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     Date Submitted:28-08-2012
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     Current job:Senior Space Systems Engineering & Management Executive
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     Keywordssenior-level manager, flight-operations
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    Senior Space Systems Engineering & Management Executive

    Proven Solution Provider for space systems, experience includes LEOs, GEOs, military, commercial, and scientific satellites, launch vehicles, including their ground systems, flight systems, and the organizations that build and operate them.

    Astute senior-level management executive with core competencies in P&L and financial management, business development, organizational development, acquisitions, venture capital relations, operations, and staff development, motivation and leadership.

    Successful Entrepreneur behind two successful high-tech automation companies that generated millions of dollars, were acquired by large public corporations, and provided a return on investment to investors and shareholders.

    Change Agent who blends theoretical perspective with practical grounding and zeal for commercialization of revolutionizing space technologies.

    Pioneer in the application of advanced automation software technology to make spacecraft and launch vehicle operations more reliable and cost effective.

    Advocate for the development and use of industry standards in both the civilian and military space communities.

     

    Purpose-driven career

    • Start-up and launch of three enterprising advanced technology corporations focused on better methodologies and systems for space mission operations.
    • Artificial Intelligence R&D at Lockheed’s Palo Alto Research Lab
    • Hubble Space Telescope systems engineering/operations at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Valkeir Corporation– 2002 to Present

    President

    Space operations and automation systems and consulting.

    Altair Aerospace Corporation– 1991 to 2002
     

    President

    Founded privately held technology company focused on automated spacecraft telemetry analysis. Negotiated license agreement for expert system application developed at Talarian as well as a hardware lease agreement. Managed P&L and finance, revenues, government receivables and cash flow.

    • Led development of the Altair Mission Control System, an advanced object-oriented control system software based upon a proprietary software engine.
    • Built a team and provided vision and leadership to the Space Mission Control System commercial product development. Transitioned from rule-based expert system to a Finite State Model using abstract software models. Built system scalable to control and monitor simple embedded devices, or complex distributed systems such as communication or computer networks.
    • Won a contract to build Conestoga Launch Control System. Altair Mission Control System was the foundation for the Conestoga Launch Control System and is widely considered the most advanced and highly automated launch control system every fielded.
    • Won a long-term contract with Boeing to provide software and services for its Delta 4 family of launchers.
    • Informally awarded $20 million contract for a satellite mission control center for Teledesic, a company formed to build a commercial broadband satellite constellation for Internet services.
    • Acquired by Aeroflex Inc., a public corporation in 2000.

     

    Talarian Corporation– 1989 to 1991

    Vice President of Operations

    Co-Founder of venture capital-funded company to commercialize expert system tool designed and developed to support Hubble Space Telescope mission operations while at Lockheed Missiles & Space. Negotiated licensing and royalty agreement with Lockheed.

    • Developed service offerings for the government’s space programs; led new business development and secured government service contracts from NASA.
    • Together with CFO, managed P&L and finance, revenues, government receivables and cash flow, and functioned as COO.
    • Developed requirements for the flagship product line, RTworks, a set of powerful tools designed to acquire data, distribute data through a network of workstations, process that data through a real-time inference engine, and then present the data to the user through a sophisticated graphical user interface. Application evolved to become a standard for real-time data distribution over the Internet and is used primarily by financial trading systems.
    • Grew start-up to $1 million breakeven revenues in 18 months.
    • TIBCO Software Inc. acquired Talarian Corporation in 2002 in a stock and cash transaction valued at approximately $115 million.

    Lockheed Missiles & Space Company– 1983 to 1988
    Hubble Space Telescope Mission Operations Control Center, Goddard Space Flight Center

    Senior Research Engineer

    Joined company as Hubble Space Telescope’s onboard data management systems engineer. Spearheaded solutions for a series of operational issues and pioneered development of a state-of-the-art Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution to accelerate analysis of telemetry data.

    • Identified a design flaw in Hubble's flight software architecture and led effort to resign, test and integrate a solution prior to launch.
    • Performed the first ever end-to-end analysis of the capacity of the combined flight-ground systems (including the TDRSS and NASA GSTN network) to uplink the required OBC command loads and downlink the science data and discovered critical shortcomings. He devised a new a totally new operational concept for Hubble that permitted full mission accomplishment without impacting the baseline on-board system or space and ground network design.
    • Functioned as Project Manager and Chief Architect for integrating a distributed network of high performance, real-time expert systems into the Hubble Space Telescope Mission Operations Control Center.
    • Independently researched, designed and developed an AI-based solution capable of analyzing and interpreting complex telemetry data. Identified expert system tools developed by Lockheed Research Laboratory in Palo Alto and won approval to install at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center for research and development purposes.
    • Personally built an application capable of analyzing and interpreting Hubble Space Telescope’s telemetry data in 1-2 minutes versus 45 minutes required by analysts.
    • While participating in Lockheed’s inaugural Artificial Intelligence Residency Program in Palo Alto, initiated the launch of an in-house project to create a distributed network for the real-time expert system tool for telemetry analysis.

    Westinghouse Electric Company– 1981 to 1983
    Defense and Electronics Center, Space Division

    Engineer

    Responsible for the integration of mission sensors on Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) spacecraft including sensors for measuring plasma particles and fields, remote atmospheric sensors for infrared and microwave spectra, and microwave imaging.

    • Authored Interface Control Documents (ICDs) between sensor packages and spacecraft
    • Designed and executed a series of automated tests at spacecraft manufacturer's facility (RCA Astro Electronics)

    U.S. Navy (1973 to 1986)/ U.S. Naval Reserve(1986 to 1996)

    Served 23 years in the US Navy and Naval Reserve with 7 years active duty and 16 years in reserve duty.  Service included 13 years as a pilot and 10 years in the Naval Reserve Space Program.

     

    Naval Space Command

    • Executive Officer
    • Served on the Navy Management team responsible for certifying on-orbit operational readiness of UHF Communication Satellites.
    • Represented Navy on DOD-wide Space Automation Working Group

    Naval Aviator (pilot)

    • Aircraft/Mission Commander of strategic communications aircraft/airborne system.
    • Maintenance Branch Officer responsible for 110 electronic technicians.

    EDUCATION

    MS, Space Technology, Johns Hopkins University, 1984

    Residency, Lockheed Artificial Intelligence Center, 1988

    BA, Liberal Arts, St. John’s College,  Annapolis, Maryland 1973

    Renowned for its four-year interdisciplinary liberal arts program designed to cultivate habits of mind: a deepened capacity for reflective thought, an appreciation of the persisting questions of human existence, an abiding love of serious conversation, and a lasting love of inquiry.


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