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     Date Submitted:27-02-2019
     Last Modified:27-02-2019 (08:40)
    Job information
     Current job:Senior Guidance and Control Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsGuidance, Control, Modelling, Simulation, AI, ML, MATLAB, Simulink


    D.O.B: 27 Sep 1988, Married, SA Citizen, SA Secret Security Clearance


    I am an experienced engineer with an entrepreneurial streak, embodying varied interests, mostly in the aerospace, GIS, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, big-data, and informatics fields. I continually strive to explore new areas of work, aiming to grow and innovate in the process. I enjoy stimulating, challenging work but believe in a balanced lifestyle as well. Technical quality is the key aspect of my work ethic, but I also place a lot of importance on integrity and trustworthiness.




    University of Pretoria Pretoria, South Africa



    University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, South Africa



    University of KwaZulu-Natal Durban, South Africa


    • Best Final Year Project Award (2009)

    • Dean’s Commendation in all eight semesters

    • Graduated Summa-Cum-Laude


    Skills and Interests


    Software Related C, C++, C#, Java (Android), Python

    Graphics Related Blender, Autodesk Maya, Lightwave, 3DS-Max, OpenGL, DirectX, Unreal Engine

    GIS-related ArcGIS, QGIS, GDAL

    Engineering-related MATLAB (with Simulink), AutoDesk, AutoCAD Inventor, StarCCM+

    Areas of Interest Geographic Information Sciences/Systems, Data Analysis, Mathematical Modeling, Simulations and System Design, Computer Graphics, Visualization

    Documentation Advanced MS Office Proficiency (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project) and Latex

    Languages English, Bengali


    Work Experience


    Denel Dynamics SOE Pretoria, South Africa



    Denel Dynamics is a global supplier of world class Missile and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) solutions.

    • Conceptualization, design and implementation of guidance, navigation and control (GNC) software for various missile and defense related systems – surface-to-air, guided artillery, guided munitions and UAVs

    • Development of linear model based autopilot designs for a variety of flying weapon systems

    • Detailed mathematical modeling of complex missile systems and their complete battlefield environments for mass war-game simulations in C/C++, MATLAB and Simulink

    • Development of custom software for missile flight dynamics simulations in time and space

    • Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulations (HILS) design, development and implementation

    • Distributed computing on local networks

    • Extensive technical document writing experience

    • Software qualification and coding standards compliance and version control

    • Extensive ground and flight testing experience on multiple missile systems incl. data reduction and failure analysis

    • Project planning and team-leadership including budgeting

    • Extensive mentorship and knowledge management exercises (have mentored more than a dozen young engineers)

    • Involvement in candidate engineer interviews and the recruitment process

    • Client interactions and presentations


    Academy Mobile Johannesburg, South Africa



    Academy Mobile is a lean technology start-up that aims to revolutionize corporate learning using mobile chatbot technology

    • Design and implementation of innovative chatbot and natural language (NL) AI solutions on Android platforms

    • Analytics logging and analysis in real-time and scheduled time-frames – client dashboard generation

    • Databases – RDBMS design and implementation – SQL and NoSQL on cloud platforms

    • User experience (UX) design and user satisfaction survey and analysis

    • Budgeting and cash flow

    • Project planning

    • Client interactions


    In a Private Consulting Capacity Durban/Pretoria, South Africa, 2003-Present

    • Development of 3D rendering software engines for real-time flight simulations, including terrain, vegetation, atmosphere, buildings and infrastructure. GUIS based implementation on Windows operating systems

    • Aerial imagery/Satellite imagery processing and analysis: Landsat 7/8, EO1 ALI, SPOT and ASTER including geo-registration, pan-sharpening, NDVI and surface reflectance transformations. Image stitching, band manipulation, histogram/color equalization, artificial intelligence based classification and coordinate re-projections.

    • Custom hi-quality 2D and 3D static and/or real-time geo-visualization of massive vector/raster datasets including cadastral, elevation, water, LIDAR, transportation and ecological datasets. Rendition of giga-pixel images and use of sub-pixel rendering methods

    • Open data collection and formatting: collection of terabytes of detailed vector/raster datasets from over 100 countries, including census, cadastral, elevation, water, infrastructure and climatic data and conversion to standard simple raster and vector formats (binary/bmp and shapefile) for use in geo-visualization and analytics applications

    • Development of computationally fast algorithms for map re-projections and basic geo-data cleaning and quality assurance processes

    • Application of artificial neural networks (ANN) and genetic algorithms (GA) for the classification of geo-data

    • Development of ray-tracing software engine for photo-realistic 3D rendering of complex 3D models and geo-datasets

    • Custom GUI/database/software solution development for various computer graphics and simulation applications

    • Use of procedural techniques for massive content generation, realistic texture and material modeling, terrain modeling and massive data compression

    • Development of software capable of computationally efficient fluid simulation and fluid/gas visualization

    • Development of Android applications for geo-data visualization and/or data collection


    Academic Projects


    PhD: AI Based Autonomous Vehicle Safety in a 3rd World Context - Supervised by Prof. P. J. de Villiers at the University of Pretoria, Ongoing

    PhD THESIS January 2018 – Present

    • Problem Identification, Proposal Writing and Research Motivation

    • Development of simulation models of autonomous vehicles, sensors and realistic 3rd world road environs

    • Simulation model evaluation, test design and test planning

    • Pre-training and evaluation of machine learning based safe-driving algorithms

    • Data collection and integration from various sources and formats (photo, video, LiDAR, GIS)

    • Utilization of game engines for photorealistic and physics based environment emulations

    • Thesis writing


    MSc: Development and Flight Testing of a Hybrid Sounding Rocket – Supervised by Dr. MJ Brooks at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Aerospace Research Group (ASReG) at the School of Mechanical Engineering

    MASTERS THESIS January 2010 – December 2012

    • Development of detailed flight simulation software algorithms for sounding rockets

    • Development of artificially intelligent sounding rocket design algorithms (genetic algorithms based)

    • Implementation of user friendly GUI with integrated geo-data for sounding rocket flight test planning

    • Use of software in iterative design of Pheonix-1A hybrid sounding rocket, Africa’s first such rocket

    • Detailed mechanical design (with design for manufacture and assembly in mind), CFD and FEA analysis

    • Parts manufacture and procurement, assembly and ground testing

    • Flight testing of Phoenix-1A sounding rocket at Denel Overberg Test Range (DOTR), Western Cape

    • Flight test data analysis and validation of simulation software

    • Software documentation and configuration

    • Thesis writing


    Development of a Modular Tool Changer – Supervised by Prof G Bright at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group at the School of Mechanical Engineering

    FINAL YEAR PROJECT Jan 2009 – November 2009

    • Concept development and engineering-judgment based selection

    • Detailed mechanical and electronic design and costing

    • Simulation and software development

    • Procurement of parts, manufacture, assembly and testing

    • Detailed documentation and user documentation for industrialization

    • Demonstration on School of Mechanical Engineering open-day for external evaluation



    Brooks, M. J., Pitot de la Beaujardiere, J. F., Genevieve, B., Chowdhury, S. M. and Roberts, L. W., “Introduction to the University of KwaZulu-Natal Hybrid Sounding Rocket Program”, Proceedings of the 46th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit, Nashville, TN, United States of America, 25-28 July 2010

    Brooks, M. J., Pitot de la Beaujardiere, J. F., Genevieve, B., Chowdhury, S. M. and Roberts, L. W., “Sounding Rockets for Africa”, Proceedings of the 1st Annual South Africa SpaceAssociation Congress, Cape Town, South Africa, 2010

    Chowdhury, S. M., Brooks, M. J., Pitot de la Beaujardiere, J. F. and Roberts, L. W., “An Integrated Six-Degree-of-Freedom Trajectory Simulator for Hybrid Sounding Rockets”, Proceedings of the 49th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting, Orlando, Florida, United States of America, 4-7 January 2011



    Academic: Dr. M.J. Brooks, Masters Supervisor, University of KwaZulu-Natal. Contactable at brooks(at)

                         Dr. J. P. de Villiers, PhD Supervisor, University of Pretoria, Contactable at pieter.devilliers(at)

    Professional: P. Kantu (Manager), Denel Dynamics SOC, Contactable at paulin.kantu(at)


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