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     Date Submitted:13-12-2012
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     Current job:Lead Associate, Systems Engineering & Integration
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Consulting/Engineering Services
     Keywordssystems engineering, communications systems, tactical communications, chief engineer, satellite systems, mobile satellite services, satellite operations, product development
    CV

    Education & Certifications

    M.S. Electrical Engineering                        The George Washington University, May 2009

    B.S. Aerospace Engineering                        Massachusetts Institute of Technology, June 2004

    Project Management Professional (PMP), 2009

    Currently pursuing INCOSE Certified Systems Engineering Professional (CSEP)

     

    Clearance

    Active Top Secret

     

    Experience

    Madeline brings leadership and project management experience across the system lifecycle working with private companies and government customers, leveraging her strong technical background and over eight years experience in communications systems engineering and operations. 

     

    Booz Allen Hamilton                                                      August 2010 – present (2 years, 5 months)

    Madeline is a Lead Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, focused on the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) market. She recently left the position of Chief Engineer for the Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) Program Management Office (PMO), performing technical management and oversight for system development and sustainment, and leading and supporting program and acquisition activities. She was also the Booz Allen team lead for DTCS, and was involved in business development for Booz Allen as a key contributor to two major proposals leveraging her background in engineering and operations. Madeline is currently serving as a senior technical consultant to the IntegratedSATCOM-GIG Operations and Management (ISOM) project, to enable web-based situational awareness and resource and policy management across DoD satellite and terrestrial networks.

     

    Senior Technical Consultant

    Integrated SATCOM-GIG Operations and Management (ISOM)

    Ft Meade, MD                                                                                    November 2012 – Present

    ·       Coordinated ISOM Spiral 3 technical demonstration (TD3) with ISOM team. Defined TD3 network configuration, developed demonstration script and briefing materials and audited requirements. Contributed to successful execution of TD3 and approval from USSTRATCOM and other DoD stakeholders to proceed to next milestone, Spiral 3 operational demonstration (OD3). Currently developing OD3 training materials.

     

    Chief Engineer

    Distributed Tactical Communications System (DTCS) Program Management Office (PMO)

    Ft Meade, MD                                                                                    August 2010 – November 2012

    ·       Oversaw and managed development and sustainment for DTCS, a tactical satellite communications system deployed throughout the CENTCOM area of operations (AOR) and expanding to other combatant commands (COCOMs) and other government agencies (OGAs). Responsible for design, development, test and deployment of the Phase 3 system evolution, working with Government and Industry team of over thirty people. Managed successful development and deployment of significant enhancements to the operational Phase 2 system, including extended range capability, radio software upgrades, field tools and tool upgrades and ground system upgrades. Enhancements were key to successful closeout of DTCS Joint Urgent Operational Needs statement (JUONS). On a daily basis, interfaced with Government client, Government and Industry stakeholders and end user representatives, to develop and deploy upgrades and new components and to receive, evaluate and act on operational feedback requiring technical and engineering support.

    ·       Developed the DTCS Roadmap and Program of Activities and Milestones (POA&M) and collaborated with the DTCS program manager to define the strategic vision milestones and objectives, in alignment with the PMO mission, budget, constraints and opportunities and with cognizance of the increasing fiscal constraints of the DoD environment.

    ·       Developed briefings, memos, and whitepapers to educate and inform, including contributions for the 2012 DISA Mission Partners Conference and 2012 STRATCOM SATCOM Conference.

    ·       Represented Booz Allen as the DTCS team lead, interfacing with the client to ensure highest quality program support, performs fiscal management and develops monthly status reports.

     

    Key Contributor, DISA Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Center Support Proposal

    ·       Lead author for two sections of the technical volume, COMSATCOM Requirements Implementation Support and Operational Support. Developed a compelling story by gathering and aggregating data from personal experience, research and interviews with subject matter experts.

     

    Key Contributor, DISA Global Information Grid (GIG) Services Management Engineering/Transition/Implementation(GSM-ETI) Sample Task Order

    ·       Authored significant portions of the technical volume. Researched technology, policies and processes for the engineering, deployment and sustainment of terrestrial optical networks, and developed processes and graphics to highlight understanding of critical actions and events.  

     

     

    The Boeing Company                                    June 2004 – August 2010 (6 years, 3 months)

    Madeline was previously with The Boeing Company, Satellite Operations and Ground Systems (SOGS) division.  She was the project manager for two satellite software projects, the system operations team lead, performed systems engineering and software development, and was a certified flight operator at Iridium’s Satellite Network Operations Center (SNOC).

     

    Project Manager, Distributed Tactical Communications System

    Leesburg, VA                                                                        June 2010 – August 2010 (Phase 3)

    July 2008 – December 2009 (Phase 2)

    ·       Oversaw Boeing’s technical efforts through all stages of the product life cycle for DTCS Phase 2, and the early design and concept development for DTCS Phase 3.  Led the Boeing team software, test and system engineers, including many geographically-dispersed team members, and was the primary interface to the Government client and to the prime contractor, Iridium. Managed Boeing’s schedule and cost performance and project scope and risk. Developed system and Boeing management processes, plans and documents.

     

    Project Manager, Iridium GPS Signal in Space (iGPS SiS)

    Leesburg, VA                                                                        January 2010 – June 2010

    ·       Oversaw Boeing’s technical activities and led geographically-dispersed team of software, test and system engineers. Served as primary interface to the larger Boeing iGPS team and to the Iridium customer. Managed Boeing’s schedule and cost performance and project scope and risk.

     

    Lead Engineer, Systems Operations Team

    Leesburg, VA                                                                        March 2007 - November 2008

    ·       Led team of six engineers and developers providing continuous support to Real-Time Operations and was responsible for leading development and deployment of web-based software projects. Led LEAN projects to achieve process improvement and cycle time reduction in the Ground System software.

     

    Engineer,Systems Operations Team

    Leesburg, VA                                                                        January 2005 – February 2007

    ·       Designed and developed software tools for Real-Time Operations and Satellite Product Generation, managed several program-wide Software Upload Campaigns and led LEAN project to improve the current Mission Planning software architecture and to foster a vision and strategy for future changes. 

     

    Flight Operations Specialist

    Leesburg, VA                                                                        June 2004 – December 2004

    ·       Certified to perform satellite command and control

     

    Other Qualifications and Interests

    ·       Proficient in Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project and Visio

    ·       Experienced traveler comfortable in a variety of cultures and environments

    ·       Avid runner leading weekly Capitol Hill run, and in training for second marathon


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