John O'Sullivan BE, Dip Phys Sci, Dip PM, CEng MIEI, PMP, FSP,CMSE (R) studied Electrical Engineering at University College Cork. He has over 20 years' experience in the automation and control sector delivering solutions to the life-science industry in Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland, a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute and a certified Functional Safety Professional. He has always had a fascination with aviation and space, leading him to gain his PPL in 2003 and to study Astronomy and Planetary Science with the Open University. Since 2010 he has been awarded a Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science and a Diploma in Physical Science by the OU, as well as a Diploma in Project Management from the Cork Institute of Technology. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the ESA Astronaut Corps in 2008. He wrote his first book, In the Footsteps of Columbus, European Missions to the International Space Station, published in 2016. He has also had articles published in BIS Spaceflight magazine and in Engineers Ireland's Engineers Journal.