Power Systems Engineer II
Lead Power Subsystem Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Cassini Spacecraft Operations Jul 2006 – Present
Power & Pyro System (PPS) analyst
Create S/C power operational modes & write S/C commands to uplink
Develop software for analyzing telemetry and automating tasks
Manage the PPS financial budget
Took initiative to overhaul the power budget and liberate wattage for science use
Performed Systems Engineering to design power modes which operate from 2011 to 2017
PERL programming to reduce uncertainty in power forecast software by:
- Adding RWA power consumption and RTG power available inputs
- Finding and correcting numerous errors
Authored a paper and coauthored another paper (see Publications)
Thermal Vacuum Testing Intern
JPL, Environmental Testing Laboratory Jul 2005 – Jul 2006
Maintained & operated solar space simulation chambers
Experience with cryogenics, data acquisition, & machining tools
Acoustic & vibration dynamics testing
Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering, Graduation in May 2014
University of Southern California, Los Angeles 2010 – Present
Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, August 2006
California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
JPL Mariner Award (2) Mar 2012
- Supported the NASA Engineering & Safety Center (NESC) in investigating the CAssini Plasma Spectrometer (CAPS) instrument’s short circuits and the safety risk by further operating CAPS
- Provided NESC with telemetry & data analysis showing what short circuits are implied by telemetry
JPL Mariner Award (1) Aug 2009
- “For finding an extra 20 watts of power that had been misallocated in the Cassini Power report since pre-launch. This extra 20 watts will enable many extra science observations for the Cassini mission.”
- Simulated the power telemetry electronics with PSPICE to achieve higher accuracy and reveal the 20 watts available for use by science instruments
JPL Spot Award Sep 2011
- “Outstanding contributions in the diagnosis, support, and recovery of Cassini’s Bus Imbalance Anomaly & CAPS Instrument Recovery effort.”
- Extensive use of OrCAD/PSPICE simulation of the power system in determining the shorts and current leakages that fit telemetry
Cassini Spacecraft Balanced Power Bus Performance and Anomalies (In Progress)
Searches for Solar-Influenced Radioactive Decay Anomalies using Spacecraft RTGs May 2012
D. E. Krause, B.A. Rogers, E. Fischbach, J. B. Buncher, A. Ging et al
Astroparticle Physics Journal
Regaining 20 Watts for the Cassini Power System Jul 2010
Presented at AIAA International Energy Conversion Engineering
Conference (IECEC) in Nashville, TN
The Cassini Power System Performance over the Last Decade Jun 2007
G. Carr & A. Ging
Presented at AIAA IECEC in St. Louis, MO
Professional in Excel, Word, & PowerPoint
Classes taken in AutoCAD & NASTRAN
Composite Materials Experience
Astronautical Engineering, Master’s Level at USC:
Space Environment & S/C Interactions Spacecraft System Design
Statistics for Engineers
JPL Short Courses:
Verilog (FPGA/ASIC) Visual Basic for Applications
Root Cause Analysis Power Subsystem Systems Engineering
Aerospace Engineering, Bachelor’s Level at Cal Poly Pomona:
Aerodynamics & Propulsion Labs
Feedback Control Systems
Structural Analysis & Design
Aerospace Vehicle Design
Aerospace Vehicle Stability & Control
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Dynamics of Aerospace Systems
Elements of Electrical Engineering
Heat, Mass & Momentum Transfer
Materials Science & Engineering
Vector Statics & Dynamics
College Engineering Activities
Senior Vehicle Design Class Team Leader Dec 2005 – Jun 2006
Leader of team of six designing a spacecraft to meet certain RFP requirements
Presented design to industry professionals for review
Senior Project: AUVSI competition Jul 2005 – Jun 2006
Member of group building an autonomous UAV
Propulsion Team Leader Sep 2003 – Apr 2005
“Design, Build, Fly” AIAA competition
Designed & constructed R/C airplane with composite materials
Responsible for design & assembly of electronics & propulsion
Sigma Gamma Tau, National Honor Society in Aerospace Engineering
Professional Member of AIAA Mar 2004 – Present
Cal Poly AIAA Student Chapter, Treasurer Jun 2005 – Jun 2006
Cal Poly AIAA, Junior/Senior Class Representative Jun 2004 – Jun 2005
Merchandise Control Associate
The Good Guys May 2004 – Jun 2005
Processed inventory & attended to customer service concerns
Five-Star Quality Builders Sep 2002 – Mar 2004
Assisted contractor in building log homes
Ski Rental Technician & Ski/Snowboard Instructor
Mountain High Ski Resort Dec 2000 – Apr 2003
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