Kate Smith

Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering research theme

Kate Smith

I am always on the lookout for new ways to introduce practical elements into teaching, as I believe the best way to learn a technical subject is by doing.

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Our School

The School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering encompasses a broad range of engineering disciplines under one roof, and fosters a spirit of multidisciplinary research collaborations and development of novel teaching strategies.

I have been here for nearly three years, and I enjoy the opportunity to develop my own research portfolio and establish collaborations with ever-inspiring colleagues.

My research

My main research interests lie in the area of electric propulsion for small satellites. I am also interested in technologies that enhance the capabilities of nanosatellites (tiny satellites below 1kg mass) and future prospects for swarms of nanosatellites.

We have also adapted this technology for high resolution printing, which gave me a valuable insight into the world of patents/IP and university spin out companies.

I enjoy the journey of discovery from the first tentative tests and experiments in the lab to the solution of a problem or understanding of experimental data.

My teaching

I like being part of the process of passing on knowledge and information, but I also enjoy that I continue to learn along the way too.

I try to keep up to date with the latest trends in technology and also include some of my own research in the topics I teach. I am always on the lookout for new ways to introduce practical elements into teaching, as I believe the best way to learn a technical subject is by doing.

I think the measure of success for a student is applying the techniques and skills they have learned and acquired during their university career into solving 'real world' problems.

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