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     Date Submitted:07-06-2012
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     Current job:Systems/Software Design Specialist
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsRobotic simulation specialist
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    Curriculum Vitae
    SYSTEMS/SOFTWARE DESIGN SPECIALIST
    Robot Controls, Simulations and Operations Analysis


    INTRODUCTION

    I am a Canadian citizen, born in Ottawa Ontario, Dec 13, 1957. I have been happily married for 18 years. I have been working in the Aerospace industry for 32 years.

    I have experience with most computer languages and platforms (see Skills section).

    I recently worked for EPSON as a machine vision systems designer. I worked with requirements, design and software quality assurance for the Smart Assembly vision system.

    Before EPSON I worked for SPAR, now MD Robotics for 22 years. I worked on the NGC program where I developed the contact models and created a kinematic simulation of blanket handling and wire cutting tasks. I have worked on the Canadian Space Station Program for more than half of the time I have been with MDR. I have worked in I&T, Logistics, Systems, Controls and Simulations, and Operations.

    I have done requirements definition, detailed design and software development and integration. I was team leader of the Operations group for more than 10 years. I was considered the company expert regarding SSRMS operations. I have written software that is currently in use on the International Spaces Station.

    My lifelong hobby is computer animation. I brought my animation skills to MDR and produced high quality animation of robotic and satellite operations in support of FEOTB and Space Station. Approx 20 percent of my time at MDR was spent doing 3D modeling and animation. For more than 15 years, every proposal was accompanied by one of my animations. I am the Company expert using IGRIP (Envision), Enigma (NASA Software), 3D Studio, Lightwave and OpenSceneGraph. I produced over 200 short movies, some of exceptional quality using Lightwave for extremely photo-realistic visualization. Most of my animations were of robot operations both in space and terrestrial.

    I also have Web Development experience ASP.NET with C++ and Oracle on the back end. I worked on upgrades to Jeeves, an internal RDMS that tracks program assets.

    I have experience in the Nuclear industry (Ontario Power Generation) Calandria Reactor Refurbishment. I automated the path planning process and was able to show robot trajectories to access over 600 locations inside the reactor.

    My first job was with SED Systems in Saskatoon. I worked on projects involving Shuttle and Satellite borne space instruments. My job required a strong Physics background along with extensive programming skills.

    The last year I worked for SED, I transferred to Ottawa and became a member of the WINDII Advanced Study Phase (WASP) Tiger Team. Working with SPAR, CAL, AIT and NRC. We established requirements and preliminary design of the Wind Doppler Imaging Interferometer. SPAR (now MDR), hired me as they were intimately familiar with the quality of my work and my desire for excellence.

    I graduated with an honors degree in Physics (Cum Laude) from the University of Ottawa. My areas of interest in university were High Energy Physics and Relativity. My non-science elective was Psychology.
    I developed a very strong computer programming skill set while in University.

    I am currently seeking full time permanent employment, however, I would consider contract work.

    WORK EXPERIENCE – Most recent first


    2012 – 2013 EPSON Corporation, EDGE Division
    Position: Machine Vision System Designer

    PROJECT: SA – Smart Assembly Program

    Working as part of a cross-disciplined team, I created and maintained requirements and design specifications for the Smart Assembly Vision System. Planned, coordinated, setup, and executed system tests. Documented software problems/issues using problem reporting system. Developed system validation and analysis including writing the Acceptance Test Procedure. Coordinated system performance evaluation activities. Provided inputs to project planning/status presentations. Gave lunchtime forum to staff of 70 on the topic Apple Development.

    1989 – 2012 MDA Corporation, Space Missions
    Position: Sr. Member Technical Staff

    PROJECT: NGC - Next Generation Canadarm

    Created contact models and software for NGC program. My innovative approach included development of tools to streamline the contact modeling process. For example, my SOR (Surface of Revolution Tool) makes it possible to create Peg-in-Hole contact model in one tenth of the time it used to take. I also created a kinematic simulation of wire cutting and blanket removal tasks. An operator would use this simulator to rehearse peeling back/reinstalling a thermal blanket as well as cutting and safely storing a section of wire.

    PROJECT: SPOTS Developer

    SPOTS is the Space Station dynamic simulator. Duties included encapusulation of flight software for testing inside SPOTS prior to upload to orbit. Developed visualization susbsystem. Coordinated software releases for uplink to orbit (SSRMS and SPDM). SPOTS was written using a combination of Java, FORTRAN and C.

    PROJECT: ExoMars Rover

    ExoMars is a European-led space exploration mission, currently under development by the European Space Agency (ESA), that will send a robotic rover to the surface of Mars. Developed ground station (with GUI) for command and control of prototype Mars rover. Added vision based path planning system for autonomous operations. (i386 linux, GUI based on QT)

    PROJECT: Ontario Power Generation Calandria Reactor Refurbishment

    Developed custom software for robot path planning. Developed 3D model of Calandria Reactor suitable for analysis of manipulator repair and inspection operations. Conducted reach and clearance studies for more than 600 locations within the reactor. Developed innovative tools to optimize analysis and automate both the path planning process and the creation of project documentation. (IGRIP and Lightwave).

    PROJECT: International Space Station - Commercial Orbital Transportation System

    Partnered with Kistler Aerospace which is developing a payload launch and cargo ferrying vehicle based on its K-1 rocket. Developed custom software to determine vehicle approach corridor to Space Station. Determined SSRMS solution and capture box dimensions for capture/berthing of spacecraft to various locations on Space Station. Capture box analysis produced location and dimensions (inner, middle, outer) for tracking, capture, deceleration, alignment and berthing of vehicle to Space Station.

    PROJECT: Hubble Telescope Repair Mission

    Developed custom path planning software. Created 3D models and conducted analysis of Hubble Space Telescope, Servicing Satellite and proposed Manipulator systems for rendezvous, capture and repair of the HST. Conducted analysis of on-orbit operations including reach and viewing analysis. Created animation of both ground test and on-orbit repair operations.

    PROJECT: Canadian Space Station Program

    Developed custom path planning and simulation software (IGRIP). Created 3D models and conducted operational analysis of the EOTP (Enhanced ORU tool platform) project, an upgrade to the SPDM. Provided feedback into the design process. Performed Launch Deployment Analysis for the Mobile Remote Servicer and manipulator systems. Developed the Robotic and Mission Planning System and visualization sub-systems. Developed real-time and non real-time simulators. (Digital VAX). Expert level redundant manipulator trajectory planning (SSRMS and SPDM).

    PROJECT: Ground Test Program for Canadian Space Agency

    Software maintenance and upgrade of the SPDM GT1 - a ground based hardware training simulator. Worked with both Canadian and American astronauts to perform Cooper-Harper evaluation of the system with man-in-the-loop. Demonstrated the robotic systems to visitors. (Sun Solaris)

    PROJECT: Light Duty Utility Arm for Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory.

    LDUA is a snake type manipulator system for inspection of nuclear waste tanks. Conducted system and software upgrades and onsite system installation and testing. I developed the kinematic model for off-line path planning of manipulator trajectories. (Silicon Graphics Irix).

    Other projects include: Aircraft de-icing, communications link simulator, SARAH, Orbital Express, Zero-g simulator, animatronics ( life size T-Rex dinosaur for theme park) , and trajectory planning tools for redundant manipulator space systems.

    1979 – 1989 SED Systems Inc.
    Position: Systems Engineer

    Development of: Proposals • Schedules • System and Software Requirements • System and Software Design/Specifications • Software Users Guides • Test Plans and Procedures • Analytic Model Descriptions • Image Processing • Computer Simulations of mechanical systems, thermal systems, optical systems and electrical systems • Sensitivity and Error Analysis.

    PROJECT: Canadian Space Station Program

    Developed requirements for integration and testing on the Canadian Space Station Program. Established the ISS Logistics Program including requirements for Logistics Support Analysis Record system. I presented the Canadian Logistics Program to 750 Nasa Scientists at Kennedy Space Flight Center. Developed support equipment design and process requirements. I created 3D models of the Canadian robotic components for the Space Station including Mobile Servicing System, Space Station Remote Manipulator System, Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator and the International Space Station.

    PROJECT: Wind Doppler Imaging Interferometer.

    Member of team responsible for requirements analysis and preliminary design, worked closely with CAL, AIT and NRCC personnel.

    PROJECT: Suprathermal and Energetic ION Mass Spectrometer. (SMS)

    SMS was a joint Canadian/Japanese program. It was launched aboard the Japanese EXOS-D Satellite and started sending telemetry in March 89. Design/implementation of SMS GSE including DHU (Data Handling Unit) simulator. The DHU was responsible for on-board instrument command, data collection, data compression and telemetry.

    PROJECT: Wide Angle Michelson Doppler Imaging Interferometer (WAMDI) for NASA and NRC.

    This is the world’s largest Michelson Interferometer: shuttle STS-41g. Responsible for simulation, design, code, test, maintenance, and upgrade of an end-to-end computer model of the WAMDII instrument.
    Structural model of WAMDII Instrument Housing, Outer Thermal Enclosure and Inner Thermal Enclosure using ASAS finite elements structural analysis program. WAMDII software (engineering and development models) including design, implementation and test including: Source Physics • Test Data Reduction • CCD (Charged Coupled Device) Camera Controller • Mirror Position Controller • Image Processing and Display • Field Operations • Environmental testing at David Florida Lab in Ottawa


    SKILLS

    Computer Systems:
    Apple Apple IIe/Basic and Assembler, IMac, Ipad
    DEC PDP11/RT-11, DEC2-TOPS, VAX 11-750/JMS
    IBM 360/CMS, IBM 360/WYLBUR, IBM PC/PC DOS
    Linux Fedora, Ubuntu
    Windows 95, NT, XP, 7
    Silicon graphics/IRIX
    Sun/Solaris
    VMware: various virtual appliances

    Computer Languages:
    ADA, APL, AREXX, AWK, Assembler, Basic, Bourne and C shell, C, C++, C#, CLI, Fortran, GSL, Java, Javascript, Logo, Macro, Modula-II, Objective-C, Pascal, PL/1, Perl, Python, VAX DCL and VAX TPU.

    Computer Applications:
    Animation/3D: 3D Studio max, Adobe Suite, IGRIP, Envision, Lightwave, Lightnet, Ogre, OpenSceneGraph Screamernet, Enigma, MAGIC, VideoToaster
    Drafting: AutoCAD
    Finite Elements: MITAS, ASAS, NASRTAN
    GUI Builders: NetBeans, QT, TCL/TK, XDesigner
    Image Processing: Aura, Photoshop, ImageReady
    IDE: Visual Studio
    Mathtools: MatLab/MathCAD/Octave , Cangraph, Calcomp
    Project Planning: MacPlan, PS-7
    Presentation: Microsoft Powerpoint including macro development
    RealTime: VxWorks
    Spreadsheet: Multiplan, Symphony, Microsoft Excell
    Web related: Apache Web Server, Wiki Web, ASP.NET, AJAX, Oracle/SQL, CSS
    Word Processing: Geowrite, Macwrite, Script, Paper Clip, PC Write, Microsoft Word

     

    EDUCATION

    University of Ottawa, Ottawa Ontario, BSC Physics (Honors), 1980, Cum Laude
     


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