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     Date Submitted:03-08-2011
     Last Modified:03-08-2011 (02:49)
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     Current job:Chief Engineer/ GNC Lead
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services
     KeywordsGNC, guidance, simulation, 6DoF, systems, attitude control, autopilot, kalman filter, navigation, lead,
    CV

    Most Salient Skills

    - Business Development                                            - Leadership, Vision & Mentoring

     - Missile Systems Analysis and Design                  - Kalman Filter Development

     - Missile 6DOF Simulation Modeling                      - Simulation and Test Planning

     - Guidance, Control, and Navigation                       - Autopilot Design

     - Develop, Test, and Integration of Algorithms      - Missile Evaluation

    Education/Degree Attained:

     Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 1984 –GPA 3.33/4          

    ** ACTIVE SECRET CLEARANCE **

    Experience:

    Febuary 2001 to present, Missile Design, Huntsville, AL

    President / Chief Engineer Provide leadership, direction, and develop new business for this new missile analysis and design firm. Also perform the majority of the simulation, analysis, and support functions. Currently support the US Army MAST, MEADS, CMS and EAPS air defense programs by providing 6DoF and BMC2 simulation, analysis and support. Also conceived and became either chief engineer or creative consultant on MAST-Missile, SWARM, and advanced UAV programs.

    Consult to and/or subcontract to:

    Raytheon (KEI): Systems Analysis Lead: Performed the Attitude Control System (ACS) trade studies for the entire vehicle. Started a group/office in Huntsvilleto do GNC analysis for KEI. Mentored the entire analysis group in navigation, autopilot design, guidance system design, simulation, missile design, trade studies, and ACS trades. Built the 3rd stage autopilot, wrote simulation, and designed the third stage propulsion model and thruster mixing logic. Represented Raytheon (RMS) in numerous meetings and presentations with the customers.

    Space Vector/Lockheed (FTF and JFM): Functioned as the GNC Lead. Designed the 8 6DoF's and 15 autopilots used on the various launch vehicles and configurations. Mentored the group on GNC and flight vehicle modeling and trades. Represented the companies by presenting my findings at PDRs and CDRs. Created courses on GNC and launch vehicle technologies and gave them to the company's engineering staff.

    Boeing (GBI): Provided launch control station support.

    CSC (EAPS): Assisted with vehicle and systems trade studies and modeling efforts. Extended the simulation's equations of motion to support spinning vehicles.

    Davidson Technologies: Consulted with them for 4 years on various MDA programs.

    L3 Communications /Coleman-SY Technologies: Supported Arrow Kalman filtering efforts and guidance system design. Designed a control system and 6DoF simulation for The Laser Light Craft.

    Dynetics (PACIII):Designed a C 6DoF simulation using CSF and CMD frameworks.

    AEgis Technologies: GNC SME, Conceived ideas for new programs, performed trades and analysis, helped market and find funding sources, organized the development team, and served as chief engineer for the development programs.

    July 1999 to August 2001, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Huntsville, AL

    Systems Engineer/BAT P3I Algorithms and Analysis (to include G&C) IPT Lead Conceived anddeveloped new flight modes for the BAT P3I submunition. Implemented the necessary algorithms and control methods in simulation. Developed the flight software requirements. Assisted the software group in implementing them. Developed the test methodologies to test them. Tested them in HWIL and flight tests. Analyzed the test data. Briefed the results. Led the group that performed these activities.

    August 1992 to 1999. Nichols Research Corp., Huntsville, AL.

    Manager Advanced Air Defense Concept Development Division  Also Lead missile systems analyst in support of the Corps SAM concept development. Directed the Six-Degree-of-Freedom simulation development and performed missile systems analysis in the following areas: control systems, kinematics, navigation, aerodynamics, missile related math modeling, Kalman Track Filter development, and simulation software development. These were performed in support of AMCOM Missile RDEC - SS&DD Branch.

    Lead engineer for the Hunter UAV Six-DOF development. Directing the Six-DOF development and conducting studies in the following areas: control system performance, flight performance, accident investigation, and data reduction. These are being performed to support AMCOM Missile RDEC - SS&DD Branch.

    August 1987 to August 1992. Teledyne Brown Engineering, Huntsville, AL.

    Senior Engineer. Served as the lead missile systems analyst in support of the THAAD missile defense system. Developed the THAAD Six-DOF. Performed systems analyses in control system design system evaluation, performance, Kalman guidance filter development and evaluation. These were performed in support of the THAAD Project Office.

    Served as the lead Six-DOF developer and systems analyst for the ARROW missile program. Performed analysis in the following areas: control systems, kinematics, navigation, aerodynamics, missile related math modeling, and simulation software development. These were performed in support of the ARROW Project Office.

    Served as the lead Six-DOF developer and systems analyst for the ERINT missile program. Performed analysis in the following areas: control systems, kinematics, navigation, aerodynamics, missile related math modeling, radar signature modeling, and simulation software development. These were performed in support of the ERINT Project Office.

    August 1984 to August 1987. BDM, Huntsville, AL.

     Analyst. Assigned as an analyst to support the FLAGE program which was the precursor to ERINT.

    Served as a missile systems analyst. Performed analysis in the following areas: control systems, kinematics, navigation, aerodynamics, missile related math modeling, radar signature modeling, and simulation software development. Built the Six-DOFs for FLAGE and later ERINT. Also built simulations of FLAGE targets such as Lance and RV surrogates.

    Significant Accomplishments:

     Research Scientist responsible for simulation and analysis on the Hunter UAV Program and Corps SAM Air Defense Program. Modeled the airframe dynamics, navigation, guidance, and control systems in 6DoF simulations for the Hunter UAV, Corps SAM/MEADS Strawman, THAAD, ARROW, ERINT-1, ERINT, FLAGE, and Lance missiles. Developed a blended thruster-fin autopilot that greatly improved the performance of the Corps SAM/MEADS Strawman Concept. Developed a real time autopilot design technique for use on the ERINT-1 missile that greatly reduced thruster consumption. Worked with the ARROW G&C group to develop a real time center-of-pressure position estimator also built a fusing Kalman filter based on image growth on the FPA. Supported diverse analysis and modeling efforts such as MMW RCS modeling, Seeker Acquisition modeling, Target track filter, guidance and autopilot algorithm development, covariance propagation, detailed IR Seeker FPA and gimbal modeling.

     Most Significant Technical/Management Accomplishment in the Last Five Years:Responsible for most of the flight modes associated with the P3I for BAT. Conceived the new ways to fly, simulated them, wrote the software requirements, tested the modes in HWIL, designed the flight test scenarios, executed the flight tests, and evaluated the results. As well serving as the chief designer and analyst, I served as the IPT lead coordinating the efforts of my company’s team and those outside my company. Responsible for the design and analysis of the entire MEADS Strawman missile concept. Lead the missile portion of numerous Corps SAM/MEADS Analysis Efforts. The efforts include the Red-Blue analysis, the CEC benefits analysis, the Aerostat requirement study, and the Analysis of Alternatives study. Planned the analysis, performed the analysis, documented and briefed the results.

    Commendations:

    Promoted at least twice by every employer (only time for one at Northrop)

    President’s Award from Northrop Grumman for outstanding performance in conducting the BAT P3I flight test program.

    Received letters of commendations in 1995 from Dr. Kelley Grider, Director, SS&DD for: Recognition of outstanding performance to the SS&DD area supporting the JT-UAV 6-DOF development

    Recognition of outstanding performance in support of the Corps SAM proposal evaluation

    Recognition of outstanding performance in support of Corps SAM/MEADS by James Grabney SS&DD Systems Evaluation Directorate


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