Personal Profile – Systems Engineer at Atkins and graduate of the University of Southampton, with a MEng in Aeronautics & Astronautics; Maxwell has experience of interdisciplinary engineering, from working on projects in Industry and University, as well as competence in leadership and teamwork in both military and civilian environments. He has additional experience of working in international and multicultural teams.
Skills and Achievements
Currently a practicing Systems Engineer in the Defence market.
Awarded a 2:1 Master’s Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Developed the ability to work in international, multicultural environments while on a six month Erasmus exchange semester at Linköpings Universitet, Sweden, and while volunteering in Bielefeld, Germany.
Familiar with the application of the International Standard on Systems & Software Engineering Life-Cycle Processes (ISO 15288).
Industrial experience of Engineering Analysis, Project Management and Delivery, Through-life Management, and Enterprise Architecture while on a 3-month summer placement with the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and during a Programme Management internship at Boeing Defence UK.
Developed interdisciplinary engineering skills throughout University, culminating in the final year Group Design Project which focused on a first stage design, build and test of a Range-Extended Electric Motorbike.
Gained experience in leadership roles in a military environment while at the Southampton University Royal Naval Unit (SURNU), which developed excellent interpersonal communication, group organisation, teamwork, and leadership skills.
Very capable in use of Microsoft Excel, Word, Visio, and PowerPoint; SolidWorks CAD software; and MatLab, LabView, and Python programming languages.
Atkins, May 2016 – Present
Graduate Systems Engineer, Graduate Development Programme – Working within the Aerospace, Defence, Security & Technology Division. Currently providing consultant Systems Engineering services for the MoD on a multi-billion-pound business change and communications equipment uplift programme.
Boeing Defence UK, August 2015 – November 2015
Programme Management Intern – Working on through life delivery of the Chinook Enterprise; looking at all aspects of defence project management, risk management and mitigation, and Defence Lines of Development (DLoD) as well as assisting in engineering analysis of Chinook airframe structures.
Southampton University Royal Naval Unit (SURNU), September 2011 – June 2015
Midshipman in the Royal Naval Reserves – Training included Seamanship, Navigation and many Leadership and Teamwork opportunities, both on land and at sea. Promoted in 4th year to Assistant Training Officer.
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), July 2014 – September 2014
Summer Placement Student - Looking at various aspects of engineering in the defence sector. In particular, looking at countermeasure requirements and performance for helicopters and large aircraft, and the development of a F-35 combat simulator.
University of Southampton, UK, 2011 – 2015
Aeronautics and Astronautics, MEng, 2:1 (69%)
CEFR German Language Level A1
Linköpings Universitet, Sweden, 2013 – 2014
Erasmus exchange semester
CEFR Swedish Language Level A2
Reading School, UK, 2004 – 2011
A – Levels
Mathematics – A*
Physics – A
Geography – A
Mathematics – A
English Literature – A*
Physics – A*
English Language – A
Chemistry – A*
Geography – A*
Biology – A
Music – A
French – A
Religious Studies – B
Solar Team Great Britain, July 2016 – Present
Leading the development of the crew communication system.
Led the team’s data collection expedition in October 2016, which involved planning and executing a 3000km expedition across the Australian continent to gather engineering data to be used in the design and development of the Solar Car; as well as qualitative data to inform the development of a winning race strategy.
Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets, May 2016 – Present
Adult instructor, providing training and support at Bristol Adventure Sea Cadets.
AWO Kindertagesstätte, Lohmannshof, Bielefeld, Germany, January 2016 – February 2016
Volunteer English teacher – Developed the A1 German language qualification to approximately a B1 level.
Chartered Management Institute Level 5 Award.
RYA Qualifications in: Day Skipper (Tidal), Yachtmaster Coastal Theory, Dinghy Seamanship Skills, Dinghy Level 4, Powerboat Level 2.
Over 2,300 nautical miles of ocean and costal sailing experience, and four two-week deployments with the Southampton University Royal Naval Unit aboard P2000 patrol ships.
Full UK Driving Licence.
Foundation Amateur Radio Licence.
Successfully completed the Air Cadet Gliding Scholarship and the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme, both of which resulted in solo flights.
Keen dinghy sailor and yachtsman.
Language learning using online apps and other resources.
Enjoy travelling to visit friends made while on exchange and learning about world culture.
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