Armand Isufaj, student in the MEng (Electrical Engineering) program at the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE) is the most recent recipient of a prestigious and competitive Space Placement in Industry (SPIN).
It was awarded by the London Space Innovation Center and the UK Satellite Applications Catapult.
Satellite Applications Catapult is part of a network of UK technology and innovation companies that aim to drive economic growth through the commercialization of research. Its aim is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and help capture a 10% share of the global space market expected by 2030.
It does this by harnessing the innovative potential of the UK’s industrial and academic communities, being a focal point where small and medium-sized enterprises, large enterprises and end users can work with researchers to overcome obstacles, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to business reality.
Armand completed his internship at Radtest Ltd in Harwell, Oxfordshire. The company specializes in radiation testing and offers services in all sectors where equipment is exposed to ionizing radiation, including applications relating to space, nuclear, medicine, high energy physics, defense and other industries.
Armand, whose supervising academic is Dr Daniel Nankoo, is delighted with his success in obtaining the internship. He said:
Obtaining a SPIN internship is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in the space industry. The process of obtaining an internship is difficult and rigorous and I have felt the urge to give up on several occasions due to the number of refusals I have received. However, it’s impossible to give up if you want to be the best.
I have worked on my CV, cover letter and have done many interviews to improve my chances of getting a place and I am delighted to work at Radtest Ltd where I model optomechanical systems and write programs on MATLAB to optimize my configuration. I love the work I do and my collaboration with hardworking colleagues who support me!