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     Date Submitted:12-07-2011
     Last Modified:13-07-2011 (05:56)
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     Current job:Senior Structural Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     Keywordsstress analysis, manufacturing, finite element modeling, strength, fatigue, fracture mechanics, structures, mechanical engineer,



    Senior Structural Engineer with over 10 years of experience managing and performing structural analysis on combustion chambers and aerospace structures – including production support, flight and test support for the Space Shuttle Main Engine program.  Strong foundation in combustion devices structural analysis from working on complex and unique fabrication issues and flight anomalies.  Solid corporate reputation for performing analyses resulting in superior documentation and white papers. Excellent problem solving skills through strong risk identification and mitigation initiatives. Experienced in leading large groups of engineers, various technical disciplines and support personnel.  Created results-oriented team environment by fostering individuals’ strengths and building personal relationships in day-to-day operations.


    ANSYS/Workbench FEA   ·   3D and Axisymmetric FE Modeling   ·   Strength, Fatigue & Fracture Analysis

    Pro/E Wildfire   ·   Microsoft Office   ·   Delighted Customers

    Project Management Experience   ·   Excellent Communication Skills


    Professional Experience


    Pratt & Whitney (Formerly Boeing) Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, CA                                 1999 to Present


    Senior Structural Engineer

    Responsible for structural analysis of the Space Shuttle Main Engine (SSME) main combustion chamber (MCC), actuator struts, and ducts.  Performs strength, fatigue, and fracture analysis utilizing hand calculations and finite element analysis software. Leads trade studies on potential repairs and develops most appropriate solution based on risk, schedule and structural margin. Routinely collaborates with all cross-functional Engineering organizations to investigate and resolve discrepancies and anomalies in a timely manner.  Regularly tasked by management as the responsible engineer for supporting fabrication, assembly and pre-flight readiness reviews. Supports analysis tasks on other programs as need arises.


    • Analysis
      • Utilize solid modeling, finite element analysis and hand calculations to verify structural reliability of main combustion chamber assembly and lightweight aerospace components.
    • Strong communication skills through extensive experience in developing and presenting status and information packages to Executive Management, peers, customers and cross-functional groups.
      • Saved both the company and NASA approximately $60M by performing critical structural analysis on main combustion chamber structural jacket resulting in a successful verification and validation that showed all fabricated main combustion chambers acceptable for use.
      • Chosen as a member of failure analysis team for the MCC electro-deposited nickel carbolation and electro-deposited copper cracking investigation, where structural analysis directly supported root cause.
      • Showed need for critical structural qualification test with a detailed analysis on RS-68 main combustion chamber and struts.
      • Performed and presented analysis results for SSME/J-2X Test Stand Adapter to support Preliminary Design Review
    • Documentation/Process Improvement
      • Developed, maintained and implemented templates and documentation standard work for Structures & Dynamics technical reports.
      • Lead for development of technical report electronic storage method and standards.
      • Team lead for Structures & Dynamics Quality Clinic Process Charting (QCPC) team – reviewed turnbacks, made process improvement recommendations to management, represented Structures & Dynamics group on enterprise-wide team to develop tool and usage guidelines.


    Leadership / involvement


    SSME Knowledge Management Team Lead, 2009 to Present (team member since 2005)


    Women In Network (WIN, Employee Network Group), 2008 to Present


    American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), 1998 to Present

    • Served as Treasurer for the student organization at SDSU, 1998 to 1999


    SDSU Varsity Women’s Volleyball Student Athlete, 1993 to 1997




    Master of Science, Astronautical Engineering, 2006 – GPA 3.7

    Universityof Southern California, Los Angeles, CA


    Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, 1999 – GPA 3.0

    San DiegoState University, San Diego, CA


    Professional Development




    JANNAF Conference


    SSME Representative


    ACE Associate


    65 hours of coursework




    4 courses

    Boeing Pre-Management Assessment

    Strengths: Interpersonal Skills, Positive Work Orientation, and Working Together




    NASA Space Flight Awareness Launch Honoree, 2010

    SSME Main Combustion Chamber structural analysis


    SSME Combustion Devices Group Achievement Award, 2009

    Contribution to technical excellence on Main Combustion Chamber Team


    Engineering Eagle Award, 2009

    Leadership in enterprise -wide QCPC system development


    Engineering Team Recognitions Award, 2004

    Contribution to successful deployment of Engineering Materials Data System


    Team Space Flight Awareness Award, 2002

    Resolution of Weld 12 cracking and electro-deposited nickel carbolation issue

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