Junior Roboticist & Software Engineer
Fresh graduate from an international Erasmus+ master’s degree in space engineering and science, specialising in robotics and automation, with a background in C and C++ among several languages and diverse work experience.
KEY SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Robotics and related subjects
Thesis topic: guided policy search (reinforcement learning) on a lightweight industrial robotic arm, including development of a ROS plugin in C++, a learning agent in Python and associated Python configuration scripts
Mechanics of robots, including position, movement and rotation using matrices and quaternions, trajectory calculation, Denavit-Hartenberg parameters, forward and inverse kinematics and elementary dynamics
Introductory computer vision, including image filtering, corner detection, perspective projection and stereo vision
Control engineering, including classical analogue and digital, and state-space control
Reinforcem2001--2004 University of Glasgowent learning from Markov decision processes to policy gradients and partially observable MDPs
Modelling, estimation and simulation of dynamic systems with project work in Matlab and Simulink
Mobile robotics course introduced ROS for control, sensing and SLAM
Self-taught programmer mainly in C/C++, but also Python, Matlab, Haskell and Rust
University courses in C, C++ and Ada all passed at A grade and online courses in Scala and Haskell completed
Designed and wrote the on-board software for a mock satellite project (sensors, inter-process and ground-station communication) for master’s degree using C++ and the RODOS real-time OS
Matlab for atmospheric radar analysis and rapid prototyping using regression and system modelling and simulation
Development methodology and support skills
Self-taught in computer fundamentals---instruction pipeline, memory mapping, combinatorial logic, et cetera
Courses in data structures and algorithms, including binary trees, queues, maps, basic sorts and big-O notation, and in object-orientated design and UML
Version control with git (Bitbucket/Github)
Daily Linux user since 2001---happy to troubleshoot and debug at the terminal
Orbital mechanics, from Kepler and Newton’s laws, through the two-body problem to perturbations
Mission analysis: power cycles, orbit maintenance, computer redundancy, mass/fuel/comms budgets, lifetimes
Attitude control theory and equipment, including sensors, thrusters, wheels and other torquers
Courses in solar plasma physics and spacecraft-environment interactions---radiation, electromagnetics, et cetera
Internship: prototyped a software-defined radio groundstation for cubesats using GNU Radio, Python and C++
Introductory HDLs in undergraduate computer systems course and later online course on building a computer in simulation from nand gates, through components such as flip-flops, to an ALU and a fetch-execute circuit
Circuit design and construction during bachelor's degree projects, e.g. small commercial radio receiverJunior Roboticist & Software Engineer
Long experience of soldering and repairing audio circuits and musical instruments/accessories
Excellent communication: Worked for three years as a subeditor and designer on a national newspaper
Teamwork: Successful three-month group project to build a floating mock satellite as on-board programmer among mechanical engineers, a control engineer, a ground-station programmer and an electrical engineer
Leadership: As editor of university newspaper was responsible for a core team of around 20 people and learned to understand everyone’s motives to get the best work out of them
2016--2018 Luleå University of Technology and Aalto University with semester at University of Würzburg: MSc Space Science and Technology (Erasmus Spacemaster)
Robotics and automation, space dynamics, spacecraft system design, space plasma physics, environmental interactions, small satellite design-and-build project
2009--2013 University of Surrey: BEng Space Technology and Planetary Exploration (2:1)
Analogue and digital electronics, C/C++ programming, object-orientated design, circuit theory, electromagnetism, mathe-matics, control engineering, satellite systems, dynamics and missions and professional, teamwork and business studies
1993--2000 Burford School
A Level: Computing (A), Maths (C), Physics (C)
GCSE: English (A/A), Maths (A), Business (B), Science (B/B), German (B), History (B), Art (C), Religious Studies (C)2000
2016 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne/Coursera: Functional Programming Principles in Scala (94%)
2016 Hebrew University of Jerusalem/Coursera: Build a Modern Computer from First Principles: From Nand to Tetris Part I (100%)
2014 Delft University of Technology/edX: Functional Programming with Haskell (Pass)
2013 National Council for the Training of Journalists
Reporting, court reporting, media law, subediting, shorthand and public affairs
2001--2004 University of Glasgow Computing Science/English Language (unfinished degree)
June 2017--Aug 2017 Satellite Applications Catapult, Harwell
Ground communications intern, Missions Team
May 2016--Sep 2016 Short contracts, Oxford
Jul 2013--May 2016 People’s Press Printing Society, London
Feb 2009--Aug 2009 Short administrative contracts, Oxford
Jul 2007--Feb 2009 Aon, Glasgow
Insurance renewal administrator
Feb 2007--Jul 2007 Short administrative contracts, Glasgow
Jul 2006--Feb 2007 Hudson, Glasgow
CV processing administrator
Mar 2006--Jul 2006 Bee Successful, Glasgow
Web developer (contract)
Jul 2004--Mar 2006 Short administrative contracts, Oxford/Glasgow
Sep 2000--Sep 2001 RCP Consultants, Didcot
Programmer (financial computing)/IT Support
Swedish, Finnish, French, Arabic: Limited exposure
2012 University of Surrey Students' Union Student Media Award
2011 University of Surrey Students' Union Most Active Society Member Award (university newspaper)
2000 Young Enterprise Oxfordshire Young Achiever of the Year
References on request.
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