Adventures on Planet Earth

Curriculum Vitae


Astronautics and Space Engineering
2009 - 2010: 1-year Postgraduate Masters (MSc), Cranfield University, United Kingdom
British Chevening Scholar 2009 - ‘Full ride’ scholarship
Specialisation: Design of a cryogenic liquid propellant rocket engine for the SKYLON spaceplane, Reaction Engines Ltd, UK.
Extracurricular (Nov 2009 - Nov 2010): Design, build, test and flight of a stratospheric research experiment payload from Esrange Space Centre, Sweden. IET Innovation Award 2011 Finalist.

Theoretical Physics
2008 - 2008: 1-year Postgraduate Honours (BScHon), University of Cape Town, South Africa
Full funding awarded by the National Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Studies also undertaken at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, Dubna Russia.
Research project in cosmological physics.

2003 - 2005: 3-year Bachelors (BSc, part-time), University of South Africa, South Africa

Chemical Engineering
1999 - 2002: 4-year Bachelors (BScEng) accredited by IChemE, University of Natal, South Africa
Full funding awarded by Sasol Ltd.

High School - Science specialisation
1994 - 1998: Biology, Physical Science, Computer Science, Mathematics. Chatsworth Secondary School, South Africa
Head Prefect 1997/8

Work Experience

Engineering Start-Up
Naturbeads Ltd, United Kingdom
2019 - present: Principal Process Engineer
Concept design, detailed design, construction, commissioning and performance test of a pilot plant for the production of biodegradable microbeads.

Naturbeads Ltd is a UK-based start-up company working to manufacture a replacement to ocean-polluting plastic microbeads. The technology to create a biodegradable alternative was originally developed at the University of Bath's Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. The company has been awarded a grant from UK Research and Innovation and seed funding from Sky Ocean Ventures to scale up and commercialise a manufacturing process for the cosmetics industry.

Consumer Technology Industry
Dyson Technology Ltd, United Kingdom
2015 - 2019: Lead Thermodynamics Engineer, Research Design and Development Department
Design, build and test of core technology in future personal care and environmental control products - a focus on fluid mechanics, heat transfer, mass transfer, materials, and related high volume manufacturing challenges.

Space Industry
Moog Inc., Westcott Operations, United Kingdom
2011 - 2015: Propulsion Engineer, Space and Defense Group, In-space Propulsion Division
Design, build and test of an interplanetary spacecraft main engine for the European Space Agency's Mars robotic exploration programme - a focus on fluid mechanics, heat transfer, materials, and low volume precision manufacturing challenges.

Nuclear Industry
Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
2007 - 2008: Senior Analyst, Nuclear Engineering Analysis Department
2006 - 2007: Analyst, Nuclear Engineering Analysis Department
Analysis of severe nuclear accident scenarios for a new-build demonstration power plant safety case.

Education and Public Outreach
South African Astronomical Observatory, National Research Foundation, South Africa
2009 - 2009: Coordinator for the Development of Astronomy
Joint contract with the International Astronomical Union. Coordination of projects in developing countries during International Year of Astronomy 2009.

Petrochemical Industry
Sasol Technology (Pty) Ltd, Sasolburg Operations, South Africa
2005 - 2006: Process Engineer, Research and Development Department
2004 - 2005: Process Engineer, Process Engineering Department
2003 - 2004: Assistant Process Engineer, Process Engineering Department
Operations technical support for an existing chemical plant. Construction, commissioning, start-up, performance test, and post start-up technical support for a new-build chemical plant. Process modelling research and development.


2008 - present: CEng, Chartered (Chemical) Engineer, Engineering Council United Kingdom
2008 - present: MIChemE, Chartered Member, Institution of Chemical Engineers, UK
2008 - present: PrEng, Professional (Chemical) Engineer, Engineering Council South Africa

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