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     Date Submitted:19-06-2019
     Last Modified:20-06-2019 (06:09)
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     Current job:Electronics Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Europe only
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsSatellite power subsystems


    Electrical and Control Engineer Specialized in Space Applications


    Driven, structured and technically-minded; I have a strong background in space-applied electronics and control systems from a multidisciplinary education and varied work experiences in prominent space companies and agencies. Proven aptitude for working in international teams, in highly-technical positions and with customers; I have excellent social, engineering and presentation skills.


    Lead designer for the Cube#0 payload which has been installed on-board the International Space Station in June 2018.

    Developed a digital PWM-based control method for the S3R converter which highly mitigates variable frequency issues.

    Developed a digital shunt current limitation method for the S3R which avoids commonly required oversizing of the MOSFETs.

    Developed at the time Thales Alenia Space’s fastest analog closed-loop DC-DC switching converter (switching at 6.5 MHz).

    Bachelor’s and Master’s degree both achieved with the “magna cum laude” honor.

    Author on two published papers about power electronics, several more unpublished on ResearchGate.


    Engineering & Programming

           Control system design        Matlab & Simulink, Scilab & Xcos

    Circuit design/simulation        Pspice, Psim, SIMetrix, LTSpice, ModelSim, Xilinx ISE

                                  PCB Design        Eagle, Altium Designer

                                CAD and FEA        Catia V5, Solidworks, Fusion 360, AutoCAD

    Programming languages        VHDL, Python, VBA, C#, C, Arduino, knowledge of: Linux, Assembler, HTML, JS, CSS, Java and XML


                    French        Native proficiency

                    English        Full professional proficiency (C1)

                    Dutch        Limited professional proficiency (C1)

                    German        Elementary proficiency (A1.2)

    Academic Education

    Aalto University, School of Electrical Engineering          Helsinki, Finland

    M.Sc. in Space Robotics and Automation (Joint European Master: SpaceMaster)       2015 – 2017

    M.Sc. thesis: “ICE Cubes Mission: Design, Development and Documentation of the Cube-Zero System”

    Julius Maximilian University of Würzburg           Würzburg, Germany

    Luleå University of Technology                      Kiruna, Sweden

    M.Sc. in Space Science and Technology (Joint European Master: SpaceMaster)          2015 – 2017

    Power and attitude control responsible in a Floatsat project: 3-axis attitude controlled start-tracker

    ECAM, Brussels Engineering School         Brussels, Belgium

    Kaunas University of Technology              Kaunas, Lithuania

    M.Sc. in Electromechanical and Control Engineering                  2013 – 2015

    M.Sc. degree achieved with the “magna cum laude” honor

    M.Sc. thesis: “Study of a Hysteretic Regulator and Frequency Control applied to a Low-Power and High-Speed Buck Converter”

    Hardware team leader in the Eurobot 2014 robotics contest

    ECAM, Brussels Engineering School               Brussels, Belgium

    B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering                 2010 – 2013

    B.Sc. degree achieved with the “magna cum laude” honor

    Mechanical design team member in the Shell Eco-Marathon 2013 energy efficient competition


    Relevant Experience

    AAC Clyde Space        Uppsala, Sweden

    Electronics Engineer – Smallsat subsystems             Sep. 2018 – Present

    Development of power subsystems for small satellites. Active involvement in the complete product development cycle; from early design, through assembly/verification to product delivery and spacecraft integration/operation support.

    Addressed topics: electronics design, AIV, satellite power subsystems

    European Space Agency (ESA-ESTEC)               Noordwijk, Netherlands

    Power Conditioning and Distribution Engineer (Young Graduate Trainee)             Sep. 2017 – Sep. 2018

    Research and development on digitally controlled regulators and control algorithms for solar array power conditioning. The R&D included feasibility studies, system and control loop modeling/design, programming of controllers, board design, mounting, testing and reporting. Additionally also tasked to assess the use of series sequential switching for short-eclipse space missions by making an energy dissipation trade-off with shunt switching and an applied comparison for a set of flying ESA satellites. Duties also involved general power subsystem support to various ESA projects: Fly Your Satellite (FYS) designs review, support to Concurrent Design sessions and weekly power management department meetings.

    Addressed topics: mixed-signal electronics, FPGA (VHDL), control engineering, static/dynamic DC-DC converter modeling, ECSS

    Space Applications Services          Brussels, Belgium

    Avionics and Systems Engineer (M.Sc. Thesis Intern)            Jan. 2017 – Jul. 2017

    Systems and hardware design of the International Space Station payload: Cube-Zero. It is a test cube for on-orbit commissioning of the ICE Cubes ISS microgravity experimentation platform. With full lead the work covered project phase 0 to phase D which involved definition of system specifications, hardware design, engineering model manufacturing and general design documentation.

    Addressed topics: systems engineering, structural analysis, CAD, digital electronics, ECSS, ISS and launcher standards

    Aalto University i.c.w. ICEYE            Helsinki, Finland

    Mechatronics Engineer (Working Student)              Sep. 2016 – Nov. 2016

    Design and development of an automated positioning system as linear scanner for the testing of ICEYE’s SAR satellite antenna array (hardware, software and client support). It fulfilled the requirements of 1mm positioning accuracy, high rigidity and the delivery of a Python API with documentation and general user manual.

    Addressed topics: Python, C, mechatronics and mechanical engineering

    German Aerospace Center (DLR)             Lampoldshausen, Germany

    Mechatronics Engineer (M.Sc. Intern)             Jun. 2016 – Jul. 2016

    Conceptual design of a gas-driven siren as excitation system for a cryogenic Oxygen-Hydrogen rocket engine. Produced deliverables included amongst other P&ID diagrams, bill of materials, control panel design, control topology and simulations.

    Addressed topics: electromechanics, control and measurement, basics of fluid dynamics and mechanical frequency analysis

    Agence pour l’évaluation de la qualité de l’enseignement supérieur (AEQES)         Brussels, Belgium

    Expert Student Auditor               Sep. 2015 – Aug. 2016

    Auditing of Belgian Industrial Engineering institutions. Verification of educational standards, discussion of shortcomings, raise awareness of educational quality standards and eventually report to accreditation institutions.

    Addressed topics: education methods, quality assurance and standards, auditing methodology

    Thales Alenia Space           Leuven, Belgium

    Power Systems Engineer (M.Sc. Thesis Intern)              Sep. 2014 – Jun. 2015

    Assessment of a novel hysteretic-type regulator with switching frequency control for a high-bandwidth Buck converter. Work involved at first an in-depth design, modeling and characterization of the analog control loop and converter performance. It was followed by a prototype design and mounting, lab-testing, model validation and resulting topology documentation.

    Addressed topics: discrete analog electronics, voltage/frequency closed-loop control, high-frequency switching, GaN, DC-DC

    Thales Alenia Space               Charleroi, Belgium

    Power Systems Engineer (B.Sc. Student Intern)               Mar. 2013 – May. 2013

    Comparative study of a set of integrated Flyback converters including the definition of test variables and procedures, in-lab testing and reporting. Additional work involved the upgrade of an automated test setup for DC-DC converters by hardware and software modifications to comply with new models.

    Addressed topics: power converter testing/characterization, electronic measurements and instrumentation, Excel visual basic


    Trainings, Workshops and Certifications

    Vacuum Basics           Noordwijk, Netherlands

    ESA Learning Center (ESTEC) – Day intensive training          Jan. 2017

    Effect of Radiations on EEE Components           Noordwijk, Netherlands

    ESA Learning Center (ESTEC) – Day intensive training                 Nov. 2017

    Concurrent Engineering Techniques               Redu, Belgium

    ESA Academy (ESEC) – Week intensive workshop              Mar. 2017

    Quality Standards and Auditing Methodology for Engineering Institutions            Brussels, Belgium

    AEQES and CTI – 3-day intensive training and certification                Sep. 2015

    Coaching Techniques for Mentoring of Students               Brussels, Belgium

    SAR H.E. Vinci – day intensive training and certification             Nov. 2013

    Aviation Science Theory for PPL(A)                Grimbergen, Belgium

    Vliegclub Grimbergen – 120 hours training and certification        Oct. 2010

    Extracurricular Projects

    Study board for digital control of power electronics         June 2019 

    Design of a generic FPGA module which can be combined with custom power extension boards to facilitate the applied study of digital control for power electronics.

    Weather satellite picture decoding system        May 2018

    Realization of a 137 MHz-optimized cross-dipole antenna for receiving and decoding weather images broadcasted through the APT service of active NOAA satellites.

    Connected messaging box “Scatolina”          Aug. 2017 

    Development of an internet connected messaging box (pager) with oled display and user interface. It can receive and display messages sent by the server destined to the client, inform the server about the client’s network quality and allow the client to emit text-message notifications to the user on the server side. It is built as a personalized alternative to common messaging tools.

    IOT automated coffee making alarm        Aug. 2016

    Design and built of an internet connected coffee making alarm clock with online control page, coffee machine status feedback and personalized message display.


    P. Fernandez, M.A. Granda, M.V. Simmonds, Q. Mannes, C. Ferndandez, A. Fernandez, P. Zumel (2018), “Discrete-time modeling of pulse-width modulated DC-DC converters in sub-sampling conditions,” 2018 IEEE 19th Workshop on Control and Modeling for Power Electronics (COMPEL), Padova, Italy, 2018, pp. 1-7.

    Q. Mannes, C. Flémale, “Etude d’un régulateur hystérétique et d’un contrôle de fréquence appliqué à un convertisseur Buck synchrone basse-puissance et haute-fréquence,” Revue Scientifique des Ingénieurs Industriels, n°30: p.197-208, May, 2017.

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