Fabien completed an Erasmus Mundus master in plasma physics and the technologies of nuclear fusion from the University of Ghent followed by a master in nuclear fission at the Belgium nuclear research centre, SCK-CEN. Afterwards he passed a two-year Luxembourgish graduate trainee program at the European Space Agency (ESA) at the electric propulsion section, which provided him with experience in thruster testing as well as mission design.
Fabien joined ENPULSION to be able to be on the design and production side of thrusters.
In his free time, Fabien loves to hike and skydive.
Dr. Alexander Reissner
CEO & Founder
Alexander Reissner started his career in the space business with RUAG Space, working in Thermal Hardware and later in Mechanical Engineering on projects like Sentinel or Bepi Colombo. He then joined the Austrian Institute of Technology and became the Team Leader for Electric Propulsion Systems. In 2013, he became the head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering shortly after it was moved to FOTEC. After growing this department from 5 to 17 scientists and engineers, he realized the potential of the FEEP technology in the SmallSat market and founded ENPULSION. His education took him from a Dipl.Ing. (MSc) in Physics at the Technical University of Vienna to the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in South Korea where he started a PhD program in Aerospace Engineering. He then followed his supervisor to the Technical University of Dresden where he finished his PhD Program. Alexander Reissner has been appointed to be the General Chair of the International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) 2019, that will take place in Vienna.
Thomas likes to make sure everything works smoothly, efficiently and he is always ready to solve a problem. He has a master’s degree in political science as well as specialized higher education in international business communications. He is additionally an ISO/IEC certified trainer and safety chancellor. Thomas brings to ENPULSION over ten years of work experience in project and general operations management. He has previously worked at the University of Vienna, the Vienna Chamber of Labor, and most recently at Casinos Austria, a worldwide, leading player in the global gaming industry. When he is not helping ENPULSION to thrive and reach its fullest potential, Thomas enjoys traveling, strolling through his home town Vienna, and grilling the perfect steak on his terrace!
Dr. David Krejci
David is a Research Associate at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and avid traveller. He received his M.S. in applied physics in 2008, and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2012 from Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and a M.A. in political science in 2012 from University of Vienna. Before joining ENPULSION, he was Research Scientist in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics working on the design and characterization of micromachined ionic liquid electrospray thrusters, which include multiple flight experiments. Before joining MIT's Space Propulsion Laboratory, he embarked on trip across the world, writing post-doc grant proposals along the way; secretly it was for beaches and sun. Aside from some teaching, he was previously working on the development of various types of electric and chemical propulsion systems. He worked on chemical green bi-propellant thrusters for small satellites and pulsed plasma thrusters for CubeSats at FOTEC and the Austrian Institute of Technology.
Head of Production
Dennis Weihrauch is an aerospace engineer with 12+ years of professional experience. After completing his studies at TU Braunschweig and TU München, he worked for some of the largest players in the European aerospace and automotive industries. While in France and Germany, he was responsible for optimizing manufacturing processes, developing products and ensuring quality. In Austria, he joined an applied research institute in the area of production planning, traceability and human-centered design. Now, at ENPULSION, he is leading the production team and is responsible for the industrialization of future products.
Dr. Thomas Nennadal
Head of Global FUnding
Thomas Nennadal finished his education with a combination of natural science and economics by graduating as Doctor of Technical Chemistry at Technical University Vienna and Master of Business Administration at Danube University Krems. After his scientific career he changed to the private sector in 2002 and build up his experience focusing on the food industry. The spirit of entrepreneurship captured him very early and in 2004 he founded his own company together with an US partner to build up the international market for the US brand Organic Food Bar. With this experience Thomas continued his career in the management of the High-Tech incubator accent Gründerservice in 2011. One of accent´s best practice projects had been a spin out of FOTEC - named: ENPULSION. Thomas had been involved in ENPULSIONs development since the first steps as a rising start up and supported Alexander Reissner in many essential topics from the beginning on. "Having now the chance to move to my best start-up ever we supported with accent, is one of the most exiting experiences I made in my carrier", Thomas proudly explains. As head of Global Marketing he will build up the brand ENPULSION on a global level and will also bring input in future developments of ENPULSION.
Head of Administration
Celina Mahler is grew up in Vienna, Austria and spent most of her childhood in her family’s restaurant. Following the footsteps of her father and grandmother, she logically became a chef. After studying gastronomy, she decided to leave her comfort zone and embark down a path of her own to see what challenge lie next. In 2016 she met Alexander Reissner at Fotec GmbH where they worked together before joining ENPULSION. Celina is now responsible for Administration and managing the daily business at ENPULSION. She most of all enjoys organizing events and supporting colleagues in whatever matters may arise. ENPULSION feels like home and she is grateful to have found what she was looking for: an interesting, challenging, and amazingly spirited team with a great product. All together, ENPULSION is company one should be proud to be a part of. Naturally, when not at work, Celina is passionate about cooking and dreams of a round trip through Italy together with her family.
Senior Business Development Engineer
Richard Sypniewski has been working in the Aerospace Industry for over 10 years and enjoys the challenges it has to offer. He has a wide range of skill-sets in Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Testing, Systems-Level Engineering, and Project Management. Richard has attended Michigan Technological University, whereby obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Richard continued his education in Austria at the University of Applied Sciences, receiving a Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering. The pursuit for knowledge and exploration, is something that Richard holds great values for. In Richard’s leisure time, he enjoys participating in marathons, and triathlons. He also enjoy’s participating in a variety of sports, but his favorite is golf.
Head of Supply Chain
Roman Hörbe was born in October 1991 in Lower Austria. In mid-2016, and after a 5-year study at the University of Applied Science in Wiener Neustadt, he graduated as industrial engineer. Immediately after receiving his degree, he began working as a strategic purchaser. In November of 2017, shortly after his 26th birthday, he was offered the opportunity to oversee ENPULSION’s entire supply chain. This was simply a chance he could not resist. When out of the office, Roman is passionate about sports; never missing a chance to climb, run, swim, ski or train in martial arts. Keen for music, his office is easily found by following the music.
Head of Production Assurance
Joan Miralles found his enthusiasm for technology at a young age through construction toys like Meccano and Lego. That is what pushed him to learn the “magic” behind aeronautics and aviation through gaining his bachelor degree at the Polytechnic University in Madrid. During his studies, he realised that space was far more interesting for him than aviation could ever be, so he decided to take courses in this direction. After college he decided that his bachelor degree was not enough, so he decided to pursue a master degree specialising in Aerospace Engineering at the FH University in Wiener Neustadt. His background in power systems for spacecrafts allowed him to take part in the student project PEGASUS, a satellite developed by the FHWN. For his master thesis, he went to the Institute of Space Systems at Stuttgart University, where he worked in the development of a test stand for MPD thrusters. This experience led him to Airbus Safran Launchers, now ArianeGroup, where he had the opportunity to work on the development of RF-Ion Thrusters. It was here that he first heard about the project that ENPULSION was carrying out, and chose to pursue a position on the team in early autumn 2017.
Dr. Tony Schönherr
Product Manager IFM Nano
Tony is an aerospace engineer and research scientist alike. He obtained his education during his studies at the Universität Stuttgart (Dipl.-Ing.) and the École Polytechnique de Montréal, and later during his PhD studies at the University of Tokyo, where he was working on plasma diagnostics for electric propulsion systems. After continuing research and academic activities in Tokyo, he joined the European Space Agency (ESA) for a research fellowship program in the field of electric propulsion that provided insight from testing over mission planning to project support of real space missions. Tony joined ENPULSION to see the “other side” of the space business, and to help bridge the gap between academic research and space application. Besides his urge to explore the world, Tony loves photography and languages.
Sameh Abouagaga graduated from the Aerospace engineering program at the University of Cairo, Egypt, in 2011. After which he began his career as a research and development engineer focusing on designs and simulation analysis. In 2016, he began his master’s degree studies for aerospace engineering at the FH, Wiener Neustadt. He enjoys programming, developing applications for the play store, and producing 2D/3D games. If not at work or studying, you can find Sameh refining his programming skills or spending time with his family.
Timotheos Alexandropoulos was born in 1990 in Melbourne, Australia. His passion for aerospace started as a young boy on his first flight to Greece with his family, wondering how it was possible to fly. That led him to gain his bachelor of Aerospace Engineering degree at Monash University in Melbourne. From there, he decided to a masters degree in Aerospace Engineering in Wiener Neustadt. Working as a simulations engineer at ENPULSION allows him to use his analytical skills within the industry that he is passionate about. During his free time, Timotheos is passionate about travelling and sport, especially loving to play American football.
Alvaro Blay Sempere
Alvaro Blay Sempere was born in 1993 in Elche, Spain. His passion for space, science, and engineering have been of interest to him since he was a child. He finds motivation from figures like Carl Sagan and Arthur C. Clarke. As an Aerospace Engineer, Alvaro started working at ENPULSION in 2017, where he is able to gain valuable insight of the manufacturing and testing processes. In his free time, Alvaro loves to travel, spend time with friends, read about sci-fi, and cycle. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.“
From 2013 to 2018 I studied space engineering at IPSA (Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées). During the first two years I was able to keep playing sport like football and Basketball and integrate martial art club where I did karate. My first professional experience was at SNECMA in Villaroche campus in 2015. I worked in the production department of civil aircraft engine. During the summer I obtained my freefall (skydive) license which I still use every year. Then, through my formation I followed one semester abroad in Russia where I improved my skills on aircraft engines at SSAU (Samara States Aerospace University). The same year, I followed an internship at CNRS ICARE in Orléans. These 3 months’ work were my first contact with electric propulsion systems. Then I had the opportunity to join ENPULSION for my master thesis. I discovered a highly motivated and ambitious team which I was happy to join and integrate. The professional possibility as well as the ambition of the company convinced me to stay longer and start my PhD as a join agreement with the CNRS and TU Wien on plasma diagnostic.
Rene is a Spanish Aerospace Engineer. He received his Bachelor in Aeronautical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) with a year exchange in London. After that, he lived in Singapore and worked on the design of lightweight tensile membrane structures, greatly expanding his international experience. Finally, he moved back to Europe and enrolled in the Master’s program of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Wiener Neustadt, Austria. During the summer semester of 2017, he lead a team of 5 students in building a sounding rocket for the University. This rocket was launched in May of 2017 from the Netherlands and carried a scientific payload for FOTEC, which reached an altitude of almost 900 meters. Upon completion of his first year in the Master’s program, and with outstanding grades, he went on to work for RUAG Space Vienna. During his time there he conducted MLI vacuum superinsulation simulations before finally joining the ENPULSION team as a Manufacturing and Testing engineer in September of 2017.
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