I am a Spacecraft Electrical Power Engineer living in Luxembourg and passionate about electronics!
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Whichever you like :)
I am a Spacecraft Electrical Power Engineer, helping satellites manage their solar array, battery and payload power.
My Typical Day: Wake up 08.30. Start the day with mails, fill it with high-level design and finish it with detailed electronic design and labwork. Heading home the head full of electronic stars around 19.00.
I wake up around 08.30, grab a few cookies then run to work to enjoy my first coffee of the day with colleagues.
I start my day catching up with my mails, answering a few support questions and hopefully no bad news. Then my days are usually spread across high-level subsystem architecture work (defining how bits should connect together), detailed design (designing the bits) and on good days, some work in the lab to verify the bits that have been designed.
When my partner does not drag me out of the office earlier, I end up around 19.00 often absorbed by some exciting engineering problem or reading about new topics which I am interested in.
What I'd do with the money
Design an electronic design and soldering learning kit
I would probably use the money to design an electronic design and soldering learning kit. It would be used to introduce students and children to the fun field of engineering which is electronics.
High school at Don Bosco College (BE); Bachelor and first Master at ECAM Brussels Engineering School (BE) with Erasmus at Kaunas University of Technology (LT); second Master as joint degree from Aalto University (FI) and Lulea University of Technology (SE)
High-school degree; Bachelor in Industrial Engineering; Master in Electromechanics and Control Engineering; Master in Space Science and Technology + Master in Space Robotics and Automation
I did a few internships during my studies at the Germal Space Agency, DLR (DE), at Thales Alenia Space (BE) and working for ICEYE (FI). After my studies I worked for one year at the European Space Agency at ESTEC (NL) in the power management department. Then I joined AAC Clyde Space (SE) to design smallsat equipment and finally I joined Bradford Deep Space Industries (LU) to lead the development of power subsystems there.
Power Product Lead
I currently work for Bradford Deep Space Industries in Luxembourg
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Curious, workaholic, troll
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Against all odds, as a fresh junior in the company, I developped a pretty advanced system to harvest solar array power.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
The Belgian astronaut Dirk Frimout
What was your favourite subject at school?
A small side-course called "Technology"
What did you want to be after you left school?
A civil Engineer rather than an electronics engineer
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I was literally the worst student of the class in high-school
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
90s music in general
What's your favourite food?
As a good Belgian; mussels and fries
What is the most fun thing you've done?
I studied for a semester in Kiruna (Arctic part of Sweden). Northern lights and cold temperatures during winter, endless days during summer.
Tell us a joke.
The joke is on the backside of the paper