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Julia Mitchell

Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer at Sitael Australia

Julia is currently a Senior Spacecraft Systems Engineer for Sitael Australia and a Director of the Space Industry Association of Australia.

Julia is a motivated systems engineer/program manager experienced in the aerospace and space sectors. Julia has a passion for space and is keen to help strengthen and grow the space industry, Through her employment and volunteer roles, Julia has well developed team, leadership, communication and people skills and fine attention to detail.

At Sitael Australia, Julia works on small satellites (under 300kg), conducting various systems engineering activities. Previously, Julia was the SBAS Test-bed Program Manager at FrontierSI. In this role, Julia led a team which coordinated around 30 projects over ten different industry sectors (agriculture, aviation, consumer, road, rail, construction, utilities, resources, spatial and maritime) which successfully demonstrated the benefits of SBAS.

In addition, Julia worked as a consultant for SES as a spacecraft systems engineer in the Field Office at Orbital ATK, supporting the build of the GovSat-1 spacecraft. Julia worked for NewSat Ltd prior to this where she was involved with a wide range of systems engineering activities relating to the Jabiru-1 project including satellite build support, ground systems development and launch support.

Additionally, Julia has worked for both Aerospace Concepts and Qantas. Through these roles, she has gained many skills including; knowledge of aerospace vehicle operation and maintenance, program and stakeholder management, successful team management, well-developed communication skills and team work.

Julia has both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in aerospace engineering. She completed a Master of Science in Astronautics and Space Engineering at Cranfield University in the UK in 2012. In 2009, she graduated from University of New South Wales, Sydney with combined Bachelor of Engineering (Aerospace) with First Class Honours and Bachelor of Science (Physics).

Julia has been the recipient of multiple scholarships and prizes, including the Ray Stalker Memorial Award.

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