- Lecturer in Space Systems Engineering (Systems Power and Energy)
telephone: 0141 330 3233
School of Engineering
James Watt Building South
Glasgow G12 8QQ
Patrick Harkness is from Stewartstown, in Northern Ireland. Patrick obtained a MEng degree in Aeronautical Engineering from The Queen’s University of Belfast in 2003 and a PhD in space debris mitigation from Cranfield University in 2007. He then worked with Lockheed Martin on the subject of magnetohydrodynamic flow control before taking up a postdoctoral role at the University of Glasgow, focusing on ultrasonics, in 2008. Most recently, in 2012, he became a lecturer in Space Systems Engineering.
Patrick's main research interest is in space deployable structures, which can include gossamer devices such as aerobrakes, solar sails and antennae, and planetary surface exploration tools such as drills, soil probes and rock-polishing equipment. Patrick also works to support the space activity at the University of Glasgow through the Space Glasgow Research Cluster, and the community in general as co-chair of the RSE Young Academy of Scotland.
First Step Award – Deployable Drag Sail (PI)
University of Glasgow, Clyde Space Ltd., Sept. 2010, £5k
Knowledge Transfer Award – Ultrasonic Tools for Deep Planetary Exploration (CoI)
University of Glasgow, Magna Parva Ltd., Feb. 2011, £70k
Feasibility Study for Innovation in Space – Low-Cost ... Deorbit System for Small Spacecraft (PI)
Technology Strategy Board, Feb. 2011, £24k (University of Glasgow component £12k)
Research Contract – Use of Ultrasonics in Metal Forming (CoI)
Magna Parva Ltd., Crown Industries, Feb. 2011, £10k
SPARK Award – Titanium Composite Core Drill Cutting Face (PI)
University of Glasgow, Tisics Ltd., Aug. 2011, £5k
Summer Science Exhibition – Mars’ Mission to Earth (CoI)
Royal Society, Science and Technology Facilities Council, March 2012, £7k
Outreach Grant – The Solar System Rocks (CoI)
Science and Technology Facilities Council, March 2012, £3k
NSTP Design Study – Wideband Ionospheric Sounder CubeSat Experiment (PI)
UK Space Agency, March 2012, £25k (University of Glasgow component £8k)
EPSRC ISG – Advanced Deorbit Technology Demonstrator (PI)
University of Glasgow, March 2012, £50k
Knowledge Transfer Award – Advanced Deorbit Technology Demonstrator (PI)
University of Glasgow, July 2012, £5k
Industrial Secondment Scheme – AEOLDOS/Clyde Space (PI)
Royal Academy of Engineering, November 2012, £16k (paused)
NSTP Design Study follow-on – Wideband Ionospheric Sounder CubeSat Experiment II (PI)
DSTL/UK Space Agency, November 2012, £30k
Industry Exchange for Early Career Researchers – AEOLDOS/Clyde Space (PI)
GRPE, February 2013, £23k
Aurora – Atmosphere-crust coupling and carbon sequestration on the young Mars (CoI)
UK Space Agency, July 2013, £115k
FP7 Space – Ultrasonic Planetary Core Drill (PI)
European Commission, December 2013, £1.83m (University of Glasgow component £740k)
Patrick's material on this course examines the behaviour of free and forced vibrating systems, considering the effects of friction, damping and resonance.
Patrick's work on this course focusses on the practicalities of vibration analysis, especially hardware and signal processing.
Space Systems 2
This course provides an introduction to key spacecraft subsystems, as well as the space environment and space law.