OUR TEAM

Meet the people behind the research

James McKevitt

Co-Executive Director

I am a co-executive director and simulation engineer at Conex Research. I am excited by the upward trend in the ambition of L-class missions, seen most clearly in the Dragonfly quadcopter mission to Titan. I have learnt a lot about how much a group of people working internationally - all simply motivated by doing something positive in the space - can do, and how to deal with the organic growth of such a new and exciting initiative. Conex has allowed me to meet people from a wide range of disciplines, and understand the different approaches to space mission design taken across the world.

James McKevitt

Co-Executive Director

Christina Bornberg

Co-Executive Director

I am an electronics engineer and project manager at Conex Research and lead the Data Science division. The most exciting thing for me about space is that we can learn about our own planet by visiting other celestial bodies. Through Conex I have been able to apply my electronics and data science skills to the aerospace field. I learnd a lot about scientific instruments and their data, planetary science and space missions like Cassini-Huygens which visited Saturn and Titan as well as Voyager 2, which was so far the only spacecraft visiting Neptune and Triton. I like Conex because it's a nice environment to learn something new together with people from all over the place with different educational backgrounds and get mentored by people from academia and industry that we frequently invite to our sessions to give lectures, answer questions and give feedback.

Christina Bornberg

Co-Executive Director

Jack Kent

Operations Director

I'm the Operations Director at Conex, overseeing IT, HR, and compliance. Currently I study Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Loughborough University, where I'm also the Vice Chair of Loughborough Space, a student-lead rocketry team currently manufacturing a hybrid rocket engine. I love Conex's unique position that allows it to attract members from across the globe, from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, to collaborate towards a single shared interest.

Jack Kent

Operations Director

Tom Dixon

Lead Designer

I am a designer at Conex Research and lead the Computer-Aided Design and Visualise division. I am excited about the future of space in context to the ever-growing commercial applications and opportunities through cheaper payload to orbit launchers. At Conex, I developed my abilities in visualisation through graphics and rendering of our mission, and speed forming in computer-aided design has helped me become a better and more capable modeler, and I have been pushed to learn new software and expand my horizons in the variety of applications I use.

Tom Dixon

Lead Designer

Shayne Beegadhur

Aerospace Engineering Lead

I am a propulsion and power systems engineer at Conex Research and lead the Propulsion Division. I am hopeful for a future where we create an orbit that serves all humanity whilst extending our reach throughout the solar system. At Conex, I have developed my skills to use specialist software such as AGI STK to inform propulsion systems requirements. It has been a great opportunity to explore the use of computational engineering. Additionally, I have met so many wonderful and knowledgeable people. Equally, everyone at Conex is curious and constantly trying to grow their understanding of various disciplines. Conex has allowed me to better communicate with industry professionals so that I can learn from them and implement those lessons in our missions.

Shayne Beegadhur

Aerospace Engineering Lead

Sophie Bulla

Systems Engineering Lead

I am the lead systems engineer at Conex Research and responsible for the Arcanum Mission Analysis and Design. Bringing all the different fields of science and technology together and creating something that is bigger than the single parts fascinates me. My other passion is model-based systems engineering, because I feel that this approach to systems engineering is the future. Being part of Conex Research is the perfect opportunity for me to learn, to apply my theoretical knowledge and create something new and unique. And it is an opportunity to network and reach out to other space enthusiasts.

Sophie Bulla

Systems Engineering Lead

Madalin Foghis

Business Management Lead

At Conex Research, I focus on securing adequate business growth, purposeful partnerships, and retrieve consequential funding. The group allows me the undeterred opportunity to progress in Organisational and Project Management, as well as advance my understanding of Design and Engineering modules alongside other STEM-related subjects. Meeting incredible people from so many parts of the world makes the learning curve even more incredible!


I am the Business Start-up & Management Lead at Conex. My dream is working to ensure humanity becomes a space-bearing civilisation, enrich earth's environment and help develop innovative progress in AI, Transport, and Agriculture. At Conex Research, I focus on securing adequate business growth, purposeful partnerships, and retrieve consequential funding. The group allows me the undeterred opportunity to progress in Organisational and Project Management, as well as advance my understanding of Design and Engineering modules alongside other STEM-related subjects. Meeting incredible people from so many parts of the world makes the learning curve even more incredible!

Madalin Foghis

Business Management Lead

Jonathan Parkison-Swift

Science & Instruments Lead

I am the Instruments and Science Lead at Conex Research, focusing on the Arcanum mission’s scientific instruments and the potential research that can be conducted on Neptune and Triton. I am a young professional and recent graduate from Nottingham Trent University, where I completed my MSc in Physics and BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. My passion is to one day contribute to sending Humankind to Mars and that has been the driving force behind my education and hobbies. Since joining Conex, I’ve enjoyed working with the team which has allowed me to put my skills and knowledge to use whilst learning about past, current and future work in the space industry to help develop our proposal for ESA’s Voyage 2050.

Jonathan Parkison-Swift

Science & Instruments Lead

Franco Ciscola

Astrodynamics Lead

Leads the Astrodynamics team.

Franco Ciscola

Astrodynamics Lead

Aryan Laad

Visualisation Team

I am a designer at Conex Research and am part of the Visualization division. Currently, I am completing my undergraduate degree in Product and Industrial Design. I'm looking forward to the emergence of global communities supporting space exploration and am excited to contribute to such enterprises. Conex has made me experience firsthand the value of interdisciplinary teamwork within a formidable mission. I look forward to learning a wide assortment of software and improving my CAD, industrial design, and engineering skills through my work with professionals with diverse industry expertise. Conex has been an enjoyable and enriching experience for me. Through our mutual ambitions, I look forward to facing new and inspiring challenges at Conex Research.

Aryan Laad

Visualisation Team

James Morgan

Simulation

A graduate MEng, BEng in aeronautical & aerospace engineering at the University of Leeds, collaborating with Conex as part of the simulations team. I am passionate about the recent developments in spaceflight which has began to foster a growing public interest, resulting in the increased accessibility of space.

Whilst being part of the Conex team, I have worked on structural analysis in conjunction with simulating the impact effects between a lander and a planetary surface utilising industry software, thereby further developing my skills and experience which can be applied to future research projects and employment opportunities.

My enjoyable experience at Conex stems from working together with a variety of people from a multitude of industry backgrounds, creating a supportive and goal orientated environment.

James Morgan

Simulation

Kuren Patel

Systems Engineering Advisor

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Kuren Patel

Systems Engineering Advisor

Louis Ayin-Walsh

Aerospace Engineering

I'm a second year A-Level student planning to study physics at university. I've always been a space fanatic and from winning national and international Space Design Competitions joining Conex provided the next step up in space mission design. Currently I'm working as part of the Astrodynamics and Propulsion team. Working on Arcanum has been a great opportunity to test the technical skills I've picked up so far, and experience this kind of working environment for more than a few days at a time, with a highly talented and motivated team. I look forward to digging into more challenges as the project progresses, and plan on taking everything I learn on to the next mission, whatever that may be!

Louis Ayin-Walsh

Aerospace Engineering

Ethan Forder

Aerospace Engineering

Member of the Aerospace Engineering team.

Ethan Forder

Aerospace Engineering

Alisa Zaripova

Social Media Producer

I am a social media specialist and science communicator at Conex Research. I am very inspired by Conex's mission to explore the distant planets of the solar system, its satellites, and the goal to go beyond the solar system! I truly believe and have no doubt that humanity's future is in space, and how successful it will be depends on each of us contributing today.

Alisa Zaripova

Social Media Producer

Ben Marshall

Aerospace Engineering

I've recently finished my masters degree in Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University. At Conex I hope to apply my understanding of complex dynamic systems to a space context using my experience with Simulink; Matlab; and the Dynamical Systems Toolbox. I have always been passionate about space and I am a firm believer that space is of vital importance to the survival of humanity in the face of the current climate crisis. We are currently in the middle of a huge explosion of progress in the space sector and I am excited to contribute to that as best I can.

Ben Marshall

Aerospace Engineering

Diana Aponte

LATAM Content Lead

Diana helps us to reach even more people by adapting our content to Latin America users. A Colombian Musical Artist, Astrophysics Communicator, Developer and Activist on Social Projects for the UN, Researcher and Podcaster, Diana has a wealth of experience in this area.

Diana Aponte

LATAM Content Lead

Jesus Galinzoga

Science & Instruments

I'm an aeronautical engineer with 3 years of experience in design and mechanical analysis, currently studying an MEng in rocket complexes and cosmonautics. I believe that space exploration is not only useful to better understand and study our planet and how life was generated in it; but also necessary to assure the future of civilization. At Conex Research my intention is to apply my experience and knowledge to implement accurate structural and dynamic simulations in order to develop reliable components and systems.

Being part of an international and multidisciplinary initiative filled with talented students and professionals as Conex Research is challenging and exciting.

Jesus Galinzoga

Science & Instruments

Ramansh Sharma

Astrodynamics

Member of the Astrodynamics team.

Ramansh Sharma

Astrodynamics

Sreehari Krishnakumar

Science & Instruments

Member of our Science & Instruments team.

Sreehari Krishnakumar

Science & Instruments

Yusuf Onur

Simulation

Member of the Simulation team.

Yusuf Onur

Simulation

Bharath Simha

Aerospace Engineering

Member of the Aerospace Engineering team, specialising in Spacecraft design.

Bharath Simha

Aerospace Engineering

Dhrumil Patadia

Astrodynamics

I am an astrodynamics advisor at Conex Research. I am interested in rocket propulsion and
orbital mechanics and always look forward to learning and working with the team. Everyone
here is helpful and it is an amazing opportunity to learn about various disciplines and meet
space enthusiasts.

Dhrumil Patadia

Astrodynamics

Eros Marcello

Systems Engineering

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Eros Marcello

Systems Engineering

Ishaan Desai

Systems Engineering

Member of the Systems Engineering team.

Ishaan Desai

Systems Engineering

Jaspreet Singh

Systems Engineering

I am an experienced vehicle designer, and part of the systems engineering team at Conex. My experience has evolved working through design gates, with cross functional teams and have delivered end products in both conceptual and production vehicle programs. I am excited about the opportunities space exploration affords us all and am interested in applying systems thinking to imagine novel mission architectures and spacecraft designs. At Conex, we are pushing the envelope in designing high value science missions and it's a great opportunity to not only learn new things but also to work along side a highly motivated and talented group of individuals.

Jaspreet Singh

Systems Engineering

Jayajothi Kumar

Science & Instruments

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Jayajothi Kumar

Science & Instruments

Oisín Ó Mórdha

Visualisation Team

I am a designer and 3D artist at Conex Research where I am part of the visualisation division. I am excited for a future where humanity has crossed the threshold of our home to settle on other worlds. Conex has provided me an incredible opportunity to develop my skills in a professional environment working alongside an amazing international team. I look forward to my continued development here at Conex Research, my colleagues here have shown me what a dedicated team can achieve through perseverance, hard work and cooperation.

Oisín Ó Mórdha

Visualisation Team

Paul Wedde

Science & Instruments

Member of Science & Instruments team.

Paul Wedde

Science & Instruments

Utkarsh Raj

Science & Instruments

I am Utkarsh and completed my engineering degree in the computer science department, currently working in corporate world for last 7 years in India. I am part of the data science team as this is the area I am very much intrested in. I have completed several online courses in data science from the best universities in the world and I would like to learn more and more in the future.

Utkarsh Raj

Science & Instruments

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