Sean Elvidge qualified with an MSci (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Birmingham in 2011. His masters project investigated complex reflection groups. During his undergraduate degree he was also a keen member of the University Astronomical Society which inspired him to shift his focus for his PhD. He studied for a PhD in ionospheric and thermospheric modelling in the School of Engineering, graduating in 2014. During his PhD Sean won a Fellowship to work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in the USA.
After his PhD Sean undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Space Environment and Radio Engineering (SERENE) group at the University of Birmingham. During this time he developed the Advanced Ensemble electron density (Ne) Assimilation System (AENeAS). A physics-based data assimilation model of the Earth’s upper atmosphere. It combines state-of-the-art mathematical techniques with data sources from around the world to provide accurate and actionable forecasts of the ionosphere and thermosphere. In 2016 he was named on the inaugural Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 list in the Science and Healthcare category.
Sean was appointed as Lecturer in Space Environment in 2018 and is involved with the teaching and development of the University’s new Aerospace Engineering degree course.
Sean is also a passionate science communicator, regularly given talks on a wide variety of topics to audiences all over the UK. He is closely involved with the Villiers Park Educational Trust, who are working towards a future in which all students experience a challenging and inspirational education, leading to an improvement in social mobility in the UK.