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    EDUCATION

    Masters of Space Studies, MSc

    [Sept. 2015 – Sept. 2016]

     

    International Space University, Strasbourg, France

     

    Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering, B. Eng.

    Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                   Major: Aerospace

                   Minor: Management Sciences

    [September 2011 - April 2015]

                                    Thesis: Coupled Orbital and Attitude Dynamics

                                    Advisor: Dr. Anton de Ruiter

     

    Space Studies Program 2015

    [June 2015 – August 2015]

     

    International Space University, Athens, Ohio, United States of America

    EXPERIENCE

    Silicon Valley Space Business Roundtable

    [Present]

     

    This platform brings together leaders of the established aerospace industry, start-ups and investors of the Silicon Valley technology community, the non-profit and university sector, as well as government, to foster new collaboration and innovation related to space exploration. Some of the responsibilities include:

    Organize fundraising and networking events, bringing together investors and companies

    Business development

    Web presence and social media

    Market studies and customer outreach 

     

    Intern at the Office of the Chief Scientist

    NASA Ames Research Center

    [May 2016 – August 2016]

     

    Assist in the execution of Sumer Series colloquia, support meetings, and strategic development, support additional outreach activities.

    Developed the initial infrastructure required for the organization of the Standardized Distributed Systems Workshop and further developing the layout for the Hibernation Workshop.

     

    Research Assistant                      [September 2013 – August 2014]

     

    Space Systems Dynamics and Control Lab (SSDC), Ryerson University, Toronto, ON

     

    Satellite Airbed Formation Experiment (SAFE)

    Prepared the operations manual to provide the basic knowledge regarding the procedure to conduct the SAFE experiment for first-time users, and users with a minimal understanding of the project. 

    Inflatable Structure

    Inflatable structure is a developmental test bed intended to support investigation of performance and control parameters relevant to space deployable inflatable architecture, in particular, those incorporating reflective or antenna-like components. 

    Performed the initial research required to begin the experiment, and determined the method to interface the reflector and the annulus, using linear actuators.

    Programmed the interface actuators using MATLAB for the initial testings.

    Documented the essential procedures followed during the set-up, testing and integration of various sub-systems.

     

    Nano-Satellite (TubeSat) Design Project                   [September 2014 – April 2015]

     

    Lead the Mission Design team and performed the attitude analysis of the TubeSat and designed the passive attitude stabilization system required for the satellite.

    RELEVANT PROJECTS

    Luna Hathor

    Team Project, International Space University

    [November 2015 – May 2016]

     

    Working with the Science Team, focusing primarily on the lunar regolith composition, techniques to identify the characteristics of the lunar mantle and core, analysis of possible landing sites, techniques to obtain the volatiles present in the lunar regolith, as well as studying the geophysics of the lunar surface.

    Liaison to establish a platform for the exchange of ideas and information with Cranfield University team working on the feasibility of Lunar Mission One.

     

    Minimum Interstellar Precursor Mission

    [November 2015 – May 2016]]

     

    Individual Project, International Space University

    Feasibility study of the existing Interplanetary CubeSat technology that can be used for interstellar mission.

    Defined the spacecraft and mission architectures for the mission, which helped further identify the mission constraints and objectives.

    Identifying potential propulsion options, potential launch opportunities, and communication options for this mission.

     

    ESA Moon Challenge

    [November 2015]

     

    Independent Group Project

    Developed the mission planning and mission objectives for the proposed missions.

    Defined and developed the mission elements including the cislunar surface, robotic lander, human lander, payloads (Inflatable habitats, 3D printing rover, etc.)

    Structured and finalized the final report, as well as edited the video simulating the proposed lunar missions.

    (Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWMnalXwrJM)

     

    Planetary Defense, Lead for Report Formatting & Executive Summary  

    [July 2015 - August 2015]

     

    Team Project, International Space University

    Worked with the Outreach and Education subgroup to develop strategies for public outreach and education.

    Structured, finalized and edited the executive summary for the project.

     

    Undergraduate Thesis

    [January 2015 - April 2015]

     

    Individual Project, Ryerson University

    Performed coupled orbital and attitude dynamics analysis of a spacecraft around an asteroid.

    OTHER RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

    Co-chair

    Toronto Students for Advancement of Aerospace (TSAA), Ryerson University

    [August 2014 – August 2015]

     

    Spearheaded a group of 6 to conduct a successful conference, administrated various conference-related activities, along with gathering sufficient funding for the successful execution of the conference.

     

    Executive Member

    Aerospace Course Union, Ryerson University

    [September 2012 – April 2014]

     

    Worked in a committee of a six-student executive member to represent over 500 aerospace engineering undergraduates. Organized and assisted in the facilitation of social, educational and professional events to provide a more dynamic learning environment for the undergraduates.

    SKILLS

    Leadership

     

     

    Served as co-chair of 2nd annual Toronto Aerospace (TSAA) conference, student executive member on the Aerospace course Union and student representative on the Aerospace Department Council.

    Developed the ability to multitask, delegate, facilitate in a group environment and deliver within time-restricted deadlines.

     

    Communication            

     

     

    Presented monthly progress reports to project supervisor while working as a research assistant.

    Presented final reports and in-class presentations for various course-related projects and assignments.

     

    Software

     

     

    Proficiency in MS office for windows and mac (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc), and special design software programs such as CATIA V5, AGI-STK (Systems Tool Kit), ANSYS Fluent, MATLAB, LaTex, Python, C programming, AutoCAD,  Final Cut Pro, iMovie, InDesign, and Photoshop, etc.

    AWARDS

    Canadian Space Agency IAC 2016 ISEB grant, valued at $2,650                  [2016]

     

    International Space University

     

    Sir John Mason Travel Bursary, valued at 600 Euros                   [2016]

     

    SSP+MSS Scholarship (55%)                        [2015-2016]

     

    Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

     

    Dean’s List                                [2014-2015]

     

    Ryerson Aerospace Department Achievement Award, valued at $800       [2013-2014]

     

    Ryerson University Entrance Bursary, valued at $500                   [2011-2012]

    PUBLICATIONS

    Soni, A., Welch, C. and Langer, M., 2016. Minimum Interstellar Precursor Mission. In: 67th International Astronautical Congress. Strasbourg, France.

     

    Soni, A. and Ali, B., 2016. Strategies to Promote Women Participation in the Space Community. In: 67th International Astronautical Congress. Strasbourg, France.

     

    Soni, A. and Ali, B., 2016. Interactive Strategies to Increase Public Engagement in Space. In: 67th International Astronautical Congress. Strasbourg, France.

     

    Soni, A. and Ali, B., 2016. Strategies to Promote Women Participation in the Space Community. In: 67th International Astronautical Congress. Strasbourg, France.

     

    Burke, J. et. al., 2015. Planetary Defense, A Duty for World Defenders. American Geophysical Union (AGU). California.

     

    Hussein, A. et. al., 2015. The International Space University Space Studies Program 2015 Planetary Defense Project. In: 66th International Astronautical Congress. Jerusalem, Israel.


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