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     Date Submitted:26-07-2011
     Last Modified:31-07-2011 (04:21)
    Job information
     Current job:MS Aerospace Engineering
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     Keywordsmechanical and aerospace engineering, spacecraft structures, mission planning, nuclear, advanced propulsion



    Graduated July, 2011 with Master's Degree in aerospace engineering structures at Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL, US, with a 3.12 GPA.

    Thesis work in mission planning and analysis for nuclear propelled spacecraft.

    Couse work included advanced mathematical simulation, space physics, nuclear engineering, structural dynamics, finite element modeling, thermochemistry, combustion physics, spacecraft control systems, trajectory analysis, and composite materials design and manufacturing.



    Graduated May, 2009 from Florida Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering

    Studied at Jesus College in Oxford, England for summer semester 2007.

    Major course work in fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, aerodynamics, jet and rocket propulsion, control systems, structural analysis, mission planning, manufacturing, and design methods.

    Also studied economics, American government, environmental science, philosophy, history, astrodynamics, quantum mechanics, geophysics, and astrophysics.


    Academic Awards

    National Merit Scholar. Silver Scholar. Dean's List Student. Florida Medallion Scholar. Florida Academic Scholar. Florida Tech Trustee Scholar.


    Organizational Affiliations

    President and founding member of FIT Fencing. Historian and advertising director for the Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Cast and crew member for FIT College Players. Member of Florida Tech Martial Arts Association.



    Primary Author: “Preliminary Design Considerations and Mission Analysis for Several Methods of Nuclear Spacecraft Propulsion.” Summary: Provides a concise summary of physical principles of a number of potential systems. Develops tools to estimate size and performance. Compares proposed systems for various mission scenarios.




    Machine shop work, spring 2007. Recertified in fall '07, spring '08, spring '09, and fall '10.

    Graduate Teaching Assistant, August 2009.

    Hazardous chemicals and biomatter handling, June 2006. Retrained in May ‘08.


    Windows, Macintosh, Linux, Unix, and MSDOS operating systems.

    MS Office and Open Office suites.

    FORTRAN and C++ programming languages.

    MATLAB and SCILAB mathematical simulation systems.

    Pro-Engineer, Mastercam, and FreeCAD 3-d modeling and drafting packages.

    ANSYS and GMesh Finite Element Analysis tools.

    Additional Skills

    Excellent public speaking, presentation, and improvisational skills.

    Practical design, construction, and planning experience.

    Direct experience working with natural, metal, and composite materials.

    Prior work in electrical, mechanical, and electronic system design, maintenance, and operation.

    Can read and produce technical schematics and architectural blueprints.

    Experienced in project management, interpersonal conflict resolution, and team problem solving.

    Languages: English, Spanish, and Latin.



    Steven Brill, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center: steven.r.brill(at)

    Brock Tucker, Theater Manager, Henegar Center for the Arts

    Daniel Kirk, Doctor of Engineering, Florida Institute of Technology: dkirk(at)



    8/2005 – Present: Community Theater, Volunteer

    Active in volunteer community theater group College Players. Assisted in the design and construction of sets for twelve main stage productions. Acted in five shows and operated lights and sound as well as doing backstage setwork for another six. Performed design, acquisition, and preparation of costume and prop pieces for main stage shows and other productions. Wrote and directed a one act play. Performed with improvisational troupes Random Reality, Degenerative Chaos, and Drop of a Hat. Assisted with set and prop design and lighting with Henegar Center for the Arts volunteer theater.


    1/2008 - 5/2009: GLXP Team, Volunteer

    Worked with a team under the school pursuing the Google Lunar X-Prize challenge to land a privately designed, funded, and constructed rover on the moon.

    Personally performed mission level analysis for transfer vehicle and landing craft. Also performed system level analysis for the lander. Designed preliminary lander reaction and control system, primary descent system, and began the lander structure design.


    1/2009 – 5/2009: FIT Machine Shop and Aerodynamics Laboratory, Lab Assistant

    Designed and manufactured parts and specimens to the specifications of faculty, staff, and students. Responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the shop and laboratory setting. Assisted faculty, staff, and students working in the laboratory.

    Supervisor's Name: Stephanie Hopper


    5/2008 - 8/2008: Walt Disney World: Typhoon Lagoon Water Park Custodial Cast Member

    5/2006 - 8/2006: Walt Disney World: EPCOT Center Custodial Cast Member

    Interacted with guests to maintain a friendly environment. Answered guest questions and gave direction when needed. Ensured guest safety and maintained the cleanliness of the guest areas.


    9/2007 – 12/2008; 5/2009 - Present: FIT Food Service Custodial

    Responsible for maintaining cleanliness of dining a food preparation areas.

    Supervisor's Name: Tom Stewart

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