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     Date Submitted:02-01-2010
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     Current job:Final year PhD student (+ Research Officer at University of Bath)
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsnumerate, experience in R&D engineering, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL, UK), University of Bath (UK) satellite payload development, instrumentation, GPS for remote applications, Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO, Australia), autonomous fibre positi
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    Career Interests

    I am very keen in working on spacecraft design & build, and related instrumentation. My experience during my PhD included the development of a GPS receiver-based payload (TOPCAT) for plasmaspheric science installed in UK Space Agency’s pilot CubeSat – UKube-1. I took the primary role in all stages of payload development, managing the project from design through to space qualification tests. Design and build of TOPCAT required various aspects of hardware/software, RF and mechanical engineering skills.

     

    EDUCATION

     

    2011-Current

    University of Bath, UK

    PhD Research Programme in Electronic and Electrical Engineering

    Thesis Title: Topside Ionosphere/Plasmasphere Tomography using Space-Borne Dual Frequency GPS Receivers

    The project installed a GPS L1/L2 receiver within the CubeSat UKube-1 to measure the total electron content on the topside ionosphere and beyond. The payload was a feasibility study of technology and cost to implement a constellation of GPS receivers for continuous global monitoring of the region. The project will also validate a MATLAB-based ionospheric tomography algorithm for the topside ionosphere/plasmasphere, enabling the first phase of a complete system for global ionised upper atmospheric imaging. During my PhD I also assisted teaching academics with practical laboratories for undergraduate students and provided informal supervision to postgraduate students.

     

     

    2005-2010

    University of Bath, UK

    MEng (Hons) Electronics with Space Science andTechnology with Industrial Placement - First-Class Honours (Average: 85.2%)

    Significant Projects Undertaken:

    (1) Group Business and Design Project (GBDP) to produce a business proposal and design a Loran receiver module – Included a Needs Analysis/Target Specification, Feasibility Study, Business Plan and Technical Detailed Design. Each team member was required to assume roles of a manager and engineer. I was the Operations Manager in charge of product operation procedures, and managing capital resources.

     

    (2) Final Year Individual Project (FYP) on the design of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) flight controller – Included research into project specifications and design alternatives, leading to the final proposal of the design.

    Other Modules Include: Communication, Remote Sensing & Satellite Navigation Systems, Microprocessors & Digital Electronics, Space Electronics & Vehicles/Platforms

     

     

    2002-2005

    Stafford International School, Sri Lanka

     

    4 Grade As – Physics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry

     

    WORK EXPERIENCE

     

    2014-Current

    Research Officer at the University of Bath

    Working with a Spirent GPS simulator to characterize the behavior of GPS receivers in the presence of ionospheric scintillation, with specific interest on aviation receivers that will be used for safety critical applications. Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students on projects related to the Spirent simulator.

     

    Summer

    2009, 2010

    Student Fellow at the Australian Astronomical Observatory, Australia

    I was awarded three-month (2009) and six-month (2010) student fellowships to develop a control system for a self-motile fiber positioning system to transport payloads across a field plate in large telescopes. Gained experience in digital image processing and control/operation of mini robotic systems using LabVIEW. Included characterization of operating parameters and simulations via MATLAB to model the motion of the robots.

     

    2007-2008

    Industrial Placement – STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratories

    Worked as a member of a R&D team to simulate/design a vertex detector for the International Linear Collider (ILC). Tasks included optimization of detector designs through performance analysis of different sensor technologies.

     

     

    PUBLICATIONS/CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

     

    T. Pinto Jayawardena, C. Mitchell, R.J. Watson, J.R. Rose, C.J. Coleman and M. Jessop, “TOPCAT: A Space-Borne Dual-Frequency GPS Receiver for Topside Ionosphere and Plasmasphere Computer Assisted Tomography.” Proceedings of ION GNSS+ 2014, Tampa, Florida, USA, 8-12 September 2014. (In preparation)

     

    T. Pinto Jayawardena, A.M. Ali, Biagio Forte, J. Kinrade, C. Mitchell, S. Smith and  T. Walter, “Experimentally Recorded Amplitude and Phase Scintillation Through a Spirent Simulator.” Proceedings of ION GNSS+ 2014, Tampa, Florida, USA, 8-12 September 2014. (In preparation)

     

    Talini S. Pinto Jayawardena, Cathryn N. Mitchell, Robert J. Watson, Julian R. Rose, Christopher J. Coleman and Mark Jessop, “TOPCAT: A Dual-Frequency GPS Payload on UKube-1.” The International Beacon Satellite Symposium 2013, Bath, UK, 8-12 July 2013. (Presentation)

     

    Pinto Jayawardena, T., Mitchell, C.N., Watson, R.J., et al. “Topside ionosphere computer assisted tomography using a dual frequency GPS receiver and cubesat technology.”Proceedings of 3rd International colloquium on scientific and fundamental aspects of the Galileo programme, Copenhagen, Denmark, 31 August – 2 September 2011.

     

    David Bailey, Erik Devetak, Mark Grimes, Kristian Harder, Sonja Hillert, David Jackson, T. Pinto Jayawardena et al. "The LCFIVertex package: Vertexing, flavour tagging and vertex charge reconstruction with an ILC vertex detector." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 610, no. 2 (2009): 573-589.

     

    Zhang, Z., et al. "Charge shielding in the In-situ Storage Image Sensor for a vertex detector at the ILC." Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 607.3 (2009): 538-543.

     

    ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS

     

    2011-2014

    The University Research Studentship for overseas candidates, awarded by the University of Bath for graduate studies in the PhD research programme.

     

    2010

    The IET Prize by the Institution of Engineering and Technology for distinction in studies leading to the degree of MEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering with Space Science and Technology; The IQE Prize awarded by IQE plc for best examination results in optical devices and communication systems.

     

    2007-2009

    2005-2006

    John Barr Memorial Scholarship from Schlumberger, and Undergraduate Residence Scholarship awarded by the University of Bath based on academic excellence.

     

    1998-2003

    Five years of distinction or merit certificates in Practical and Theory Music (Piano)

     

    ADDITIONAL SKILLS

     

     

    Technical

     

    In addition to Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), I’m competent in the technical software MATLAB and C programming. Grounding knowledge in Verilog Hardware Description Language (HDL) for use with FPGAs, and LabVIEW

     

    Teaching

    (Voluntary)

     

    Taught English to grades 8-10 at the School for the Blind, Ratmalana, Sri Lanka. I was responsible for both the physical and psychological well-being of students with multiple disabilities. Improved my project planning and team work skills by assisting in the Canada project for disabled children.

     

    Languages

     

    English (Mother Tongue - Fluent); Sinhala (Native Language - Fluent); French (Basic)

     

    INTERESTS

     

    Music

    Both listening to and playing the piano. Enjoy Classical, Celtic and Instrumental music.

     

    Travel

    Interest in other cultures, nature, historical places and meeting people from different walks of life.

     

    Sports

    I swim and play squash as leisure sports. I am also a Jiu Jitsu enthusiast (novice).

     

    REFERENCES (Further references on request)

     

    Prof. Cathryn Mitchell (Supervisor)

    Dept. of Electronic & Electrical Engineering

    University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY, UK

    E-mail: C.N.Mitchell(at)bath.ac.uk

    Dr. Kristian Harder (Industrial Supervisor)

    STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

    Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

    Didcot OX11 0QX, UK Email: kristian.harder(at)stfc.ac.uk



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