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     Date Submitted:26-12-2017
     Last Modified:26-12-2017 (07:35)
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     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsspace systems engineering, planetary science engineering, thermal fluids engineering, aerospace engineering


    Space systems engineer with bioscience and surface exploration system design and thermofluid analysis experience looking for career opportunities.  


    University of New South Wales, Australia 

    Ph.D. Candidate, Space Engineering


           [08/2014-03/2018 (expected)]

    Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands                      [8/2011-5/2014]

    MSc., Space Engineering [GPA: 7.5/10]

    [Space systems, Spacecraft Thermal Control, Planetary Science, Spacecraft Robotics]


    Amity University, India                             [8/2006-5/2010]

    BTech. Aerospace Engineering [GPA:8.11/10 with 9.47/10 in last 4 semesters]

    [CFD, Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics]



    UNSW PhD Candidate [Aug 2014-present] Understanding Thermal Convection in Martian Surface Atmosphere to aid design of Mars Rovers. Project supported by UNSW Research Grant and mentored by Airbus Space & Defence ExoMars Rover Team.

    Intern, Geoscience Australia [August 2015-September 2015] Conduct geochemical sample preparation, handling and gain analytical lab experience using hyperspectral instrumentation.

    Research Collaborator, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Corporation and NASA VEXAG Group [August 2014-April 2017] Developing High Temperature Sample Delivery System for Venus surface environments (NASA SBIR Phase 2 Grant), modeling supercritical CO2 flows within NASA GSFC Venus Chamber for Venus surface temperature flow field estimation.

    NASA Ames Education Associate and TU Delft Master Thesis Student [Aug 2013-July 2014] Investigated pneumatic sample acquisition systems for Mars Sample Return. Developed CFD models for fluidized regolith flows within sample tubes and conducted preliminary experimental validation. Project mentored by Dr. Christopher McKay, NASA and supported by Honeybee Robotics Corporation, Pasadena, CA, USA.

    NASA Ames Education Associate (Space Bioscience Div.) [August 2012- July 2014] Designed and developed bioscience microgravity CubeSat form factor payloads for experiments onboard the International Space Station: Ames Fruitfly Experiment (AFEX) on SpaceX3 mission and HEARTFLIES on SpaceX4 mission. Was in-charge of design, fabrication, assembly and structural and thermal testing. NASA Patent being applied for, for the payload unit design.

    Project Research Engineer, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay [June 2010-August 2011] Developed numerical models to simulate obstacle laden detonation propagation waves within closed channels towards development of a Pulse Detonation Engine at Combustion Research Laboratory, Department of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay, India.




    Project Coordinator for NASA Spaceward Bound India 2016 International Astrobiology Field Expedition to Ladakh, India.

    Director, Mars Society Australia and Researcher, Blue Marble Space Institute, promoting space science amongst students via online webinars and planned workshops. (March 2015-present).

    Selected ACT Government Student Ambassador 2015 to promote Canberra as a Study Destination. (Nov 2014-Aug 2015)

    Selected Crew 159 Commander, Mars Desert Research Station, Utah, USA (December 15-27 2015)

    Secretary, Delft International Student Society: Official Group representing International students in Delft. (Nov 2011-Feb 2012)

    Team member: STRATOS II: Rocket Team at Delft Aerospace Rocket Engineering (DARE), TU Delft, Netherlands. (Nov 2011-May 2012).

    Volunteer Zookeeper at the National Zoo and Aquarium in Canberra, Australia. (April 2017-May 2017).



    Thermofluid, Structural Numerical Modeling: ANSYS Package

    Programming Languages: Python, MATLAB, C. Mechanical Design: CATIA, Autodesk Inventor, SolidWorks   Fabrication: 3D Printing, Laser cutting, Machine Shop (Milling and Lathe) Experience, Vector CAD/CAM Software




    Awarded by National Space Society Australia to attend International Astronautics Congress 2017 held in Adelaide, Australia.

    Awarded travel grant from Lunar and Planetary Institute to attend Venus Modeling Workshop at NASA Glenn, May 2017.

    Awarded 2016 NASA Ames Technology Transfer Team Award for Compact Science Experiment Module NASA Ames Research Center in January 2017

    Awarded Global Grant Award to attend and give talk at Space Generation Fusion Forum and 32nd Space Symposium April 10-14 2016 held in Colorado Springs, USA.  Award given to 4 out of 50 participating delegates on academic merit.

    Selected 1 of 14 Emerging Space Leader grantees to attend and present at the International Astronautics Congress 2015 held in Jerusalem, Israel. 14 students were selected worldwide out of 113 student applications.  

    Awarded NASA Venus Exploration Group (VEXAG) Student Travel Grant worth US$ 1,000 and NASA JPL Visiting Consultant grant worth US$2190 to present work at NASA VEXAG meetings in April and October 2015.

    Awarded UNSW Australia Research Training Scholarship AU$ 91,786 for 3.5 year period (2014-2017) towards PhD research.

    NASA Spaceflight Awareness Team Award Recipient, May 2014: Work on two successful bioscience experiments onboard ISS. 

    Universiteit Fonds Delft - Master Thesis Award 2014, travel grant € 1,000 to present at AIAA Space 2014 in San Diego, CA USA.

    Amity University Citation Holder "Best in Interpersonal Skills and Team Spirit" Among top 5 students of undergraduate Aerospace Engineering, class of 2010.


    Bhattacharya, S., Lusby, T., Pandey, S., Angadi, C. “Ames Fruit Fly Experiment (AFEx) Payload Box”



    Pandey, S., Tuttle, S., Young, J. “Tackling Convective Heat Losses within Mars Surface Mission Systems.” 68th International Astronautical Congress, Sep 25-29 2017, Adelaide, Australia.

    Pandey, S., Clarke, J., Beattie, A., Phelps, A." Spaceward Bound India 2016: Education and Outreach Efforts as part of an Astrobiology Expedition in the Himalayas." 68th International Astronautical Congress, Sep 25-29 2017, Adelaide, Australia.

    Pandey, S., Tuttle, S., Young, J. “Designing an Experiment to Improve the Understanding of Thermal Convection to aid Gas Gap Design of Mars Rovers.” 16th Australian Space Research Conference, Sep 26-28 2016, Melbourne, Australia.

    Pandey, S., Zacny, K. “Hydrodynamic Design of a Pneumatic Sample Acquisition System for Venus Surface” International Astronautics Congress 2015, Oct 5-18 2015, Jerusalem, Israel.

    Pandey, S., Zacny, K., McKay, C. “Alternative Uses of Residual Thruster Propellant towards Sample Acquisition” National Propulsion Conference Feb 23-24 2015, IIT Bombay, India.

    Pandey, S., Cervone, A., Zacny, K., McKay, C.  “Sample Acquisition System Using Gas Injection for a Mars Lander Mission” International Astronautics Congress 2014, Sep 29- Oct 4 2014, Orlando, Canada.

    Pandey, S., Zacny, K., McKay, C., Cervone, A., Dave, A., “Investigating Fluidized Granular Flow Behavior in Extraterrestrial Environments for a Pneumatic Regolith Acquisition System” AIAA Space 2014, Aug 4-8 2014, San Diego, CA USA.

    Pandey, S., Zacny, K., McKay, C., Cervone, A., Dave, A., “Investigating Fluidized Granular Flow Behavior in Extraterrestrial Environments for a Pneumatic Regolith Acquisition System” AIAA Space 2014, Aug 4-8 2014, San Diego, CA USA.

    Pandey, S., Cervone, A., Zacny, K., McKay, C.  “Sample Acquisition System Using Gas Injection for a Mars Lander Mission” International Astronautics Congress 2014, Sep 29- Oct 4 2014, Orlando, Canada.



    Dr. Sean Tuttle, Senior Lecturer, UNSW Canberra at ADFA, Building 20, Northcott Drive, ACT 2600 Australia; Email: S.Tuttle(at)

    Dr. Christopher McKay, Senior Space Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035, USA, Email: chris.mckay(at)

    Dr. Kris Zacny, Vice President, Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Corp., Pasadena, USA; Email: zacny(at)   

    Dr. Sharmila Bhattacharya, Principal Investigator, Bio-modeling and Performance Lab, Space Biosciences Division, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035 USA; Email: sharmila.bhattacharya(at)

    Dr. Angelo Cervone, Assistant Professor, Space Systems Engineering Chair Staff, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands; Email: A.Cervone(at)

    Dr. Sudarshan Kumar, Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai, India; Email: sudar(at)

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