ESSE Feature of the Week

Each week, we feature one member of our community, and take a look into their passion for their field, their roles and what makes them unique. The ESSE Department is a family of niche programs spanning engineering and applied science on Earth, in the Atmosphere and in Outer Space.

December 9th, 2019

Meet Professor Franz Newland
Undergraduate Program Director, Earth & Space Science & Engineering Department

  • About Me

    I’m a (bad) flautist, have been married for 24 years as of December 23rd, have lived in 7 countries, love reading (Jasper Fforde, Alan Bradley, Terry Fallis, …), playing board games or card games (especially with my son), and love learning.

  • Someone who’s made a difference in my life

    There have been many inspirational people outside this community this year, but I am always so inspired inside the community too. It is hard to pick out one person in this community. The students here make a huge difference to me – I have had so many exciting conversations with you about your plans and hopes – and I am lucky to have colleagues who forgive my delays and challenges. For this year though, I’ll single out the DESCENT grad student team – they have been good humoured and resilient to the topsy-turvy ride getting DESCENT ready for launch next year. The hours they committed to the project, the determination to turn around setbacks and the positive outlook (even in the small hours of the morning after a hard night of testing) always makes me hopeful. I also want a shout out to Hossam Sadek from Mechanical Engineering, and Sal Paneduro from the Dean’s office, who are always ready to support and cajole me when I’m falling behind!

  • Fun Fact About Me

    I have two older sisters – one flies helicopters out of Richmond, Virginia, the other used to be an Air Traffic Controller (watch commander at Heathrow) but now lives in Cornwall and does lots of voluntary work.

Meet Matthieu Durand
Final Year Space Engineering Undergraduate Student & Vice-President of Lassonde Satellite Design Team

  • About Me

    I am the Project Manager for my Capstone team’s Hybrid Rocket Engine Project. I am passionate about futurism, and I am working towards a Master’s degree in Europe. I enjoy the study of Physics and Mathematics of outer space.

  • Someone who’s made a difference in my life

    I did some work for Professor Hugh Chesser in the summer of 2018. He showed me the ropes of space engineering, has been a good adviser for the Lassonde Satellite Design Team, helped me get into the ESA Introduction to Space Law Training in 2017 and is now helping me get into my Master’s program.

  • Fun Fact About Me

    I’ve lived in six countries