MSE Alumni

Manuel Alejandro García Gutiérrez

Company Name: Mexican Space Agency (AEM Agencia Espacial Mexicana), Mexico City, Mexico

Position: Educational Strategy Manager

I am responsible for organizing space contests for bachelor students, so that they get to know more about space projects and get interested in this field. Also, there are some internship projects in which I mentor the students. I organize seminar and workshops by inviting experts in certain topic related to space. One of the projects in which I participate is in the design of a nanosatellite lab.

Hariharan Gunasekar

Company Name: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Stuttgart

Position: Scientific Researcher

I’m working with the group Energy systems Integration at the Institute of Engineering thermodynamics. My work is to build the Electrical Power Subsystem of an experimental satellite in collaboration with one more research institute which would be building the payload. The later part of my work would include radiation and environmental testing of the EPS and qualifying it for flight.

Connor Jonas

Company Name: German Orbital Systems, Berlin, Germany

Position: Aerospace Engineer

I am working on building five 3U cubesats (including one spare) for launch in December 2018 and in Spring 2019. My main responsibilities are for the structural design, development of new antenna release mechanism, developing various GSE such as jigs to make assembly and testing easier, and building up the workshop and clean room to support a higher production volume.

Valery Lavrentiev

Company Name: GFZ Potsdam, Germany

Position: Researcher

I am working in the SEVA project (Scalable explorative change detection for big Sentinel-2 data). The goal of SEVA is the development of a scalable exploration-tool that enables users to extract all land cover changes in big Sentinel-2 data and to identify all changes relevant to the user.

Nikhil More 

Company Name: SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research, Utrecht, Netherlands

Position: Design Engineer – Space Instruments

I am involved in the forthcoming space mission ATHENA (Advanced Telescope for High ENergy Astrophysics), and GUSTO (Galactic/Extragalactic ULDB Spectroscopic Terahertz Observatory). ATHENA, a future X-Ray telescope for deep space under the Cosmic Vision initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA). GUSTO, in collaboration with NASA JPL, MIT, ASU, and SRON will be studying stellar life cycles.
My work mainly lies in the Cryogenic and Opto-Mechanical domains of Space Engineering and I love the design challenges and the subsequent learning that these domains have to offer.

Mohammad Motazedi

Company Name: O’sol, Cannes, France

Position: Design Engineer – Space Structure and Mechanisms

Since my MSE Thesis, I have been working on development of an innovative Solar Panel Deployment Mechanism for Cubesats in collaboration with CNES. Currently, I am working on new projects dealing with development of deployable space structures using flexible solar panels in satellites whose specifications defined by major companies in the space industry. The design would be modular and scalable for various space missions also it should overcome the deficiency of on-board power. My major tasks include technical study, structural design, creative development of mechanism and mechanical/thermal analysis of subsystem.

Manuel Ortega

Company Name: Laboratory of Thermomechanical Metallurgy (LMTM), EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Position: PhD student

I am currently a PhD student at EPFL in the Laboratory of Thermomechanical Metallurgy (LMTM), where I am focusing on developing a new additive manufacturing process for metallic parts called 3D-Laser Shock Peening (3D-LSP). I also look into the microstructure of the printed parts and try to optimize the process. I am also currently involved in a side project from the Swiss Space Center called IGLUNA, where I try to demonstrate that, by 3D printing an ice saw with our process, Space habitats made of ice or other materials can benefit from complex high fatigue life metallic components.

Tym Pakulski

Company Name: Cern, Geneva, Switzerland

Position: Researcher

Since finishing MSE I’ve been working at CERN on CO2 cooling systems for particle detectors. My work is a mix of systems engineering, thermofluid modeling, mechanical design and laboratory research, and builds directly on experience I gained during my master’s thesis. The systems engineering skills I developed on MSE to handle the space environment have also translated well to high-energy physics, where we have to guarantee reliability in a challenging thermal environment complicated by vacuum, radiation and magnetic fields.

Debdeep Roychowdhury

Company Name: Chair of Space Technology, TU Berlin, Germany

Position: Research Assistant

I have been working on the Attitude and Orbit Control subsystem of the NanoFF (Nanosatellites in Formation Flight) project at the Chair of Space Technology in TU Berlin. The project will demonstrate CubeSats with limited delta-v budget flying in pre-determined formations in Low Earth Orbit, which are useful for scientific research and Earth observation activities such as gravitational and magnetic field analysis, oceanography, glaciology, geology, terrain-modelling, land use and vegetation. This will also serve as a platform for hands-on engineering education for students and academic research..

Kendrick Solano

Company Name: German Aerospace Center (DLR), Cologne, Germany

Position: Flight Controller

Currently I work as a Flight Controller Engineer for the German USOC called MUSC (Microgravity User Support Center), in particular I operate from ground Biolab, an European rack for biological experiments on the ISS, mainly focused on studying the effects of microgravity on human cells, tissues and small plants. I am also involved in a side project within the department of Aerospace Medicine to study the influence of hypergravity conditions on neural activity at molecular level, using primary neurons obtained from mice embryos and subjected to different gravity levels on a human centrifuge.

Balaji Soundararajan

Company Name: Center for Space Liege (CSL), Liege, Belgium

Position: Thermal/Mechanical Engineer

I am currently working on Thermal Analysis of Extreme UV Imager payload for a Heliophysics mission at L5 Lagrange point, Topological Optimization & Metallic 3D printing of Ariane 6 Launch vehicle components and Environmental testing of JUICE Spacecraft Solar panels, EUCLID collimator and 3MI instrument for Met-Op SG A Satellite.