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     Date Submitted:16-11-2015
     Last Modified:12-07-2016 (01:32)
    Job information
     Current job:Space Propulsion Researcher
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpace Propulsion, R&D Projects, Technology Management, Monopropellant Thrusters, AOCS Systems

    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


    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)

    Spanish: fluent

    English: fluent

    German: basic



    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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