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2016-06-20

SEDS Job Opportunities!

We understand your drive and excitement to be a part of the space industry. We have it too. With that in mind we’d love to help you find a way to plug into the community and utilize that motivation. So we reached out to a few of our industry friends and partners to identify some options. Here is the result: a list of current opportunities, from industry, government, and the nonprofit world that are relevant to current SEDS members and recent alumni. If you have something you’d like to add please reach out to patrick.gray@seds.org and I’ll put it on the list. Happy hunting and let us know how we can help!

Virgin Galactic
  • Integration Engineer, LauncherOne
    • Description: Virgin Galactic (VG) is seeking an engineer with experience integrating liquid fueled rockets. This role is for a self-starting, hands-on person with great attention to detail and excellent people skills. This is a full-time position at Virgin Galactic’s aerospace facility in Long Beach, California. In this role you will be working with teams from Structures, Avionics, and Propulsion to define the hardware being handed off from the manufacturing teams to integration. You will be part of a deeply cross functional team. You will be getting parts, data, and support from across the company. Your desk is likely to be a workbench next to the rocket you are building.
    • Location: Long Beach, CA
    • Linkhttp://tinyurl.com/virgin-integration-eng
House of Representatives
  • Internship with The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    • Description: The Committee on Science, Space, and Technology typically hires interns for four month periods each fall, spring, and summer. The internship provides a unique opportunity to observe the legislative process first hand. Interns are asked to work with staff to help prepare for committee hearings and markups. Additionally, interns are critical to the daily operation of the office including tasks such as answering phones, greeting visitors, and filing official documents. Interns also work directly with staff on substantive research projects and press matters. In order to enhance the learning experience, interns are encouraged to attend lectures, briefings, and other events on Capitol Hill that suit their interests.
    • Location: Washington, DC
    • Link: http://democrats.science.house.gov/internships
Descartes Labs
  • Software Engineer
    • Description: Redefine the limits of “Big Data.” Our peta-scale, cloud-based processing architecture provides daily challenges and opportunities for innovation. Your C/C++ must be very strong, along with excellent debugging and optimization skills. Pluses: parallel computing, machine learning, Google Cloud/AWS, Geographic Information Systems and GDAL.
    • Location: Los Alamos, NM
    • Link: https://jobs.lever.co/descarteslabs.com/55bcc68b-f7ba-448f-bb02-033537547b33
Deep Space Industries
  • Propulsion Engineer
    • Description: DSI is seeking a propulsion engineer to assist with the fabrication and testing of its Comet line of water electrothermal thrusters. Duties will include adapting mechanical and/or electrical interfaces of thruster to suit specific customer requirements, as well as performance and environmental acceptance testing of all flight models (FMs) and design upgrades as deemed necessary or desirable. Job will also include assisting in the design of advanced propulsion concepts. Successful candidates will have 5+ years experience with spacecraft propulsion systems (or small spacecraft in general with strong fundamentals in thermodynamics and fluid mechanics).
    • Location: Mountain View, CA
    • Link: https://deepspaceindustries.com/careers/
  • Embedded Systems Engineer
    • Description: DSI is seeking an embedded systems engineer to assist with the design and testing of avionics for its first asteroid prospecting spacecraft. Duties will include embedded software development (assembly and C), schematic and PCB design, functional and environmental testing, and ground support equipment design. Experience soldering electronic assemblies (particularly J-STD certification) a plus. Successful candidates will have 5+ years designing and testing embedded systems, for satellites or other applications.
    • Location: Mountain View, CA
    • Link: https://deepspaceindustries.com/careers/
DreamUp
  • EdTech Business Development Manager
    • Description: DreamUp is seeking a self-motivated and talented full-time EdTech Business Development Manager to grow our customer base and develop unique and impactful programs to bring the magic of space-based research opportunities to a growing number of students around the globe.
    • Location: Washington, DC
    • Link: http://www.dreamup.org/dreamup-blog//edtech-business-development-manager
NanoRacks
  • Business Intern
    • Description: This position is for about 20 hours per week with a flexible schedule. The position pays $18 per hour to start and has the potential to become a full-time position. Recent graduates or graduate students in business, aerospace engineering, biology, medical sciences or related fields are preferred. This intern will: track a target list of potential customers in biomedical or materials science field, prepare and manage revisions to documents including reports, presentations and proposals, evaluate potential strategic partnerships with suppliers to biomedical and material sciences, and research public filings
    • Location: Washington, DC
    • Link: http://nanoracks.com/business-intern/
iSpace
  • Lunar Lander Lead Engineer
    • Description: iSpace is looking for an engineer to help lead their lunar lander development efforts. This person will perform trade studies, technology audits and create technology roadmaps for lander development. They will be involved in systems engineering for landing spacecraft in all phases of design including specification, requirement, manufacturing and testing phases. They will coordinate multiple teams and external contractors for lander development. They will oversee component and integrated environmental testing of a lander. And they will be responsible for communicating with launch service providers to develop ICDs for a lander.
    • Location: Tokyo, Japan
    • Link: http://tinyurl.com/iSpace-lander-lead
SpaceCom
  • Conference Intern
    • Description:  the inaugural SpaceCom in Houston last November was a huge success. Due to this success the conference is looking to bring on a number of interns to support the coming year. This will be a paid internship for SpaceCom 2016. The 10-20 hours/week job would involve a lot of marketing research, and an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding and contacts throughout the space industry.
    • Location: Remote Work Accepted
    • Contact: swolfe@spacecomexpo.com
Lockheed Martin
    • Systems Engineer Associate
      • Description: This is a two year program designed to assign entry level employees a variety of tasks associated with the design, development, production and operational support of Military Space spacecraft and ground mission control segments. Working with different mentors in each assignment the employee will gain experience across multiple engineering disciplines and program life cycle elements within the Military Space line of business. After successful completion of the rotation program, the employee will be well qualified to take on a longer term challenging assignment supporting one of the Military Space programs. Ability to network, strong interpersonal relationship and communication skills will be enhanced by exposure to multiple teammates and mentors throughout the rotation program.
      • Location: Sunnyvale, CA and Littleton, CO
      • Link for CA: https://search.lockheedmartinjobs.com/ShowJob/Id/51003/Systems-Engineer-Associate/
      • Link for CO: https://search.lockheedmartinjobs.com/ShowJob/Id/52793/Systems-Engineer-Associate/
Tauri Group
    • Aerospace Analyst
    • Description: The Tauri Group is currently building a pipeline of Aerospace Analysts at all levels of experience to provide upcoming, analytical support for multiple government agencies including NASA, DARPA, and a variety of commercial clients. Duties will be performed on-site at Government facilities in the Washington DC Metro area and/or our Old Town Alexandria facility.
    • Location: Washington, DC
    • Link: http://tinyurl.com/tauri-aero-analyst
Made in Space
    • Robotics Engineer
      • Description: With a goal to radically change the way we do space missions today by building everything you need for space, in space. Made in Space is looking for driven engineers to perform research and development functions on the robotic systems that will be incorporated into developed hardware. Engineers in this position will work on problems with moderate to large scopes that have challenges unlike any use case addressed in traditional robotics.
      • Location: Mountain View, CA
      • Link: http://www.madeinspace.us/robotics-engineer/
    • Electrical Engineer
    • Description: Made in Space is looking for an entry level electrical engineer with expertise in grounding, impedance, and low EMI design. Other pluses are: experience with 3D printers, experience working with NASA and/or Space Station hardware, and knowledge of ISS Requirements a huge plus.
    • Location: Mountain View, CA
    • Link: http://www.madeinspace.us/electrical-engineer/
Planetary Resources
  • Business Operations Assistant
    • Description: Planetary Resources is in search of a business operations assistant to support the operations staff and CEO by performing a wide range of administrative and office support activities. The ideal candidate will possess the ability to prioritize a wide variety of demands and respond to requests with appropriate urgency, impeccable organizational abilities, and strong time management skills. An individual who is even-keeled, energetic, and enjoys learning new skills can excel in this role. The position will report to the Business Operations Manager and significant responsibilities will include directly supporting the administrative needs of the CEO.
    • Location: Redmond, WA
    • Link: http://webconnect3.atango.com/CN_Frame.aspx?ID=planetaryresources&SiteID=WebConnect&Group=planetaryresources&Key=CN&PostId=&CnId=&startpage=2
  • Business Development Summer Associate
    • Description: Joining the Planetary Resources team means you will be an active part of a pioneering vision to expand humanity into the Solar System – one spacecraft at a time. We are looking for MBA candidates that are as passionate as us about developing space and the impact we can have on global industries such as agriculture, oil & gas, mining and financial intelligence. Candidates should expect a hands-on, intense and dynamic work environment.  Work alongside our experienced staff and make an immediate impact on current product development and business strategy. Join us and bring your skills to the next frontier.
    • Location: Redmond, WA
    • Link: http://webconnect3.atango.com/CN_Frame.aspx?ID=planetaryresources&SiteID=WebConnect&Group=planetaryresources&Key=CN&PostId=&CnId=&startpage=2

Ad astra,

Patrick Gray

Alumni Association Coordinator

2016-06-09

University of Buffalo SEDS Chapter Profile

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Chapter History

UB-SEDS was founded in 2007 and currently boasts about 30 to 40 regular members. Most members are Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering majors, but some members are majoring in other STEM subjects, such as Physics or Math. Within the UB Student Association, UB-SEDS is a Permanent member of the UB Engineering Council. The missions of this chapter as outlined in the club Constitution are as follows:

  1. To educate the UB student body and the general public about the benefits of space exploration and development,
  2. To provide members with relevant internship, research, and publication opportunities,
  3. To encourage area youth to get involved with space development and exploration,
  4. To foster international discussion and the exchange of ideas related to the exploration and development of space, and
  5. To encourage collaboration of many fields of study in order to integrate a wider group of people bound for space exploration.

UB-SEDS has a history of strong involvement with SEDS USA, with 10 members serving on the SEDS national board since the chapter’s formation. Additionally, SpaceVision 2012 was hosted at UB.

Community Involvement

Over the past year, UB-SEDS has participated in the following Community Outreach events in order to pursue the first and third goals of our mission statement: educating the general public about space development and fostering interest in space (and STEM in general) among area youth.

Educational Outreach

UB-SEDS has held many educational outreach events on Saturday mornings at the Buffalo Museum of Science to do space-related activities with local elementary-age children visiting the museum. This year, members have run activities such as paper-airplane contests, building Lego spaceships, and shooting pump rockets.

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Department Tours

Additionally, UB-SEDS members recently volunteered to give tours of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department on Accepted Students Day. This was a great opportunity, not only to give back to the university, but also a chance to reach out to prospective future members and raise awareness of the opportunities available through SEDS.

UB SWE Shadow Day

UB-SEDS members also assisted UB SWE (the Society of Women Engineers) in hosting their recent Shadow Day event, which brought middle-school-age girls on campus for a day to encourage their developing interest in engineering and STEM fields. The SEDS members showed the visiting students around the SEDS Workshop.

Technical Projects

Individual High-Power Rocketry

A strong interest in High-Power Rocketry is one of UB-SEDS’s greatest assets and a favorite tradition. Recently, seven of the US-SEDS Rocketry participants travelled to Torrey Farms in Potter, NY to launch their individual rockets and earn National Association of Rocketry certifications. In April, five participants earned their Level 1 Certifications and another earned his Level 2 Certification. UB-SEDS members generally attend these launches once or twice a year.

University Student Rocketry Competition

UB-SEDS began competing in SEDS USA’s University Student Rocketry Competition in 2012 and took first place in the competition in 2014. This year, the USRC team meets once a week to work on developing and building this year’s submission. The group is currently finishing up building the fin cans for both the upper stage and booster. Additionally, the electronics bay is almost complete and members have begun hooking up the electronics.

Engineering Week BattleBot Competition

This year at UB’s Engineering Week BattleBot competition, SEDS made its first showing in three years. Unfortunately, technical issues in the early rounds of the competition led to a stunning loss, but the club was proud to have re-started the BattleBot project and created an intimidating chainsaw-equipped bot.

Social Events

UB-SEDS prides itself in hosting a number of various social events throughout the academic year to bring our members together. This year, US-SEDS hosted a handful of movie nights on-campus, featuring space films such as Apollo 10 and Interstellar. A majority of the club also visited a local theatre in October to view “The Martian.” In January, members celebrated the start of the spring semester by gathering to view Andy Weir’s SpaceTalks event.

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During E-Week, UB-SEDS hosted a new “Build Your Own Heat Shield” event for members of other clubs to create a pseudo-heat shield using cardboard, glue, nails, ceramic dust, gravel and sand. Once the shields were complete, they were tested to see how long they could hold up a portion of burning thermite without breaking. This was the first year that this event was held and it was a huge success.

One of the greatest achievements of this year was the re-booting of the UB-SEDS Astronomy Project group after a period of inactivity. During celestial events such as a lunar eclipse, members meet on campus to observe the night sky through an H-alpha solar telescope. Educational events are held indoors when the weather does not cooperate. There are also plans-in-the-making for a trip to the Whitworth Ferguson Planetarium at Buffalo State University.

Goals for Next Year

For the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year, the new E-board hopes to start a weather balloon project, enter the national-level IREC rocketry competition, and develop an internal mentoring program to train the future leadership of the club.

Through outreach events, technical projects, and social gatherings, UB-SEDS prides itself in creating a close-knit community where the students of UB come together to gain relevant technical experience, give back to the community, and enjoy sharing their passion for space exploration.

Ad Astra,

The University at Buffalo SEDS Executive Board of 2015-2016

Daniel Miller, President

Tristan Stoner, Vice President

Eric Borchert, Treasurer and Director of Educational Outreach

Alex Paluch, Secretary

Ben Cammett, Director of Public Relations

Maggie Petrella, Council of Chapters Representative

 

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