Professor Carol Haswell
Carol Haswell is a professor of Astrophysics and Head of Astronomy at the Open University, specialising in the observation of exoplanets. Professor Haswell’s achievments include being honoured the 2010 Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievment award as a core, pioneering member of the SuperWASP team and being one of 21 women celebrated by the Royal Astronomical Society to appear in a portrait gallery celebrating a centurty of female fellows. Her most recent work investigated a super-Earth planet orbiting near Barnards star. Carol Haswell graduated from the University of Oxford and was awarded a PhD in Astronomy, Plasma Physics from the University of Texas.
Daniel Robson graduated from the University of Leicester in 2018 with a Masters of Science in Space Exploration Systems, spending 7 months on the European-renowned SEEDS placement. During his time with SEEDs, Daniel Robson’s collaborated with three universities in Europe on his thesis, that concentrated on the Lunar Gateway. Having completed his studies, Mr. Robson then undertook an internship with ESA’s Space Medicine Education Team in Germany. At the same time, the Leicester graduate was chosen to be part of crew 205 at the Mars Society Desert Research Station, simulating life as an astronaut living on Mars. He is starting a PhD in CubeSats at the university of Nottingham.
Professor Meghan Gray
Meghan Gray is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham, specialising in galaxy evolution, large-scale structures and observational extragalactic astronomy. Being born in Canada, she graduated with a Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics from Mount Allison University then completed her PhD in Astronomy at Cambridge University in the UK. Meghan Gray also regularly appears on a well-known science blog and YouTube channel run by the University of Nottingham called Sixty Symbols. Her most recent work is leading the STAGES survey which aims measuring properties of superclusters to study galaxy evolution in dense environments.
Dr. John Paffett
John Paffett is the founder and Managing Director of KISPE LTD and KISPE Space Systems LTD. He is also the founder of Applied Space Solutions Limited. With over 30 years experience in satellite systems, project management and telecommunications, John has had a successful and noteworthy career. Having studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Surrey and then Electronics for his PhD, Paffett had various roles at Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL) before reaching Chief Executive Officer at the US subsidiary. At SSTL John was responsible for the growth of the business in the telecommunication and navigation business and oversaw the developments of the GALILEO Project.
Lauren Church is a Medical Student Kings College London, specialising in Space Medicine and Space Physiology. Her passion and drive for space medicine and outreach has allowed her to speak at many events across the country from the Science Museum to ISSET STEM events. Lauren will participate in the panel discussion – ”What will Earth and Space look like in 50 years”.
Professor Graham Wynn
Professor Graham Wynn is a Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, Head of the Physics and Astronomy Department and recently been appointed as the Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for education at the University of Leicester. Professor Wynn has had a long history at the university from graduating his bachelors and completing his PhD to directing the curriculum, the teaching and education at the department and university. Graham’s work specialises in the study of astrophysical accretion, exploring systems such as interacting binary stars, gamma-ray bursts, accretion disk physics and cosmological feedback processes. Professor Graham Wynn will participate on the Careers panel – “How to succeed in the space sector”.
Professor Suzie Imber
Professor Suzie Imber is an Associate Professor of Space Physics and Pro-Vice Chancellor for students at the University of Leicester. Suzie graduated from Imperial College London with a Bachelors in Physics then moved to Leicester to complete her PhD. Upon finishing her PhD, she took a research position at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where her main focus was ‘space weather’ and the MESSENGER Mission to Mercury. Suzie’s most recent work was building the MIXS instrument for the ESA BepiColombo mission which aims to explore the X-ray aurora at Mercury, discovered at the University of Leicester. Suzie Imber will join the Careers panel – ‘How to succeed in the space sector?’
Thomas Cheney is a PhD student at Northumbria University studying space law, having previously partially studied a PhD in law at Sunderland University. The PhD focuses on the ‘Sovereignty and Property Rights in Outer Space: Asteroid Mining, the Outer Space Treaty and National Legislation’. Cheney has had a wealth of experience working with councils, charities and banks before focusing on space. Since 2017, Thomas has been the executive director of the Centre for Spacefaring Civilization, which is an independent think tank and research centre focusing on space law and policy.
Natalia Grajek is an international recruiter for HE Space Operations, where her main roles are technical recruitment to companies such as ESA and Airbus, and event management at career fairs, presentations and coaching sessions. Previously, Grajek has worked in recruitment and project managing across central and west Europe. Natalia graduated from the University of Lodz with a degree in psychology. Natalia Grajek will be representing our gold sponsor HE Space in the career panel.
David Gooding is the Optical Payload Systems Engineer at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), based in Guildford. David has been at SSTL for three years designing, building and testing optical payloads for Earth Observation missions and has also been a part of the mission concept and business line and a lead for the payload chain subsystem team. Gooding graduated from Cardiff University in Astrophysics and UCL with a masters in Space Science and Engineering. After his studies and a position at Hawk-Eye innovations, David completed the Young Graduate Trainee Scheme at ESA. David Gooding will represent gold sponsor SSTL on the Careers Panel.
Mitch Hunter-Scullion is the founder and CEO of Asteroid Mining Cooperation. Having just completed his dissertation entitled ‘The Case for Asteroid Mining: Examining the economic and political benefits to be gained from mining in Space’, Mr Hunter-Scullion founded AMC Ltd in March 2016. After intensive research into asteroids, their resources and the technology of space mining he realised that there was a gap in the British market for an asteroid mining company. Now at the age of 24, Hunter-Scullion’s company has plans to launch three asteroid satellites before 2027 to start the journey of leading the space mining industry before anyone else.
After winning the 2013 High Achiever’s Award from the University of Leicester International Study Centre, Angaraj graduated from the University of Leicester in 2017 with a 1st class Masters in Physics with Astrophysics. In 2016, Angaraj completed an internship at Durham Centre for Advanced Instrumentation at Princeton University, working on the Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope, a near space imaging mission in collaboration with JPL-NASA. Angaraj is currently doing a PhD in Very High Energy Astrophysics for the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA). He has been heavily involved in science communication, including guest speaking at Leicester Astronomical Society and BBC Stargazing Live. Angaraj will participate on the ‘What will Earth and Space look like in 50 years’ panel.
Heid Thiemann is a PhD student at the Open University, investigating stellar variability and binary stars in SuperWASP survey. The SuperWASP all-sky survey is the most successful ground-based search for transiting exoplanets, having discovered more than 150 hot Jupiters. Heidi graduated from the University of Leicester in 2017 with a Masters in Physics with Space Science and Technology. Outreach is a large part of Heidi’s life and career. For 3 years she has had an array of roles at SpaceCareers.uk, an employment website from UKSEDS and has been a mentor at Space School UK, a summer school hosted in Leicester centred on space science and technology.
Vicky is a New York qualified associate specialising in space, telecommunications and spectrum regulations and assists in advising clients in these industries. She also holds an Advanced LLM in Air and Space Law from the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
She is the current National Point of Contact for the UK for the Space Generation Advisory Council and also sits in the Committee of the British Korean Law Association.
Prior to joining Alden Legal, Vicky worked in a South Korean financial advisory and accounting company managing matters such as project finance, real estate finance and aviation finance.
In addition to having acquired experience at a number of leading law firms in the UK, she also worked in Seoul and Amsterdam.
Vicky will lead the workshop on policy.