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     Date Submitted:09-12-2015
     Last Modified:09-12-2015 (08:41)
    Job information
     Current job:Propulsion Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
    Nationality: Singapore
    Availability: Immediate
    Work Experience
    01 Feb 2015 – 25 Sept 2015 Deutschen Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), Institute for Space Propulsion, Lampoldshausen, Germany
    Master Thesis, Student Assistant, Department of Raketenantriebe (Rocket Propulsion)
    Topic: Reduced kinetic mechanism of methane oxidation for rocket application
    • Initial development of a reduced kinetic mechanism scheme for application in CFD modelling of LOX/CH4 rocket combustion chamber and nozzle
    • Evaluation of various software tools for flame simulation and analysis of chemical kinetic mechanism.
    • Use of Cantera to simulate ignition of gaseous CH4/O2 mixture and non-premixed counter-flow CH4/O2 flame and reduction of kinetic mechanism through the use of sensitivity and reaction path analysis
    • Validation of developed skeletal mechanism with ignition delay times and counter-flow temperature profile
    • Resultant Skeletal Mechanism: 23 Species 49 Reactions (exclude NOx chemistry)
    • After thesis work: Cryogenic calculations on insulation requirements for LOX experiments

    15 June 2014 – 31 Aug 2014 Satellite Research Centre (SaRC), School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Postgraduate Internship, Research Assistant, Pulsed Plasma Thruster (PPT) Project
    • Characterization and optimization of a prototype PPT for a nanosatellite in collaboration with Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan
    • Impulse Bit Measurement for PPT by determination of main discharge current parameter using Rogowski coil and direct measurements using torsional thrust stand to evaluate PPT performance
    • Calibration and troubleshooting of experimental measurement setup
    • Optimized propellant feed system by introducing geometry changes in main discharge electrode and hardware changes for shorter main discharged time to minimize back flow current and improved performance by 15%

    Oct 2013 – Oct 2015 Erasmus Mundus Joint European Master in Space Science and Technology, SpaceMaster
    • Master of Science, Major in Space Technology, Luleå University of Technology (LTU)
    • Master of Science in Space Techniques and Instrumentation, Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier (UPS)
    • Master Thesis at Institute of Space Propulsion, DLR Lampoldshausen, Germany
    • 2nd and 3rd semester at Luleå University of Technology, Kiruna, Sweden
    • 1st semester at Julius-Maximilians-University Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
    • Achieved overall ECTS grade A (1.5 in Germany and 4.6 in Sweden) with ECTS Grade A (Grade 5 in Sweden) in Space Dynamics, Advanced Databases, Space Physics, Optics and Radar, Image Processing for Space Application, Space Instruments, Master Thesis Project

    Jan 2012 – Dec 2012 University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    • Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Professional Engineering)
    • Achieved Weighted Average Marks (WAM) of 76% (Distinction average)
    Feb 2009 – Dec 2011 University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
    • Bachelor of Science (Space Science & Astrophysics), Major in Physics and Applied Mathematics
    • Achieved Distinction (ECTS A) average with a GPA of 6.2/7 (3.8/4.0 by US standard, World Education Services)
    • Received the Faculty of Science Outstanding Academic Achievement Award for 2009, 2010

    Academic Projects
    CanSat Project, 1ST Semester, JMUW
    • Design and build a Cansat with altitude control, sun acquisition capability and remote solar planar deployment
    • Responsible for altitude control system. Design and analysis using Simulink. Payload calibration for red dot finding and distance measurement. Implementation of PID controller and Kalman filter for altitude control. Project group received an overall mark of 1.3 (Germany), ECTS grade A
    Space Environment Project, 2nd Semester, LTU
    • Numerical simulation of space radiation environment using SPENVIS software and suggest suitable on-board RAM. Analysis on life time and performance of on-board memory devices and solar panel
    Rover Project, 3rd Semester, LTU
    • Software design of rover using Hard Real-Time Hierarchical Object Oriented Design (HRT-HOOD) methods and implementation in C. Scheduling using FreeRTOS and testing on AVR STK500 board
    • Programming of rover movement, speed and rover control, ADC and PWM for electric motors, managing inputs from telemetry and telecommand for rover movements.
    Technical Skills
    • MS Office and script writing in Matlab, Python
    • Matlab for data pre and post processing, image processing with Matlab toolbox
    • Programming Language: C, Python, Matlab
    • Simulation Program: Simulink, Cantera (Matlab and Python interface), LabView, Spenvis, ANSYS CFX
    • CAD software: Solidworks, Siemens NX 10, Catia

    English – Fluent in writing and speaking
    Mandarin (Chinese) – Fluent in writing and speaking
    German – Basic to intermediate
    Swedish – Basic

    Personal Interests
    Cycling, Scuba Diving, Travelling, Hiking, Snowboarding, Skiing, Running
    Academic Interests
    CFD, aerodynamic, rocket combustion, aerothermodynamics, chemical Liquid and electric propulsion, image processing for space application, python programming, satellite system engineering, additive manufacturing

    • Dr. Victor Zhukov, Supervisor for Master thesis
    German Aerospace Center (DLR Lampoldshausen), Institute of Space Propulsion
    Langer Grund, 74239 Hardthausen, Germany
    Email: victor.zhukov(at)
    • Dr. Victoria Barabash, Senior Lecturer at LTU, SpaceMaster Program Coordinator
    Rymdcampus 1, Box 812, SE 981 28, Kiruna, Sweden
    Email: victoria.barabash(at)
    • Dr. Anita Enmark, Senior Lecturer at LTU
    Rymdcampus 1, Box 812, SE 981 28, Kiruna, Sweden
    Email: anita.enmark(at)

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