• 20+ years of Mechanical Systems Engineering and Project Engineering experience.
• Expertise in large complex systems integration and aerospace hardware development and test.
• Vast direct experience developing NASA and DoD spacecraft and EELV Launch Vehicle programs.
• Integrated international commercial spacecraft with Russian Proton Launch Vehicle
• Proven history of superb customer satisfaction and successful team leadership.
Master of Science and Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering 1991 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA
Project Engineer The Aerospace Corporation, Chantilly VA 2006 - present
• Provide technical advisement to the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Space launch (OSL) Systems Engineering, Advanced Programs and Launch Management Divisions, maximizing their effectiveness in key decisions.
• Held accountable as the Aerospace Mission Integrator of primary and secondary spacecraft with their launch vehicle.
• Form and lead teams of diversely skilled engineers, guiding invaluable technical changes to contractor spacecraft and rideshare designs and development and testing protocols to ensure technical requirements are satisfied.
• Develop and maintain trusted relationships with the spacecraft provider, the United Launch Alliance (ULA) launch vehicle provider, and the support contractors, working as a team to resolve technical interface issues.
• Co-lead the development of auxiliary spacecraft host capabilities and independently assess small payload rideshare design concepts and analyses for the next-generation small payload rideshare systems and facilitate successful launch of first DoD rideshare mission, with greater than $50 M cost savings over original budgets.
• Establish and implement the OSL risk management process. Write the OSL Systems Engineering Management Plan.
• Work with the DoD and technical Subject Matter Experts on tailoring military standards, identifying requirements and developing verification processes and mission assurance profiles for new imaging spacecraft program.
• Lead team in mapping mission assurance and military environmental testing standards to spacecraft program requirements and verified how these requirements are satisfied. Earned performance recognition bonus due to high customer satisfaction with the product.
• Independently verify satisfaction of all contractual interface requirements to promote mission success and report status to the customer and management.
• Close and track action items, confirm appropriate requirements verification allocations and methods, and use my technical expertise to improve program technical documents for significant successful spacecraft milestone events.
Spacecraft Integration Manager International Launch Service (ILS), Lockheed Martin Corp. 2004 - 2006
• Provided technical and program management support from launch services contract award, to spacecraft integration at the Baikonur Cosmodrome launch site, through launch and post-launch closeout, for three international customers.
• Developed trusted relationships and worked with multinational team members, through language interpreters, to coordinate all interface issues and launch preparation activities in design reviews and operations during the launch campaign, as the technical point of contact for the mission.
• Wrote and obtained four-party signature approval of the contractual spacecraft to launch vehicle Interface Control Document (ICD) between the Russian Proton launch vehicle and the French EADS Astrium commercial communications spacecraft and verified all ICD requirements were satisfied for launch.
• Delivered orbital parameter updates from the Proton launch vehicle to the spacecraft customer from liftoff through spacecraft separation for 3 launches, to allow the spacecraft to be acquired and initiate operations.
• Worked with document control and the licensing department to ensure International Traffic and Arms Regulation (ITAR) technical data and FTC-controlled data was appropriately marked, processed, and exported.
Integration and Test Engineer Harris Corporation, Palm Bay FL 2003 - 2004
• Led manufacturing, test and delivery of electronic circuit card assemblies for an onboard communications system for a national defense satellite that remains in use today.
• Authored program test plans, environmental and functional test procedures and reports, circuit card assembly and rework procedures and fiber optic process documents to ensure hardware was built, tested and delivered to meet program technical requirements and schedule.
Systems Engineer Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) 2002 – 2003
Cape Canaveral FL (short-term contract)
• Applied corporate and Air Force systems engineering management processes and military standards to USAF spacecraft processing and launch facility projects to ensure facilities were ready to support launch operations.
• Conducted launch facility design trade studies, briefed results and obtained management approval to proceed with recommended solutions.
• Performed System Requirements Analyses and conducted System Requirements Reviews to provide verifiable requirements that comprehensively cover all needs and confirmed requirements were satisfied.
Mechanical Systems Engineer The Boeing Company, EELV Delta IV Launch System 1997 - 2002
Launch Operations Engineer Huntington Beach CA and Cape Canaveral FL
• Envisioned and implemented 20 launch pad access Ground Support Equipment (GSE) items, from concept to full operations. Most of these items are still being used today at Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS).
• Established verifiable requirements, authored procurement specifications and a Statement of Work, developed and distributed Request for Proposal, evaluated proposals, and selected the first-generation portable clean shelter still used today to protect the spacecraft from contamination during on-pad spacecraft access at VAFB and CCAFS. Managed design, fabrication, assembly and test the portable clean shelter, verified that it delivered Class 5000 clean air.
• Made sound technical decisions on system interfaces, new hardware systems designs, and resolutions to existing hardware problems for Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) Delta IV Ground and Launch Systems Operations.
• Authored detailed operations procedures for pre-launch payload and launch vehicle access and launch tower configuration. Directed the performance of these procedures at the launch pad.
• Led and managed all second-shift mechanical vehicle processing operations at the launch pad, including coordinating personnel and hardware, writing procedures and directing technicians.
• Implemented on-the-spot solutions to pre-launch vehicle flight hardware anomalies in the field.
• Earned Boeing Achievement Award for formally presenting new launch support facilities and on-pad spacecraft access systems to the spacecraft customer at VAFB.
• Conducted trade studies and design optimization studies and developed launch operation plans that were used in successfully establishing new launch vehicle and payload processing facilities for the EELV Delta IV launch system.
Instrument Integration Engineer NASA/The Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1988 - 1997
Launch Vehicle Integration Engineer Pasadena CA
• Managed technical interface and the ICD between the Cassini spacecraft and two science instrument suppliers, one domestic and one German. Both instruments are collecting invaluable science data today.
• Verified both science instruments met all operational parameters and spacecraft requirements for safety, operating temperature, use of consumables, material compatibility, thermal protection, and micrometeoroid protection and acceptance inspection and formally presented the science instruments as "ready to fly".
• Wrote test procedures and sent commands to the science instruments from console during spacecraft system level testing and resolved testing anomalies.
• Designed, fabricated, assembled and functionally tested spacecraft/launch vehicle separation mechanical hardware and formally delivered them to the Cassini program for successful installation and operation.
• Represented a range of engineering disciplines pertaining to the integration of the Mars Pathfinder spacecraft with the Boeing Delta II launch vehicle.
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