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     Date Submitted:25-06-2011
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    Active DoD Top Secret SCI Clearance

     

    OBJECTIVE

    To utilize a technical skill set on space-based projects that push engineering or scientific boundaries.

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    C&C Operational Engineer                      GeoEye                      2009 – Present

    Senior command and control (C&C) engineer

    • Engineering expert for GeoEye-1 (GE-1) ground and satellite operational anomaly investigation and recovery, providing technical leadership to Flight Ops Mission Managers
    • Project manager and lead engineer for creation of backup GE-1 satellite control center; oversaw CONOPS definition, design & setup, testing & validation, and transition to Ops
    • Lead GeoEye-2 C&C engineer, responsible for requirements definition and architecture design; currently in critical design phase

     

    Project Engineer                      GeoEye                      2007 –2009

    Lead GeoEye-1 C&C engineer

    • Identified system defects and managed contractor development priorities during pre-launch C&C system integration and testing
    • Developed pre- and post-launch documentation, processes, training, and direction for Operations personnel in nominal and contingency scenarios
    • Supported procedure development and executed or supervised all ground pre-launch C&C interactions with GeoEye-1 vehicle
    • Set up and maintained test environment for C&C and satellite anomaly investigations
    • Re-built and validated upgraded C&C operational systems pre-launch, utilizing existing procedures supplemented with engineering innovation
    • Supported September 2008 launch of GeoEye-1 and its on-orbit checkout activities
    • Responsible for C&C system availability and 24/7 operations support of all custom and COTS software, built on LabView, Perl, and Matlab
    • Led/directed execution of multiple satellite vehicle operational activities, including software updates, anomaly investigation, and FSW reboot/recovery

     

    Post-Graduate Intern                      Los Alamos National Lab                      2006 –2007

    RAPTOR engineer, Thinking Telescopes project – world’s first network of automated, robotic telescopes that autonomously respond to internal and external trigger events

    • Responsible for:two wide-field, all-sky telescope systems; two narrow-field, fixed systems; focus and sub-arcminute pointing accuracy of 27 cameras on all 7 systems
    • Completed construction, first light, and calibration of three wide-field, all-sky cameras
    • Developed an automated, real-time IDL program to focus a 16-inch telescope; integrated new lens controller technology with software for application to entire telescope system
    • Upgraded and repaired computer, electrical, and mechanical telescope components
    • Created PERL and shell scripts to simplify and improve data handling and analysis

     

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

    Senior Thesis Project         

    Title:  Observational study of gravitational lenses in the MACS and 160SD surveys

    Dr. Megan Donahue, Physics-Astronomy Department, MSU

    • Conducted theoretical and observational research on new Hubble Space Telescope data using the astronomy data analysis algorithms in FORTRAN, IDL, IRAF, and DS9
    • Produced a thesis paper and thesis presentation on Gravitationally Lensed Objects, including recommendations for HST follow-up studies on selected arc candidates

     

    Student Research   

    Dr. William Pratt, Physics Advanced Lab, Physics-Astronomy Department, MSU

    • Advanced local experience with sonoluminescence, including first measurements of light emission time-scales and characterization of trace gases effects

    Dr. David Grummon, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, MSU

    • Created a successful demonstration on the feasibility of Ni-Ti shape memory alloys for use in commercial airplane engine chevrons for General Electric Aircraft Engines

     

    INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Participated in a computational physics course at MSU in collaboration with a class at Delft University, The Netherlands; all programs written in FORTRAN with Dutch partners

    • Created a Lennard-Jones molecular dynamics simulation of argon gas using periodic boundary conditions and the Verlet algorithm
    • Devised an optimal path program utilizing the Dijkstra algorithm, with potential for use in radiation research; presented results at a Delft Physics Department seminar

     

    TEACHING EXPERIENCE

    Graham Fellowship / Graduate Teaching Assistant     

    Electronics – PHY 440, Dr. Maris Abolins, Physics-Astronomy Department, MSU

    • Instructed both sections of senior-level lab, subjects ranging from passive and active circuits to digital signals and FPGAs
    • Labs utilized breadboards, oscilloscopes, LabView, and Xilinx ISE with ModelSim

     

    EDUCATION

    Michigan State University            2006

    Master of Science in Applied Mathematics

    Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics; additional major in Physics

    Bachelor of Science in Mathematics

    • Dual enrolled in the selective BS/MS graduate program
    • Graduated with Honors; GPA:  3.53 / 4.0
    • Honors College graduate

     

    University of Southern California          2011 – Present

    • Beginning coursework towards Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering

     

    HONORS AND AWARDS

    • GeoEye SPOT award for leading creation of GE-1 Backup SatOps Center, January 2011
    • GeoEye SPOT award for leading recovery efforts of an unscheduled GE-1 FSW reboot, June 2009
    • GeoEye SPOT award for resourcefulness in overcoming GE-1 APA anomaly, December 2009
    • Thomas H. Osgood Outstanding Senior Award, MSU Physics-Astronomy Dept., 2006
    • Sigma Pi Sigma lifetime member, physics honors society; inducted Spring 2006
    • Procured supplemental graduate research funding from seven university sources in two years

     

    SKILLS

    • Professional/research experience using AstroRT, Perl, Matlab, LabView, STK, FORTRAN, IDL, C, Mathematica
    • Basic knowledge of American Sign Language and Spanish

     

    EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

    President, Society of Physics Students, MSU Chapter, 2005-06

    • Increased membership and attendance by over 100%, yearly budget by over 75%
    • Re-established MSU chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma honors society; led induction ceremony

    Ice hockey official, fourteen-year veteran

    • Maintain control of competing demands in a high-stress and fast-paced environment
    • Experience at college club, junior, youth national, and professional levels

    Club ice hockey, MSU; ACHA Division II National Champions, 2004-05


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