Team Members

Role  Photo Name Responsibility Location Bio
Leadership Iver Cairns Professor Iver Cairns Iver is the Lead for the AU03 INSPIRE-2 QB50 team School of Physics, The University of Sydney Iver received his PhD from the University of Sydney (Australia) in 1987. He worked at the University of Iowa (1986-1998) before taking up a prestigious 5-year Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Sydney, one of only 20 awarded over all research fields. In 2004 he was awarded a similarly competitive Australian Professorial Fellowship and in 2009 was appointed Professor in Space Physics (Teaching and Research) at U. Sydney.
Leadership Professor Christine Charles Professor Christine Charles Christine is collaborating on mNLP integration and design of AU03 INSPIRE-2 Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion laboratory, Australian National University Christine is Head of the Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion laboratory at the Australian National University. Born in Brittany (France), she has a French Engineering degree in applied physics, a Ph D in plasma physics, a French Habilitation thesis in materials science and a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz from the ANU. For the past twenty years, she has been working on experimental expanding plasmas (hot ionized gases) and their applications to electric propulsion, microelectronics and optoelectronics, astrophysical plasmas, and more recently to the development of fuel cells for the hydrogen economy. She is the inventor of the Helicon Double Layer Thruster, a new type of space engine, which applications include satellite station keeping or interplanetary space travel.
Leadership Professor Andrew Dempster Professor Andrew Dempster Andrew is the Leader of AU02 UNSW ECO CubeSat for QB50 and is collaborating with the design and build of AU03 INSPIRE-2 School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales Andrew's research interests: Developing cubesats - the QB50 satellite, the Namuru GPS receiver for satellites, future space missions. Pursuing the "Garada" Synthetic Aperture Radar Formation Flying project, originally funded under the Australian Space Research Program. All areas relevant to GPS receiver design and signal processing, including all new GNSS systems and signals, interference, multipath, and hardware optimisation. New location technologies such as Locata and WiFi. Integrated systems such as GPS/ DSRC and machinne automation.
Spacecraft Engineering Dr Barnaby Osborne Dr Barnaby Osborne Barnaby is working on the design and build of AU03 INSPIRE-2 School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales Dr Barnaby Osborne received his BEng and PhD from the University of Queensland in 1999 and 2008 respectively. Between 2006 and 2007 he worked as a testing and instrumentation engineer for an engineering firm specialising in failure analysis and design optimisation and from 2007 through to 2012 as a senior lecturer and field leader for the astronautics and space systems degree at Kingston University. He is currently a senior lecturer at UNSW working primarily on the Warrawal project. He has research interests in microgravity physics and microgravity facility design, hybrid, solid and monopropellant propulsion and space composites. Dr Osborne has a published over 30 papers in peer reviewed journals and conferences.
Spacecraft Engineering Joon Wayn Cheong Dr Joon Wayn Cheong Joon is working on the design and build of AU03 INSPIRE-2 School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales Dr. Joon Wayn Cheong is currently a Research Associate at the School of Electrical Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW) where he is currently developing the firmware for the space-qualified Namuru family of GPS/GALILEO integrated receivers under the Garada and QB50 project. He received his PhD from UNSW where he cracked the Locata pseudolite positioning system’s code and derived high-sensitivity GPS signal acquisition algorithms. His other research interests in the GNSS field.
 Science Professor Roderick Boswell Professor Roderick Boswell   Space Plasma, Power and Propulsion laboratory, Australian National University Rod Boswell is a plasma physicist/engineer at the ANU with companies in Australia, the USA and Korea. He spent 3 years at ESTEC in the 1970s and has been working on space physics for 4 decades. Presently he is working on compact thrusters for cubesats and cool jazz bass.
Payload Boards and Software  Jiro Funamoto  Jiro is designing several of the payload boards, developing the software and working on the mNLP integration for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Physics, The University of Sydney  Jiro has a Bachelor of Aeronautical/Space Engineering and Bachelor of Advanced Science (Physics major), 1st Class Honours (2014).
Payloads Joseph Khachan Associate Professor Joseph Khachan  Joe is developing the radiation counter for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Physics, The University of Sydney  Joe is a member of the Plasma Physics Research Group. Research in Plasma Physics includes complex (dusty) plasmas, gas discharge plasmas, quantum plasmas, space and astrophysical plasmas, as well as plasma technologies.
Payloads Sergio Leon Saval Dr Sergio Leon Saval  Sergio and Chris Betters are developing the Nanospec for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Physics, The University of Sydney  Sergio was awarded his PhD by the University of Bath, UK, in 2006. In October 2007 he joined the Optical Fibre Technology Centre (OFTC). In 2009, he moved to the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS), University of Sydney, Australia. Dr Leon-Saval has more than 10 years of experience in the area of photonic devices and astrophotonics; during that time he has been involved in several breakthroughs related to multimode photonics, optical fibre technology and astronomical instrumentation.
Payloads Chris Betters Chris Betters  Chris and Sergio Leon-Saval are developing the Nanospec for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Physics, The University of Sydney  Chris is a Research Associate with the School of Physics, The University of Sydney.
Payloads Xiaofeng Wu Dr Xiaofeng Wu  Xiaofeng is developing the microdosimeter for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Aerospace, Mechanical, and Mechatronic Engineering (AMME), The University of Sydney  Xiaofeng Wu was born in Shanghai, China. He obtained his BEng in Space Engineering from School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China. In 2005, he was awarded a PhD by Loughborough University, UK for his work on VLSI design of high-speed application-specific processors for real-time control. He worked for 2 years as a Research Engineer at the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST). Before he joined University of Sydney in 2008, he worked for 3 years as a Research Fellow at Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and its spin-off Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL).
Spacecraft Engineering    Wayne Peacock  Wayne worked on the design and build of AU03 INSPIRE-2   With a background in electronics and 16 years’ experience working for Universities in Science and Engineering, Wayne has taken a 180 degree shift from designing and deploying equipment kilometres under water  to working on cube satellites in orbit.
Spacecraft Engineering  Tom Crofton  Tom Croston Tom is working on the design and build of AU03 INSPIRE-2   Tom graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 2013. He works as a mechanical design engineer and has an interest in contributing to the development of agile space technologies.
Software    John Lam  John is developing software for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales  
 Spacecraft Engineering   Ben Southwell  Ben is working on the attitude determination and control system of AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of New South Wales  Ben is currently a PhD. student at the University of New South Wales. His current research interests include off-Earth positioning and navigation systems. He received a Bachelor of Robotic and Mechatronic Engineering from the University of Western Sydney (Honours Class I, University Medal) in 2012.
Communications Tony Monger Dr Tony Monger Tony is working on AU03 INSPIRE-2's communications system    Tony is an IT Networks and Communications Specialist.
Communications Dimitrios Tsifakis  Dimitrios Tsifakis  Dimitrios is working on AU03 INSPIRE-2's communications system    Dimitrios received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Nuclear Science from the Australian National University. He works as an accelerator engineer at the ANU's 14UD heavy ion accelerator, at the department of Nuclear Physics. Outside accelerators, Dimitrios has an interest in all types of radio communications and holds an advanced radio amateur licence in Australia (VK1SV, VK2COW) and Greece (SV1DET).
Legal Dr David Dall Dr David Dall  David has provided legal counsel and research management advice for AU03 INSPIRE-2  Department of Agriculture and Water Resources  David is Principal Scientific Analyst, Plant Biosecurity Branch, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources
Legal   Helen Brown Helen is providing legal counsel for AU03 INSPIRE-2  Office of General Counsel, University of Sydney  Helen is a Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel at The University of Sydney.
Project Coordination Stefan Manidis Stefan is providing project coordination and communications support for AU03 INSPIRE-2  School of Physics, The University of Sydney  Stefan is SpaceNet Officer for Sydney SpaceNet. He is currently in his 3rd year of a Bachelor of Science at Sydney University. He has previously completed a BBus/BArts majoring in Finance and Chinese Language and Culture and has worked in both these areas.