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Professor Lucy Berthoud


Professor Berthoud has worked for 25 years in Spacecraft research and in industry. She started out with a 4 year Master's in Mechanical Engineering (with Distinction) from the University of Bristol then went to Toulouse where she studied for a PhD in Space Physics at Sup'Aero/ONERA (French National Research Organisation). She then did Post doctoral fellowships at the European Space Agency and NASA Johnson Space Centre, before  going to work for BAe Space Systems (now Airbus Defence and Space). In 2009 Dr Berthoud started teaching at the University of Bristol and is now a Professor of Space Systems Engineering in the Aerospace Engineering department. She teaches Space Systems, Advanced Space Systems, Systems Engineering design and has research interests in microsatellites, interplanetary spacecraft design, Mars sample return missions, planetary protection, active debris removal, Model-Based Systems Engineering. She is passionate about teaching and has set up a teaching network for other space engineering lecturers in the UK called 'Space Universities Network'. In 2014 she was awarded a UoB teaching award for the Faculty of Engineering. In 2015 she was nominated to give a 'Best of Bristol' public lecture on 'Is there Life on Mars?'. In 2016 she gave a TEDx University of Bristol talk. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and in 2019 became a UK National Teaching Fellow.