August 2004 – MSc Astronautics and Space Engineering – Cranfield University, Bedford, UK
Core subjects: Advanced Control Engineering ● Astrodynamics ● Spacecraft and launcher Propulsion (Chemical, Electric & Solid) ● Spacecraft structures ● Launch & Reentry Aero/thermo-dynamics ● Global Positioning and Inertial Navigation Systems.
Group Project: Asteroid Population Investigation and Exploration Swarm (APIES).
Individual Research Thesis: An investigation into the performance of modern rocket thrust-chambers through the use of Computational fluid dynamics.
July 2001 – BEng (Honors) Aerospace Engineering – Queen Mary University, London, UK
Core subjects: Aerospace Design ●Aerodynamics ●Aerospace Propulsion (air / non-air breathing) ●Control Systems Engineering ●Fluid Dynamics ●Electrical Technology ●Thermodynamics and Flight Navigation
Group Project: Design of a rover vehicle for use on a surface simulating that of Mars
Dissertation / Thesis: An Investigation into Fatigue and Damage Tolerance of Aircraft Structures based on the Aloha Air Accident.
June 1998 – Leaving Certificate (Honors) – Sancta Maria College, Co. Mayo, Ireland
Subjects: Mathematics ●Physics ●Science ●Geography ●Construction Studies ●English ●Irish ●French
January 2016 – Chemical propulsion engineer – European Space Agency (ESTEC), Netherlands.
Chemical propulsion engineer for the European Space and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, where my role encompasses all aspects relating to the provision of expert technical support and consultancy in launcher and spacecraft propulsion system design and development.
April 2007 – Principal Spacecraft Propulsion Engineer – Airbus Defence & Space, UK
My work involved all areas related to Bi-propellant, Mono-propellant, Dual mode & Plasma Propulsion System (PPS)design and architecture of spacecraft chemical propulsion systems (CPS). My role covers all phases of propulsion system design and development from initial design concepts to final CPS AIV testing and in orbit operation. My theoretical knowledge and industrial experience working as a spacecraft Telecommunications, Earth observation, Navigation & Science (ENS) CPS engineer has instilled me a comprehensive range of technical expertise, skills and knowledge, some of which are listed below;
Ø Principal CPS design engineer and architect for telecommunication, Earth observation, Navigation and Science (ENS) missions. Current and past missions include GAIA CPS & MPS, METOP B & METOPC, AEOLUS, Amazonas 2, Arabsat 5C, Yahsat 1B, Express AM7 & Arabsat 6B.
Ø Appointed to the role of Airbus Defence and Space, CPS design / AIV interface manager
May 2006 – Spacecraft Systems Engineer – MAGNA STEYR Space Technology, Austria
Spacecraft systems engineer for MAGNA STEYR Space technology Graz, Austria.
October 2004 – Launcher Propulsion Engineer – CNES, Kourou, S. America
Launcher propulsion engineer for CNES, at the Guiana space centre
Ø Launcher performance modelling and computer simulations (EFFECTS) development
Ø Technical analyst and customer adviser at the Guyana space centre
Ø Spacecraft Launcher integration and preparation
Software:AutoCAD, CATIA V5, EFFECTS, CFD – FLUENT, GRIDGEN
Programming: FORTRAN F77 and F90, NASTRAN / PATRAN, STK (Satellite Tool Kit), MATLAB
Operating Systems: Windows, XP / 7 / 8 / Vista, (Office, Word, Excel, Power Point)
I am an avid reader who likes to keep up to date with advancements made in state of the art technology by regularly reading books and journals in this field. In my leisure time I enjoy playing golf and swimming.
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