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     Date Submitted:30-04-2015
     Last Modified:19-05-2017 (12:04)
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     Current job:Research Assistant at University of Southampton
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsA recent graduate from University of Southampton, MEng Space Systems Engineering. Specialising in space propulsion, I have gained valuable experience in developing and testing of novel propulsion systems and catalysts, and accompanying testing facility
    CV

     

    Education

    ▪ MEng Space Systems Engineering 

    -2010 - 2014▪ University of Southampton, UK, achieved: 2.1 Honours

    ▪ Bachelor of Engineering in Automatics

    - 2000 - 2006▪ Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

    ▪ Electronics and Computing Systems  

    - 1995 - 2000▪ Technical High School, Kazanlak, Bulgaria

     

     Relevant Experience

    Young Graduate Trainee at ESA-ESTEC, Propulsion Engineering Section (TEC-MPC)

    1 July 2016 – till 31 June 2017

    Preliminary Geometrical Design and Performance Estimation of Turbopump for Liquid Rocket Engine, implemented in Matlab (GUI)

    Green Propellants Capability-test rig development for chemical compatibility testing and stress corrosion cracking

     

    Research Assistant to Dr Graham Roberts and Prof.  A. Musker

    13 April 2015 – 10 July  2015 University of Southampton,collaboration with SSTL

     Development and testing of a 1N monopropellant thruster – UK Space Agency funded project

     - Catalyst manufacturing - Test rig modifications and construction - Data Acquisition and Analysis

     

    ▪ Summer Internship, supervised by Dr Graham Roberts and Prof.  A. Musker

    July 2014 – September  2014 University of Southampton 

     Testing of novel catalyst bed for rocket thrusters - ESA funded, University of Birmingham collaboration  

     - Individually preparing, performing and recording data for part of the tests -  Developing CAD drawings required for precise machining of the rocket thruster

     

    Summer Internship, supervised by Dr Adrian Tatnall

    June 2012 – August  2012 University of Southampton                   

     - Designing a 3D spacecraft model for a Saturn Ring Explorer Mission - Science Case Study

     - Developing a geometrical performance of MetOp-SG’s Microwave Imager and a Microwave Sounder  

     

    Research Assistant to Dr Zhe Zhang

    October 2010 – May 2011 University of Southampton

     

    Other Work

    Sales Assistant-customer service

    July  2011 – May 2016    Cotswold Outdoor(one of the biggest retailers in the outdoor industry )

    received numerous customer recommendations

     

    TVStudio Assistant

    March2005 – September 2010 Nova TV(one of the largest TV company in Bulgaria )   

      - Responsible for preparing, operating and setting up equipment at the TV studio  

      - Coordinating the organization during a live TV broadcast, taking sole responsibility at every part

     

    Relevant Modules and Projects

    Group Design Project  ▪ Rocket Testing Facility▪

    The aim of the SSTL funded project was to design, build and test an on-campus facility for testing small, liquid or hybrid (solid/liquid) rocket thruster systems, including the hybrid engine. Successful tests of the system were conducted and results presented in Space Propulsion 2014, Cologne, Germany, “Development of a small-scale hybrid thruster using hydrogen peroxide as the oxidiser”, Dr G.T. Roberts, University of Southampton.

    Summer Internship-2014▪ Testing of Novel Catalyst Bed for Rocket Thrusters▪    

    ESA funded and with collaboration of the University of Birmingham, novel catalyst bed was tested using an on- campus test facility, previously developed for testing monopropellant and hybrid rocket engines. The conducted tests investigated the decomposition and structural performance of the novel catalyst in a monoprop. thruster.

    Individual Project  ▪ Transverse Halo Orbit Ring about the Earth ▪

    This study dealt with the initial conditions required for situating a swarm of satellites with high area-to-mass ratio into stable transverse halo orbits. The natural drift from the polar orbit position allow designing a mission for Sun power extraction and transmission to the dark side of the Earth.

    Concurrent Design for Space Applications

    Understanding the concept of concurrent spacecraft engineering. Investigating a mission to the Moon and identifying the key design drivers and alternative design concepts. Presenting an integrated approach to the total systems design by providing insight into how the various component subsystems function and interface with one another.

    Propulsion  Aircraft Propulsion  Heat Transfer   Aerothermodynamics  Hypersonic & High Temperature Gas Dynamics  Compressible Flow    Finite Element Analysis  Aircraft Structures    Spacecraft Engineering Design   Spacecraft Structural Design   Aerospace Design II Spacecraft Instrumentation  Astronautics I, II, III   Management

     

    Languages

    English▪ fluent (TOEFL certificate)  Bulgarian▪ native  Russian▪ native  Spanish▪ basic

    Computer and Technical Skills  

    SolidWorks LabVIEW ESA SCDE (Concurrent Design  Environment) MATLAB Wolfram Mathematica 8   Python STK (Satellite Tool Kit)  ANSYS LaTex Vanguard Studio MS Office basic electrical engineering       Experience in turning, milling, welding Skilful at operating with instruments

     

    Courses and Certifications

    Space Systems Verification and Validation Human Spaceflight - Analysis and Design The Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Space Challenges, Association Tsiolkovsky’s educational program (2010)  Amateur radio (ham radio) license Clean driving license category B)

     

    Other skills, Competences and Memberships

    Member of Euroavia SoSEDS

    Member (2001-2010) of University Rescue Squad-voluntary rescue organisation, Bulgarian Red Cross associate▪ trained for rescue activities ▪ rescue team leader ▪ excellent First Aid knowledge ▪ Participated in many rescue operations

    Member (2004-2010)  of “National Rescue Squad For Working At Disasters, Accidents and Catastrophes”

    Experience in outdoor activities - rock climbing, mountaineering, guide of groups at mountains etc.

    High-altitude expeditions in Caucasus (peak Kazbek-5,047 m) and Pamir, reached 6100m altitude on peak Lenin (7134m)

    Skydiving - Kazanlak airport, Bulgaria ▪ 1996-2000; Volleyball Swimming

    Fencing  ▪ silver medal from National Student Competition 2006 ▪ bronze medal from Team- National 

    Competition 2007

     

    References

    Project supervisor: Dr Ferran Valencia Bel, Ferran.Valencia.Bel(at)esa.int, (ESA) Office: EA140

    Group Design Project: Dr Graham Roberts, G.T.Roberts(at)soton.ac.uk 

                                     Prof Antony Musker, tony.musker(at)deltacatuk.com 

    Former lecturer: Dr Angelo Grubisic, a.grubisic(at)soton.ac.uk, Office: 13/5053

     


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