Eur Ing Prof Malcolm Macdonald
Mal Coluim Macdhòmhnaill
B. Eng. (Hons) PhD C.Eng. FRAeS
Professor and Chair of Space Technology at the University of Strathclyde.
Director of SoXSA
(the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications |
Ionad de Sàr-mhathas ann an Goireasan Saideal na h-Alba
​​​​​​​Non-executive member of the UK Space Agency Steering Board.

at DATA.SPACE2017 Conference in Glasgow

A professional space technology engineer, academic & director with a strong, proven, and international record of accomplishment.​​​​​​​ I was awarded the 2016 Royal Society of Edinburgh Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal in recognition of my
outstanding research work in the development and application of space mission systems to challenge conventional ideas and advance new concepts in the exploration and exploitation of space.
 I was the only non-US member of a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s committee on ‘Achieving Science Goals with CubeSats’, and I am the only UK member of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Study Group on ‘Small Satellites for Space Sciences’. I am also one of only two European Associate Editors of the Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, the top-ranked archival journal in Aerospace Engineering.
​​​​​​​I am a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society (FRAeS), and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. I am a registered European Engineer (Eur Ing) with the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (registration number 571998), and I am an Engineering Council UK Chartered Engineer. I was also an elected member Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland (2013 – 2018).
I have a Bachelor in Engineering (1st Class Honours) in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Glasgow, and a PhD in Aeronautical Engineering, also from the University of Glasgow. Prior to joining the University of Strathclyde, I was a Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow (2003 – 2004), and worked at SCISYS (UK) Ltd. (2005 – 2008) throughout the mission life-cycle on ESA missions including LISA-Pathfinder and ADM-Aeolus.
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