Accomplished and dedicated Spaceflight Mission Operations Director with 15 years of experience. Demonstrated expertise in integrating and leading multi-element and international/cross–cultural organizations, preparing and managing end-to-end projects, evaluating talent and readiness, cultivating professional growth, and fostering strong industry relationships. Innovative leader with industry experience in diverse operational settings, including satellite, human, military, and civilian programs.
German Space Operations Center — Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
6/2009 – Present Deutsches Luft- und Raumfahrt Zentrum
Lead the Flight Control Team (FCT) of the Columbus Control Center (Col-CC), with overall responsibility for mission and payload operations, as well as all decisions regarding safe and expedient flight.
Consult with NASA and other International Partner Flight Directors to ensure Crew safety, vehicle safety, and mission success for the International Space Station (ISS).
Identified and resolved several issues with Emergency procedures for Crew.
12/2008 – 6/2009 VEGA Deutschland GmbH
Training Group Lead
Responsible for all Col-CC flight controller training, facilitation, assessment, and curriculum content and design. Liaised with NASA to ensure currency of applicable lessons, updated and improved existing lessons, then created and delivered new lessons where appropriate.
Monitored flight controller certification process. Supported joint NASA-ESA and standalone ESA simulations, monitoring FCT performance.
Instituted Oral Boards for FCT certification.
Supported On-Board Training (OBT) telecons between NASA, Col-CC, and the European Astronaut Center (EAC), providing input and feedback on Columbus (and non-Columbus) Emergency OBT events. Led all Columbus Emergency OBT events from Col-CC.
Represented Col-CC at NASA OBT Technical Interchange Meetings at EAC.
Coordinated, created, and delivered dedicated Emergency training to the FCT.
NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center — Houston, Texas
2/2001 – 12/2008 United Space Alliance
JAXA CSCT Lead
Reviewed and forged multilateral and multinational agreements pertaining to ISS Expedition Crew training as a member of the Division-level Core Systems Crew Training (CSCT) Board. Tracked and identified relevant tasks, skills, and lesson flows for joint training.
Liaised with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to coordinate and integrate training flow between NASA and JAXA. Worked directly with JAXA to significantly improve integrated lessons, multinational training curricula, and communication between JAXA and NASA.
Soyuz Taxi Crew Training Flow Lead
Organized and led Division effort to create and document a new training curriculum for Soyuz Taxi Crewmembers (to include visiting Space Tourists).
Interfaced between Instructors and Crew during simulation exercises to interpret system operations and/or malfunctions, and to summarize expected actions for Crew. Assisted Crew with timelined and off-nominal activities in order to ease workload and improve fidelity of Crew response.
Emergency OBT Lead
Conducted in-flight Emergency training of Expeditions 13 and 14 from MCC-Houston.
Selected technical content for exercises, and advanced them through the draft, review, negotiation with external organizations (Flight Control, Flight Director, and Russian counterparts), finalization, and conduct phases.
Evaluated Crew and team performance during exercises.
Standardized and streamlined instructional development within groups and between the Training and Flight Control Divisions as Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Lead to the Division-level Instructor Certification Enterprise (ICE).
JAXA Liaison / Flight Lead, 1J (STS-124) and 13A (STS-117)
Performed Flight Lead duties for ISS Assembly Flights 1J and 13A.
Liaised with JAXA to integrate ECLSS/Emergency training flow, class content, and simulator capabilities. Developed and tested NASA/JAXA simulators in anticipation of joint simulations, and supported joint planning meetings and simulations.
Developed specialized knowledge of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).
Increment Lead, ISS Expedition 13
Determined the flight readiness of the Expedition 13 prime and back-up Crews as it pertained to ISS ECLSS/Emergency. Tracked Crew multi-year and multinational progress through entire ISS ECLSS/Emergency training flows.
Advised Station Training Lead in managing several unique factors for this Expedition, including the return to three-person Crew and numerous Crew change outs resulting from several launch slips.
Instructor Development Lead / Mentoring and Orientation Lead
Voluntarily pioneered a mentoring, orientation, and instructional design program within the group, and constructed supporting processes and material. Successfully mentored incoming instructors and interns, simultaneously improving quality and reducing overall certification time. Consequently selected to serve as Instructor Development Lead for the group.
Conducted all Oral Boards for certification.
Participated in hiring selection and interviews.
Selected to serve as liaison between the ECLSS Training group and the external ECLSS Engineering organization in order to further interaction and positive communication between the Mission Operations and Engineering communities.
Significantly enhanced group cognizance of on-orbit configuration and anomalies.
Fully certified to conduct lessons in classroom, mockup, and simulator settings for the purpose of preparing astronauts, cosmonauts, and flight controllers for ECLSS operations as well as response to spacecraft emergencies aboard ISS.
Responsible for providing insight into new technology, operational concepts, and procedural changes to assigned Crews and the ECLSS training team.
Pursued additional certification in the ISS Command and Data Handling (C&DH) system.
Manifest Flight Lead, 9A (STS-112)
Managed integration template and reported manifest status to various ISS and Space Shuttle Program (SSP) programmatic boards. Oversaw and assessed all engineering issues affecting integration function.
Coordinated with Launch Package Manager, Increment Manager, International Partners, and ISS community to identify and negotiate solutions and recommendations. Interfaced with hardware providers and technical organizations assessing manifest feasibility against vehicle transportation and ISS capabilities.
USAF Schriever Air Force Base — Colorado Springs, Colorado
7/1997 – 2/2001 Lockheed Martin Technical Operations
Rehearsal Committee Member
Devised, developed, and delivered all simulation activities for Milstar Launch Readiness exercises and rehearsals, spacecraft software upgrades, payload readiness, and procedure validation.
Commended for creativity of scenarios and efforts to increase simulation fidelity.
Developed specialized knowledge and technical capability in various satellite subsystems. Taught and updated subsystem training materials.
Recognized by management for revising subsystem training and for voluntarily providing specialized training and mentorship.
Configured Ground Segmentequipment for satellite contacts. Resolved anomalies and analyzed mission impact during outages or failures.
Telemetry and Database Programmer
Programmed and maintained multiple database systems for decommutation and analysis of satellite and launch vehicle telemetry.
Flight Controller / Mission Analyst
Performed real-time on-console and mission planning functions during exercises, rehearsals, launch, early orbit testing, and on-orbit operations. Provided engineering and technical support to Air Force Crews for Milstar spacecraft. Generated operational and contingency procedures for all phases of the Milstar mission.
Internships — University of Texas at El Paso
1/1997 – 7/1997 Southern Union Gas — El Paso, Texas
Preliminary design of mechanical systems associated with a variety of alternative energy equipment and associated economic feasibility studies.
1/1995 – 10/1995 Joseph Pollack Corporation — Juárez, Mexico
Established PCAD database for Engineering Department. Designed and developed protective shielding using AutoCAD. Prepared dashboard prototype for testing.
Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, December 2008
University of Colorado at Boulder
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, May 1997
University of Texas at El Paso
ACTIVITIES & AWARDS
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics – Vice Chair of Operations, 2003-2005; Member since 2003.
Mars Settlement Design Competition – Acted as CEO for team of high school students competing for best Mars base design, 2003-2004; Served as Technical Expert, 2005.
E.I.T. – Qualified as an Engineer in Training in the state of Texas.
SCUBA – Certified PADI Open Water Diver.
Pilot Training – Currently pursuing ground school training for VFR Private Pilot license.
Languages – Working knowledge of German; basic Russian, Italian, and Japanese.
United Space Alliance On-The-Spot Award – Simultaneous support of the 13A and 1J Flights, pursuit of Emergency certification, and creation of a mentoring program.
United Space Alliance Employee of the Month Teamwork Award – Development of new Crew lessons to make training more efficient and relevant for assigned Crews.
Lockheed Martin Award – Implementation of new TM decommutation system.
Milstar MCT GC Award – Ground Controller support during an anomalous launch.
Lockheed Martin Award – Excellence as Flight Controller advisor to Air Force Crews.