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

Propulsion 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

Propulsion 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

Kuren Patel

Systems Engineering Advisor

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Kuren Patel

Systems Engineering Advisor

Aryan Laad

Designer

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

Designer

Jonathan Parkison-Swift

Instrumentation and Science 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

Instrumentation and Science Lead

Franco Ciscola

Astrodynamics Lead

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Franco Ciscola

Astrodynamics Lead

Bharath Simha

Spacecraft Design Advisor

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Bharath Simha

Spacecraft Design Advisor

Dhrumil Patadia

Astrodynamics Advisor

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Dhrumil Patadia

Astrodynamics Advisor

Eros Marcello

Trade Review Advisor

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Eros Marcello

Trade Review Advisor

Ethan Forder

Propulsion Advisor

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Ethan Forder

Propulsion Advisor

Ishaan Desai

Problem Analysis Advisor

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Ishaan Desai

Problem Analysis Advisor

James Morgan

Simulation Advisor

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 Advisor

Jaspreet Singh

Systems Engineer

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 Engineer

Jayajothi Kumar

Instrumentation & Science Advisor

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Jayajothi Kumar

Instrumentation & Science Advisor

Louis Ayin-Walsh

Propulsion Advisor

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

Propulsion Advisor

Oisín Ó Mórdha

Designer

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

Designer

Paul Wedde

Physics Advisor

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Paul Wedde

Physics Advisor

Utkarsh Raj

Data Science Advisor

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

Data Science Advisor

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