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I am a Lecturer in Aerospace Systems at the University of Manchester, specialising in Astrodynamics and Space Mission Design. My research aims to develop new, sustainable approaches to space mission design that will provide vital data needed on Earth, while preserving our fragile space environment for generations to come. In my teaching, I try to use examples from my own research to demonstrate how theoretical engineering principles can be applied to real world challenges and inspire the engineers of tomorrow. My public engagement aims to make complex ideas accessible to everyone, through hands-on examples, podcasts, radio interviews, written articles, and public talks. The work that engineers, even space engineers, do, touches every aspect of our lives. I hope that by sharing this knowledge I can encourage people to join the conversation and influence the engineers of today, by sharing their vision for tomorrow.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Analytical methods for satellite constellation reconfiguration and reconnaissance using low-thrust manoeuvres, University of Strathclyde

External positions

Associate Editor, AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets

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Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures


  • Astrodynamics
  • Orbit Mechanics
  • Space Mission Design


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