Professional Summary: A Senior Reliability Maintainability and Supportability (RMS) Engineer with over eleven years of experience in providing reliability leadership support, for the development and implementation of effective Reliability and Maintainability Programs.
11/99 to Present Bastion Technologies, Inc. (Bastion)/Hernandez Engineering, Inc
Safety and Mission Assurance Mission Services Contract
Senior Reliability Maintainability and Supportability (RMS) Engineer
Provide RMS oversight and technical support for the Space Shuttle Liquid Propulsion Main Engine Program at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Serve as a primary RMS lead for technical reviews and reliability failure rate analysis, allocations, and predictions. Participate in all phases of RMS and System Safety analysis from initial planning, design, manufacturing, and testing through operational use; including trade study analysis, reliability prediction and integration into design and verification activities. Daily duties include RMS and System Safety impact evaluations for design, process or requirement changes. Significant experience in the development of; FMEA CIL, System Safety and Fault Tree Analysis with a strong background in rotating gas turbine machinery. Provide technical expertise in support of Failure Review Board Assessments Teams, Problem Resolution Teams, design review teams and reliability requirement and verification audit teams, design and program requirement reviews, preparing and maintaining Reliability and Maintainability Program Plans, Reliability and Maintainability predictions and allocations at system and subsystem levels. Provide mission launch support for 24 space shuttle launches at the NASA Huntsville Operations Support Center (HOSC). Duties include console monitoring of real-time data being transmitted from the shuttle. Evaluate and provide real time component and system level engineering failure analysis and corrective action and FMEA CIL impact for issues involving anomalies with mission and flight safety critical hardware as needed to ensure a safe and successful space shuttle launch. Member of the SSME Advanced Health Management reliability Continuous Improvement and Upgrade Team. Successfully incorporated synchronous vibration redline monitoring system for the SSME High Pressure Turbopumps. Resulted in a 23 percent engine level ascent risk reduction for the Space Shuttle Fleet.
Recognition: Individual and Group Achievement Honor Awards for support of the Advanced Health Management upgrade in 2005. STS 131 Space Flight Awareness Honoree in April 2010. This award is the highest form of recognition given to an employee by NASA's Space Flight Awareness Award Program for outstanding support and job performance for the Space Shuttle Program.
Currently serve as RMS Engineering technical specialist for the Constellation Ares 1 Upper Stage Liquid Propulsion Engine Program. Manage and provide reliability leadership support for the development and implementation of a Reliability and Maintainability Program for all project phases from initial planning through design, test and operational use. Serve as a primary interface with all engineering and program functional groups for oversight, coordination and implementation of RMS and System Safety requirements. Also serve as a primary reliability lead responsible for oversight and development of the FMEA CIL, System Safety, and Fault Tree Hazard Analysis involving the Ares 1 Upper Stage Liquid Propulsion Engine Program. Support and evaluate design trade studies, develop reliability analyses such as Reliability Modeling, Allocation, and Predictions. Duties include daily interfacing with various engineering disciplines and Program Management teams to develop, plan and coordinate scheduling of multiple tasks across numerous cross-functional engineering disciplines, to resolve issues involving RMS compliance. Developed and managed an integrated closed-looped review process between numerous Reliability, Design, Engineering and manufacturing disciplines that was successful in meeting scheduled program milestones. Current member of the Space Launch System RMS Program Team, responsible for developing reliability and maintainability RAM requirements. . Recognition: Outstanding Performance Award for invaluable technical skills and dedication in support of the J2X Program in 2009. Individual and Group Achievement Honor Awards in recognition of significant contributions to the successful completion of the Ares J2X Upper Stage Engine Critical Design Review Milestone in 2010.
Member of the STS 107 SSME Fault Tree Investigation Team. Validated that hazard controls were appropriate and implemented properly for accepted risk hazards and to verify the validity and acceptability of FMEA CIL that warranted review due to fault tree and engineering working group observations. Recognition: Individual and Group Achievement Honor Awards for efforts resulting in a successful return to flight readiness assessment.
Member of the SSME Turbopump Knife Edge Seal Failure Investigation Team. Resulted in the root cause failure determination and redesign of the Knife Edge Seal, leading to the successful return of the Space Shuttle Fleet back to flight. Recognition: Individual and Group Achievement Honor Awards for efforts resulting in a successful return to flight readiness assessment.
Member of the Space Shuttle Flow-liner Crack Fault-Tree Investigation Team. Successful in identifying root cause for the failure and formulation of inspection and repair techniques. Resulted in an expedited return of the space shuttle fleet back-to-flight. Recognition: Individual and Team Achievement Awards for work involving the Space Shuttle flow liner crack resolution in 2004.
Member of the SSME Speed Sensor In-Flight Anomaly Investigation Team. Completion of the STS 111 Anomaly Speed Sensor Fault Tree resulting in identification of the root cause of the failure, redesign and certification of numerous SSME Liquid Air Insulation components and a successful return of the space shuttle fleet back-to-flight.
Member of the NASA Summer Hire Mentoring Program for college students. Duties included planning and coordinating job tasks and training assignments, and providing individual guidance as needed to ensure a productive, motivated, and value added work experience. Recognition: Special Mentoring Award for significant contributions and dedication to NASA’s summer mentoring program for engineering entry level college interns.
Industrial Safety Hazard Analysis Engineer Nov. 1999 to Dec. 2000
Performed hazard analysis for ground based and hazardous operations at MSFC. Evaluated test, checkout, operating procedures and test readiness reviews to assure compliance of applicable codes and safety program requirements. Developed numerous hazard analyses for the Advance Propulsion Research Center at MSFC; including hazard analysis for a high pressure GOX delivery system for the International Space Station Airlock System and a thermal battery testing program for the Space Shuttle Rocket Booster Reaction and Control System. Recognition: Individual and Group Achievement Honor Awards for exceptional job performance in support of the International Space Station.
Jan. to Oct. 1999 Pittsburg Paint and Glass, Inc. Product Testing Engineer
Worked with design Engineering and product development teams to develop tests, processes and procedures for product development and improvement. Provided accurate test result reports, participated in problem review boards and provided technical expertise in testing and product knowledge on military and commercial aircraft resulting in material process and product improvement. Experience in automated destructive, accelerated life cyclic testing, ballistic impact testing, high speed stress strain data collection and photography. Developed test plans,methods and procedures to assess or demonstrate product reliability, configured instrumentation hardware and operation of environmental chambers as needed to complete assigned testing.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Science Electrical Engineering; University of Alabama Huntsville, March 1999
Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems; White Sands Research Center; February 2000
Propulsion Fundamentals Certificate Series; University of Alabama, January 2001
Electronic Design Reliability Design Course; RAC, March 2001
Aerospace CAFTA; Data Systems & Solutions, September 2001
Mechanical Design Reliability Training; RAC, November 2001
Design for Reliability; NASA, Professional Development Center, June 2002
The Space Environment Implications for Spacecraft Design; ATI, June 2002
Continuous Risk Management; NASA, GSFC Technology Center, October 2002
Mechanical Reliability and Design Reliability Training Course; RAC, March 2004
Human Factors Process Failure Modes Effects Analysis; Outcome Engineering, November 2004
System Software Reliability Training; Aloin Science and Technology, October 2006
Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium; RAMS, January 2007
Space Launch and Transportation System Course; NSSC, May 2008
Fracture Mechanics; NASA, Professional Development Center, June 2008
Non-Destructive Evaluation Methods; NASA, Professional Development Center, June 2009
NASA Safety and Mission Assurance Technical Excellence Program (STEP), December 2009
Software Reliability, NASA STEP Program, October. 2010
Demonstrated ability to analyze and resolve problems, use of CAFTA, Relex and Microsoft RM applications software
Experience in RAM program management, system engineering planning and personal resource management
Proven ability to work independently with limited supervision and to manage multiple tasks across multiple engineering disciplines with varying priorities
Shows initiative in gaining experience in areas of technology relevant to work experience
Works well in a team environment and alone
Proven ability to adapt to the changing needs of a project
Proven ability to meet deadlines
Strong organization, communication, writing and oral skills
Obtained Private Pilot Instrument and Commercial License May 1987
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