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 Date Submitted:04-11-2011
 Last Modified:28-08-2012 (10:08)
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 Current job:System Engineer
 Employment Term:Either
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
 Keywordssystem engineering, quality assurance, instrument design, project management, test engineer, AIT, AIV, optical system, infrared, electronics, optics, attitude determination, ADCS, earth sensor, micro and nano technology for space, software engineering
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- Over four years experience for instrument development, as system engineer and quality assurance for projects with the EPFL Space Center
- Diverse experience in optics, electronics, micro and nano technology for space applications, semiconductor technology, control systems, software engineering for embedded systems
- Results oriented, analytical, innovative and intuitive problem solver, team player

Professional Experience 
 
EPFL, Switzerland
Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory
Space Center
December 2007 - April 2012
 
Sensor Development for satellite attitude determination:
- Research of novel Earth sensor for attitude determination on board LEO satellites with +/- 180° field of view
- Design and development of mechanics, optoelectronics and electronics for sensor utilizing optical / capacitive position sensing, based on measuring the gravity gradient torque
- Continuously improved yield and reliability, prepared the sensor for a test in microgravity on a sounding rocket
 
Instrument Design:
- Collaborated with RUAG Space Zurich for the design of a two-axis attitude determination instrument for satellites based on the novel MEMS sensor
 
System Engineering:
Technical leadership of a multidisciplinary five member team, through all phases, for the successful development and delivery of a payload to the European Space Agency (ESA), for testing of the sensor in microgravity on a sounding rocket (REXUS)
--- Responsible for system architecture and requirements definition, quality assurance
--- Meeting project goals: costs, technical requirements, deliverables for project review within deadlines set by ESA
--- Ensured necessary and sufficient documentation for ESA project reviews
--- Responsible for system design and partitioning for necessary electronic, software, mechanical, and thermal subsystems
--- Test plan definition - ensured coverage of performance and qualification requirements

Phase 0 / Phase A activities for a satellite for active space debris removal
--- Mission design and planning based on time frame, costs, ground segment availability
--- Derived and defined requirements for power, command and data handling, ADCS, telemetry
 
Testing and Characterization:
- Experience with high vacuum test setups, thermal-vacuum testing
- Familiarity with Labview
- Experience with shock and vibration tests
 
Nano and Micro Technology for Space:
- Process engineering for semiconductor and MEMS devices
- Process steps: photolithography, various material growth and deposition techniques, various dry and wet etching processes, vaporetch
- Mounting and Packaging: wire bonding, low-stress packaging, anodic and eutectic wafer bonding
 
Other responsibilities (Planning, Training):
- Teaching assistant for the course "Reliability of Microsystems"
- Training lab members for cleanroom safety and equipment
- Supervision of master thesis's and semester projects
 
TU Darmstadt, Institute for Microwaves and Optics
Research Assistant, October 2004 – November 2007 
 
Optics and Photonics:
- Fabrication and testing of wavelength-tunable infrared lasers for spectroscopy and telecommunication applications
- Design, fabrication, testing of micro-mirror arrays
 
Control systems:
- Design and construction of electronics for closed loop stabilization and control of tunable IR (infrared) lasers
 
Thin Films:
- Characterization and control of deposition of dielectric coatings using low temperature PECVD for optical applications such as distributed Bragg reflectors
 
Semiconductor Devices:
- Simulation, fabrication and characterization of GaN-based Heterostructure field effect transistors
 
Motorola, Bangalore, India
Software Engineer, July 2002 – August 2004 

- Lead a two member team for quality assurance activties, system und integration testing of UMTS phones
- Embedded system development: Customized OS services for advanced wireless platforms
 
Additional Information
Participated in a workshop to understand and evaluate the effects of radiation in space, at the EPFL Space Center, conducted by experts from ESA.
 
 
Education
 
EPFL, Switzerland
April 2012
PhD – Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory
Thesis: "MEMS Inertial Sensor to measure the Gravity Gradient Torque in Orbit" (Prof. Herbert Shea)
 
TU Darmstadt, Germany
September 2007
Master of Science
Focus: Optics, Microelectronics, Semiconductor Physics
Thesis: “Fabrication and Characterization of MEMS Micro-Mirror Arrays” 
 
University of Pune, India
June 2002
Bachelor of Engineering - Electrical Engineering
Focus: Microelectronic Circuits, VLSI Design, Signal Processing, Communication Systems, Computer Networks
 
Computer Tools 
C, C++, Assembly language, VHDL, Eagle, Expert, AutoCAD, Solidworks, MATLAB / Simulink, OSLO, Labview, MS Windows, MS Office, Linux, ANSYS, Cadence, Synopsys TCAD
 
Languages
English - Native
German  - Fluent
French  - Advanced
 
For references please contact:
 
Prof. Herbert Shea
Microsystems for Space Technologies Laboratory, EPFL
Rue Jaquet Droz 1 CP 526
Neuchatel 2002, Switzerland
 
herbert.shea(at)epfl.ch
 
Muriel Richard
Scientist
Swiss Space Center, EPFL
ELD 014 (Bâtiment ELD), Station 11 
Lausanne 1015, Switzerland
 
muriel.richard(at)epfl.ch
 
Prof. Dr. Peter Meissner
Institut for Microwaves and Optics
Merckstraße 25
64283 Darmstadt, Germany
 
meissner(at)hf.tu-darmstadt.de

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