The MEng (Electrical Engineering) student is currently working with Radtest Ltd on a placement made possible by the UK Satellite Applications Catapult.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published

Armand Isufaj, studying on the MEng (Electrical Engineering) programme in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE) is the most recent recipient of a prestigious and competitive Space Placement in Industry (SPIN).

620176It has been awarded through the London Space Innovation Centre and the UK Satellite Applications Catapult.

The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of a network of UK technology and innovation companies which aim to drive economic growth through the commercialisation of research. Its aim is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030.

It achieves this by exploiting the innovation potential in the UK industrial and academic communities, by being a focal point where small and medium enterprises, large industry and end users can work together with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.

Armand has secured his internship with Radtest Ltd in Harwell, Oxfordshire. The company specialises in radiation testing and offers services in all sectors where equipment is exposed to ionising radiation, including applications pertaining to space, nuclear, medical, high-energy physics, defence and other industries.

Armand, whose supervising academic is Dr Daniel Nankoo, is pleased at his success in securing the internship. He said:

Securing a SPIN internship is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in the space industry. The process of securing an internship is difficult and rigorous and I felt like giving up many times due to the amount of rejections I received. However, it is impossible to give up if you want to be the best.

I worked on my CV, cover letter, and practiced many interviews to improve my chances of securing a place and I am elated to be working at Radtest Ltd where I model optomechanical systems and write programmes on MATLAB to optimise my setup. I enjoy the work I do and my collaboration with hardworking colleagues who support me!