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     Date Submitted:28-01-2019
     Last Modified:28-01-2019 (01:54)
    Job information
     Current job:PhD Researcher
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsElectronics Engineer
    CV

    Current address: Leicester, U.K.

    Nationality: Irish

    Summary

    Returning to higher education has expanded my knowledge across multiple disciplines but my focus has remained on electronics and electrical systems. I am a motivated, self-driven individual with a comprehensive understanding of the space environment, digital and analogue circuit design, embedded systems, RF propagation, software development and customer service. I am a leader by nature but also a team player as my previous projects showed that I work well with colleagues and senior managers. I am currently looking for an exciting space industry position in avionics or systems engineering.

     

    Professional Highlights

    Designed, produced and implemented the avionics for team PIOneERS which launched on the ESA backed sub-orbital rocket REXUS 24 in March 2018

    Designed, manufactured and demonstrated an electromagnetic docking system implemented on the ‘Autonomous Assembly of a Reconfigurable Space Telescope' (AAReST) satellite due for launch in 2019

    Developed a highly effective smartphone application for an insurance firm giving customers the ability to report incidents efficiently whilst still on-scene

    Planned, deployed and operated a semi-autonomous satellite ground-station on a Cape Verdean island which yielded UHF ionospheric scintillation statistics and is still in use for other novel space related projects

     

    Education

    Ph.D. : Space environment and radio engineering, 2019

    University of Birmingham - U.K.

    Characterisation of the wideband UHF ionospheric RF channel

    Satellite communications have become an integral and invaluable part of modern society. With limited bandwidth available in the electromagnetic spectrum, it is imperative that we use what is available to its maximum utility

    As part of the Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group, experimental techniques were implemented to evaluate the time-varying nature of ionospheric disturbances

    Required skills span across physics, computing and engineering to model, measure and predict for digital modems of the future

    Bespoke software modelling and analysis techniques were used to quantify and predict the occurrence of such scintillation

    An opportunity arose to develop hardware for a sub-orbital spaceflight backed by ESA which launched in March 2018 on REXUS 24. Details at: http://uobserene.com/category/pioneers/

    M.Sc. : Space Engineering - Merit, 2015

    University of Surrey - U.K.

    The Surrey Space Centre (SSC) has been manufacturing satellites for over 30 years. Therefore, this MSc took full advantage of the excellent opportunities involving real satellite missions 

    A highly technical multi-disciplinary engineering degree incorporating all aspects of space missions from initial concept to hardware design, avionics, launch, propulsion, manufacturing and testing, to in orbit operations and communications

    Final project: design and fabrication of an innovative electromagnetic docking system. This included the control PCB and associated electronics for wireless operation before validating its functionality on a purpose built air-bearing testbed. Awarded a distinction for the project. The spacecraft is anticipated to be launched into low earth orbit in 2019

    Bachelor of Engineering : Electronics & Software – 2.1, 2005

    University of Ulster - Northern Ireland

    Digital and analogue circuit theory, microcontroller operation and software engineering

    Final year project: developed software using C/C++ to interface GPS and GSM modules which evaluated local electromagnetic radiation levels and mapped the results. Awarded a distinction for the project

     

    Employment

    Project Demonstrator

    April 2016 to present (ad hoc)

    University of Birmingham - Birmingham, U.K.

    Showcase current research equipment/concepts to prospective students

    Answer academic questions while conveying the message of a great student work/life balance

    Installation Engineer
    March 2011 to August 2014

    Perth Services - Perth, Australia

    Installation of satellite TV systems for domestic and commercial properties

    Diagnostic and repair/upgrade of existing satellite TV systems

    Telephone/fibre and data cabling through patch boards

    Full responsibility for liaising with the client, quotations, completion of the project within schedule, up-selling and invoicing

    Technical Lead
    March 2006 to May 2010

    Automatic Amusements - Dublin, Ireland

    Bench diagnostics, troubleshooting, schematic interpretation and repair of custom embedded systems

    Soldering and SMT rework to IPC-A-610 specifications

    Technical documentation and record keeping

    Technical support, store-room management and inventory control

     

    Publications

    McKenna E, Angling M.J., Subash J, G. Minelli, J. Newman, P.A. Bernhardt (2018) 'On the use of a CubeSats UHF modulated beacon for characterisation of small-scale ionospheric disturbances'. 15th European Space Weather Week 5-9 November, Leuven, Belgium.

    McKenna E. (2018) 'Ionospheric scintillation characterisation at UHF'. 2018 AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium 13-14 October, Milton Keynes, U.K.

     

    Technical Skills

    Skills

     

    Experience

     

    Total Years

     

    Last Used

    Windows, Unix, Linux, Mac OSX

     

    Expert

     

    20

     

    Current

    Manual soldering

     

    Highly proficient

     

    15

     

    Current

    MATLAB

     

    Highly proficient

     

    5

     

    Current

    Python

     

    Proficient

     

    2

     

    Current

    C/C++

     

    Proficient

     

    5

     

    2018

    Eagle PCB Design

     

    Proficient

     

    3

     

    2018

    Java

     

    Proficient

     

    1

     

    2017

    Swift

     

    Intermediate

     

    1

     

    2017

     

    Additional

    European Space Agency (ESA) certificate in manual soldering

    Active member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

    Ofcom Amateur radio licence holder


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