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Mon, 25 Sep 2017 10:36:00 +0100
NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday to slingshot itself on a path toward the asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. At 12:52 p.m. EDT on Sept. 22, the OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft came within 10,711 miles (17,237 km) of Antarctica, just south of Cape Horn, Chile, before following a route north over the Pacific Ocean. OSIRIS-R...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:48:00 +0100
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope helped an international team of astronomers find that an unusual object in the asteroid belt is, in fact, two asteroids orbiting each other that have comet-like features. These include a bright halo of material, called a coma, and a long tail of dust. Hubble was used to image the asteroid, designated 300163 (2006 VW139), in September 2016 just before the asteroid made its closest approach to the Sun. Hubble’s crisp images revealed that it was actual...
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 09:02:00 +0100
Arianespace’s ninth launch of 2017 is now scheduled for September 29 on a dual-payload Ariane 5 mission to geostationary transfer orbit with Intelsat 37e (for the global operator Intelsat) and BSAT-4a (for Space Systems Loral in the framework of a turnkey contract for the Japanese operator B-SAT). Ariane 5 in the Final Assembly BuildingDesignated Flight VA239 in Arianespace’s mission numbering system for its launcher family, the liftoff originally had been set for September 5, b...
Sun, 24 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0100
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying a payload for the National Reconnaissance Office lifted off from Space Launch Complex-3 on Sept. 23, at 10:49:47 p.m. PDT. Designated NROL-42, the mission is in support of national security. "Congratulations to the entire team for overcoming multiple challenges throughout this launch campaign. From Hurricane Irma schedule impacts to replacing to a first stage battery this week - the team maintained a clear focus on mission success," said...
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:38:00 +0100
For the first time in its 19-year history, SMi Group’s Global MilSatCom Conference & Exhibition will be featuring South Korea in its speaker line-up for this year’s event. With recent threats surging within the region, South Korea has instilled urgency in the race to perfect milsatcom systems to ensure overall robust defence capability. Commander of Defence Communication Command, Brigadier General Nag Jung Choi, will be presenting a keynote address on Day 3 of the conference...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:45:00 +0100
In the first act of lunar exploration, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were major characters. In setting its sights on the Moon, ESA hopes to bring many more actors to this off-world stage. By testing the market for transport services to the Moon, ESA aims to push the limits of technology and create new models of space business. Touching down on the Moon was a monumental moment in human history. Eight short years and enormous resources took humankind to the lunar surface, initially for le...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0100
Astronomers have used ALMA to capture a strikingly beautiful view of a delicate bubble of expelled material around the exotic red star U Antliae. These observations will help astronomers to better understand how stars evolve during the later stages of their life-cycles. In the faint southern constellation of Antlia (The Air Pump) the careful observer with binoculars will spot a very red star, which varies slightly in brightness from week to week. This very unusual star is called U Antliae and...
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 11:03:00 +0100
SES, EchoStar Corp., and Airbus Defence and Space announced today that the new EchoStar 105/SES-11 spacecraft, built by Airbus, has been shipped from the Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, to Cape Canaveral, Florida, for its forthcoming launch by SpaceX in October. The first satellite that EchoStar has constructed with manufacturer Airbus, EchoStar 105/SES-11 will be launched by SpaceX on a flight-proven Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. EchoStar 10...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:30:00 +0100
Today Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) debuted a new family of satellite buses that form the core of nearly every space mission. From nanosats to high-powered satellites, the versatile lineup incorporates dozens of major enhancements and hundreds of common components that speed production and reduce cost. The company announced the lineup at the Air Force Association Air, Space & Cyber Conference. "We've invested $300 million in revamping our satellite solutions from top to bottom, applying what we...
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Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:53:00 +0100
With the ''Space Strategy for Europe'' from the European Commission and the new ESA roadmap on the table, the European space stakeholders will have the great opportunity to debate and influence, at the highest level, the medium and long term development of European space programmes and of the spread of space services in many economic and societal activities as well as in a wide range of public fields, including security and defence. Download Conference Agenda | Register to a...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it has recently received approximately $8.2 million in orders or specialized products in support of satellite global positioning system protection and communication systems. Work on these recent orders will be performed in secure Kratos manufacturing facilities. Due to customer related, competitive and other considerations, no additional information will be provided rel...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 11:51:00 +0100
The Sun's recent activity has caught the interest of scientists and space weather forecasters worldwide, highlighting the need to keep a watchful eye on our star and its awesome power. On 6 and 10 September, our Sun produced a pair of solar flares, the strongest observed in over 10 years. They were accompanied by huge eruptions of billions of tonnes of matter into space. While many such eruptions fall back onto the hot surface, these two did not and became 'coronal mass ejections' (CMEs) -...
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:19:00 +0100
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has observed a planet outside our solar system that looks as black as fresh asphalt because it eats light rather than reflecting it back into space. This light-eating prowess is due to the planet's unique capability to trap at least 94 percent of the visible starlight falling into its atmosphere. The oddball exoplanet, called WASP-12b, is one of a class of so-called "hot Jupiters," gigantic, gaseous planets that orbit very close to their host ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:13:00 +0100
Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) will continue its support for NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System program that ingests and analyzes weather data, creating useful visualizations for forecasters and distributing time-sensitive weather statements such as watches and warnings across the United States. Used by more than 140 National Weather Service field offices, the AWIPS program informs decisions that save lives and protect property during natural disasters. Under the $269 mill...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0100
The international Cassini mission has concluded its remarkable exploration of the Saturnian system in spectacular style, by plunging into the gas planet's atmosphere. Confirmation of the end of mission arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at 11:55 GMT/13:55 CEST with the loss of the spacecraft's signal having occurred 83 minutes earlier at Saturn, some 1.4 billion km from Earth. With the rocket propellant for manoeuvering the spacecraft fully expended as planned touring Saturn and i...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:17:00 +0100
Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets - ESA's first contract to use Europe's new vehicle. The launches are scheduled between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, using two Ariane 62 rockets - the configuration of Europe's next-generation launch vehicle that is best suited to haul the two 750 kg navigation satellites into their orbits at 23 222 km altitude. Under development, Ariane 6 is Europe's newest launcher, designed to extend guaranteed ...
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0100
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Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:33:00 +0100
Lockheed Martin (LM) unveiled a new small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that has been designed and developed in the UK at the Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI). OUTRIDER is a lightweight, canister launched UAS that has been designed by engineers at Lockheed Martin UK's Havant facility in partnership with Wirth Research, an engineering company with specialisation in aerodynamics and composite materials. At only four inches wide and weighing only 1.7 kilograms, it is designed...
Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:09-07-2011
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     Current job:Product Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
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     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsSystems Engineering, Structural Analysis and Design, Product Development, Program Management, Satellite testing, Failure Analysis, Root Cause Investigations
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    PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
    Dr. H. has a unique engineering career spanning over 25 years. During his career, he has worked with distinction in four different media – v Underground structures (analyzing caverns and storages in deep underground salt domes) v Off-shore structures (designing and analyzing off-shore oil platforms and marine structures) v On-ground structures (seismic retrofitting of bridges and buildings) and v High-flying geo-synchronous satellites (designing/analyzing/testing/integrating complex commercial spacecrafts) Dr. H. has served for start-ups, small- and mid-size companies as well as large corporations. He has been an invaluable team member as well as innovative and inspirational technical leader. His extra-ordinary commitment and fund-raising capabilities has catapulted Santa Clara Valley Section and District D of ASME to be amongst the nation’s top ranked entities. Dr. Mahantesh H. is Specialty Manager, at Space Systems Loral (SS/L), Palo Alto, CA where he leads the team involved in Deployment and Testing of dual-axis position mechanism mounted antennas on geosynchronous spacecrafts. He is responsible for configuration, design, analysis, testing/verification, integration and on-orbit testing/validation of the specialty antennas. Dr. H. also provides Cost and Schedule oversight, manages a cost account for the Deployable Subsystem Manager activities, identifies critical path in schedule, obtains buy-in on schedule commitments from managers, promotes risk mitigation by defining mechanical requirements appropriately to enable successful execution and ensures the test plan validates design and workmanship and satisfies the contractual requirements. He is involved in Resource Planning, Facility/Logistics coordination as required for deployment activities. Currently, he holds the charge for deployable antennas on Echostar-16, Intelsat-17-19-20, Nimiq-6, Newskies-14, Quetzsat and Sirius-6 programs. Dr. H. is also the Lead for Bus Susbsystem to assist the Advanced Systems engineering in proposal preparations and trade studies. Previously, Dr. H. was Principal Engineer of the Structural Analysis team on several major programs at SS/L, including Intelsat-9, Europestar, Optus, Spainsat, XTAR, DTV-7 and Intelsat-17. As Lead, he successfully delivered complex structural products and systems on time and well within the budget. He tutored young engineers to "think first" and search for better analysis techniques and counseled on doing the analysis right the very first time. He developed a close rapport with the Design counterparts to effect considerable savings despite late configuration changes. He has met last minute requests for critical support to complete complex structural analysis and earned kudos from Program Office and customers. Dr. H. is also an expert in mechanical testing (sine, acoustic and shock) of spacecrafts and components. As Spacecraft Test Director, he took over the responsibility of coordinating the activities of Spacecraft Test Organization, Analysis, Payload and Systems Engineering. Under his leadership, programs such as Terrestar-1, Asiasat-5, IS-14, Nimiq-5, NSS-12, Sirius-5 and NSS-14 completed spacecraft level testing well ahead of schedule (in some cases savings of over 2 Shifts). Dr. H. implemented many improvements to the processes and trained the test engineers and technicians involved. Dr. H. also authored highly acclaimed guidelines for spacecraft Sine and Acoustic Tests, detailing systematically the preparation, test, data collection and interpretation. As a lead consultant on the Shock Committee, he oversees the qualification and testing of all the components for spacecraft- and launch vehicle-induced shock environment. From 2005 through 2008, Dr. H., while being the Project Manager for Stellar Solutions, worked as Systems Engineering consultant to SS/L. For ICO, one of the most complex satellites built at SS/L and driven by a tight schedule, Dr. H. provided the interface between Program Office, customers, and subsystem engineering, to ensure technical issues are resolved consistent with contract and schedule requirements. He resolved the systems mechanical issues, including requirements/specifications, plan and procedures, configuration and design development, fabrication and integration, and test-verification and validation. Dr. H. imparted expertise in space structural design, configuration and analysis providing unique solutions to issues related to structural and thermal interfaces. Dr. H. acted as SS/L’s launch vehicle (LV) engineer, developed the Spacecraft/LV ICD, resolved EMC/EMI related issues, coordinated and generated an agreement on the FM heating issue with the LV contractor, worked with Dynamic specialists from LV and SS/L to complete a CLA model development and its excellent correlation with the sine vibration tests data. He also led the thermal distortion analysis effort to verify that the predicted the pointing errors are within the allocated pointing budget. For the first time, the resulting analysis provided a reliable methodology to develop rationale for pointing budgets for future programs. Dr. H. wrote performance specifications for mechanisms, structures and propulsion subsystems and authored the Spacecraft Alignment plan for alignment critical components and established verification criteria for pre- and post-dynamic measurements. He assisted in PDR, CDR and FDR preparations and presentations, developed the Spacecraft handling criteria during its various stages integration, supported floor activities through the spacecraft assembly and integration, tracked/resolved NCRs, and coordinated activities of related subsystems, and actively participated in the spacecraft test program during Thermal Vacuum Test, Sine Vibration Test, Acoustic Test, and Compact Antenna Radiation Test. Earlier, as Space Systems Loral (SS/L), Dr. H. was the Senior Engineering Specialist and led a team of engineers in developing the overall primary support structures of commercial satellites. He also was the Cost Account Manager for all programs assigned to his group, performed manpower planning for on-going programs and IR&D projects and prepared Work Authorization Documents and developed ways to track progress. At SS/L, Dr. H. received Director's award and Department Manager's awards for outstanding engineering accomplishments and efficiency. He conducted the failure analysis of a drop of a satellite during handling by using Abaqus/Explicit for shock pulse characteristics and Nastran for developing Shock Response Spectra. Dr. H. seized the initiative to improve team output by developing software for automation of analysis and data. Dr. H. pioneered the development of a program based on MS Visual Basic to calculate the slosh frequencies of the satellite oxidizer and fuel propellant tanks, which is widely used at SS/L. He prepared environmental loading specifications for design, analysis and testing of the satellite and its components, performed coupled loads analysis (CLA) using Craig-Bampton method for Launch Vehicle interface and participated in meetings for evaluation and verification. He also tested the satellite for static and dynamic (sine and acoustic) loading and developed excellent correlation with the satellite CLA model, wrote guidelines for finite element model development and verification, evaluated on-going trade-studies and incorporated optimized solutions to enhance satellite structure. Dr. H. routinely prepared briefings and design reviews (PDR, CDR, FRR) for the clients, present results, resolve action items, and write/supervise documentation of all engineering analyses. He modeled and performed stress, thermal distortion, dynamics, and coupled loads analysis of commercial satellites using PATRAN and NASTRAN. He conducted the design and implementation of static load and dynamic vibration tests on various programs, including acoustic tests. He then correlated the test data with predictions from the finite element model and developed procedures to improve the correlation. Dr. H. also worked as Principal Engineer for Northrop Grumman Marine Systems, Sunnyvale, CA. As Unit Supervisor of Structural Analysis group specializing in blast/shock and vibration analysis and control through testing and FE simulation, he led a team of engineers in technical proposal development and prepared cost estimates. He performed manpower planning for on-going programs and IR&D projects. He developed Work Authorization Documents and paved ways to track progress. His group specialized in completing all assignments on time and within budget. Dr. H. was responsible for developing missile launch system for US Navy and Royal Navy. As analyst Lead, he used Hypermesh, Patran, Nastran and Ansys to solve a host of problems related to handling, transport, and launch of sensitive laser guided systems. He also developed a test plan for underwater shock testing for shipboard equipment and designed verification techniques through analysis. Prior to joining SS/L, Dr. H. worked as Senior Systems Engineer at ARES Corporation where wrote Systems Engineering Management Plan and Project Management Plan for DOE's waste disposal methods at Hanford Site, prepared proposals for Seismic Retrofit Analysis of Bay Bridge and other bridges in the Bay Area for Caltrans RFPs, modeled and performed thermal, stress, and vibration analysis of liquid-filled tanks using ADINA and SAP90 finite element programs. He also successfully identified causes of component failures through degradation using fracture mechanics for Fluid-Structure Interaction problem. He also analyzed and developed seismic retrofit schemes for a Computer Data Center that housed mainframes, peripherals, mass storage facility, communication racks and power distribution units. At PMB Engineering, San Francosco, CA, Dr. H. determined seismic response of offshore oil platforms using response spectrum method and checked the demand/capacity ratios of damaged members. He developed schemes for strengthening of platform with additional braces. Dr. H. analyzed deep offshore structure subjected to environmental loading using nonlinear finite element models (from program ANSR). He also developed a software with enhanced numerical and graphics capabilities using object-oriented programming for studying response of marine structures subjected to hydrodynamic loading and soil-structure interactions. Dr. H. also conducted seismic analysis of highway bridges in California and proposed retrofitting methods using Caltrans approved computer programs (SEISAB, PCYIELD). Dr. H. started his professional career in the U.S. as Technical Director at SERATA Geomechanics Inc., Richmond, CA. He was responsible for Design/Manufacturing/Testing of Stress Measuring Instruments and Finite Element analysis of underground caverns and storages. He correlated the field measurements with predictions from Rheological Element Method (REM) to design comprehensive development of under-ground storage facilities of Dow Chemicals in salt formations. Dr. H. led a motivated team of engineers and technicians for successful design/analysis/construction of Electric Power Research Institute contract for Compressed Air Energy Storage plant. Dr. H. developed a 3-D finite element computer program for time-dependent response of non-homogeneous, visco-elastic, visco-plastic continua. The program was verified by matching results with laboratory tests and field observations. Dr. H. received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Poona in India, with highest honors (including a gold-medal) as well as college and university academic achievement awards (ranked 1st amongst 600 eligible candidates). Subsequently, he received Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering also from the University of Poona. He then joined the prestigious Indian Railway Service of Engineers where he was ranked 7th in a field of over 10,000 candidates. He worked for Indian Railways for 5 years and was promoted to Divisional Engineer before migrating to the U.S. for higher Studies. He joined The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and earned a Master of Science in Structural Engineering. He then proceeded to graduate with a Ph. D. also in Structural Engineering from The Ohio State University. His graduate work, A Dynamical Theory of Deformable Fluid-Saturated Porous Solids, derived a nonlinear theory for dynamics (blast/impact/seismic excitations) of multi-phase porous media. Both geometric and material nonlinearities were incorporated. The applications included verification of finite element based solutions with the classical results for wave propagation through. In 2005, Dr. H. received the Certificate in Systems Engineering from the Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. Dr. H. is the Leader (Regional Director) of District D of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), comprising of 8 Western states including California and Alaska and with over 15,000 members. Prior to that, he was the Chair of the Santa Clara Valley Section (SCVS) of ASME for two years, during which time he generated record funds for the Professional Development activities. He has been invited as Keynote speaker at the ASME Aerospace Early Career Technical Seminar, Seattle, WA (http://asmeconferences.org/AeroECTS09/index.cfm). He has also been an Invited Guest Speaker at ASME’s Professional Development Seminars, where he has delivered technical presentations on Finite Element Analysis and Systems Engineering. He is also a member of ASCE, AIAA, INCOSE and SEAOC. As member of AIAA, he has co-authored the AIAA Standard, S-120-2006, Mass Properties Control for Space Systems. He is a lead member of the AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee (SETC). He has authored or co-authored over 10 technical papers in the areas of structural mechanics, wave propagation and systems engineering.

    CURRICULUM VITAE

    EMPLOYMENT SUMMARY:
    2009 – present Space Systems Loral, Specialty Manager 2008 – 2009 Space Systems Loral, Principal Engineer 2005 – 2008 Stellar Solutions, Project Manager 2004 – 2005 Northrop Grumman, Principal Engineer and Section Manager 1999 – 2004 Space Systems Loral, Senior Engineering Specialist 1997 – 1999 Space Systems Loral, Engineering Specialist 1993 – 1997 ARES Corporation, Senior Systems Engineer 1991 – 1993 PMB Engineering, Senior Engineer 1987 - 1991 Serata Geomechanics, Technical Director 1982 – 1987 The Ohio State University, Research Associate 1977 - 1982 Indian Railways, Divisional / Assistant Engineer

    Experience
    07/09 – todate SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, Palo Alto, CA Deployment Subsystems Manager, BSO • Reports to the Director of the Bus Mechanical Activity • Currently in-charge of deployments on 6 programs: Intelsat-17, Intelsat -19, Intelsat -20; NSS-14, Sirius-6, Quetzsat • Duties include: Cost and Schedule oversight - management of a cost account for the Deployable Subsystem Manager activities, identifying critical path in schedule and obtaining buy-in on schedule commitments from functional managers; Risk mitigation - ensuring mechanical requirements are defined appropriately to enable successful execution and test plan validates design and workmanship and satisfies the contractual requirements, identifying qualification components, including vendors and their sub-tier suppliers’ parts/materials/processes; Technical Supervision - kinematics of deployments and mechanical design of components; Systems Engineering – coordinating activities of various subsystems involved in the deployment of antennas; Resource Planning - Facility/Logistics coordination as required for deployments

    09/08 – 07/09 SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, Palo Alto, CA Principal Engineer, Structural Analysis • Lead Engineer for I-17, Structural analysis and Testing Completed S/C and component structural analysis tasks for IS-17, on time and well within the budget Tutored young engineers to "think first" and helped them do the analysis right the very first time Developed close rapport with the design counterpart to effect savings despite late configuration changes Met the Program Office's request for critical support to complete the Steerable Spot beam analysis at a short notice and delivered the analysis/report before the CDR as requested by the Intelsat Customer. • Spacecraft Sine Vibration Test Director Since October 2008, took over additional responsibility as Test Director for Sine Vibration Test managing the activities of STO, Analysis, Payload and Systems Engineering For Terrestar-1, Asiasat-5, IS-14, Nimiq-5, NSS-12, Sirius-5 and NSS-14 programs, completed the tests successfully and well ahead of schedule (in some cases savings of 1.5 Shift) Implemented many improvements to the processes for a thorough and professional job from the engineers and technicians Received commendation from Department Manager for outstanding contributions Wrote comprehensive guidelines for Sine and Acoustic Tests Taught a training course on Mechanical Vibration and Shock at SS/L

    10/05 – 06/08 STELLAR SOLUTION, Palo Alto, CA Project Manager, Systems Engineering Consultant at Space Systems Loral • For ICO, one of the most complex satellites built at SS/L and driven by a tight schedule, provided the interface between Program Office, customers, and subsystem engineering, to ensure technical issues are resolved consistent with contract and schedule requirements • Supported for the systems mechanical issues, including requirements/specifications, plan and procedures, configuration and design development, fabrication and integration, and test-verification and validation • Provided expertise in space structural design, configuration and analysis; resolved issues relating to structural and thermal interfaces • Acted as SS/L’s launch vehicle (LV) engineer, developed the Spacecraft/LV ICD, resolved EMC/EMI related issues, coordinated and generated an agreement on the FM heating issue with the LV contractor, worked with Dynamic specialists from LV and SS/L to complete a CLA model development and correlation with the sine vibration tests data • Led the thermal distortion analysis effort to verify that the predicted the pointing errors are within the allocated pointing budget. For the first time in 10 years, the analysis provided a reliable methodology to develop rational pointing budgets for future programs • Wrote performance specifications for mechanisms, structures and propulsion subsystems • Wrote the Spacecraft Alignment plan for alignment critical components and established verification criteria for pre- and post-dynamic measurements • Assisted in PDR, CDR and FDR preparations and presentations • Developed Spacecraft handling criteria during its various stages integration • Supported floor activities through the spacecraft assembly and integration, tracked/resolved NCRs, and coordinated activities of related subsystems • Supported spacecraft test program during Thermal Vacuum Test, Sine Vibration Test, Acoustic Test, and Compact Antenna Radiation Test

    11/04 – 10/05 NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORPORATION, Sunnyvale, CA Principal Engineer and Section Manager, Structural Engineering • Section Manager of Structural Analysis group specializing in blast/shock and vibration analysis and control through testing and FE simulation • Supported proposal technical development and prepared proposal cost estimates • Performed manpower planning for on-going programs and IR&D projects. Prepared Work Authorization Documents and developed ways to track progress. Completed all assignments on-time and within budget • Led a team of 5 engineers responsible for developing missile launch system for the US and Royal Navy • Used Hypermesh, Patran, Nastran, Ansys to solve a host of problems related to handling, transport, and launch of sensitive laser guided system

    3/99 – 10/04 SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, Palo Alto, CA Senior Engineering Specialist, Spacecraft Engineering • Leader of a team of engineers for developing the overall primary support structures of commercial satellites within budget and schedule • Worked as Cost Account Manager for all programs assigned to the group • Performed manpower planning for on-going programs and IR&D projects • Prepared Work Authorization Documents and developed ways to track progress • Received Director's award and Department Manager's awards for outstanding engineering accomplishments and efficiency • Conducted failure analysis of a drop of a satellite during handling by using Abaqus/Explicit for shock pulse characteristics and Nastran for developing Shock Response Spectra • Seized initiative to improve team output by developing software for automation of analysis and data • Developed computer program based on MS Visual Basic to calculate the slosh frequencies of the satellite oxidizer and fuel propellant tanks • Prepared environmental loading specifications for design, analysis and testing of the satellite and its components • Performed coupled loads analysis (CLA) using Craig-Bampton method for Launch Vehicle interface and participated in meetings for evaluation and verification • Tested satellite for static and dynamic (sine and acoustic) loading and developed excellent correlation with the satellite CLA model • Wrote guidelines for finite element model development and verification • Evaluated trade-studies and incorporated optimized solutions to enhance satellite structure • Prepared briefing and design review (PDR, CDR, FRR) for the clients, present results, resolve action items, and write/supervise documentation of all engineering analyses

    3/97 - 3/99 SPACE SYSTEMS/LORAL, Palo Alto, CA Engineering Specialist, Spacecraft Engineering • Modeled and performed stress, thermal distortion, dynamics, and coupled loads analysis of commercial satellites using PATRAN and NASTRAN • Conducted design and implementation of static load and dynamic vibration tests on various programs, including acoustic tests • Correlated test data with predictions from the finite element model and developed procedures to improve the correlation

    3/93 – 3/97 ARES CORPORATION, San Francisco, CA Senior Engineer, Component Design and Analysis • Wrote Systems Engineering Management Plan and Project Management Plan for DOE's waste disposal methods at Hanford Site • Prepared proposals for Seismic Retrofit Analysis of Bay Bridge and other bridges in the Bay Area for Caltrans RFPs • Modeled and performed thermal, stress, and vibration analysis of liquid-filled tanks using ADINA and SAP90 finite element programs. • Successfully identified causes of component failures through degradation using fracture mechanics for Fluid-Structure Interaction problem

    8/91 - 2/93 PMB ENGINEERING, San Francisco, CA Senior Engineer, Design/Analysis • Determined seismic response of offshore oil platforms using response spectrum method and checked the demand/capacity ratios of damaged members. Developed schemes for strengthening of platform with additional braces • Analyzed deep offshore structure subjected to environmental loading using nonlinear finite element models (from program ANSR). Developed software with enhanced numerical and graphics capabilities using object-oriented programming for studying response of marine structures subjected to hydrodynamic loading and soil-structure interactions · Analyzed deep offshore structure subjected to environmental loading using nonlinear finite element models; developed software with enhanced numerical and graphics capabilities using object-oriented programming for studying response of marine structures subjected to hydrodynamic loading and soil-structure interactions

    8/87 - 8/91 SERATA Geomechanics Inc., Richmond, CA Technical Director, Design/Analysis/Testing of Underground Structures • Supervised development of stress and strain measuring instruments; correlated the field measurements with predictions from REM to design comprehensive development of under-ground storage facilities of Dow Chemicals in salt formations • Led team of 10 engineers and technicians for successful design/analysis/construction of Electric Power Research Institute contract for Compressed Air Energy Storage plant • Developed 3-Dimensional finite element computer program REM (Rheological Element Method) for time-dependent response of non-homogeneous, visco-elastic, visco-plastic continua. The program was verified by matching results with laboratory tests and field observations

    Education

    STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Palo Alto, CA Certificate in Systems Engineering The OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, Ohio Ph.D. in Structural Engineering M.S. in Structural Engineering University of Poona, Pune, India M.E. in Structural Engineering B.E. in Civil Engineering Skills · Over 25 years of experience in Technical Management, Systems Engineering, Structural Dynamics/Testing, Failure Analysis and Structural Design/Analysis · Thoroughly familiar with the entire process of GEO satellite manufacturing from the cradle-to-grave · Proficient in writing programs with Fortran, AWK, MS visual basic · Excellent analysis skills with MS Nastran, ADINA, Ansys, Abaqus and SAP2000; familiar with pre- and post-processors for above programs · Thoroughly competent in data analysis and interpretation of Satellite and component level sine, acoustic and shock testing · Invited Speaker at ASME Professional Development Seminars on Systems Engineering and Finite Element Analysis · Excellent oral and written communication skills · Leader (Regional Director) of ASME District D spanning 8 Western states, including California and Alaska, with over 15,000 members List of Publications · Coauthor, AIAA Standard, S-120-2006, Mass Properties Control for Space Systems, 2007 · Richard J. Stuart, Larry E. Shipley, Amitava Ghose, and Mahantesh H., Thermomechanical Analysis of Domed Concrete Roof of Waste Storage Tanks, Computers and Structures, 1997 · Richard J. Stuart, Larry E. Shipley, Amitava Ghose, and Mahantesh H., Seismic and Thermal Stresses in Buried Piping, 11th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Acapulco, Mexico, June 1996 · Richard J. Stuart, Larry E. Shipley, Amitava Ghose, and Mahantesh H., A Simplified Method for Qualification of Small Bore Piping Subjected to Seismic Loading, ASME Winter Meeting, San Francisco, November 1995 · Richard J. Stuart, Larry E. Shipley, Amitava Ghose, and Mahantesh H., Dynamic Analysis of High-Level Waste Storage Tanks, Computers and Structures, Vol. 56, No. 2/3, June 1995 · Mahantesh H. and Ranbir Sandhu, On Theories of Mixtures and Their Applications to Dynamics of Fluid-Saturated Porous Media, ASME Winter Meeting, Chicago, November 1994 · Richard J. Stuart, Larry E. Shipley, Amitava Ghose, and Mahantesh H., Considerations of Fluid-Saturated Effects in the Design of High-Level Waste Storage Tanks, ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference, Minneapolis, January 1994 · Mahantesh H. and Shosei Serata, Application of Rheological Finite Element Method to Cavern Field Analysis, Solution Mining Research Institute Annual Convention, Paris, France, October 1990 · Shosei Serata, Ben Mehta, and Mahantesh H., Geomechanical Stability Analysis for CAES Cavern Operation, Proceedings of International Conference on Storage of Gases in Rock Caverns, Trontheim, Norway, June 1989 · Mahantesh H., Ranbir Sandhu, Leslie Morland and William Wolfe, Analysis of One-Dimensional Wave Propagation in Fluid-Saturated Soil Column, Int. J. Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, Vol. 12, 1988 · Mahantesh H., Ranbir Sandhu and William Wolfe, Wave Propagation in Saturated Solids, 9th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Tokyo, Japan, August 1988 Professional Registration Registered Professional Civil Engineer, California, 1993 Societal Membership Leader, ASME, District D (2009 – present) Chair, ASME Santa Clara Valley Section (2008 – 2009) Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) [since 1997] Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) [since 2003] Member, AIAA Systems Engineering Technical Committee (SETC) [2007 - present] Member, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASCE) [1987-2007] Member, INCOSE (2005 – present) Keynote Speaker and Invited Guest Speaker · Keynote Speaker the ASME Aerospace Early Career Technical Seminar, Seattle, WA (http://asmeconferences.org/AeroECTS09/index.cfm), 2009 · Invited Guest Speaker, ASME Professional Development Series, Systems Engineering, 2009 · Invited Guest Speaker, ASME Professional Development Series, Finite Element Analysis, 2003 - 2008 Honors and Awards · 2010, Invited Speaker award, ASME Industry Honors Dinner, Santa Clara Valley Section · 2009, Outstanding Service Award, ASME District D · 2008, Outstanding Service Award, ASME District D · 2008, Invited Speaker award, ASME Industry Honors Dinner, Santa Clara Valley Section · 1975, Gold Medal for 1st rank in graduating Class of 75 from University of Poona, India · 1975, Best Student Award from the graduating Class of 75 from University of Poona, India


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