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Summary

Passionate about and experienced in the fields of aviation, scientific research and teaching.

Aviation:

I obtained my commercial pilot’s license in the United States in 2011 and am currently employed by Air Seychelles. I fly the DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft inter-island, and have over 2025 hours total time including 1780 hours turbine. Aside from flying itself, I am passionate about flight safety and worked as a Flight Safety Officer at Air Seychelles. I also have a keen interest in the physics of flight, teaching within the aviation industry as well as the human factors aspect of aviation. In 2015 I obtained the EASA CPL with multiengine instrument ratings and most recently the FAA ATP certificate in 2016.

Science Research:

I studied physics at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Manchester in the UK, obtaining a BSc (Hons) and an MSc, with first class and distinction results, respectively. The result of my Masters work, which involved a substantial amount of computer programming in C++, was followed up and two articles have been submitted to the Astrophysical Journal to date. I presented my work at an international physics conference in 2011.

Teaching:

I find teaching extremely rewarding. I was an assistant lecturer of mathematics and physics at the Seychelles Polytechnic (pre-University level) for 6 months in 2006 and have been tutoring students part time in the same subjects ever since. It has been a pleasure for me to see grade improvements as large as a C to an A in several candidates.

Work History

Dec 2015Present

Captain

Air Seychelles
  • Flying as commander on the Air Seychelles Twin Otter fleet, I am responsible for the operation and safety of the aeroplane and the safety of all crew members, passengers and cargo on board.
  • My decision-making, organisation and time management skills are constantly improving and I work well in a team.
  • Flying hours to date are as follows. Total flight time: 2025, Pilot in Command: 570, Second in Command: 1350, Multi-engine: 1830, Turbine: 1780.
  • Aircraft flown: DHC-6, PA38, PA44, PA28, PA28R, C172, BE76.
Jan 2015Jan 2016

Flight Safety Officer

Air Seychelles
  • Assisted the Flight Safety Manager in the functioning of the Safety Management System and deputised for the Flight Safety Manager as and when required.
  • Engaged in the capture and processing of data from Flight Data Recorders, processed Air Safety Reports, and prepared briefing material for the Flight Safety Committee.
  • Prepared statistical analysis reports using exported data from aviation software.
  • Organised pilot flight safety meetings and delivered safety presentations.
Feb 2013Dec 2015

First Officer

Air Seychelles
  • Flying on the domestic fleet of Air Seychelles, I was responsible to the Commander for assisting in the safe and efficient conduct of flights.
  • I participated in Certificate of Airworthiness flights on the Twin Otter.
Jul 2007Dec 2014

Private Tutor

  • I have privately tutored students for many years to prepare them for GCSE, IGCSE and A-level exams. 
  • My adaptable tutoring techniques kept students interested and significant grade improvements of typically two grades were seen consistently.
Mar 2006Aug 2006

Assistant Lecturer of Mathematics and Physics

Seychelles Polytechnic
  • Assisted the mathematics and physics lecturers at the Seychelles Polytechnic by preparing and correcting exams, teaching entire classrooms as well as tutoring individual students for the A-level Cambridge International Examinations (pre-University). 
  • Ensured that all classes started on time and ran smoothly, with minimum disturbance, at the same time encouraging students to participate. 
  • Made time to see individual students, identified their weak areas and worked with them to overcome their difficulties.

Education

Sep 2009Jan 2011

Master of Science (MSc) in Astrophysics

University of Manchester
  • Achieved a distinction for my thesis.
  • The project involved a significant amount of computer programming to create simulations and extract statistics on extrasolar planet systems containing multiple planets.
Sep 2006Jul 2009

Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics

University of Manchester
  • Obtained a First Class Honours.
  • I took a wide variety of undergraduate modules, including mechanics, astrophysics, computer programming and quantum physics. 
  • We had several hours of practical work each week, where I worked together with a partner to gather scientific data and present and discuss our results in interviews.

Certifications

Feb 2012Present

FAA Airline Transport Pilot with multi engine and instrument ratings

Oct 2015Present

EASA Commercial Pilot with multi engine and instrument ratings

Dec 2014Present

Safety Risk Management (IATA)

Jan 2016Present

Auditing Techniques Flight & Ground OPS - Part OPS (JAA TO)

Publications

  • Wei Zhu, Andrew Gould, Matthew Penny, Shude Mao and Rieul Gendron, 2014, Empirical Study of Simulated Two-planet Microlensing Events, The Astrophysical Journal 794, 53
  • Wei Zhu, Andrew Gould, Matthew Penny, Shude Mao and Rieul Gendron, 2014, Predictions for Microlensing Planetary Events from Core Accretion Theory, The Astrophysical Journal 788, 73

Awards

  • President's Award for Academic Excellence (Naples Air Center, 2012)
  • Delta Travel Prize for best first year physics undergraduate essay (University of Manchester, 2007)
  • International Excellence Undergraduate Scholarship (University of Manchester, 2006)
  • Best performer in A-level Mathematics and Physics (Seychelles Polytechnic, 2005)
  • Australian Mathematics Competition: Distinction and Special Achievement Award (Australian Mathematics Trust, 2002)
  • Commonwealth Essay Competition: Commended (Royal Commonwealth Society, 2000)

Professional Memberships

  • Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), Associate Member
  • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Member
  • LGBTI Sey, Executive Committee Secretary

Languages

  • English, Creole, French

Interests

  • Flight safety, human rights, hiking, tennis, swimming, reading and travelling.

References

  • Shude Mao, Professor of Astrophysics; Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics Alan Turing Building, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, United Kingdom.
  • James Brannan, Chief Flight Instructor and FAA Designated Pilot Examiner; Mazzei Flying Service, 4885 East Shields Avenue #201, Fresno, California, 93727, USA.