Graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Electronic Engineering in 1986 (University of Bath), I joined the UK Ministry of Defence to carry out research into improving satellite operations and became interested in space radiation and its effetcs on technology. I then moved into QinetiQ (spun out of the MoD) and was appointed to the position of Technical Fellow in 2007. I took up my current post, Reader in Space Engineering, at the University of Surrey in 2013.
I was a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Study team looking into Extreme Space Weather and I am currently a member of the the UK Space Environment Impact Expert Group (SEIG) which advises the UK Government on space weather risks. I am also a member of the Cosmic Ray Advisory Group (CRAG) which focuses on aviation-specific risks. I am a Fellow of the IET.
My research interests are aerospace radiation and its effects on technology: this includes measurements, modelling and experimentataion.I amd PI for several space instruments and have onging collaborations with NASA and ESA.