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     Date Submitted:19-07-2012
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     Current job:Senior Systems Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
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     KeywordsProject Management, Software Engineering, Independent Verification and Validation, Software Quality Assurance and Auditing
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    Software Engineer

    Solutions-driven Leader & Project Execution Specialist with significant experience directing the planning, analysis and full lifecycle development, implementation and integration of complex system architecture, as well as client/server and Web-based applications.

    ● Real-time Mission Critical systems designed to train Astronauts and Engineers to provide flight support during Ascent, On-orbit and Entry phase of the Shuttle and Space Station missions.

    ● Can develop real-time mission critical systems using Microsoft Visual Studio C++ under Windows XP environment.

    ● Can develop real-time mission critical applications using Cold fusion, Perl and Python under Windows XP/UNIX/Linux environment.

    ● Familiar with developing software following SEI/CMM guidelines to deliver software with high reliability.

    ● Developed and identified procedures for the group to implement SW-CMM also known as CMMI currently.

    ● Configuration items were at CMMI Level 1 at the beginning of the exercise. After implementing the procedures and guidelines Software Configuration items were at CMMI Level 3 and it took 18 months for this exercise. For the first time, at the end of this exercise all the configuration items used for the mission planning and analysis were at Level 3 and were certified. A couple of mission critical configuration items were identified as candidates for the next phase of CMMI certification. The goal was to attain CMMI Level 5 for mission critical modules.

    ● Self-motivated proactive leader with a superb technical acumen and the ability to thrive within fast-paced environments.
    ● Broad technical background driving application development to optimize the use of existing infrastructure, maximize individual productivity, and help the company reach their full technological potential.

    ● Highly successful business analyst, identifying and implementing appropriate measures assuring bottom line growth.

    ● Exceptional team-builder and motivator, cultivating a positive work environment, and promoting a spirit of teamwork & idea-sharing to maximize individual contributions and consistently exceed client expectations.

    KEY COMPETENCIES
    — Project/Program Management
    — Presentation/Proposal Development
    — SDLC Development
    — SEI & CMMI Methodologies
    — Needs Analysis
    — High-Performance Team-Building
    — Change Management
    — Risk Management/Mitigation
    — Budget Planning/Analysis
    — Cross-functional Team Management
    — CMMI Process Auditing

    Technical Skills:

    UNIX, Linux, Windows, C, C++, FORTRAN, Java, Cold-fusion, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, VB6, MS Access, Power-Builder, Python, HTML, Visual C++, Shell Scripting Languages (csh/bsh/ksh/bash)

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    LZ Technology, Houston, TX 01/2010 – 11/2011
    Senior Systems Engineer

    Worked on Command, Communications, Control and Information (C3I) prototype development to aid the communication between one space vehicle to another space vehicle. In this design the space vehicle could be replaced by another ground based computer to emulate the space vehicle. Also supported the Core Operations, Mission Planning and Analysis Spacecraft Simulation (COMPASS), a joint project of Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    (JPL), defining the processes and standards for the future Mission Control Center for the 21st century. Supported the Spacecraft Software Engineering Team (SSET) and Software Process Improvement Group in making sure the Engineering projects are ready for CMMI Maturity Level 3 (ML3) Audit and eventual certification.

    GB Tech, Houston, TX 02/2009 - 10/2009
    Principal Engineer

    Worked with Boeing Company as a Quality Assurance Engineer for all the International Space Station (ISS) software products produced by United Space Alliance. Also supported Integrated Communication Unit (ICU) product development in the Requirements Definition and Preliminary Design phase. Conducted software and process audits to make sure all NASA and
    CMMI guidelines were being followed.

    Vik Consulting, Sugar Land, TX 06/2007 – 01/2009
    Consulting company providing Project Management and Technical support on various IT projects undertaken by the company.

    UHY Advisors, Houston, TX 02/2007 – 06/2007
    Consulting company providing Tax Consultation and Tax Auditing. My role is to perform Data Analysis and Data Validation using different tools of the trade and providing a summary to help the Tax Auditors and other Tax Professionals.

    Vik Consulting, Sugar Land, TX 04/2004 – 02/2007
    Consulting company providing Project Management and Technical support on various IT projects undertaken by the company.

    UNITED SPACE ALLIANCE, Houston, TX 01/1996–03/2004
    A Boeing/Lockheed Martin joint venture chartered to manage and conduct space operations work involving the operation and maintenance of multi-purpose space systems. Prime contractor to NASA.

    Computer Scientist V (07/99 – 03/04)
    Led a high-performance team of four developers (C, C++, FORTRAN), and system engineers in the development and maintenance of the Trajectory and Vehicle Ephemeris Transfer Systems (TVETS) module of the Trajectory Operations Software (TOPO) tool supporting International Space Station (ISS) flights. Dotted-line control over support teams utilizing Software Engineering Institute and Capability Maturity Model procedures and guidelines.
    Key Accomplishments:
    * As primary liaison between IT and Consolidated Control Center (CCC) users, facilitated the smooth deployment of all system releases, effectively managing user expectations and achieving very high satisfaction ratings.
    * Developed powerful and effective program modules allowing real-time flight support with two-second display results following command submittal. This allows quick ISS maneuvering to avoid collision with space debris.
    * Established full software development life cycle from requirements analysis, direction, processes, and standards for new product development, version releases, system maintenance, and user acceptance.
    * Provided detailed documentation for tracking purposes.

    Project Lead (10/96 – 06/99)
    Led the Independent Verification and Testing (IVT) of mission critical legacy modules. Directed the requirements, design analysis, software code audit and testing of the De-orbit Maneuver Planning (DMP) and Orbital Maneuver Planning (OMP) modules, identified as the MOST CRITICAL modules for the success of shuttle flights.
    Key Accomplishments:
    * Successfully executed 108 test cases for DMP module from three STS flights with different inclination for results analysis. Result discrepancies were noted and recommended changes to NASA for future implementation.
    * Effectively executed 30 test cases for OMP module from three STS flights. Recommended OMP program redesign to eliminate obsolete maneuvers. NASA accepted the commendation and OMP was redesigned and redeployed for the shuttle flight in summer 2005.

    UNISYS CORPORATION, Houston, TX 02/1986 – 09/1996
    A worldwide information technology consulting services and solutions company.
    Group Lead (10/94 – 09/96)
    Directed the Spacecraft Proximity Operations Real Time Simulator (SPORTS) project, a realtime trainer working under SGI OS 5.2 environment with Motif/X-Windows interface on the Silicon Graphics workstation in the Prox-ops laboratory. This software is used to emulate the Man-in-the-Loop (MIL) interface during the flight.
    Key Accomplishments:
    * Designed as a client/server setup enabling users to change the program configuration in realtime to achieve the desired maneuver. This tool has become very popular among the astronauts and engineers supporting STS missions as it allows skill perfection and execution of commands mirroring real-time on-board Shuttle computer use.
    * Effectively streamlined the software and brought under Software Configuration Management Control for the first time in its history.
    Group Lead (10/93 – 09/94)
    Directed the Rendezvous Operations Software Support (ROSS) project to incorporate processing of payload parameters in ROSS applications to support STS-63 and STS-71 missions.
    Key Accomplishments:
    * Successfully implemented the software changes (consisting of 23 modules written in C/C++) after user concurrence. Software was placed under Software Configuration Management Control for the first time in its history to support the two rendezvous missions on time and within budget.
    * Included modules to perform Quality Assurance Analysis to aid engineers in performing analysis in real time during flights.
    Additional Roles (02/86 – 09/93)
    - Lead Engineer and Project Manager for Ascent/Entry Trainer on MIPS hardware. (01/92 – 09/93)
    - Group Manager for Ground Navigation Division. (10/88 – 12/91)
    - Lead Engineer for Post-Flight Software. (02/86 – 09/88)

    TRW DEFENSE AND SPACE SYSTEMS, Houston, TX 1979 - 1986
    Technical Staff Member
    Developed Operation Project Shuttle Bench program to analyze and compare the trajectory computations on the Shuttle onboard computer. Played a major role in migrating from Mainframe to Unix-based workstations.

    EDUCATION
    UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON, Houston, TX
    MS in Electrical Engineering
    Other Training: Management Institute trained, trained in CMMI and SEI methodology (1993),Auditor (2009)


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