Our team

Dr. Paddy Neumann

Dr. Paddy Neumann

Chief Scientist and Founder
Paddy studied aerospace engineering and physics as an undergraduate, gaining bachelor’s degrees in both from the University of Sydney, which is where he first started working with electric propulsion systems. During his honours, masters and doctoral work he has refined the system he inherited, from a system optimised for the study of thin film deposition to one that serves as a testbed for thruster prototypes. In his spare time he enjoys the study of history, brewing, armoured martial arts and as such is an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism.

Ian Whitchurch

Ian Whitchurch

CEO
Ian and Paddy are the beating heart of Neumann Space. Where Paddy has a head full of rocket-ideas, Ian is the person doing the legwork to convince the world that yes, our Drive really is the best thing in space since sliced bread.

Laura Lawrence

Laura Lawrence

Administration and Media
Laura is the oddly-shaped cog of the company, dealing with admin, publicity/social media, and generally ‘making the trains run on time’. In no other way does she resemble a dictatorship. Her background in organising performers and herding barristers is currently proving rather handy. In her spare time, she’s an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (where all the members of Neumann Space met), a crafter, and avid gamer.

Taryn East

Taryn East

CTO, Director
Taryn is our CTO, one of our directors, and all-round IT Guru, who has forgotten more about Ruby than you will ever know. She also brews amazing mead, which she occasionally shares with her co-workers.

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