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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:10-12-2012
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     Current job:Adjunct Professor
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Operators
     KeywordsSpace Observatory Operations
    CV

    Education
    Ph. D. Physics, 1981, Arizona State University
    M. S. Physics, 1977, Arizona State University
    B. S. Astronomy, 1974, California Institute of Technology

    Employment History
    • Adjunct Professor at Azusa Pacific University (2012 - )
    Responsible for teaching PHYS 140 - Introduction to Astronomy (Lab).

    • Deputy Team Lead, Spitzer Observatory Planning and Scheduling Team (2002 - 2012)
    Lead team in absence of Team Lead. Call, plan and run weekly Team Meetings on behalf of Team Lead.
    Maintain and circulate Baseline Instrument Campaign with direction from Observer Support and the Director’s Office.
    Maintain Personnel Assignment list, describing who works on which Nominal Week in OPST.
    Maintain status board outside my office (KS 368).
    Recently taken on Plan Window generation and maintenance, along with administration of priority scheme for scheduling.
    I personally worked on two Target of Opportunity observations (with other team members).
    I was responsible for scheduling Spitzer Nominal Operations Week 1.
    I continue to build about every fourth operational week.

    • SIRTF Uplink Engineer (1999 - 2012)
    Working on the development of the uplink system for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF).
    Deputy Lead for the Integrated Mission Planning and Scheduling Team (IMPST).
    Accomplishments include: Edited or wrote all of the IMPST procedures, gathered revisions for Flight Ground ICD and Flight Rules, wrote and presented at several Project Level reviews, developed and presented Real Time Commanding process and Target of Opportunity process, devised and wrote first design for Slave Termination Block, worked on IOC sequencing strategy, assisted with recent MIPS Brutus system test.

    • Cassini Sequence Virtual Team Lead (1996 – 1999)
    Responsible for coordinating inputs from spacecraft and instrument engineers into a coherent integrated sequence for uplink to the Cassini Spacecraft at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
    Also devised Training Plan and certification process for Cassini Uplink Operations.

    • Project Scientist (1994 – 1996)
    Provided overall scientific guidance to the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) division responsible for implementing science observations with the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).
    Helped plan first Hubble Deep Field campaign by evaluating planning advantages of candidate fields.

    • Science Planning and Scheduling Lead (1991 – 1994)
    Managed daily work in section responsible for building schedules for the HST.
    Directly supervised 20 employees, did performance reviews, interviews, and hiring for the section.

    • Operations Astronomer (1985 – 1994)
    Worked in the Planning and Scheduling System at STScI.
    Responsible for loading observing proposals into a database, then ensuring their integrity with respect to operational constraints.
    Planned guide star usage, and built calendar files to optimally schedule the telescope.
    Personally took part in HST Orbital Verification and Science Verification tests.

    • HST Systems Analyst (1983 – 1985)
    Member of the Calibration Software group for HST.
    Wrote preliminary software requirements document for the calibration database software system.
    Personally assisted with calibration requirements for the Wide Field – Planetary Camera and Fine Guidance sensors aboard HST.

    Publications
    In 2006, I submitted a Spitzer DDT proposal, which was rejected, but later included in a GTO proposal to study a dark cloud called VIRGO-H21 “The Hubble Deep Field: Observations, Data Reduction, and Galaxy Photometry,” 1996, A.J., 112, 1335 (with R. E. Williams, et. al.)
    “A Catalog of Stellar Velocity Dispersions II. 1994 Update”, 1994, Ap. J. Supp., 100, 105.
    “New Observations and a Photographic Atlas of Polar Ring Galaxies,” 1990, A.J., 100, 1489.
    “The Shape of the Dark Halo in Polar Ring Galaxies”, 1987, Ap. J., 314, 439. (with B. Whitmore and F. Schweizer)
    “AM2020-5050 - An Elliptical Galaxy with an Outer Ring”, 1986, in Structure and Dynamics of Elliptical Galaxies, IAU Symposium No. 127 (Reidel, Dordrecht), 413. (with B. Whitmore and F. Schweizer)
    “A Catalog of Stellar Velocity Dispersions I. Compilation and Standard Galaxies,” 1985, Ap. J. Supp., 59, 1. (with B. Whitmore and J. Tonry).
    “The Initial Mass Function for Massive Stars in the Galaxy and the Magellanic Clouds,” 1984, Ap. J., 284, 565. (with R. M. Humphreys)
    “Dynamics of the Stellar Component of the Bulge of M31,” 1983, Ap. J., 270, 485.
    “UBVRI Photometric Sequences for M83 and NGC 5128,” 1982, PASP, 94, 828. (with R. M. Humphreys)
    “TiO Band Strengths in Metal-Rich Globular Clusters II.,” 1979, Ap. J., 228, 423 (with J. R. Mould and D. Stuttman)
    “TiO Band Strengths in Metal-Rich Globular Clusters,” 1978, Ap. J., 221, 580 (with J. R. Mould)
    “Old Disk Subdwarfs,” Ap. J., 220, 925. (with J. R. Mould)

    Telescope and Computer Experience
    • Telescopes: KPNO: 4m, 2.1m, 1.3m, 0.9m, CTIO: 4m, 1.5m, Palomar: 200-in, 60-in, Las Campanas: 2.5m, Mt. Lemmon: 60-in (U. Minn), VLA: “B” configuration
    • Computers: IBM PC, Sun Workstations, DEC VAX (8600 and 11/780), VAXstation 3600, IDM 500 and SYBASE database machines, CDC CYBER 6000 series, CDC 6400, Cray 16, IBM 360/158
    • Languages/systems/software: SQL, All MS Windows OS, All MS Office software (esp. MS Excel), Sun OS 5.8 and up, FastTrack, Unix, JPL SEQ software.

    Awards for Operational Work
    Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Stellar Award, 2011 +NASA Group Achievement Award Spitzer Science Operations Planning Team, 2010 +NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award to Spitzer Observatory Planning/ Scheduling Team, 2009 NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award to Spitzer InfraRed Spectrograph Anomaly Team, 2009 NASA Group Achievement Award Spitzer Mission Operations System Team, 2009 NASA Group Achievement Award to Spitzer Space Telescope Multi-Mission DSN Array Team, 2008 NASA Group Achievement Award to Spitzer Collaborative Operations Telescope Team, 2008 NASA Group Achievement Award to Spitzer Space Telescope Anomaly Response and Recovery Team, 2007 +NASA Group Achievement Award to Spitzer Space Telescope’s Target of Opportunity Development Team, 2006 NASA Group Achievement Award to Spitzer Space Telescope Integrated Mission Efficiency Improvement Team, 2005 *Spitzer Award for Exceptional Technical Support during the First Target of Opportunity Observation, 2005 *Spitzer Award for Successful Launch and Operation, 2003 *Spitzer Award for Science Center Development, 2001 *JPL Nova Award for work on Cassini, 1999 NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award to the Orbital Verification Implementation Team, 1991 * Individual Award + Lead or co-lead on team

    References
    Dr. William A. Mahoney Task Lead, Observatory Planning and Scheduling Team Spitzer Science Center, Caltech, Pasadena, CA
    Dr. Suzanne R. Dodd Project Manager, Spitzer Space Telescope Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Anthony Mittskus Juno Telecom Project Delivery Manager Jet Propulsion Laboratory


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