Tapton student gets Miles ahead at ACSE

The Tapton student who found an error in NASA data came along to the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) at the University of Sheffield.

Miles Soloman, a 17-year-old A Level student from Tapton School, Sheffield, visited the labs at ACSE and met with key
academics and researchers working on several space projects within the Department.

Miles, who shot to fame after reporting the International Space Station was recording an error in its data when he was working on a class project, enjoyed getting an insight to the practical applications of research in the area.

Miles Soloman with Sunbyte Team

He said: “It was really interesting talking to researchers and Professors about their work in the field. It has given me a view into a researcher's work and spurred my enthusiasm to take a career in academia or research.

“The best part of the visit was talking to the SunbYte project members. It was good being able to discuss how they are applying their engineering knowledge to real world space research.”

Miles, who studies Maths, Physics and Further Maths at A Level, has developed a keen interest in mathematic problems and solutions. Due to this interest, he has been involved in several space and science projects at Tapton School.

The visit was arranged by Dr Iñaki Esnaola, the Director of Outreach at the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering, who read about Miles’ find in the news and was impressed by his initiative.

Dr Esnaola said: “I found it refreshing to see a student who was willing to go the extra step for his learning. I think it is important to encourage young people in whatever aspect of education they have an interest in so that we can cultivate those talents and help them develop their skills. At ACSE, we are always looking to help our students, and young people in general, to reach their potential.”

As part of the visit, Miles met the team working on the SunbYte project which is a multidisciplinary project across the Engineering faculty at the University. Miles talked to the students about their designs for a low cost telescope which will be attached to a high altitude balloon.

The project academic lead, Dr Viktor Fedun from ACSE, said: "It is great to have such talented young scientists from the local area who are interested in researching space and the systems related to space craft. The University dedicates resources to the development and research in these areas which allows us to continue going forwards and gives opportunities to young people like Miles.”

Miles will be returning to ACSE over the summer to complete work experience with the SunbYte team.