Pallavi Prasad, National Coordinator for the Copernicus Programme, Maynooth University
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2020)
My background is in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with extensive work experience in the Telecom industry. During the MSc programme I did my internship with Mindseed Limited in Dublin. The company specialises in space technology consulting. I got the opportunity to work on one of their ESA projects which required support on Sentinel satellite capability assessment and solution development. Which means I had to work on python, machine learning and AI-based script development to analyze mine tailings, water bodies and climate changes, typically due to greenhouse gases. This internship was unique in many ways, first, it was remote working due to the Covid-19 pandemic, second, it involved interacting and knowledge sharing with other interns who joined from University of Florida, USA, and third, my excitement for the project due to my passion for space technology. The most interesting part of the internship was our weekly progress meetings and brainstorming sessions. It kept us all motivated and productive throughout and helped us sail through the intensive three-month period of ‘locked-internship’. My experience from the MSc programme helped me to secure my current role as National Coordinator for the Copernicus Earth Observation Programme at the National Centre for Geocomputation at Maynooth University.
Rabin William, Software Engineer, InnaLabs, Dublin
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2020)


Coming from a physics background, UCD's Space Science and Technology masters served as an ideal platform to launch my career in the space industry. I really enjoyed the space environment module for all the exciting concepts it explored and the space sector professional skills module, which helped me get familiar with the industry's requirements and its procedures. My internship was at Innalabs, a world-leading inertial sensors manufacturer. This internship was an amazing experience as it further complemented the knowledge gained in the classrooms. Following my internship, I've been hired by Innalabs as a software engineer to continue to work on its exciting line-up of space projects with ESA and other customers. While I started this course with basic programming knowledge, the space detector laboratory module played an extensive role in enhancing my coding/analytical skills, helping me land this role as a software engineer.

Meadhbh Griffin, Young Graduate Trainee, ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate and Julie McEnery medallist (2020)
The practical aspect of the Masters aided in my professional development, refining my experience of computer engineering gained in my undergraduate to better suit the specific challenges of flight control software. I learned principles of software development, project coordination and time management which I was able to rely on during my internship at ESTEC, where I developed control software for CHIMERA, a payload of RADCUBE, to be launched on Vega flight VV19.
Hannah Currivan, Space R&D/Reliability Engineer, Innalabs, Dublin
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2019)

My background is physics from TUDublin. During my 3rd year placement I was part of the team building I-LOFAR, Ireland’s first radio telescope. This placement made me very interested in the space industry and how the instruments that observe amazing objects within the universe are made! This is when I became interested in the MSc in Space Science and Technology at UCD. Within the MSc programme you get to do so many cool and exciting space projects, from building a high-altitude balloon mission within a team, and also verifying a space mission through analysis in Tenerife which is then judged by experts in the field of Astrophysics. During the MSc you also get to learn about the space science and the maths governing space operations and carry out lab experiments on CubeSats and detectors. In the final semester of the MSc you take part in a placement, which I did at Réaltra Space Systems Engineering. Currently I am working within the Irish space industry in a company called InnaLabs Ltd as a Space Research & Development/Reliability Engineer, working on missions for the European Space Agency and Airbus Space. The MSc has helped me within my role in the space industry in relation to documentation skills and in understanding how instruments may be affected within the space environment.
Aaron O'Grady, Space Product Engineer at Réaltra, Realtime Technologies, Dublin
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2018)
I come from a background in experimental physics. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I found that I had a lot of skills, but lacked the knowledge of how to apply them. The UCD Masters course in Space Science & Technology afforded me the opportunity to learn about new and exciting areas of science while still allowing me to improve specific skills to suit the space industry. My favourite part of the course was the Tuppersat project. Here, a team of students from many different backgrounds worked together to learn from each other while also producing a functional high-altitude experiment. For the work placement portion of my course, I worked for Réaltra Space Systems Engineering in Dublin. This was a small start-up at the time, which meant I could get involved in all aspects of the company. I was kept on after my internship and I now have a full-time position as a systems engineer. My job has me developing test apparatus for equipment on launchers, deep space missions and for use on the International Space Station. The skills and experiences from the UCD Space Masters have proven invaluable and have carried me further than I ever thought possible.
Eldho Babu, PhD student in Space Physics, Birkeland Centre for Space Science, Norway 
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2018)
The Space Science & Technology program at UCD is well suited for anyone who aims to pursue a career in space sector (industry, academia or both). The quality of modules involving designing space missions and launching weather-balloon satellites was only rivalled by the approachability of the faculty who were more than willing to go out of their way to help us with our studies and career choices, which helped me secure a PhD in Birkeland Centre for Space Science, one of the Norwegian Centres of Excellence. At the Birkeland Centre, my work is in understanding the dynamics and impacts of solar activities on Earth’s magnetosphere to develop a state-of-the-art model for energetic particle precipitation using satellite measurements and atmospheric models. The knowledge I acquired through Space Detector Lab and Space Environment modules at UCD helps me optimise the measurements of MEPED on-board POES satellites and quantify the effects of energetic particles on LEO satellites and astronauts.
Katelin Smith, R&D Test Engineer, Eblana Photonics, Dublin
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2018)
This course is the perfect fit for anyone looking to get the best start towards a space focused career. It was a really enjoyable experience, that I would highly recommend. A major highlight of the Masters was the mission design field trip to Tenerife. Getting to design an entire space mission in an international team was an amazing experience. This trip brought together many of the skills gained during the year. Coming from a primarily physics background this course was great in exposing me to the engineering and design aspects of the space industry.
Cillian Murphy
MSc Space Science & Technology graduate (2016)
I am an astrophysicist, having studied for a BSc Physics with Astronomy and Space Science as well as the MSc Space Science and Technology, both in UCD.  My favourite part of the MSc course was undoubtedly the can-sat project. I also enjoyed many of the talks from industry professionals, the trip to La Laguna to do the Mission Design project, and my amazing internship at ESA which was arranged through UCD contacts. A few years on, I am working with ESA again, as an Irish National Trainee in ESAC, near Madrid. I’m working as a scientist and software developer for the calibrations team in the GAIA Science Operations Centre.The experience I gained in space science, spacecraft operations, mission management and programming during my MSc have all proved very useful to me in this role as I’m sure they will in my future endeavours. In a world that is ever more dependent upon telecommunications and satellites, it seemed increasingly important to me that we look outwards and study the science that governs such technology. This, paired with my passion for, and curiosity about, all things space-related, led me to choose this MSc in Space Science & Technology.

Stephen O’Connor
MSc Space Science & Technology (2017)
When I finished my undergraduate studies in mathematical physics, I was looking for a course that would help me transition into the rapidly evolving field of space science & technology. This Masters gave me broad exposure to the fundamental aspects of creating a successful mission, insight into how space agencies like ESA work, and ultimately enabled me to become a young space professional. Following completion of the course, I was awarded an Irish Research Council funded traineeship at the European Space Research and Technology Centre in The Netherlands, the technical heart of the European Space Agency (ESA). I work in the Materials and Electrical Components laboratory performing environmental testing of materials used on satellites inside state-of-the-art facilities that can re-create the extreme conditions of space.
A student at a microscope