Armand Isufaj, who is studying at the Faculty of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE) in the MEng (Electrical Engineering) program, is the youngest 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.
The Satellite Applications Catapult is part of a network of British technology and innovation companies that aim to drive economic growth through the commercialization of research. The aim is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and helping to capture 10% of the space market by 2030.
It does this by harnessing the innovation potential of the UK industrial and academic communities by being a focal point where small and medium-sized businesses, large corporations and end users work with researchers to overcome barriers, research and develop new ideas and bring them to commercial reality.
Armand secured his internship at Radtest Ltd in Harwell, Oxfordshire. The company specializes in radiation testing and provides services in all areas where devices are exposed to ionizing radiation, including applications in space, nuclear, medical, high energy physics, defense and other industries.
Armand, whose supervising academic Dr. Daniel Nankoo is happy about the successful placement of the internship. He said:
Securing a SPIN internship is a wonderful opportunity to gain experience in the space industry. The process of getting an internship is difficult and rigorous and I often felt like I was giving up because of the many rejections. However, it is impossible to give up if you want to be the best.
I have worked on my résumé, cover letter and many interviews to improve my chances of getting a university place. I am very excited to work at Radtest Ltd where I model optomechanical systems and write programs on MATLAB to optimize my setup. I enjoy my work and working with hard-working colleagues who support me!