About Me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Southampton, author of the space debris evolutionary model DAMAGE and I lead the Astronautics Research Group’s space debris and space situational awareness activities. I'm a member of the UK Space Agency delegation to the Inter-Agency Space Debris Coordination Committee (IADC) and the Space Missions Planning Advisory Group (SMPAG), and I'm also a member of the UK delegation to the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS)...

Research

As well as research in the area of space debris, I'm also working to support UK and international efforts to understand the risks posed by near Earth objects (NEOs). These activities fall under the domain of space situational awareness and I am working with colleagues at the University, across the UK, Europe and the world to improve our understanding of this domain. In addition, I have interests in other space-related areas, including fractionated satellites and remote sensing. I have an interest in generic computational modelling and I have developed a human cognitive model of person acquisition with colleagues in Psychology...

Teaching

I contribute a number of lectures to the Aeronautics and Astronautics degree programmes and the MSc in Space Systems Engineering. In addition, I supervise individual and group design projects in the areas of space debris, NEOs and space situational awareness. The Astronautics Research Group also provides space systems engineering courses for professionals in the space industry and I am involved as one of the lecturing team...