Aerospace Engineer – R&D Specialist
9+ years in aerospace sector, specializing in technology development and liquid propulsion systems
ZARM Institute: Space Propulsion & Energy Systems Group (Germany) Apr. 2012 – present
Project Coordinator for Rapid3 Project (Green Propulsion Unit w DAAD, UNSW) 2015-present
CubeSat Development: wrote project proposal, planned payload, H2O2 & OBC system concepts
Scientific Officer for Catalytic Monopropellant Systems (Conventional & Green)2012-present
Hardware: procured and AIT for thruster components and test-bench
Software: developed and modelled tools for sizing, design and performance analysis in Matlab
Built H2O2 Thruster Test-bench in 2015 & Programmed N2H4 Thruster Model in 2014
System Engineer for PULCHER Project (Green Pulsing Propulsion)2013-15
Injector Development: designed concept solution and manufactured/procured end hardware
Modelled and ran performance simulations of Mono/Bi-propellant options in Matlab
AIT - assembled, integrated and tested both injectors and test-bench
Framework 7 ESA Review in 2015: Injectors Achieved Performance Requirement on Time & Cost
AIRBUS Defence & Space – Astrium (Germany) Jul. 2007 – Mar. 2012
System Engineer for HOMER Project (Hovering and Landing Vehicle) 2011-12
Generated detailed flow schematics for architecture trade-offs & designed final ACS subsystem
Created simulation model and ran performance simulations for impact analysis with EcosimPro
AIT Subsystem: triads, valves, regulators, tanks, sensors and fluid lines. Correlated test data
Test Campaigns in 2011 and Subsystem Qualification in 2012: ACS Performed to Specification
R&D Engineer for SUCCESS Project (Ariane 5 Evolution with DLR and ESA)2009-10
Defined requirements and preliminary designs for monopropellant thrusters
Collected and compiled former models/tools, designs and test data from heritage N2H4 systems
Validated in-house tools against existing experimental data
Compendium Report in 2010: identified current know-how and technology’s state of the art
Master Thesis: Nozzle Design for a 200 N Rocket (with Kingston University) 2008
Internship – Thermal and Propulsion Department (Propulsion Analysis)2007-8
HOMER Project: designed ACS concept solution and ran performance simulations
VEGA Launcher: correlated test data against performance model
Internship – Mechanical Department (ACS Subsystem Design) 2007
Ariane 5 - ACEP Project: ACS options for an evolved launcher design
Calculated mass budgets, traded off alternative architectures and specified requirements
KINGSTON UNIVERSITY (United Kingdom) Jul. 2005 – Aug. 2009
Faculty Administrator: optimized volume management processes for 5000+ appls/yr 2008-9
Enquiry Assistant: share point & data-base handling (SITS) 2005-7
PhD - Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Propulsion Sept. 2009 – Q3 2016
Kingston University London: directed by Dr. Chris S. Welch in collaboration with AIRBUS D&S
Dissertation: Development of a Monopropellant Thruster Design Process
Collected largest data set of thruster design data available in literature
Modelled catalytic reaction, heat and mass transfer in N2H4 thrusters for performance analysis
Generated a new Catalyst bed length estimation algorithm validated against experimental data
M. Eng in Aerospace Engineering and Astronautics Sept. 2002 – Jul. 2009
Kingston University London (2005-9): focused on space, covering all spacecraft subsystems, mission analysis, Thermofluids/Aerodynamics with FEM & CFD and business mgmt. /project modules
Master Theses: Nozzle Design Optimization (individual) & Microgravity Experiment Test-bench (group)
Universidad de Sevilla (2002-5 studies transferred to UK after): focused on aircraft and aeronautics with a strong background on theoretical physics, advanced mathematics and numerical analysis
COMPUTER SKILLS & LANGUAGES
MATLAB (advanced); Visual Basic and FORTRAN (basic)
Eng. Tools, FEM & CFD: EcosimPro (advanced); STK, ANSYS, Solid/Cosmos Flow Works (basic)
MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint (advanced); MS Project and Visio (basic)
ACHIEVEMENTS & INTERESTS
Micro-gravity: finalist ESA’s 51st “Fly your thesis!” (2009), LYCEUM project (Sputnik remake)
Vehicle architecture projects: A400M, Lear-Jet 25 and Cassini–Huygens capsule
student government 2005-09, editor of fan-based Sci-Fi magazine HoloRed, event organizer involving 200+ attendees and local media coverage
Olympic fencing & mountaineering federation member; Ken-do, sport coach & first aid
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