Aaron is 31yo and enjoys writing poetry andreally anything space related. he is generally a curious person who loves exploring and discovering learning new things.
Aaron is a Photovoltaics and Solar Engineer who graduated from University of New South Wales with Honours. He is currently working GSES – Global Sustainable Energy Solutions. GSES is a renewable energy engineering, training and consultancy firm where Aaron is currently the Principal Engineer, he loves renewable energy.
Aaron has also been Organiser and Presenter at the Australian Centre for Space Research Off Earth Mining Forum, been interviewed on ABC’s Catalyst program in relation to moon mining, and this year started Enter Space – an Australian space launch service provider.
Enter Space was started at the beginning of 2019 and is still very much in it’s early days.
“Enter Space is a startup company that is aiming to provide a cost effective, reliable and high frequency access to space.”
Aaron is most satisfied about his role because he enjoys “working on a global problem trying to help and educate people about how to install solar panels in a safe and effective way.”
“there’s no real moment that I can think of when I knew that engineering was what I wanted to do”.
Aaron couldn’t pinpoint when he exactly decided to become an engineer.
“I’ve always been a big fan of like science fiction… and that’s where my interest for space has come from”
First project was a real career highlight to date for Aaron. He was the research lead assistance at UNSW which came from his thesis on “In Situ Resource Utilisation in Lunar Environments”. (ISRU) He was working on a lunar-regolith soil. Creating a simulate to mimic the properties of lunar soil. Which they then “consolidating the powdered soil into a solid material that could be used to store energy and this way any colony on the moon or any machinery on the moon could have a source of thermal energy for either electricity generation or electronic temperature regulation during the lunar night, which is equivalent to half a half a month on Earth.”
Hot Topic discussion
There is no excuse why people can’t explore their dreams and try to achieve whatever they aspired to as a child
“technology has become so advanced that people can quite quickly design, prototype and test their dreams and figure out if they work or not”
Mel asked where her Hoverboard was (reference to Back To The Future movie series)… Dom responded that maybe “if there were more engineers there would be a hoverboard. There’s not enough people concentrating on that aspect because we’re too busy doing other things that are a little bit more important.”…. ouch
It’s much easier to now go from idea to prototype. In the past, it could take years to build a prototype. Now it takes nowhere near that amount of time.
A 3D printer is key to this. There are a few different types of 3D printers available and Aaron chats about some of these and their uses.
“there is a lot of work that goes into to any of these projects and I think that’s another important thing that people need to be aware of with engineering. Like it’s never just one person doing a project. it’s always a team.”
Collaboration and the sharing of ideas is so important – you never know where you’re next push for an idea is going to come from.
During this podcast, you will also reflect on:
Photovoltaic is the “technical term for the cells in a solar module that you see on people roofs”. Aaron describes it as: “An engineering speciality of designing those cells and building then the chemical constituents that go into making them and how the components of those cells are stacked on top of each other, are arranged in a module and then basically fabricated.”
Despite what is happening politically in Australia, solar panels remain a very strong growth area.
The incredibly different nature of the moon, and the considerations required with working in this alien environment. As Mel said, engineers “love problem solving, but usually you don’t need to solve the problem of gravity”
The future of engineering is all about rapid prototyping.
“it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you persevere there’s a lot of things you can do and you can achieve just through technology and through the way the world and engineering is changing”
An engineering item for discussion…Anything space related!! When pushed, he likes the pioneer satellites. And loves the stories of the creativity needed in the early days of their creation. “what’s amazing about engineering and engineers is that we all work as a team and we can all contribute our own things to do those projects.”
An engineer to admire…“There’s no one person I admire”. But he does admire all his engineering friends, saying his is always learning new things when he speaks with them.
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