Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc, 86.4%, Cranfield University (2015 – 2018; part-time)
Sponsored by Royal Academy of Engineering
Awarded ‘Course Director’s Prize’ for outstanding overall performance
Awarded ‘Vega System’ Prize’ for best individual Thesis
Thesis: ‘Low Cost Turbopump for Small Satellite Launcher Application’
Mechanical Engineering MEng, 2:1, University of Manchester (2007 – 2011)
A Levels: Physics (A) History (A) Mathematics (B), The King’s School Chester (2005 – 2007)
Airbus Defence & Space, Space Systems, Stevenage: Principal Propulsion Engineer (11/17 – Present)
Responsible for the following:
The successful delivery of three qualification campaigns for Airbus’ NEO & Onesat platforms: two mono-propellant and one bi-propellant Reaction Control Thrusters. Role involves managing work packages, producing technical specifications, defining test plans and hot fire test matrices, producing and reviewing RFDs/RFWs/NCRs, reviewing supplier qualification data packages, supporting qualification reviews. Role requires close and open relationship with the supplier, leading weekly telecons and supporting/ensuring the success of all formal reviews (PDR, CDR, QR). Key link between supplier and internal Airbus departments/projects/specialists to ensure all system requirements are achieved. Key success: managed a TIGER team to deliver rapid unit qualification within 7 months.
Qualification activities on NO and NC Pyro-valves for NASA/ESA high profile ESM manned missions. Role involves close co-operation with Lockheed Martin, NASA, ESA and Airbus departments to define specifications, test sequences, review qualification data and approve RFAs/RFDs. Also work package manager and graduate trainer for this project.
Recurring build activities and quality on Eurostar spacecraft pressure transducers, propellant tanks and Reaction Control/Apogee Thrusters (previously also responsible for latch valves). Role involves providing technical support to various Airbus internal departments and Supplier Operations Managers; maintaining specification & qualification summary reports, review/acceptance of RFDs/RFWs/NCRs, review of equipment End Item Data Packages, support at equipment build/test reviews and presentation to the end satellite customer at Qualification Summary Reviews, Delivery Review and Non-Conformance Review Boards.
Ad hoc activities include: propulsion lead for an early phase ESA study into optimum mono and bi-propellant controlled re-entry propulsion modules, creation of a design specification for a novel propellant bellows tank, support of Tender Evaluation Board process for new satellite equipment, creation and maintenance of detailed thruster catalogues, submission of nuclear propulsion study work-package and green propellant market study.
Enrichment Technology, Asset Restoration, Chester: Lead Mechanical & Process Engineer (09/14 – 11/17)
Lead Engineer on three nuclear site modification projects, ranging in size from £100,000 - £10+ million. Successfully delivered (and led) Reference Design, Basic Design, Detail Design, Implementation and Decommissioning phases for Mechanical Systems. Operated as key interface between Contractors, Project, Client and Design Authority. Supported Plant Outage Management activities (leading the first plant outage in 10 years) and trained Plant Operations and Maintenance.
Enrichment Technology, Plant Design & Projects, Chester: Plant Process Engineer (04/14 – 09/14)
Managed several design work packages for various customers. Performed design substantiation, design basis & technical calculations for pipework, heater/chiller and pump systems. Developed system performance models and updated existing calculation methods, improving their accuracy. Produced detailed technical reports & specifications.
Enrichment Technology, Commissioning, New Mexico, U.S.A: Plant Commissioning Engineer (05/13 – 04/14)
Responsible for the safe and timely delivery of new uranium enrichment capacity; value ~£30 million. Resourced managed and led inactive and active electro/mechanical commissioning activities, interfacing with plant Operations, Maintenance and specialist contractors. Provided ‘on call’ technical support, performed fault finding/investigative works and managed plant testing/modification projects.
Enrichment Technology, Chester: Graduate Mechanical & Process Engineer (09/11 – 05/13)
Completed a two-year Graduate Development Program. Completed placements in Mechanical & Process, Power & Control Systems, Research & Development (Germany), Assembly & Installation (France), Manufacturing (Netherlands), Planning and Projects (Netherlands), Vendor Management (UK & Europe), Commercial & HSE.
Enrichment Technology, Plant Design & Projects, Chester (07/10 – 09/10)
Risktec, Risk Analysis, Warrington (07/09 – 08/09)
AMEC, Nuclear Engineering, Knutsford (08/08 – 09/08)
Project Management Qualification (PMQ): IPMA Level D
Design and Safe Operation of Composite Overwrapped Pressure Vessels (1-week)
Propulsion Systems Fundamentals
Practical Engineering Skills (9-week)
Effective Requirement Writing
IEE 17th Edition
Advanced Presentation Skills
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Previous use of Solidworks, AutoCAD, Abaqus, MATLAB/Simulink, DasyLab, DOORS
Certified Project Management Associate
Member of the British Interplanetary Society
SC security cleared; have previously attained higher security clearance
British Interplanetary Society: Attend various space related lectures and have volunteered at numerous events including the UK Space Conference. Presented at the Westcott Propulsion Conference on Turbopumps. Currently involved in a volunteer technical project to manufacture and test a small satellite launcher/lunar lander Partial Emission Pump (subject of my Thesis)
London Space Network: Attend monthly events to network with space industrial employees and enthusiasts.
Cranfield University Thesis Mentor: Technical Mentor to a Cranfield student for their MSc Thesis 2018-2019
STEM: Volunteer at local schools to talk about propulsion engineering and rockets to students of all ages
Fitness: Regular CrossFit and British Military Fitness member. Ski, surf, hike and distance run. Former Rower.
Travel: Avid traveller; backpacked around Australia, Vietnam, South America, explored central America etc.
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