Security Clearance: TS/SCI SSBI
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA-
Master's of Science Astronautical Engineering Projected MAY 2015
Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA-
Graduate Certificate Space Systems MAR 2012
United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD-
Bachelor’s of Science Mechanical Engineering MAY 2006
California Rally Series Driving School, China Lake, CA-
2-day Stage Rally Beginners Course FEB 2012
- Learned rally organization and race timing procedures; discussed navigational techniques and note taking. Practiced cornering techniques on dirt surface.
Dirt Fish Rally School, Snoqualmie, WA-
3-day Advanced Rally Techniques Course AUG 2011
- Learned left-foot-braking and advanced steering skills, handbrake turns, braking on varying surfaces, skid control, advanced cornering skills, competition starts, introduction to co-driver pace notes, and reading terrain for vehicular control on asphalt, gravel, dirt, and mud surfaces.
National Space Security Institute, Colorado Springs, Colorado-
Advanced Orbital Mechanics JUL 2011
- Learned about orbital mechanics, classic orbital elements, and the meaning of position and velocity vectors in graduate level course. Only member of United States Navy to ever attend course.
Space 200 OCT 2010
- Discussed space policy, space acquisitions, space law, and basic orbital mechanics in graduate level course. 8-10 years of space experience required as pre-requisite for Air Force personnel. Scored 95% in course with no prior space experience.
Afloat Training Group Atlantic, Norfolk, VA-
Training Officer Course DEC 2008
- Learned management of training program, including computerized training management system. Also discussed schools’ management, requirements, and scheduling.
Surface Warfare Officer School, Newport, RI-
Division Officer Course MAR 2008
- Demonstrated tactical knowledge through shipboard simulators. Discussed capabilities of various classes of ships. Learned details and philosophy of Navy preventative maintenance system.
Intermediate Ship-handling MAR 2008
- Discussed mechanics of ship-handling. Demonstrated ability to handle ships in various close-quarters situations through use of simulator.
Center for Information Dominance Site, Norfolk, VA-
Electronic Warfare Officer JAN 2008
-Discussed intricacies of shipboard electronic warfare system, AN/SLQ-32, variants, and characteristics meaningful for attribution of radar signals.
Fleet Training Center, Norfolk, VA-
Joint Fleet Qualify Assurance Officer/Supervisor SEP 2007
- Trained to be Quality Assurance Officer. Learned details of implementing Navy’s Quality Assurance program.
May 2011 – Present: Chief of the Space Analysis Cell, Joint Functional Command Component for Space, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
- Directly supervised 5 civilians, and 18 airmen. Managed schedule and directed operations for 8 additional civilians, and 3 government contractors.
- Provided detailed technical support and analysis; maintained 22,000 object satellite catalogue; formed backbone of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) for United States Government. Directly supported safety of human space flight. Oversaw conjunction assessment analysis for both on-orbit assets and launch trajectories; protected multi-national assets. Communicated with US and foreign governmental agencies as well as commercial entities.
- Coordinated Orbital Data Requests, managed space situational awareness (SSA) information sharing requests for US government. Liaised with foreign governments, US government agencies, and multi-national corporations; protected sensitive mission data while meeting information needs of requesting agencies. Ensured compliance with international treaties, and US Department of State policy. Coordinated communications with international agencies. Oversaw information provided to outside agencies during Phobos-Grunt recovery mission and re-entry. Provided timely and poignant technical information in support of mission recovery efforts and re-entry.
- Mentored 4 sailors stationed at Joint Forces Component Command for Space (JFCC Space). Provided training and guidance to ensure that these sailors were able to meet their career milestones while stationed in non-traditional billets. Facilitated access to career enhancing opportunities.
- Coordinated Navy functions for geographically isolated wardroom including the Navy birthday celebration, tours and luncheons for 3 visiting Admirals, retirement gifts, and officer training for JFCC Space Department of the Navy Officer contingent.
August 2010 - May 2011: Plans Officer Directed Energy Branch, Joint Functional Command Component for Space, Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA
- Performed detailed analysis of laser operating specifications as well as program concept of operations in order to protect on-orbit assets. Worked closely with 15 different laser operating programs to support a variety of missions, while maintaining the safety of on-orbit assets.
- Provided input to United States Strategic Command that directly impacted future US policy regarding the development and operations of laser systems. Served in on-call status for Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC); liaised between JSpOC and laser owners/operators.
January 2009 – August 2010: Training Officer/Assistant Senior Watch Officer, USS TORTUGA (LSD 46), Sasebo, Japan
- Successfully organized complete training and recertification cycle during high tempo deployment cycle. Scheduled all training and drilling evolutions in addition to scheduling all inspections. Revitalized stagnant junior officer training program; facilitated qualification of 17 Surface Warfare Officers.
- Specially requested by Expeditionary Strike Group 7 to determine status of USS Denver (LPD 9) when high-turnover rate caused the training staff to lose track of remaining recertification requirements. Enabled USS Denver to complete training recertification; trained new training officer on intricacies of training system. Trained Expeditionary Strike Group 7 staff on intricacies of TORIS TFOM, the Navy’s program for managing shipboard training milestones.
- Managed $250,000 Temporarily Assigned Duty Travel Target (TADTAR) budget for 300 personnel. Revitalized flagging schools program; ensured training requirements were met.
- Command Duty Officer: oversaw operations of ship in-port. Trusted by Commanding Officer to handle daily and emergency operations in his absence.
- Coordinated watch-bills for 300 personnel. Ensured all personnel were appropriately qualified for positions assigned.
- Officer of the Deck for 19,000-ton warship: ensured prudent navigation, coordinated ship-handling, amphibious landing, and humanitarian assistance exercises throughout Southeast Asia.
- Combat Information Center Watch Officer: coordinated collection and analysis of intelligence and information from ship’s RADAR sensor systems; ensured effective use of ship’s weapons.
July 2009 – September 2009 Operations Officer/Senior Watch Officer, USS TORTUGA (LSD 46), Sasebo, Japan
- Temporarily served as Operations Officer as a Lieutenant Junior Grade (normally a position filled by a senior Lieutenant) in addition to other duties when billeted Operations Officer became unable to fulfill his duties due to medical reasons. Assumed responsibility for 75 person department during preparations for the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) as mandated by Congress.
- Coordinated vital aircraft support for INSURV when, 2 weeks from inspection date, previously arranged aircraft had scheduling conflict. Worked directly with Commander US Forces Japan planning office to achieve P-3 Orion aircraft support on short notice; arranged services of 1 of 13 aircraft available to support all of US Seventh Fleet.
- Led Operations Department to success during INSURV. Operations Department was the only department to score over 90% in every area inspected. Directly contributed to TORTUGA being the only ship of its class in the Navy to satisfactorily complete this Congressionally mandated inspection.
- Hand selected as Senior Watch Officer when sitting Senior Watch Officer was relieved for cause. Coordinated watch-bills for both inport and at sea operations ship wide. Determined standards for watch-standing and enforced regulations ship-wide.
July 2007 -- January 2009: Electronic Warfare Officer/Assistant Safety Officer, USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), Norfolk, VA
- Oversaw installation of the Joint Tactical Terminal for Ballistic Missile Defense system for the first ship on the East Coast. Led 8 personnel through demanding operational period and highly technical equipment installation. Directly contributed to the success of this high visibility installation. Coordinated complete refurbishment of SLQ-32 antennas, saved $100,000. Extended service life of sensitive equipment.
- Collateral Duty Assistant Safety Officer: led ship-wide preparations for the Navy’s Safety Survey, rejuvenated neglected program, and set new high marks for ship class Navy wide. Worked directly with shipyard safety personnel to ensure that no major mishaps occurred during 4 month ship’s repair availability; completed daily safety inspections. Worked directly with the Naval Safety Center to improve Safety Program. Ensured compliance with all safety standards. Passed Safety Survey in 90th percentile for ship class.
- Surface Warfare Officer qualified: Certified by Commanding Officer in knowledge requisite for ship handling as well as operating in a multi-faceted battle space.
- Engineering Officer of the Watch: trusted by Commanding Officer to oversee operations of engineering plant in both normal steaming and emergency operations. Qualified in position 1 year early.
- Officer of the Deck for 9000 ton warship: ensured prudent navigation, coordinated ship-handling, and voluntary boarding search and seizure operations throughout the Mediterranean Sea and Persian Gulf.
- Assisted Independent Duty Intelligence Specialist in collecting vital information during Voluntary Boarding Search and Seizure operations in the Persian Gulf.
September 2006 – July 2007: Main Propulsion Division Officer/Engineering Training Officer, USS RAMAGE (DDG 61), Norfolk, VA
- Took charge of Main Propulsion Division immediately after failure of major engineering inspection. Led division of 32 personnel in preparations for extensive recertification process. Oversaw maintenance of 2 main propulsion engine rooms including 4 gas turbine engines, and 3 gas turbine generators.
- Reorganized Engineering Training Program. Scheduled weekly department-wide training; ensured department met all training requirements. Cited by inspectors as best in strike group.
- Combat Information Center Watch Officer: coordinated collection and analysis of intelligence and information from ship’s RADAR sensor systems; effectively led 11 sailors in the utilization of the Aegis weapons system.
May 2006 – September 2006: Ground support equipment engineer for MIDSTAR project, United States Naval Academy Aerospace Engineering Department, Annapolis, MD
- Specially requested by Aerospace Engineering Department to design ground support equipment for MIDSTAR satellite. Designed mobile equipment that met NASA clean specification II and was capable of protecting satellite during transportation from Annapolis, MD to Kennedy Space Center.
Date: MAY 2006 Passed Fundamentals of Engineering exam
Date: MAY 2007 Combat Information Center Watch Officer
Date: FEB 2008 Officer of the Deck
Date: MAY 2008 Surface Warfare Officer
Date: NOV 2008 Engineering Officer of the Watch
Computer Skills: Perl scripting, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
Awards and Achievements:
Second place: International Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) graduate and undergraduate level composite bridge building competition.
Designed ground support equipment for MIDSTAR satellite. Facilitated successful satellite transport from Annapolis, MD to Cape Canaveral, FL. Mission was a success and met all design milestones.
United States Navy ribbons and medals: 3 Navy Achievement Medals, 3 Sea Service Ribbons, 1 Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, 1 Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, 1 Battle Efficiency Award, 1 Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, 1 Global War on Terror Service Medal, 1 National Defense Medal
Activities and Affiliations:
Sports Car Club of America JAN 12 - Present Participated in RallyCross and Solo events
California Rally Series JAN 12 - Present Learned specialized driving techniques and participated in RallyCross events.
Aikido student OCT10-JUL11.
Member of Swing Virginia JUL 07 – DEC 09 learned lindy hop, east coast, jitterbug, west coast, and Charleston.
16th Company Squad Leader (Fall 2005) Led 9 midshipmen. Oversaw training and professional development.
16th Company Assistant Adjutant (Spring 2004) Managed schedules for 120 personnel. Ensured that all duty positions were appropriately manned.
Member of United States Naval Academy (USNA) Drum and Bugle Corps (D&B) (2002-2006)
Performed for 52 Division I college football games including 4 bowl games, 48 Division I basketball games, various pep rallies, and competed in the service academy D&B competition.
D&B Supply Officer (Spring 2006)
Managed $250,000 budget for 70 people. Ensured funds were available for travel and equipment purchase.
D&B Cadre (Summer 2005) Taught basic music theory to 8 Fourth Class Midshipmen during initial indoctrination
D&B pit percussion section leader (spring 2005)
Trained and lead 9 personnel in preparation and performance of 13 musical pieces.
Head of D&B loading crew (2004-2005)
Responsible for safe loading and transportation of $100,000 in equipment.
D&B loading crew member (2002-2004)
Responsible for safe loading of $100,000 in equipment for transport.
Photography: Amateur photographer, specializing in the use of digital cameras and Photoshop.
Rally Racing: Purchased and converted a 1986 Mazda RX-7 into a NASA and SCCA rally-cross competition car.
Reading: Particularly interested in science-fiction and fantasy novels. Favorite authors include Timothy Zahn, Douglas Adams, and Peter David.
Swing Dancing: Amateur dancer, particularly interested in Lindy-hop and East Coast swing.