Our Team

Dr. Randall Perry

Dr Perry is the founder of the UKSDC and the Space Science Engineering Foundation (SSEF). He is the Honorary Chair of the SSEF, a registered UK charity. The SSEF supports the UK, MEA and EU Space Design Challenge and the Galactic Challenge. He is a director of the Global Space Design Challenge Ltd that runs a 12 day summer camp at Imperial College London. He is a Senior Research Investigator and a past Royal Society Fellow at Imperial College London. He has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, has held the US and Canada National Science Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University, and has a NASA certification in Astrobiology. His current focus is on education. In addition, he has published widely in his areas of interest of geology, geochemistry, microbiology and education. He is the author of four adventure novels. Besides scientific talks he enjoys giving talks to a wide variety of public venues for example being invited to give the Public Lecture at the Durham Institute for Advanced Studies on a Definition of Life and as a painter and member of the Chelsea Art Club an invited talk on Science and Art. As a script writer he is a member of the Writers Guild of America West. He is a director and producer with Athene Films, a Canadian film company whose most recent film is Meet Beau Dick. In his spare time he enjoys trekking, scuba diving and flying helicopters and aircraft. He was the president of a company before finishing a Ph.D. later in life and has since visited many of the Earth’s extreme habitats including diving in ‘Alvin’ the deep submersible. Dr Perry was shortlisted for a Sir Arthur Clarke Award in 2013 for his work on USKDC.

Kareem Siyam Lewis (MEng, MSc)

Kareem is the one of the co-founders of KP Horizons who grew up in Bahrain and is an alumni of St. Christophers School. He went on to study a Master of Engineering (MEng) in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield specialising in Aeromechanics, Aeromaterials, and Aeropropulsion. Throughout his higher education, he has aided younger students in optimising their university applications via expertly written Personal Statements, individually tailored interview workshops, and consolidating work experiences. He undertook a year-in-industry at E.On Technologies LTD., a German utility provider, as a Condition Monitoring Engineer intern working closely with industry leaders in power electronics, mechanical systems, and software engineering. Upon finding a deep interest in the realm of renewable energy, Kareem pursued a second Master degree (MSc) at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Engineering in Sustainable Energy, specialising in solar technology. His research is primarily focused towards optimising the functionality of stand-alone (off-grid) solar energy systems that can be deployed in any environment; something that is key for rural communities, self-contained systems, and space technologies. In his free time, Kareem is a passionate motorcyclist, scuba-diver, and world-traveller.

Perrum Singh Rehal (BEng, MSc Eng)

Perrum Singh Rehal is the other co-founder of KP Horizons who also has a background in science and engineering based research. He completed a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Sheffield. Whilst studying, he was awarded Student Ambassador of Learning and Teaching for the Aerospace Engineering department which aimed to create an excellent student/teacher mentoring system throughout the students university career. He undertook a year in industry at the Defence Science & Technology Laboratory (DSTL) as an Operational Analyst working closely with industry leaders in engineering. Perrum pursued further education by undertaking a Masters of Science in Engineering (MSc Eng) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Earth and Space Physics and Engineering. His research is primarily focused towards Space Weather, probing the inner workings of the solar event known as a Coronal Mass Ejections (CME). Currently Perrum is employed at the European Space Agency (ESA) working in the education department. In his free time, Perrum is an avid climber and outdoors-man as well as amateur astronomer.

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