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Interview with Dillon O’Reilly

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“EUROAVIA is diversity and connection, it is crucial to be curious about life and to find joy in exploring new cultures and places. Being open to new experiences will lead you to discover things not only about others but also about yourself.”

Dillon O’Reilly completed his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Institute of Technology in Carlow, Ireland. After that, he attended the International Space University and worked on the Starshot Project developed by the Breakthrough Initiatives. Currently, he is undertaking his Doctorate degree, researching electrical space propulsion.

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Dillon’s entrance in our association was quite different from how most of us joined EUROAVIA. He did not just become part of the local group of his university, but he brought EUROAVIA there, creating the first Affiliated Society in Ireland. “The path from being a PPAS to finally becoming an AS was quite long. It took us two years of dedication, but in the end it was really worth it. Bringing such a big association to Ireland, that is like our little island, made us very proud of ourselves.”

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 Dillon could not have made it this far without his friend Melvin Benny. “Melvin and I worked really hard to achieve our goal. We went together to the Congress in Valencia to present our proposal. It was the first time I interacted with an international group and the experience was great, especially since all of us shared the same passion for aeronautics.” The friendships that he made during his active years in EUROAVIA still last and, although a long time has passed, when he gets in touch with his old friends it seems like nothing has changed.

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 The most remarkable moment for Dillon throughout his whole EUROAVIA experience is when they finally got accepted as an AS. During those two years he always kept in mind a quote by Lao Tzu that sounds like a mantra for all the new AS: “Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”


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