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     Date Submitted:05-01-2012
     Last Modified:05-01-2012 (05:10)
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     Current job:Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:US only
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSystems Engineer, Aerospace Engineering, Systems Architecture Design, Research Product Development, Proficient in MATLAB, FORTRAN


    Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center, Ames, IA, 2010-Current

    Graduate Research Assistant: Systems Engineer

    • Innovated, analyzed, and proposed a Hypervelocity Nuclear Interceptor System (HNIS) to disrupt near-Earth objects

    • Arranged and directed an Asteroid Mission Design Software Toolbox (AMiDST) to connect research areas of ADRC with reliable, professional commercial software

    • Developed, authored, and presented an Earth-impact probability computation tool to assess disrupted asteroid fragments via high-energy disruption/fragmentation mission techniques

    • Supported the formation of a hydrocode to study effects of high-energy deflection/disruption impacts under smoothed-particle-hydrodynamics theory

    • Conducted simulations of asteroid interceptors using various guidance, navigation, and control schemes

    Iowa State University Asteroid Deflection Research Center, Ames, IA, 2009-2010 Undergraduate Research Assistant: Systems Engineer

    • Adopted and researched an Interplanetary Ballistic Missile (IPBM) System architecture design for near-Earth objects

    • Developed and created a versatile, integrated space vehicle exceeding technical parameters and a preliminary configuration of the IPBM systems using SolidWorks

    • Authored an International Astronautical Congress white paper of the IPBM system and integrated space vehicle

    Emerson Process Management Fisher Controls LLC, Marshalltown, IA, June-December 2008 Co-op: Project Leader

    • Managed and coordinated vendor’s quotes, acquisition requests, and purchase orders for heat-treating furnace control systems project

    • Designed, tested, and integrated Load Entry Software with SuperDATA and SD Recorder

    • Attended weekly engineering meetings to discuss project progress and wrote operation manuals


    M.E. Aerospace Engineering, Graduation Expected: Spring 2012 Iowa State University, Ames, IA GPA 3.84/4.00

    Advisor: Dr. Bong Wie

    Related Coursework: Guidance and Navigation of Space Vehicles, Random Signal Analysis and Kalman Filtering, Orbital Mechanics, Automatic Control of Flight Vehicles, Computational Fluid Dynamics, High Performance Computing, Numerical Analysis, Design of Aerospace and Spacecraft Systems, Modern Design Methodology with Aerospace Applications, Astrodynamics II, Linear Algebra, Advanced Flight Structures, and Aerospace Vehicle Propulsion.

    B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Graduation: Spring 2010 Iowa State University, Ames, IA GPA 3.43/4.00 Senior Project: Delivery of Nuclear Penetrator to Disrupt Probable Earth-Impacting Bodies


    Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ames, IA August 2010-May 2011 Teacher Assistant

    • Led sessions for Flight Dynamics and Controls (August-December 2010)

    • Led recitation sections for Numerical Methods in Linux lab (January-May 2011)

    • Manage Class Website using HTML and Tortoise SVN (January-May 2011) Iowa State University Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ames, IA August 2009-May 2010 Senior Design Group: Asteroid Deflection Team, Project Leader

    • Designed and created a spacecraft to deliver a nuclear penetrator to a threatening asteroid

    • Authored and presented a final report of the mission design and spacecraft configuration

    • Led weekly meetings to discuss project progress and individual reports Iowa State University

    Department of Aerospace Engineering, Ames, IA August 2007-May 2009 Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous Project, Systems Engineer

    • Designed and created a spacecraft to a near-Earth asteroid

    • Explored various subsystems and used SolidWorks for preliminary spacecraft configuration

    • Conducted weekly preliminary design reviews including progress updates

    AIAA Agricultural Unmanned Aircraft System Competition Project, Controls Analyst

    • Developed multi-input, multi-output lead-lag control calculating stability derivatives using SIMULINK

    • Devised and tested control system within project budget and design constraints

    • Presented project at AIAA Region V Technical Conference

    Iowa State University College of Engineering, Ames, IA 2007-2008

    • American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Member (2007-Current)

    • Lockheed Martin S.T.A.R.S. Leadership Institute Workshop (March 2008)

    • Engineering Ambassador for Engineers Week/Career Fair (2007-2008) International

    Experience: Study abroad experience in London, England (May 2007)


    Pitz, A., “Earth-Impact Probability Computation of Disrupted Asteroid Fragments Using GMAT/STK/CODES.” Guidance, Control, and Astrodynamics Seminar Series, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, September 8, 2011.

    Pitz, A., Kaplinger, B., and Wie, B., “A Hypervelocity Nuclear Interceptor System (HNIS) for Optimal Disruption of Near-Earth Objects.” AAS-2012-XXX, AAS/AIAA Space Flight Mechanics Meeting, Charleston, SC, January 29 - February 1, 2012. (To Be Presented)

    Pitz, A., Teubert, C., and Wie, B., “Earth-Impact Probability Computation of Disrupted Asteroid Fragments Using GMAT/STK/CODES.” AAS-2011-0408, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Girdwood, AK, August 1-4, 2011.

    Hawkins, M., Pitz, A., Wie, B., and Gil-Fernandez, J., “Terminal-Phase Guidance and Control Analysis of Asteroid Interceptors.” AIAA-2010-8348, AAS/AIAA Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, Toronto, Canada, August 2-5, 2010.

    Wagner, S., Pitz, A., Zimmerman. D., and Wie, B., “Interplanetary Ballistic Missile System Architecture Design for Threatening Near-Earth Objects.” IAC-09.D1.1.1, International Astrodynamics Conference, Daejeon, Korea, October 12-16, 2009.


    Dean’s List for the College of Engineering (2006-2008) President's Education Awards Program for Outstanding Academic Excellence (2005) National Technology Achievement Award (2005) National Honor Society Member (2003-2004) Who's Who in American High School Students (2003-2004)


    Proficient in FORTRAN, C#, MATLAB, SIMULINK, STK, GMAT, CODES, UNIX, Windows, Microsoft Office Products, Internet research, High Performance Computing, LaTeX, TecPlot, and SolidWorks

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