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     Date Submitted:14-10-2016
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     Current job:Space Science and Engineering Graduate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsMatlab, Python, C, ESATAN-TMS, Autodesk Inventor, AGI-STK, Latex, Adobe Premier, Space Science, Mathematics, Physics, Systems Engineering, Research, Product Design
    CV

    EDUCATION

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    University College London

    MSc in Space Science and Engineering: Space Science - Merit (66%)            Sept 2015 - Sept 2016 

    Relevant Modules: 

    Group Project - Distinction (73%). 

    Master’s Research Project - (Matlab) Distinction (71%).

    Space Science, Environment and Satellite Missions - Merit (65%). 

    Space Data Systems and Processing - Merit (64%).

    Space Systems Engineering - Merit (64%).

    Mechanical Design of Spacecraft (ESATAN-TMS and Autodesk Inventor) - Merit (60%).

     

    The University of Warwick 

    BSc (with Honours) in Mathematics and Physics - Class 2:ii (56%)                     Oct 2012 - June 2015 

    Key Modules:

    C Programming - (77%).

    Bachelor’s Research Project (Python) - (65%). 

    Fluid Dynamics, Physics of Fluids and Thermal Physics I & II. 

    Scientific Programming (C) - (58%).

    Mathematics by Computer (Matlab) - (58%). 

     

    Bishop Stopford School                                                                                    Sept 2005 - July 2012  

    A Level: Mathematics A*, Further Mathematics A, Physics A. AS Level: Chemistry A. UCAS: 440.

    Completed an Engineering Development Trust Headstart course at Durham University. 

    GCSE: 8 A*s, 2 A and 1B, including English, Mathematics and Product Design. 

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

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    Master’s Research Project, University College London  - (71%)                    Sept 2015 - July 2016

    Overview:  My Master’s research project, Exploring Descent Camera Designs for Planetary Penetrators, involved investigating the design requirements for a descent camera for a penetrator mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa.

    Formulated descent camera designs using ESA’s CLEO/P Concept, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter WAC, NASA’s Europa Mission EIS and ESA’s JUICE mission JANUS instrument. Developed Matlab simulations of the descent camera’s operation during its descent stage and produced 3D digital terrain models of Europa’s surface. 

    Results: 

    Determined a set of times during the descent camera’s operation when its spatial resolution exceeds the best resolution of JANUS (10 m/pixel) and the EIS’s NAC (0.5 m/pixel).  Provided input to the Akon Europa penetrator mission proposal to ESA. Produced an interim and final report and presented my project at the MSSL. 

    Bachelor’s Research Project, The University of Warwick - (65%)                   Oct 2014 - June 2015

    Overview: My Bachelor’s research project, Equal Depth Eclipsing Binary Stars, used data collected by NASA's Kepler Space Telescope to investigate the equal depth criteria. 

    Methods & Results:

    Developed Python scripts to determine and model the orbital periods and eclipse depths of 94 eclipsing binary stars using Kepler FITS files from the Kepler Eclipsing Binary Catalog (KEBC). Identified and calculated the transit times of 7 circumbinary exoplanets in the KEBC.

     

    WORK & LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE _________________________________________________________________________________

    Royal Air Force, University of Birmingham Air Squadron 

    Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Officer Cadet)                                              Nov 2012 - Sept 2014 

    Completed two years in the University of Birmingham Air Squadron as an Officer Cadet. Obtained security clearance and gained experience of adventure training, military training and formal duties in the Royal Air Force. 

    Completed a ten day military strike exercise at RAF Cranwell and MOD Stanford Training Area which involved leadership training, night patrols and radio communication and developed my ability to work effectively in a team under pressure. Facilitated VIP and senior military personnel at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford. Achieved the highest aerobic result on the squadron in the RAF Fitness Test in January 2014, with a 12.7 bleep test.  

    Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd.                                                                                                 June 2015

    Completed a professional training course in Space Mission Operations at Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd. Gained practical experience of ground station operations, TT&C, link budget analysis, ranging, satellite orbit determination, OSI layers, mission procedures and future operations at Goonhilly.

    TECHNICAL SKILLS

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    IT Skills: 

    I have a strong set of skills in Matlab and am experienced in Python, C, LaTeX, ESATAN-TMS and Autodesk Inventor CAD. I am also experienced in Windows (including Microsoft Office), Ubuntu and X Yosemite.

    ACTIVITIES

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    University College London 

    Completed an Engineering Workshop and visited the Mars yard at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. Completed a tour of the Satellite Applications Catapult and RAL Space and gave a presentation as part of my master’s Group Project on the flight dynamics required to insert a spacecraft at the Sun-Earth Lagrangian Point 5. 

    UKSEDS - UK Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

    I volunteer for UKSEDS as part of the Careers Team and I am involved in compiling interviews and communicating with academics and engineers involved in the UK space sector. I am also involved in finding and uploading career opportunities within the UK space industry on the website: SpaceCareers.uk . Completed a tour of the Satellite Applications Catapult, ESA’s ECSAT, RAL Space and SSTL. 

    UKSEA - UK Space Life and Biomedical Sciences Association

    I volunteer for UKSEA as part of the IT Team. 

    The University of Warwick
    Physics Society:
    Visited ESA’s ESTEC. Rockets Society: Completed an Engineering Workshop at Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage.

    Conferences
    Akon Europa Penetrator Workshop, Royal Aeronautical Society UK Human Spaceflight, Reinventing Space Careers, UKSEDS National Student Space Conferences 2014, 2015 and 2016. ESA’s Space For Inspiration Conference 2016. 

    AWARDS _________________________________________________________________________________

    Aerospace MSc Bursary Award
    I received The Royal Aeronautical Society and The Royal Academy of Engineering Aerospace MSc Bursary Award (Full Tuition Fees) to study my master’s at University College London.

    Outstanding Achievement Award: Product Design 

    Bishop Stopford School.

    MEMBERSHIPS 

    The Mars Society - Member.

    The Royal Aeronautical Society - Affiliate Member.

    The British Interplanetary Society - Member.

    UKSEDS - Careers Team Member. 

    UKSEA - IT Team. 


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