An ambitious and quality-driven aerospace engineering graduate with a Master’s in Space Engineering, seeking an opportunity to contribute to the industry’s advancements in space missions and applications. Interested in a career as a space mission systems engineer, satellite systems engineer, or AIT engineer.
Master of Science with Distinction– Space Engineering Sept 2017 – Sept 2018
University of Surrey, United Kingdom
Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering, Space Systems & Design Sept 2012 – Apr 2017
Carleton University, Canada
Lagrange Point Low Cost Mission for Space Weather Nov 2017 – Aug 2018
As my Master’s thesis, I completed a mission design for a low cost satellite at the L1 Lagrange point to observe Space weather. I progressed through subsystem design iterations and observed a significant improvement while learning the impact of changing a single parameter – leading to an optimized final design. This also occurred when calculating the link budget and I was able to determine parameters which met the requirement of a ‘real time’ data downlink. I utilized my resources with my industry supervisor, reached out to project leads for payload instrument specifications, and acquired information for spacecraft components to present a mission with strongly supported design choices. To overcome any knowledge barriers I completed extensive research on the scientific aspects of space weather and the payload instruments. This lead to developing a design for each subsystem of the satellite, the launch and trajectory, the link budget, and cost budget while meeting the requirements set by industry. The project taught me the importance of requirements, the impact of each subsystem on the entire spacecraft, and the problem solving techniques required to achieve a successful mission design.
Application of engineering concepts and tools
Created a script in MATLAB to filter data of population densities, resulting in enhanced satellite coverage analysis by feeding array data into STK.
Configured a constellation model in STK of an industry design to compare and analyze coverage levels and determined optimal configuration.
Generated an STK link-budget, regenerated results from a professionally done budget and compared values where a strong accuracy was determined for the integrated tool.
Modeled an industry constellation in STK to determine the minimum number of satellites required for global coverage providing baseline results for initial study.
Orbital Dynamics and Spacecraft Control
Developed a control system in MATLAB and successfully detumbled a satellite by applying a control algorithm for momentum wheels and magnetorquers.
Developed numerous MATLAB scripts for calculating the propagation and determination of orbital dynamics.
Simulated the kinematics of a robotic manipulator and designed a controller enabling the manipulator to follow a predetermined trajectory using MATLAB and Simulink.
Designed various STK orbit scenarios to compare ground station access times, eclipse frequency and duration, and target coverage duration; with the results an orbit timeline was created and requirements for the systems team, power and communication subsystems were provided.
Designed various components with CAD for engineering redesign projects; developed skills for future design work.
Completed design iterations of a canister cap and body with CAD after testing sessions, resulting in the protection and release of a payload during launch and descent.
Designed a CAD model of a satellite structure including a model of the subsystems and payload for Master’s thesis of a space weather satellite providing a deployed and stowed configuration.
Industry Relations and Research Nov 2018 – Present
Satellite Canada Innovation Network (SatCan), Ottawa, ON
Completing research and establishing connections for client development and determining possible product integration within the industry.
Designed consulting services flyer for marketing purposes resulting in small to medium enterprises, mandatory for the CTO contract, to purchase a membership.
Researched and prepared documentation regarding the LEO ecosystem, Research and Innovation Centres (RICs), and Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) that provided team members with industry knowledge and resources for clients and organization growth.
Telesat Canada - Systems Engineering Summer Student May 2015 – Aug 2015
Constructed multiple LEO configurations in STK to analyze the range of coverage levels in target areas for satellite communication users to maximize constellation efficiency.
Compared accuracy of simulated and calculated link budget results to verify STK software as an integrated and improved design tool.
Analyzed and determined possible LEO constellation configurations to achieve global coverage with minimum number of satellites resulting in a minimum requirement for constellation design specifications.
Telesat Canada - Engineering Summer Student May 2014 – Aug 2014
First experienced using Engineering software within a professional environment and developed the skills required to filter MATLAB data for satellite constellation analysis.
Researched and prepared a business forecasting summary regarding satellite applications, determining the direction of future developments and customer opportunities.
Prepared satellite data file and implemented new procedure for inputting satellite operation information to shared database.
Developed verbal communication skills during presentations of the Telesat Research and Development Lab initiatives for visitors.
Industry Involvement and Non-Professional Experience
Registration and Policy Session Stenographer/Drafter November 2018
Canadian Space Summit, Ottawa
Responsible for guest registration at the 2018 Canadian Space Summit.
Documented and drafted policy session discussion points for Satellite Canada.
Canadian Space Society (CSS) Mar 2017 – June 2017
Media/Marketing intern responsible for the society’s online presence and social media correspondence across a variety of different platforms; Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Flickr.
CanSat Competition Oct 2016 – Apr 2017
Designed, tested and built a space vehicle for a mission with a solar powered payload sampling atmospheric conditions while in flight.
Constructed CAD models and drawings for canister cap and body.
Satellite Design Project Sept 2015 – Apr 2016
Carleton University, Ottawa
Performed STK analysis to determine best case orbital parameters for fixed ground station location and met target coverage area.
Determined eclipse, visibility durations and frequency for uplink/downlink analysis and battery charging cycle to build design requirements for systems architecture.
Constructed orbit timeline for mission analysis and communication, thermal, and power subsystems developing a system capable of successful operation.
Responsible for overseeing the successful integration of thermal subsystem with other satellite systems.
Funding Manager for the Satellite Design Project Sept 2014 – Apr 2016
Carleton University, Ottawa
Constructed grant application proposals and acquired over $8000 in funds for travel purposes, materials and equipment for students to create prototypes and perform tests for their subsystem development.
Coordinated the purchase of a space qualified onboard computer for project testing purposes, applicable for the 3-4 year lifetime of the project.
Constructed grant application proposals and acquired funds for student textbook purchases to use for analysis purposed as well as travel funds to visit COMDEV and the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS).
Peer Mentor – Communication Skills for Engineering Students Sept 2014 – Apr 2015
Carleton University, Ottawa
Researched and prepared term project topics for 2nd year students in accordance with set course and learning requirements.
Supported students in class through engineering concept reviews, approval, and attended term presentations providing constructive feedback for groups.
Reviewed and approved final papers and engineering concepts through email and one-on-one student meetings ensuring groups were working towards set targets and preventing time creep.
Graded and provided feedback for final concept drawings.
Fluent in English both written and oral with conversational level of French.
I love traveling and exploring new places; my favourites have been skiing in France, driving across Canada to work in British Columbia and backpacking on my own in Prague. It ties in perfectly with my passion for trying new foods and hiking – even through the rain in Wales! I also enjoy music from playing the piano, guitar, and flute.
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