Mike Buttery

Mike was a Wilberforce student and studied Physics, maths, ICT, General Studies and Music at A Level. He is now a Project Scientist for the European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL) in Cumbria.

Subjects studied: A -levels in Physics, Maths, ICT, General Studies and Music

Current status: Project Scientist for the European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL)

What did you do after college?

I went to the University of Liverpool to study for a degree in Astrophysics, then got a job as Project Scientist for the European Space Tribology Laboratory (ESTL) in Cumbria.  I specialise in tribological research, which means I try to ensure the moving parts of spacecraft and satellites can withstand the severe environment in space. Through this specialist research I have been invited to conferences across Europe to present my findings. I have also been invited to NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida to give a presentation on my research at the 40th Aerospace Mechanism Symposium. I feel privileged, and very lucky to be invited to NASA. Over 95% of the work we do is for European customers, so to see interest in my research from the States is a big deal.”