Over nine (9) years of experience as a contractor in complex military and civil spacecraft programs, in which five (5) years experience working in Mission Operations on a United States Air Force (USAF) contract, and four (4) years as a Senior Systems Engineer for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle contract. At present, I am working as a Systems Engineer Sr. for Lockheed Martin on a Department of Defense contract managed by the USAF in Mission Operations.
Since October 2010, I have been employed with Lockheed Martin on a classified program for the USAF. I have certified as a Spacecraft Pilot and have assisted in training others. My current responsibilities include supporting Ops staff, providing crew relief, and training for advanced certifications.
Prior to my assignment as a Senior Systems Engineer, I was employed as a Sr. Flight Operations Engineer for the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) project where I was responsible for requirements and procedural development. As a member of both Flight Operations Integration and Systems Engineering and Integration Teams, I interfaced directly with NASA Propulsion Mission Operations personnel in development of customer deliverables. In addition, I created post-landing crew survival flight procedures and assisted in developing the Crew Module recovery concept of operations.
While employed with Lockheed Martin on Orion, I was the Owner and Managing Partner of a small business from 08/2008 to 12/2010. Responsibilities included accounting and managing budget, marketing and sales, general business operations, etc. for a retail shop that sold motorized scooters.
Upon joining LMTO, I was teamed with the Technical Associates as a subsystem expert in Telemetry & Commanding. Shortly thereafter, I joined the Flight Operations team to train and work as a crew member and achieved multiple certifications included Spacecraft Pilot. After two years on crew, I moved to the Operations Integration Team where I was responsible for testing both hardware and software upgrades prior to integration with the operational systems.
Regarding my educational experience, in 1993 I graduated from St. John Vianney (Marianist) High School in Kirkwood, MO. Thereafter, I attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO where I studied Chemistry and Geology. After three semesters, I returned to Saint Louis, MO where I attended full time at the St. Louis Community College at Meramec. There my studies ranged from Physics, Math, Business, and Pre-Engineering as well as various pre-requisite courses. In addition to being a full time student, I worked for the community college as a tutor in Chemistry and Physics and successfully managed a private math tutoring business. In addition, I held a part time job performing data entry for the Washington University School of Medicine. In the fall of 1999, I was accepted into the school of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. While attending CU as a full time student, I held a part-time job as an Engineering Assistant at the National Institute for Standards and Technology – Materials Reliability Division. In addition, I volunteered with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium where I fabricated hardware for prototype microsatellites.
For my Senior Project, I selected to function as a Systems Engineer and was responsible for integrating a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system with a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for Lunar/Mars research. Conducted trade studies to cut mass and add functionality with simple yet robust design solutions. I graduated from the University of Colorado with my Bachelors of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in May of 2002.
Lockheed Martin, Integrated Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS Security) – Aurora, CO 10/2010 – Present
Systems Engineer Sr.
- Conducted Flight/Mission Operations during Readiness, Execution and Evaluation phases.
- Provided 24x7x365 anomaly resolution and crew relief support.
Unemployed 07/2010 – 10/2010
Cancellation of the Constellation Program in Feb. 2010 led to a significant reduction-in-force within Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin, Integrated Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS Civil) – Houston, TX 01/2007 – 07/2010
Systems Engineer Sr. - Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle, NASA Constellation Program
- Identified potential Operational Safety Risks/Hazards and provided recommendations for reducing this risk or rationale for accepting the safety risk.
- Improved Redundancy Management (RM) by optimizing electrical interfaces between the Avionics and Propulsion subsystems.
- Developed Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Functional Fault Analysis (FFA).
- Produced Loss of Mission, Vehicle, & Crew functional analyses in support of the Probabilistic Risk Assessments (PRAs) for the Reliability & Quality Assurance (R&QA) team.
- Supported development of Flight Software requirements, including Abort Decision & FDIR Logic, for nominal and contingency vehicle operations.
- Flight Operations’ Subject Matter Expert for the Propulsion Subsystems and Crew Survival & Recovery Ops; responsible for Concept of Operations (ConOps), Flight Operations Data Book, Flight Operations Procedures development, and leading development of the on-board Propulsion subsystem flight displays. Improved horizontal integration by analyzing Mission Design Timeline
- Participated in spacesuit human rated vacuum chamber testing/evaluations as a Test Subject in NASA 1-G Blue Room. Also participated as a Test Subject in Crew Module cockpit optimization study.
Lockheed Martin, Technical Operations – Denver, CO 10/2002 – 01/2007
Satellite Systems Engineer
- Responsible for Operational Readiness of major hardware installation release. Tested & verified mission critical hardware and software upgrades in preparation for operational use.
- Conducted Mission Operations during Readiness, Execution and Evaluation phases. Attained certifications for Mission Ops positions, and successfully trained four crew members. Prepared procedures for nominal and contingency operations. Provided 24x7x365 anomaly resolution and crew relief support.
KBell Enterprises – Saint Louis, MO 05/2002 – 10/2002
- Designed and fabricated parts for a patented Real-time Wireless Logistics application for Optimized Delivery Routing & Scheduling.
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), Materials Reliability Div. – Boulder, CO 08/1999 – 05/2002
- Assisted technical staff in the development and demonstration of measurement technologies and standards for industry practices, which included preparing samples for test and researching white papers.
- Completed lathe and mill machine shop certification.
University of Colorado - Boulder, CO 08/1999 – 05/2002
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering
Microsoft Office Suite, AutoCAD, Matlab, Solid Works (Solid Modeling), Adobe Frame Maker, UNIX, Cradle
SECURITY CLEARANCE & STATUS: TS/SCI - Active
- Certification of Appreciation from the USAF and Lockheed Martin program management: for sustained performance and successful system delivery of a national level asset
- Certification of Operations Excellence from Lockheed Martin program management: received for two separate occasions for six months of consecutive error-free operations
- Spot Award from Lockheed Martin program management: for dedication to Mission Success