Mahindra Aerospace Private Limited – Bangalore, India (June ’16 – Aug ’16)
My goal was to understand the operations of an Indian Corporate Aerospace Company. I achieved the following.
Got insights of the basic operations, strategy and vision framework of the business, aircraft and structures. Actively participated in sales discussions framework and organization structure. Made a synopsis of ‘contribution of the company to technology growth’. Contributed to management reporting, structure and elements. Acquired corporate presentation skills.
NASA Ames Research Center - Moffett Field, California, USA (June ’14 - June ’15)
International Partnerships - Worked on technical partnerships/collaboration for various departments at NASA Ames Research Center. I helped NASA Ames collaborate with Technical University of Denmark (DTU) over small satellite and synthetic biology projects. As a result of my work, researchers from NASA Ames took part in a workshop that was organized at DTU in August 2015. Moreover, Ames will be hosting a graduate researcher from DTU through the NASA International Internship Program (NASA I2). This experience enhanced my leadership and ability to communicate complex ideas- both verbally and in writing.
Mission Design Center (MDC) - Worked on a project called the ‘NEOShield: A Global Approach to Near-Earth Object Impact Threat Mitigation’ funded by the European Union (http://www.neoshield.net). As a part of my internship, I did a feasibility assessment to include a Gravity Tractor capability within a Kinetic Impactor mission design, with particular attention on the concept of operations, asteroid selection criteria and propulsion system selection for the combined mission design. This experience enhanced my ability to work effectively with people at all levels in an organisation and manage time efficiently.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) – India (Aug, 2013)
Did an internship in the Avionics entity, for familiarisation of various subsystems used in launch vehicles at VSSC especially in Avionics and Control Actuation Systems Area. I also learnt about stage control systems of ISRO launch vehicles PSLV and GSLV.
DR. APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India and one of the greatest scientists, referred me for this position.
Master of Science (MSc) in Space Studies –
International Space University (ISU) - Strasbourg, France (Sep ’13 - Dec ’2015)
The interdisciplinary, international and inter-cultural space studies curriculum covers space applications, space policy and space services, together with an overview of the principles and concepts involved in space physical sciences, space systems engineering and technology, space business and management, space life sciences, space legal issues and space architecture.
Team Project: ‘Space for Migration’ –Worked in a team of 18 people from 12 different countries to evaluate the role and applications of satellite technologies to monitor migration and study the economic, political and social effects of these applications on a global scale. Published research paper at the 65th International Astronautical Congress. Paper identification number is “IAC-14.B5.2.10”. Gained the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment and work under pressure.
Master of Engineering (MEng) –
Aerospace Engineering with Private Pilot Training - University of Sheffield – Sheffield, United Kingdom (Sep ’08 - July ’12)
Specialization: ‘Avionic Systems’ and a ‘Private Pilot’
DISSERTATION (Year 4): Modelling and Stability studies of More Electric Aircraft/Spacecraft Power Systems
Analysed the input admittance/impedance characteristics of a permanent magnet brushless AC motor drive system with field-oriented control. The system’s dynamic model was derived using d-q modeling.
The Heritage School (ICSE and ISC Board) – India (2004 - 2008)
SCIENCE: 10th Grade (Mathematics -80, Science -74, English -90) and 12th Grade (Mathematics -74, Science -72, English -86)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program (SHSSP) – ISU, University of South Australia - Adelaide, Australia (Jan ’13 - Feb’13)
Worked together in a team of 37 people from 11 different countries to produce a white paper called ‘Common Horizon’ (https://commonhorizons.wordpress.com). Mission statement: “To propose collaborative solutions for the Global South that contribute to the sustainability of space for the benefit of Earth and humankind.”
PROFESSIONAL VISITS AND NETWORKS
International Space University (ISU), Singularity University (SU), NASA (HQ, Ames, Goddard, Kennedy), Star City (Russia), Moscow Aviation Institute (Russia), Energia (Russia), Airbus Defence and Space (Germany), SES (Luxembourg), European Space Agency (France), Rolls Royce (UK), Royal Air Force (UK), Canadian Space Agency (CSA), Royal Australian Air Force (Australia), Denmark Technical University (Denmark), CERN (Switzerland), SpaceX (LA), Jet Propulsion Laboratory (LA), Moon Express (Bay Area), XCOR (LA), Virgin Galactic (LA), Space Systems Loral (Bay Area), Sea Launch (LA), Masten Space Systems (LA), Spire (Bay Area), Planet Labs (Bay Area), Lockheed Martin (Bay Area), Google (Bay Area), Alcoa (LA), Stanford University (Bay Area), Hindalco (India), ISRO-VSSC (India), ISRO HQ (India), Tata Steels (India), Indian Air Force (India), Indian Navy (India), Genentech, Autodesk, Cisco, Kauffman, Nokia, ePlanet Capital
“Commercial Suborbital Vehicle Microgravity Research Experiment Payload Standards”- Individual Project at ISU (2014)
Conducted a survey on what is planned and what already exists in terms of research experiment accommodations (power, size, mass, human operated, cost, cabin configuration, others) on Virgin Galactic, XCOR and Masten’s commercial suborbital vehicles. The results are compiled and analyzed to determine if what is being offered is sufficient or if there might need to be other accommodations designed into these flight vehicles to better accommodate microgravity experiments. An assessment of whether standard features are being offered is also presented along with recommendations for standardization.
Published research paper at the 67th International Astronautical Congress. Paper identification No. is “IAC-16,A2,3,8,x33338”.
“Sustainability, Satellites, and Ground-Based Observatories” (2013)
Taking up proposals for the countries in the Southern Hemisphere, examining the value of filling in the gaps in the networks of magnetic observatories for space weather and optical debris observatories by installing both additional magnetic observatories and small debris monitoring telescopes. Also exploring these observatories as they could spur space activity and assist in the development of science, math, and engineering education in the Global South.
Published research paper at the 64th International Astronautical Congress. Paper identification number is “IAC-13.E3.4.9”.
Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Funded Project – University of Sheffield (June ’11 - July ’11)
Compared solar wind structures at Venus and Earth, as they propagate in the heliosphere from 0.72AU (Venus) to 1AU (Earth), using Venus Express and ACE data. Various properties have been investigated regarding these structures. It is shown that a few events are similar in appearance in the magnetic field at both planets. Presented at the 39th COSPAR Sci. Assembly.
INDUSTRIAL GROUP PROJECT
Designed and built a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) with Rolls Royce in UK (Sep ’10 - May ’11)
Made the UAV capable of safe, remote controlled and autonomous flight. Expert use of HTML Software.
My individual work covered avionics for the UAV, which includes designing and building the associated ground station, GPS, HMI and autonomy, with a strict budget of 600 pounds. Gained group working experience and assertiveness.
TECHNICAL AND SOFTWARE SKILLS
Programming Skills: C, C++, Java, Dandy, Promela, Z
Software: MATLAB and Simulink; Solid Works 2014; AutoCAD Designing Software; Fast (Accounting Software); Microsoft Office – Word, Power Point, Excel, Visio; Fluent and Gambit (Computational Fluid Dynamics Software); Flight Gear Software
Administrator – Heera Metals Private Limited Company (Aug ’12 – Dec ’12, Feb ’13 - July ’13 and Jan ’16 – Jun ’16)
Aluminium Trading Company in Kolkata, India that trades aluminum products for the commercial market.
Involvement in my family business since August 2012. Investigate the operations of a large-scale metal trading firm.
Involved in the sales and purchase department, and developed knowledge on rolled and extruded aluminium products.
My personal contribution has lead to the expansion of the company to trade ‘Aluminium Roofing Sheets’.
Flight and Ground Training – Sheffield Aero Club - Netherthorpe in UK (Sep ’08 – July ’12)
Have obtained my Private Pilot Licence and Night Rating Pilot Licence with 110 hours of flight training in Cessna.
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