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     Date Submitted:18-12-2010
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    CAREER OBJECTIVE: Principal Space Systems Engineer                                                       Security Clearance: TS

     

    QUALIFICATIONS: 30+ years of systems engineering practice in the domains of space systems analysis, operations research/systems analysis and modeling and simulation. I provide top-flight leadership and expertise.  I am an expert at managing high-level, complex projects from concept to completion through innovation, initiative, drive, and determination. I have excellent project management, RDT&E, teaching/instruction, writing and team facilitation/supervision capabilities.

     

    SKILL SETS

     

    • Engineering Research

    Modeling & Simulation (M&S)

    • System Design & Analysis

          Architecture Definition and Development

    • Operational Research Analysis

          Engineering Management

    • Test and Evaluation

          Systems Integration

    • Project Management

    Space Research, Development and Operations

     

                                                                          CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

    Managerial/Leadership

    • Project Manager for two launch control centers valued at over $200M and lead 100 engineers to support space launch operations.
    • Chief Engineer for 4 constellations of communications satellites valued at over $5B and a mission control center valued at over $620M.
    • Project Manager for a $5.7M modeling, simulation and analysis center to evaluate alternative space operations to support the warfighter in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    • Initiated, obtained funding for and lead the team of 25 subject matter experts to develop a text on the application of modeling and simulation principles for development and operations.
    • Initiated, obtained funding for and lead the team of 44 subject matter experts to develop a text on the application of modeling and simulation to space operations.
    • Initiated, obtained funding for and lead the team of 51 subject matter experts to develop a text on the application of operational analysis to real world DoD problems.

     

    Technical

    • Developed detection algorithm for the F-15E LANTIRN pod.
    • Developed the guidance and control algorithms for the Space Shuttle at Vandenberg AFB, CA.
    • Lead to the implementation of Ring Laser Gyros on the Space Shuttle.
    • Designed the C3I system for the (then) Air Force Logistics Command.
    • Developed first ever video teleconferencing capability for modeling and simulation.
    • Professor at Air Force Institute of Technology.
    • Development of Event Controller for the Objective Simulation Framework

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Analytical Systems Incorporated, Principle Systems Engineer to the Missile Defense Agency/Directorate of Modeling and Simulation/Jan 2009 – Present  

     

    • Technical support for the Associate Program Director for M&S Systems Engineering, Architecture and Requirements and Program Manager for the future Objective Simulation Framework (OSF) program.

     

    • Coauthor for the Systems Requirement Document (SRD) which will be parent document for the Performance Assessment System Performance Specification (SPS), the Ground Test/Element Integration/Exercise/Training SPS and the Concept Analysis/Wargaming SPS.

     

    • Project Lead for determining modeling and simulation (M&S) requirements for the Performance Assessment (PA) Use Case

     

    • Planned and lead the initial PA Requirements Stakeholders Meeting to determine initial requirements for the major milestone of Epoch 1 (third Qtr FY12 – second Qtr FY15).

     

    • Planned and lead Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) among major Requirements Stakeholders and the Operational Elements of the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). Topics addressed debris, threats, communications, data logging, environments, playback and Monte Carlo requirements.

     

    • Wrote initial draft of System Performance Specification (SPS) for the PA Epoch 1 time period to include all requirements gathered from the IPTs.

     

    • Lead team to develop final draft and incorporate community comments for the SPS. Follow-on document will be the System Requirements Specification (SRS). This later document will be used to conduct the Epoch 1 PA evaluation of the BMDS.

     

    • Project Lead for the Element Integration Use Case

     

    • Planned and lead Systems Engineering and Architecture Working Group to capture Ground Launch Interceptor and Command and Control Battle Management Center Element M&S Needs. Later worked with representatives from both Elements to derive M&S capability statements.

     

    • Wrote Capability Development Document for the Element Integration Use Case. This document will be used to cost out further M&S capabilities needed by the Element Integration community.

     

    • Technical research support to the Associate Director for Future M&S Programs for the development of the Objective Simulation Framework (OSF, a major initiative to integrate two diverse frameworks: digital and hardware in the loop), a $1B acquisition program.

     

    • Researched and made contact with both Dr. Andreas Tolk (Old Dominion University) and the MITRE Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Department who are both nationally recognized national experts in the M&S field of interoperability and composability to discuss with the MDA Program Manager, for OSF, instruction support to the source selection team and technical support post contract award.

     

    • Conducted extensive literature review to assess previous work done to integrate two or more diverse frameworks or federations. Results lead to the failed Joint Simulation Integration System (JSIMS). From this case study lead to the successful results the US Army had to pursue their development of WARSIM. Lessons learned and development methodologies were obtained that could be applied to OSF.

     

    • Developed digital controller architecture to which OSF Program Manager could apply as a template during source selection.

     

     

    EAGLE19 CONSULTING, Colorado Springs, CO                     2008

    Senior Consultant

     

    • Assisted Near Space Systems in the quantification of the military utility of aerostats in comparison to ISR satellites, UAVs, and Operational Responsive Space-lift vehicles. Have developed unique modeling and simulation tool that will clearly show their capability over that of all the other alternatives.

     

    • Personally invited by the DHS/S&T Director of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) to brief him on how Systems Science could provide a comprehensive framework for integrating modeling and simulation into problem solving for DHS. This director selected my text entitled Applied Modeling and Simulation: An Integrated Approach to Development and Operation as the basis for their M&S architecture. 

     

    • Wrote over 50% of the proposal for Rhino Corporation’s submission to the Operationally Responsive Spacelift (ORS) Broad Area Announcement that was submitted to the ORS Office. In addition, developed the proposed design of experiments within the proposal.

     

    • Provided technical support to Cutting Edge Communications, LLC in their development of a Modeling and Simulation (M&S) proposal for the Air Force Office for Operationally Responsive Space-lift. The technical support consisted of providing a robust analytical framework from which Cutting Edge could apply their M&S tools of Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance assets to the ORS Office objectives.

     

     

    COLORADO TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, Colorado Springs, CO                      2006 – 2007

    Dean, Computer Science, Institute for Advanced Studies

     

    Lead team of full-time and adjunct faculty members while managing full responsibility for two doctorate programs. Instructed quality-driven probability and statistics course for graduate students.

     

    • Grew faculty from nil to over 20 qualified doctorate professors, completely staffing two graduate programs comprised of 70+ doctoral students.
    • Evaluated program portfolio and recommended Executive M.S. Systems Engineering program and Engineering Systems doctorate program to enhance academic offerings.
    • Envisioned and proposed Research Center for Space Studies and Information Assurance to meet practical research needs of government and industry.

     

     

    NORTHROP GRUMMAN MISSION SYSTEMS, Colorado Springs, CO                        2005

    Senior Systems Engineer – Telemetry, Tracking & Commanding Information Assurance

     

    Created initial architecture for space cryptographic subsystem poised for hosting on new satellite programs. Operated sophisticated Department of Defense architecture tool for project completion.

     

    • Recognized as future technical leader and selected from 200 candidates for Northrop Grumman’s Technical Fellowship program.
    • Improved decision-making accuracy by using modeling and simulation over ordinal ranking of alternatives.
    • Authored subsystem’s Technical Requirements Document for Lackland Air Force Base team.

     

     

    THE AEROSPACE CORPORATION                  1995 – 2004

    National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Liaison Officer,Wright-Patterson AFB, OH  (2003-04)

            

    Concurrent responsibility as NRO Liaison Officer and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). Devised cutting-edge curriculum and delivered lessons in Spacecraft Systems Engineering to Air Force graduate students.

     

    • Reduced turnaround from 2 years to 9 months for reallocating $1.5 million of research budget to AFIT through strategic efforts with senior military officials; earned research preference over the Naval Postgraduate School.
    • Conceived and championed plan that gained AFIT access to two major funding sources for research.
    • Wrote first-ever Critical Thinking article in AFIT’s The Educator, which set precedent for new course curriculum at AFIT.
    • Introduced first-ever computer simulation into spacecraft systems design. Included “laboratory” for project design which enhanced the learning of all participants.

            

     

    Senior Project Engineer,Colorado Springs, CO (1995-2003)

            

    Appointed as Senior Space Systems Analyst to direct and support six major Analysis of Alternatives (AoA) serving as critical decision-making resources for senior Air Force leadership. Provided skilled concept of operations and requirements analysis support for three major programs and associated studies.

     

    • Developed first-ever collaborative simulation methodology facilitating the developer and operator to simultaneously determine operational requirements for future spacecraft systems.
    •  Brought overwhelming success to Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation by developing and testing procedures for a new repository; results garnered Air Force wide implementation.
    • Executed numerous concept of operations, studies and analyses to determine validity of requirements and provide conclusive results necessary for long-range Air Force Space Command planning.
    • Conducted an impressive six Analysis of Alternatives and three studies that spanned four space mission areas. Used such tools as EADSIM, STK, STORM, and in-house Aerospace Corporation modeling and simulation tools.

     

    Senior Project Engineer,Colorado Springs, CO (1995-2003)

            

    Originator/Founder, Space Education Consortium/Space Research Institute (SEC/SRI). Spearheaded alliance among four universities resulting in a collaborative graduate space degree. Launched the introduction of a cooperative research program among the universities to facilitate students’ completion of graduate degrees.

     

    • Pioneered the National Space University by forging relationships among four universities; initiative became the foundation for the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado.
    • A major offshoot of founding the SEC (now know as the Center for Space Studies at the University of Colorado) was the establishment of the National Security Space Institute for training of the Space Cadre of each major military service.

     

    EDUCATION

     

    Ph.D., Systems Engineering,The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH

    M.S. Studies completed, Astronautical Engineering,Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    M.S., Systems Engineering,Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

    M.S., Operations Management,Northrop University, Inglewood, CA

    B.S., Mechanical Engineering,University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

     

    LICENSES & CERTIFICATES

     

    Certified Acquisition Manager: Program Management: Level III - Highest Level granted by U.S. Air Force

    Certified Acquisition Professional: Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering:

    Level III - Highest Level granted by US Air Force

    Certified Systems Architect: The Aerospace Corporation.

    Six Sigma:Yellow Belt, American Society for Quality

     

    HONORS & PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

     

    Listed in Whose Who in Science and Engineering (Nominated Award)

    Named Outstanding Young Man of America (Nominated Award)

    Military Operations Research Society, Member 

     

    PUBLISHED WORKS

     

    Three published texts on modeling and simulation principles, space modeling & simulation applications, military operational analysis, and over 20 refereed technical articles on systems engineering, cybernetics, modeling and simulation (M&S) and military operations research.

     

    DoD HIGHLIGHTS

    Department of the Air Force -- Engineering Manager, Operations Research Analyst, and Astronautical Engineer (Division Chief for Space Shuttle Operations at Vandenberg AFB, CA; Chief Engineer for 4 constellations of communications satellites at Mission Control Complex-2 at Schriever AFB, CO)


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