Profile: Project manager, organizer, communicator, consensus builder, and catalyst for accomplishment with extensive aerospace, military, and communications experience. Demonstrated history of success, even with severely limited resources, budgets, and time frames. Thrives in dynamic environments—welcomes change that is beneficial to the business. Planned and directed a wide range of efforts, from designing gas turbine exhaust systems to executing vectored thrust rocket engine tests; from next generation net-centric warfare architecture to military space tactics development; from military intelligence efforts to one-of-a-kind technology demonstrators. Fearless of high risk efforts and dirty hands.
Plans and manages successful multimillion dollar efforts
Builds team efforts combining in-house, outsourced, and cross-organizational activities
Easily understands technologies and manages achievement in cross-cutting technology efforts
Manages risk—rather than simply avoiding or ignoring it
Excellent writing and presentation skills—specializes in explaining complex issues and concepts to customers and non-technical audiences
Improves processes via analytical and/or common-sense means—as appropriate
Instant expert and educator—quick uptake on many subjects, often trains coworkers
Purpose: Seeking a career shift to entrepreneurial ventures outside of the government domain. Enthusiasm for working with outside-the-box thinkers and on high-risk, “unsolvable” problems. Opportunities must align with strong core values based on liberty, capitalism, creativity, self-reliance, and a strong work ethic.
November 2007 – Present
Delivered Integrated Product Team (IPT) efforts delivered significantly under budget, while supporting an on-time execution of ADVENT program demonstrations.
Proposed, planned, and led new-start special projects for a variety of customers—increasing in-house capabilities while simultanesously broadening the customer base.
Chosen to co-lead a leadership development initiative team.
Obtained Lean Sigma Green Belt certification—led efforts to improve a manufacturing effort, while automating and documenting multiple business processes.
March 2005 – September 2007
Co-founded an entrepreneurial private space company that provided spectular results in rocket propulsion and vehicle attitude control via ultra-low-cost efforts.
Designed and led the manufacture of SpeedUp's Laramie Rose, a hovering technology demonstrator to compete in NASA's Lunar Lander Analog Challenge. Designed electronic architecture to conrol vehicle and provide multiple abort capabilities. Stable tethered hover test achieved:
Planned and executed nine safe, successful firings of Frontier’s Asp, a hydrogen-peroxide monopropellant engine designed to produce 1500 lb thrust—including vectored thrust measurement.
March 2002 – February 2007
Participated in mission safety planning for AFRL's XSS-11, a maneuvering space vehicle demonstrating on-orbit proximity operation--pioneering new orbital safety approaches and coordination with Cheyenne Mountain Operations.
Managed risk in support of Undersecretary of Defense decisions--made recommendations that resulted in safe military operations.
Chartered a Space Situational Awareness Community of Interest--provideing a foundation for future net-centric warfare and aerospace management efforts.
Assessed emerging threat technologies for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center--expanded knowledge of potential threats beyond anecdotes.
Performed protection assessment of commercial remote-sensing systems utilized by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA).
March 1993 – March 2002
Air and Space Intelligence Center—expanded knowledge of potential threats beyond anecdotes.Volunteered to manage a struggling organization, Space CHOP, where funding had run out—“sold” mission to outside organizations who funded the effort for the next seven years.
Led an eight-member countermeasure engineering team from concept definition to final assembly of hand-built proof-of-concept hardware in only 12 months—hardware functioned as advertised—potential threat was characterized in the first-ever red-team mission against proposed National Missile Defense assets.
Participated in foreign materiel exploitation of a state-of-the-art threat aircraft—increasing warfighter threat awareness.
MS, Astronautical Engineering 1996 – 1997
One of only five selected to attend Astro MS program in residence. Succeeded in a fast-paced 18-month program, accumulating credit hours well in excess of those required, while achieving a 3.48 GPA.
BS, Aerospace Engineering 1988 – 1992
Rare student who finished an engineering degree in only eight semesters, even while working part-time and participating in AFROTC. Awarded an AFROTC scholarship. Achieved a 3.35 GPA.
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