My first job was in England as a graduate at GKN Aerospace, from there I went to Astrium (now Airbus DS), then Surrey Satellites, back to Astrium and finally now for nearly 10 years at ESA
Structural Engineer on the Earthcare satellite programme
European Space Agency at the ESTEC site in The Netherlands
I am a Structural Engineer working at the European Space Agency
My role is working on a satellite programme called EarthCARE, which is a spacecraft in the Earth Observation domain looking at Cloud and Aerosol Profiles. This programme is a cooperation programme with the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA). My role, as a Structural Engineer, is to ensure that the design and build of each element of the spacecraft is strong enough to survive the launch and will perform its’ function for the duration of the spacecraft mission.
My Typical Day
Problem solving and reviewing documentation
What I'd do with the money
School tour to the Blackrock Castle Observatory
For one of the classes on the chat, I would like to spend the money on a trip to the Observatory, to hopefully further fuel your interest in the space industry.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Logical, Irish and Happy
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Designed, analysed, built and tested a whole spacecraft
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
backpacked alone across China