system architecture in support of project model-based systems engineering (MBSE).
     
    REXUS – StrathSat-R - Mechanical Engineer (Dec ‘11 – May ‘14)
    I was part of the design and development team for the StrathSat-R experiment on the Rocket Experiments for University Students (REXUS) programme - an ESA/DLR-funded sounding rocket launch opportunity. StrathSat-R was an experiment comprising two ejectable payloads (CubeSats) that included inflatable structures for use as potential de-orbit devices.
     
    Hi-SEAS Mission - Mission Support (Jun ‘12 – Aug ‘13)
    I was a reserve crew member and member of the mission support team during the 1st Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Hi-SEAS) study, in 2013. Hi-SEAS is a food study, which aims to identify the psychological and physiological effects of applying different food types during long duration space missions, such as future Mars missions. The practicalities of the study take the form of 4, 6, 8 & 12 month periods of isolation for a team of 6, in a Martian-like habitat on the saddle plain between Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa, Hawai’i.
     
    Magna Parva Ltd - Design Engineer (Sep ‘08 - Aug ‘11)
    My efforts were focused on the challenging task of concept-to-flight design engineering for innovative space science payloads as part of a small team. Activities included mechanical and thermal analysis, test campaign planning and implementation, design for manufacture, system verification and document writing. Project examples include the Life Marker Chip (ExoMars), the Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer (MIXS) (BepiColombo), the Remote Interface Unit Structure (BepiColombo) and a Miniature Release Mechanism (internal patented project).
     
    Southampton University Air Squadron (AuxRAF) - Officer Cadet (Nov ‘04 - Aug ‘08)
    During my time in the RAF Air Squadron at Southampton University, I took part in numerous leadership and team-building activities, between which I learned the basics of flying, sailing and other adventurous training activities. I was the Sports Representative of the Executive Committee in 06/07 and the Adventurous Training representative in 07/08, for which I developed and executed the sport and AT programme for the squadron.
     
    University of Southampton - Bachelors/Masters Student (Oct ‘04 - Jun ‘08)
    MEng (1st Class honors) in Aerospace Engineering - specialising in Astronautics.
    Main areas of study: Spacecraft Systems Engineering, Celestial Mechanics, Space Mission Design, Structures, Optimisation, Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Materials, Aerodynamics, Computing and Mathematics.
     
    Academy of Contemporary Music BTEC Dip. - Student (Sep ‘03 - Jun ‘04)
    BTEC Diploma (distinction) in Music Production, from the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, UK.
     
    The Norton Knatchbull School - Student (Sep ’96 – Jul ‘03)
    A Level: Maths (A), Physics (A), Music (C), AS Level: Business Studies (B)
    GCSE: 9 (All A-C, including Maths, Double Science and English)
     
    Publications
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., “Rapid Model-based Inter-Disciplinary Design of a CubeSat Mission”, Acta Astronautica, (in review)
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S., “Parametric CubeSat flight simulation architecture”, 64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, 2013
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S., “Through-life modeling of nano-satellite power system dynamics”, 64th International Astronautical Congress, Beijing, 2013
    Lowe, C., Macdonald, M., Greenland, S., “Charybdis The Next Generation in Ocean Colour and Biogeochemical Remote Sensing”, 26th Annual AIAA/USU Small Satellite Conference, Logan, UT, 2012.
    In addition I have been co-author in a further four conference publications between 2012 and 2014.
     
    Awards & Scholarships
    EPSRC/Clyde Space iCASE PhD studentship Sep ‘11 £58,270
    Royal Society of Edinburgh J M Lessells Travel Scholarship May ‘14 £5000
    University of Glasgow & Strathclyde Mac Robertson Travel Scholarship Jun ‘14 £3950
    Institute of Mechanical Engineers Thomas Andrew Common Grant Aug ‘13 £750
    Royal Aeronautical Society Aerospace Speakers Travel Grant Aug ‘12 £500
    International Astronautical Federation Hans Von Muldau (best team project) Oct ‘13 Award
     
    Hobbies and Interests 
    Climbing: I enjoy climbing of all kinds; summer, winter, sport, traditional, bouldering, indoor and outdoor. In support of this, I like to stay healthy by running, swimming and cycling.
    Flying I have logged over 50 hours in command of light aircraft and hold a Private Pilot’s License. 
    Sailing I enjoy both dinghy and yacht sailing and hold RYA Day Skipper (practical) and Yacht Master Coastal (theory) qualifications.


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