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     Date Submitted:28-11-2012
     Last Modified:28-11-2012 (08:03)
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     Current job:Engineer 5 / Project Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordsspacecraft guidance, Project Management, Process improvement, Flight Controller, High fidelity simulation validation, High fidelity simulation models


    Aerospace engineer experienced in integrating flight guidance, high fidelity simulation and flight operations of manned spaceflight vehicles. Project engineer with extensive experience managing aerospace analysis and software upgrade projects, PMI certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Proficient in software development, implementation and validation of high fidelity simulations. Successfully achieved positions of higher responsibility including Technical Lead Engineer, Flight Controller for Space Shuttle missions and Principal Function Manager for Deorbit guidance. Self-starter who enjoys challenges and overcoming obstacles and can work with a variety of customers.



    Deorbit Guidance Principal Function Manager

    Project Management
    Analysis/design Space Shuttle trajectory profile

    Monte Carlo analysis
    Verification of high fidelity simulation software
    Technical Writer
    Computer Languages: FORTRAN, C and python

    Applications: Microsoft Office and Project, Primavera P6, FrameMaker


    Work Experience:

    United Space Alliance: Houston, TX                    1991 - Aug 2011

    Space Shuttle Descent Design Engineer (Engineer 5 / Project Manager)

    ·         Principal Function Manager: Expert on Space Shuttle's Deorbit Integrated Guidance Navigation and Control (IGN&C) flight software. Responsible for flight software changes, implementation in simulators, supporting integrated testing, and documentation. Highly experienced with Space Shuttle Entry guidance.

    o   Implemented Apollo Entry guidance into high fidelity simulator for return to moon proof of concept

    ·         Flight Controller for 23 Space Shuttle Missions.

    o   Developed training materials to enhance controller's understanding of Deorbit/Entry flight phases.

    ·         Point of Contract for Department's high fidelity simulator: Experienced with guidance, Monte Carlo dispersion, atmosphere, mass property tracking and gravity models.

    o   Created management plan to control data for the high fidelity simulator.

    ·         Resolve technical issues for Deorbit and Entry flight phases. Subject Matter Expert for Entry Monte Carlo analysis, atmosphere generation, high fidelity simulator.

    o   Developed training procedures and materials for: Deorbit design, Monte Carlo analysis and high fidelity simulator

    ·         Project Manager: Managed teams to define requirements, develop scope and schedule, monitor and control the implementation of numerous projects.  Wrote all required documents.

    o   Upgrade the high fidelity simulator to use improved models and software language.

    o   Incorporate a Monte Carlo dispersion process  into the high fidelity simulator

    o   25 upgrades to the high fidelity simulator including new Flight Software Operational Increments

    o   Upgraded the statistical analysis tool

    o   Incorporate new Atmosphere model into high fidelity simulator.


    Rockwell Int:                         1986 - 1991

    Space Shuttle Descent Design Engineer 4/ Lead Engineer: Deorbit

    ·         Led a team of 6 engineers to optimize the Orbiter's performance, perform data analysis and produce mission products for the deorbit design phase including Department of Defense missions.

    ·         Created procedures/flowcharts for Deorbit mission products, ensured customer obtained correct data.

    ·         Developed training materials to instruct new hires in Deorbit flight phase.

    ·         Reviewed Deorbit technical analysis, presentations and documents.




    Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering & Mechanics, University of Minnesota


    Continuing Education:

            Management Training Classes

            Project Management Professional classes

            Lean 6 Sigma classes

            Orbital Mechanics

            Matlab Fundamentals

            Satellite Tool Kit


    Security Clearance:


            Active: National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI) issued from NASA, to support Space Shuttle missions

            Inactive: Secret Clearance issued from DOD to support DOD Shuttle missions



            Project Management Professional from Project Management Institute, 2012



            Employee of the Month (4): January 1994, May 1997, January 2008, 4th Quarter 2009

            Group Achievement Award (4): October 1993, January 2009, July 2009 and March 2011

                Letter of Commendation (2): October 1991 and May 1995

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