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Simon Meik

Graduated with a BSc in Physics in 2006


Job Title: Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Industry/profession:  Space/Aerospace

Career progression 

Following my graduation from Royal Holloway in 2006 with a BSc in Physics, I completed a one year (50 week) Masters at Cranfield University leaving with an MSc in Astronautics and Space Engineering.  I started in my current position working for Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) as a Systems Engineer in 2007.

What do you do on an average day?

There is no such thing as an average day! My days are always varied and may include any (or all) of the following:

  • Meeting with sub-systems engineers
  • Writing plans and procedures for spacecraft testing
  • Orbit simulations (Satellite Tool Kit)
  • AIT (Assembly Integration and Test)
  • Being prepared to stop what I’m doing and change the plan – that’s engineering!
What did you learn from your physics degree?

My physics degree has provided me with the essential tools I need for my career. In my experience, I have found the most useful of these to be:

  • Mathematics, fundamentals (the way things work!)
  • MS Office applications (communication skills)
  • Writing skills: reports, presentations, lab books
  • Logical, rational thinking
  • Problem-solving skills
  • To be the blank piece of paper that can fold into anything.
What three things do you wish you'd known before graduating?

Knowledge or experience of the following would have been very helpful:

  1. Economics and business skills
  2. Customer interaction
  3. Processes vs projects (they are different things!).


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