MSE Alumni

Omar Abrahams

Company Name: Rocket Factory, Augsburg, Germany

Position: Project Manager for Propulsion Systems

My responsibilities are project management of propulsion systems engineering development, propulsion system supply chain development, project management of additive manufacturing, supply chain process development, propulsion system manufacturing logic development, material development project management, internal resource for export control, internal resource for Missile Technology Control Regime, project management of Thrust Vector Control system.

Bharat Aggarwal

Company Name: SatSure AG, Goldach, Switzerland

Position: VP – Products

At SatSure, we specialise in using satellite images to provide data analytics for decision making to different industry verticals like banking, insurance, infrastructure finance, and climate change mitigation. My role is to lead the design and development of products and solutions across these industry verticals. In this role, I build on the diverse knowledge that I gained from MSE, specifically in the areas of remote sensing, machine learning, and software development. TU-B gave me a great opportunity to learn through the main and elective courses.

Roshan Bhuyan

Company Name: Aluminium Stewardship Initiative, Berlin, Germany

Position: Data Analysis &  Digitalisation Manager

I am responsible for creating and managing Data and Data Visualizations for ASI. He provides technical support on data creation, manipulation, analysis, and visualization. After completing the Master’s degree in Space Engineering from the Technical University of Berlin and he worked in a variety of fields like Lean Quality management in the Space industry at Sonaca Space Berlin, Data Science in Logistics at Flixbus, Data Analysis and Digitalisation for skywise projects at Airbus Hamburg. Now at ASI, he is working with Data related to the Global Aluminium Supply chain and ways the growth of the Space sector could be influenced by the global supply of Aluminium.

Laura Borella

Company Name: Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

Position: Phd candidate

After my graduation I worked at DLR Bremen as Research Scientist in the system engineering department for MMX (Martian Moon eXploration) and ReFex (Reusability Flight Experiment) missions. During my employment, I was in charge of a feasibility study of a gravimeter (currently under review for a patent qualification), I was actively involved in the mock up structure test campaign for the MMX rover in the LAMA (Landing and Mobility Test) facility and the FTS (Flight Termination System) for ReFex. I have recently started my Phd in Brussels at the Microgravity Research Center on ISRU for the Moon Village with the aim to develop shields with lunar regolith for thermal protection for the rovers.

Alexis Cabana-Loriaux

Company Name: MDA, Montreal, Canada

Position: Spacecraft Software Developer

Once I graduated from MSE, I was able to land a full-time job at MDA, the company at which I also did my masters thesis. I am currently the main architect of Dream Chaser’s communications subsystem’s simulator. On a typical day, I write critical embedded flight software, verify and validate it via extensive functional testing, and participate in meetings with our customers to follow up on requirements.

Moitrayee Chakraborty

Company Name: Berlin Space Technologies GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Position: Space Systems Engineer

 My primary responsibilities include software development focussing on design and analysis of various satellite missions, development of technical concepts for model-based system design and finally development, testing, operations and documentation for an automation framework designed to streamline the proposal generation process. Additionally, I actively support marketing efforts through participation in trade-fairs and conferences.

Manuel Alejandro García Gutiérrez

Company Name: German Orbital Systems, Berlin, Germany

Position: Aerospace Engineer

I am currently working on the design of a test bed in order to test the Attitude Determination and Control System of the GOS nanosatellites. I am mainly responsible for the structural design. Furthermore, I am involved in the design of different 6U satellite concepts and testing and manufacturing solar panels.

Priyank Ghatge

Company Name: DSI Datensicherheit GmbH, Stuhr, Germany

Position: FPGA Development Engineer

I am working on firmware design and development of very high-speed data processing systems. My company specializes in cryptography systems for space-borne and ground support equipment. My task involves the design and verification of FPGA-based reconfigurable designs for data security. I am involved in the development of embedded systems which requires hardware-software co-design of FPGAs and microprocessors.

Hariharan Gunasekar

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

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.

Milind Jayesh Divya Jani

Company Name: Rapid Cubes GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Position: Satellite Electronics Engineer

My main responsibilities in the company is to design, develop and test electronics for different subsystems for nano-satellites. I am currently involved in AIT related activity for OOV-CUBE satellite which is in collaboration with TU Berlin that is expected to fly on Ariane 6 maiden flight in early 2024. I also develop flight software for different payloads which will be flying on-board the OOV-CUBE satellite.

Connor Jonas

Company Name: EXOLAUNCH, Berlin, Germany

Position: Program Manager

My main responsibilities are launch campaign management of international customers; development, ordering, assembly, integration and test of CubeSats, microsats, and their deployment systems; creating and maintaining documentation for external and internal use; rapid prototyping of satellite components.

Akash Kaparthy

Company Name: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF, Jena, Germany

Position: Space Systems Engineer

Currently I’m working as systems engineer for QKDSAT mission which is first kind of Quantum key distribution satellite in Europe. Herein my role is to design the redundant robust systems and sub-systems for QKDSAT payload by taking considerations from other sub-systems engineers. In addition to it, I do design and development of engineering models, engineering qualification model and flight model for the mission. And in parallel, I’m also drafting the new missions proposals to ESA and other companies.


Company Name: Recep Tayyip Erdogan University, Rize, Turkey

Position: PhD candidate and lecturer

Description:                                                                                                                                                                           I am currently working as a University Lecturer at Recep Tayyip Erdogan University in Electronics and Automation department. Simultaneously, I am a PhD student in the Satellite Communication and Remote Sensing Department at Istanbul Technical University. I am instructing the lectures on Electrical Circuits, Control Theory, Sensors and Transducers, Fundamentals of Telecommunication Technology, RF Circuits, and Digital Communication. My researches are concentrated on Antenna Systems for Small Satellites to Support Next-Generation Communication Networks. 

Luís Lança

Company Name: Astro- und Feinwerktechnik Adlershof GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Position: Project engineer, SW management, Systems engineer

Description:                                                                                                                                                                Responsible for the development life cycle management of a satellite ACS actuator equipment embedded SW including. The job role activities include SW development management, product assurance, configuration management and systems engineering allocated to SW as well as hands-on support to all development core processes. 

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: Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, Garching, Germany

Position: Mechanical Systems Engineer

I am currently working as a Mechanical Systems Engineer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany. I am part of a team at Max Planck working on the GRAVITY+ Project. Our work involves upgrading the VTLs (Very Large Telescopes) in Chile, with further development of AO (Adaptive Optics) and Laser Guide Systems, in collaboration with ESO (European Southern Observatory) and other International Partner Institutes.

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.

Jeeva Nantham

Company NameCGI Deutschland Ltd. & Co. KG, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany

Position: Integration Verification & Validation Engineer

Description:                                                                                                                                                                    Based on Test Specifications and the limitations of the satellite component versions to be tested I develop Test Procedures to cover Integration Testing and Verification Testing. I raise concerns where the required tests don’t seem feasible. I use the Linux test environment taking advantage of network analysis tools and scripting to ease and automate testing.

My area of activities includes the following tasks on EUMETSAT’s MTG satellite:
• Integration Testing
• Verication Testing
• Test Procedure Development and formal Execution
• Formal Reporting of Results to the Verication Control Team
• Troubleshooting and root cause analysis of system problems

Eriko Nasser

Company Name: Space technology Center, LAPAN- National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia

Position: Chief engineer

I am currently working in Space technology Center, LAPAN- National Research and Innovation Agency, Indonesia as a chief engineer for a project of LEO Equatorial Constellation Satellite. My activities in recent years are involved in the development of satellites with an early warning and disaster management mission to collect all sensors related to early warning systems such as tsunami buoy, tidal, and earthquake. This satellite is expected to improve efficiency in disaster management and can be used as a vessel and air traffic monitoring using Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADSB) space-based technology. 

Manuel Ortega Varela de Seijas

Company Name: beSpace GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Position: MSE education manager/ PhD student

I am currently assisting the MSE team in the administration and organization of the Master of Space Engineering (MSE) program at TU Berlin and giving the lecture of Human Spaceflight. In parallel, I pursue my Ph.D. which focuses on the development and integration of key additive manufacturing process for spacecraft manufacturing.

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.

Saad Rayees

Company Name: UP42, Berlin, Germany

Position: Technical Documentation Engineer

I help see the world better! I work with satellite (and aerial) data providers to help the geospatial community better access, understand and analyze geospatial data. I bring my knowledge of satellite operations, remote sensing, and sensor processing to help UP42 to elevate geospatial data standardization and accessibility. As part of our mission, we work with Airbus Defence and Space, Capella Space, Satellogic, 21AT, ICEYE, and other providers ranging from around the globe.

Adrian Ricardez

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

Position: Researcher

After my job as a rover developer at DLR Oberpfaffenhofen, I moved to the Maintenance and Overhaul institute (MO) in Hamburg. My work is mainly based on robotics development for aircrafts. ROS2 and other software modules are connected to make algorithms more robust and intelligent using visual processing, inverse kinematics, simulations, among others. I work mainly on the FuTaMa2 (Fuel Tank Maintenance) robotic arm project for process automation, currently performing sensor fusion of RGB-depth cameras and 6 DoF controllers.

Eduardo Rodrigues Silva Filho

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

Position: PhD candidate

I am pursuing a Ph.D. with the aim of developing and validating techniques for synchronization and navigation of multistatic Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites. I am currently participating in a feasibility study related to my research topic on the scope of an ESA’s Earth Explorer mission.

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.

Widya Roza

Company Name: Space technology Center, LAPAN-BRIN, Indonesia

Position: Senior engineer – Payload data transmission and Payload data handling

I’m currently working in Space technology Center, LAPAN-BRIN, Indonesia as a senior engineer for a project of high resolution multispectral remote sensing microsatellite. My activities in recent years are involved in the development of payload data handing and satellite payload data transmission systems including testing satellite transmission systems to ground stations, measuring the performance of transmission devices carried by satellites including transmitters, receivers, filters, and antennas.

Sara Santos

Company Name: Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Position: Research Assistant and PhD candidate in Material Sciences and Technology

The focus of my PhD is on additive manufacturing and in-situ resource utilisation on Mars. I am also working in a research project on fibre composites for reinforced concrete.

Valerio Scherini

Company Name: Exolaunch, Berlin, Germany

Position: Mission Manager

 I support our satellite customers from project kickoff all the way through to launch. My tasks include compiling and reviewing documentation, interfacing with our launch service providers, supporting our customers during environmental testing, and performing launch site integration. With our top-of-the-line microsatellite separation systems and CubeSat deployers, my team and I work hard to provide our customers with a smooth and successful ride to space.

Zaid Shakil

Company Name: Lilium GmbH, Weißling, Germany

Position: Team Lead HIL/DAQ Systems Engineer

Description:                                                                                                                                                                           I actively lead a team and act as a product owner for component, sub-system, system and aircraft level test rigs, primarily with respect to Data Acquisition and Control systems, either with real hardware or simulated (HIL). In addition, I participate in validation, verification and certification level test rig development.

Nick Smith

Company NameThe MITRE Corporation, Melrose, Massachusetts, United States

Position: Communication Systems Engineer

Description:                                                                                                                                                                            I work on development of an airborne satellite communications terminal. I use model based systems engineering to build models, conduct analyses, and provide recommendations in support of planning and decision-making.

Shrishail Subhash Raut

Company Name: German research center for Geosciences GFZ, Potsdam, Germany

Position: Phd candidate

I am working in the German Research Foundation (DFG) project “NextGNSS4GGOS” – Next-generation GNSS constellations for GGOS-compliant geodetic solutions at section 1.1 ‘Space Geodetic Techniques’ GFZ Potsdam. My main responsibilities include assessing the benefits of next-generation Global Navigation Satellite Systems (NextGNSS) constellations for key geodetic products such as the global terrestrial reference frame (TRF), the Earth orientation parameters (EOP), and the Earth’s gravity, all of them meeting the requirements defined by the Global Geodetic Observing System (GGOS).

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.

Siva Subramanian

Company Name: Micro Hybrid Electronic GmbH, Hermsdorf, Germany

Position: Software Engineer Embedded Systems

My tasks include developing software for gas sensors and PC based applications. So activities require me to work with both analog and digital electronics, designing, developing and implementing the necessary interfaces, and realizing application specific software systems. My support also extends into sensor calibration , efficient signal processing, sensor fusion, sensor measurement and testing methods.

Alex Sullivan

Company Name: Azimut Space GmbH, Berlin, Germany

Position: Thermal and AIT Engineer

My typical duties include design of thermal subsystems for spacecraft and running thermal vacuum testing for various subsystems that range from flight hardware to R&D. A project I am currently excited to be working on is the development of materials for the nose and leading edges of hypersonic and re-entry vehicles.

Tushar Tandon

Company Name: Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Position: PhD candidate

After graduation, Tushar started working at Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg as a Research Assistant/Ph.D. Candidate. Currently, he is working in collaboration with the Zentrum für Telematik e. V. (ZfT), Würzburg to develop a communication payload for a Bavarian Earth Observation and Remote Sensing Satellite Network. He is also contributing towards teaching space masters students in Microwave and RF Systems, Remote Sensing, and Radar Systems. His research is concentrated on communication systems to support the next generation of Small Satellites.

Andi Tandy

Company Name: FEV, Aachen, Germany

Position: Embbeded Software Developer

FEV is an Engineering service provider based in Germany and have its subsidiaries all across the world. Automotive projects are the main core of what people do in FEV. I work here as a Software Developer to develop an Engine Control Unit (ECU) software as well as testing it. I am also doing the implementation of the Fixed-point arithmetic in a floating point software. For those work I use a proprietary tool such as ASCET and TPT.

Lakshya Vaibhav Datta

Company Name: dClimate, New York, USA

Position: Head of Carbon Analytics


I’ve always been passionate about developing solutions for climate change, and so I currently work in the carbon offset market. I mainly focus on estimating carbon emissions and sequestration using machine learning on sensor-fused satellite imagery.

The deep knowledge of satellite sensors, geodesy and remote sensing software implementation I gained during the MSE program, has directly helped me develop models that quantify and monitor forest biomass change. My work will soon be combined with a financial framework aimed at incentivizing governments to strictly control deforestation, by providing them monetary compensation through the use of carbon credits.

In addition I founded a company for tackling the global health crisis through social media and one-on-one client interactions, which interestingly is a result of a paper I wrote for the MSE Human Spaceflight course. 

Neils Edison Vilchez Lagos

Company Name: Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Lima, Peru

Position: Research Assistant & Assistant Professor


I am invested in satellite system miniaturization and scientific exploration in space, particularly through the CubeSat platform. I participate as a Satellite Electronics and Embedded Software Engineer in research endeavors within the Institute for Radioastronomy (INRAS PUCP). I am involved in projects related to the development and analysis of payloads, such as space tethers and miniaturized high-resolution microscopes.