Leadership position in Spacecraft Mission Operations, Spacecraft Systems, or System Safety
Summary of Qualifications
Master of Science, Information Technology(3.66/4.0), University of Maryland, University College, August 2004
Graduate Certificate in Space Operations (4.0/4.0),May 1993, Capitol College, Laurel, Maryland.
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, with honors, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, June 1983
October 2012-Present: Harris Corporation, Greenbelt, MD
System Engineer, Level 6, Honeywell Technology Services, Inc: : Member of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission Operations Team (MOT). Conduct real-time commanding and offline analysis of spacecraft currently orbiting the moon (certification earned Feb, 2013). Responsible for C&DH subsystem and LAMP instrument. Prepare Operations Activity Requests (OAR) for LAMP realtime and stored command load spacecraft activities.
August 2009-September 2012: Harris Corporation, Greenbelt, MD
Mission Assurance Manager: Manage a team of 15 engineers and specialists responsible for reliability, maintainability and availability analysis; probabilistic risk analysis; system safety; quality assurance; and parts and materials for the new, OS/COMET based, Geosynchronous Operational Environmental Satellite R Series (GOES-R) ground system. Ground segment includes hardware and software used for command and control of spacecraft and antenna as well as data processing, distribution and enterprise monitoring. As Mission Assurance Manager, conduct independent risk assessment, validate requirements and ensure adherence to core processes (Harris is Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Level 3 Certified). Ensure all documents and analyses are technically accurate, complete and delivered on time for team.
November 2004-August 2009: Lockheed Martin IS&GS - Civil, Greenbelt, MD
Senior Staff, Research Engineer: Lead Flight Safety Engineer for Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Servicing Mission 4 (SM4). Lead safety engineer for planning shift on STS-125 mission team during mission at JSC in Houston, TX. Led team of 4-6 engineers responsible for writing Safety Data Packages, developing Hazard Reports (HR), closing final verifications, and gaining concurrence and signatures from NASA's Johnson Spaceflight Center's (JSC) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP). For Accepted Risk HRs which do not meet all safety requirements, presented to higher level boards in order to earn final approval of NASA Shuttle Program Manager at JSC. Conducted system safety analyses on flight hardware, ground software, and flight software. Prepared and oversaw the preparation of HRs including the verification of all safety features. Team successfully completed Phase III approval by PSRP and Shuttle Program Manager, receiving a 100% award fee for this effort. Participated in mission as well as project simulations and Joint Integrated Simulations with JSC team.
Also provided general systems engineering support as needed. For initial GOES-R proposal effort, developed template for expressing Concepts of Operations (CONOPS) scenarios, edited Operations Concept (OPSCON) document and developed transition plan intended to serve as a guide for mission operations transition from test through launch, transfer orbit operations, and adding new satellites to decommissioning. Initially, Lead Ground System Engineer responsible for ground system requirements for HST Robotic Servicing and De-orbit Mission (HRSDM). Developed interface requirements compatible with the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) specifications as well as existing HST ground system and newly designed HST Robotic Vehicle (HRV). (Note: HRSDM project was cancelled in August 2005)
September –October 2004: Carr Astronautics, Washington, D.C.
Independent Contractor: Wrote Concept of Operations document and completed Project Plan along with associated documentation for NOAA's GOES-R Study project (note: work was begun while employed by Intelsat).
June 2001 - September 2004: Intelsat Global Services Corporation, Washington, D.C.,
Principle Satellite Systems Engineer: Lead Flight Coordinator for highly successful Intelsat 1002 launch in June 2004. Developed, produced and arranged console handbook used for operations including anomalies during launch and early orbit (including geosynchronous transfer orbit). Ensured that all command procedures were tested and certified prior to their use in launch and early orbit operations. Directed and coordinated all commanding activities during launch and early orbit operations and pre-launch simulations. Conducted ground system tests, developed methods for and provided configuration control for automated command procedures. Tracked and closed critical action items in preparation for the mission. Established, organized and coordinated a weekly teleconference with Astrium, Inc. (Intelsat 10 satellite manufacturer located in Toulouse, France) to assure timely and accurate technical communications between the ground system and spacecraft teams. Documented and provided questions and answers to both teams to insure successful ground system and spacecraft interfaces.
Lead engineer during Requirements Development Phase for the Intelsat 10 Satellite ground system. As requirements team lead, wrote the Product Requirements Document, reviewed, approved and wrote Systems Requirements Documents for various components and managed Requirements Team activities. Systems Engineer on the GOES-R Study Project (subcontractor to Carr Astronautics): developed and documented Concept of Operations; developed and wrote Project Plan.
May 2000 – June 2001: CommerceOne Global Services, Laurel, MD
System Analyst: Applied operational domain knowledge to the formulation of Mission Operations Projects, wrote documents, and developed concepts of operations. Conducted a study on Mission Operations automation resulting in a technical paper presented at the FLAIRS conference in May 2001 (see Publications below). Successfully proposed and won project approval from NASA for a development project related to goal-oriented commanding. Conducted a highly successful seminar on Mission Operations for NASA’s software development community. Wrote concept of operations documents, developed use-case based requirements and conducted studies related to mission operations software.
Note: Commerce One is no longer a viable company
March 1994 – May 2000: Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA
Manager, Space Segment, GeoEye (formerly called ORBIMAGE): Managed (technical and administrative) a group of 3-5 engineers responsible for the health and safety of GeoEye (then called ORBIMAGE) on-orbit assets including oversight of development and subsequent incorporation of new satellites into existing operations. Team duties included insuring adequate ground system capabilities for mission planning as well as for spacecraft command and control, interacting with ground systems engineers to test ground system, maintain simulators and develop tools as needed. Successfully guided OV-2 (SeaStar) satellite through Leonid meteor shower and prepared ground system for year 2000 transition. Duties included Performance Appraisals, Budgets, and Staffing as well as technical leadership of team. Trained satellite controllers, systems engineers and planners and developed training materials. In addition to general management and technical oversight responsibilities, Lead Systems Engineer for the OV-2 Spacecraft through April 1998 and Lead Systems Engineer for Orbview-4 Spacecraft (March 1999 – May 2000).
Senior Principle Engineer, Mission Operations: Lead Mission Operations Engineer responsible for launch preparations, procedure development and ground system testing for OV-2 launch in August 1997. Organized and produced launch and early orbit rehearsals. Developed and produced training courses for spacecraft and ground systems. Mission Director (MD) during OV-2 Launch and Early Orbit, directing all operational activities including spacecraft commanding, ground systems, anomaly resolution, mission planning and tasking of personnel during assigned shift. After launch, reviewed trend data, diagnosed and responded to on-orbit anomalies, and resolved technical and operational issues between Ground and Space Segments.
Senior Principle Engineer, Mechanical: Completed a two-year assignment at Matra Marconi Space (now Astrium) in Toulouse, France. Developed methods successfully used to conduct Thermal Elastic Analysis on SPOT5 and HOTBIRD satellites using NASTRAN and software tools (primarily used awk (a UNIX-based predecessor to PERL)). Learned technical French, attaining a “Niveau Courrant” (Fluent) certification from the Center for European Languages. Presented in French at design reviews and wrote documents in French and English.
December 1989 to March 1994: TRW, Inc. Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO) Flight Operations Team, Greenbelt, MD
Staff Engineer: Communications and Data Handling (CADH) and Thermal Control System (TCS) subsystems engineer. Developed operational procedures to use low-rate omni-directional antennas for successful data collection following on-orbit failure of tape recorders. Participated in requirements development and design of the GRO Remote Tracking Station (GRTS). Planned and performed attitude control maneuvers. Wrote manual used successfully to train other engineers in attitude maneuvers. Conducted trend analysis for, maintained, analyzed and monitored state of CADH and TCS subsystems. For first GRO re-boost: trained operations personnel, adapted and developed command procedures and plans and was responsible for coordinating and planning of overall operation with customer representatives and other contractors.
Operations Controller: Responsible for real-time health and safety of the GRO while on shift. Detected and responded to anomalies, directed Command Operator in planning and executing routine spacecraft operations and provided primary interface with various contractors and government agencies, representing project and company. Prior to launch (April 1991), developed and composed Shuttle Inbay Checkout and Satellite Deployment procedures and command plans used successfully for spacecraft activation and deployment on STS-37.
Note: TRW was acquired by Northrup Grumman Corp
September 1979 to December 1989: Spacecraft Structural Design and Analysis
Companies included: Fairchild Space Company (1988-1989), TRW, Inc (1984-1988) and Beech Aircraft Corporation (1979-1984)
Conducted System level structural analysis (dynamic and static) using NASTRAN, PATRAN and a variety of special purpose FORTRAN programs. Developed specialized program using DMAP (Direct Matrix Abstraction Program) to extract detailed loads from system level dynamic models and analysis results. Conducted frequent presentations to customer and developed presentations for as well as participated in design reviews (system definition, preliminary and critical).
NASA Group Achievement Award (11 May 2010), to HST SM4 Servicing Implementation Team
NASA GSFC System Engineering Excellence Award received as a part of the HST Servicing System Engineering Leadership Team, March 2010
NASA GSFC Robert H. Goddard Exceptional Achievement Engineering - Teams (2009) to HST Flight Hardware Development for SM-4 Team
NASA GSFC Robert H. Goddard Safety Award for 2009, awarded to HST SM4 Safety Team
NASA JSC Group Achievement Awards (2009):
STS-125 Integrated Product Team, "In recognition of the teams outstanding efforts to ensure that Atlantis was well postured and prepared to support HST Servicing Mission 4."
STS-125 Payloads Support Team, "In recognition of excellence in pre-mission planning and real time integration among the various team members, contributing to the efficient execution of HST and EVA activities."
Soft Capture Mechanism Redesign Team, "In recognition of the team's redesign efforts the Soft Capture Mechanism, resulting in both operational flexibility and maximized safety to the telescope, Orbiter, & Crew.
NASA Silver Snoopy Award “For professionalism, dedication and outstanding support that greatly enhanced space flight safety and mission success”, October 2008
Employee of the Month for Lockheed Martin Civil Space East Coast Operations, May 2006
Operating Systems: UNIX, VMS, MS Windows, Mac
Specialized Tools: MS Office Tools - MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, MS Publisher, VISO, Project; Various Real-time Mission operations systems including - System Test and Operations Language (STOL), MAESTRO (Real-time and offline command and control system), Flight Dynamics and Command (FDC) Automated Command Procedures (ACP); Modeling tools - NASTRAN including DMAP (a high level code for Structural Analysis), Rational Rose (UML); Requirements tools - Requisite Pro, DOORS; Problem tracking tool - Clearquest
Publications and references - Provided upon request
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