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     Date Submitted:16-12-2012
     Last Modified:16-12-2012 (05:58)
    Job information
     Current job:Director Test Engineering
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsTest Engineering, Flight Operations, Systems Engineering, Program Management, Security Clearance, Technical Leadership
    CV

    Top Secret/ SCI, CI Poly, SBPR 24 Mar 09  

    Skills/ Specialties

    Systems Engineer – Proven cross discipline risk management expert and program integrator.  Experienced with both System Safety Assessments and program Risk Analysis and mitigation
    Program Management – Experienced in managing large and complex air & space based programs, Defense Systems Management College grad, experienced in classified and unclassified environments

    Highly skilled test engineer - Expert in test planning, technical and safety reviews, and operations

    Leadership - Consistently successful leader of innovative technical engineering groups up to 100+


    Solid communicator - Able to clearly convey complex issues to a wide variety of audience levels

    Strategic planner – Skilled integrator of budgets, requirements, manpower and risk mitigation
    requirements generation, GPS, Intelligence analyst, data analyst, mission planer, low observable,

    Experience

    Feb 12 – Present         Director of Test Engineering, Trenchant Analytics 

    DARPA, Tactical Technology Office

    - Providing Flight Test Engineering, Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Acquisition support functions to eight DARPA programs involving optionally manned aircraft, orbital launch vehicles, advanced targeting pods, next generation air-to-air missile, advanced propulsion, socket and mesh tactical communication networks, and real-time weapons grade target coordinate determination

    - Key test engineering SME providing mentoring and guidance to10+ person gov’t team; DARPA participant on OSD weapons community of interest committee; providing technical strategic guidance

     

    Aug 10 – Dec 11         Operational Test Lead                      Joint Strike Fighter Program Office

     

    - Directed and oversaw the resourcing, planning and provisioning for the standup of the 600+ person operational test force evaluating the Joint Strike Fighter totaling 27 aircraft of three distinct varieties

    - Managed $800M flight test instrumentation development and production effort to support 27 test jets

    - Ran Monthly coordination with OSD-level offices to establish international test policies and priorities

    - Authored strategic policies and reviewed test plans for conducting independent Operational Testing

    - Hosted quarterly International Defence Ministries meeting; defined candidates for follow-on efforts, led systems engineering efforts, merged operational requirements into acquisition plans and priorities

    - Authored Test and Evaluation Master Plans; Oversaw live fire testing in agreement w/OSD strategy

     

    Jul 06 – Jul 10  Chief of Program Integration Division and Strategic Systems Division Chief

                            Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), Washington DC

                                       

    - Chief of Staff providing daily direction and oversight for 800-person team chartered to rapidly develop, test, and field highly classified manned and unmanned air & space programs worth $10B+

    - Guided space ground segment through CDR and overseas fielding; driving force behind cross gov’t agency team--achieved initial operational capability on schedule; secured international basing rights

    - Integrated systems of systems engineering efforts across programs and domains; air, space and cyber

    - Developed program requirements for future and current manned and unmanned aerospace systems

    - Proven communication skills: briefed programs to Congressional Members and their Staff Directors, OSD, COCOMs, Joint and Air Staffs; Prepared AF senior leaders to give Congressional testimony

    - As both Program Manager and Program Element Monitor, led team of 200+ to design, develop, test, and field operational enhancements for the National Capital Region Integrated Air Defense System

    - Guided FFRDC’s development of innovative uses for existing technology to detect IEDs; Two separate systems successfully deployed for combat evaluations, Seal Teams demanding immediate use


    Jul 04 – Jul 06             Squadron Commander        746 Test Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base

     

    - Chief Executive of USAF Center of Excellence for aerospace guidance and navigation testing, operated five unique national level labs and instrumentation on four aircraft with 120 personnel

    - Directed test planning, conduct, and data analysis of survivability and effectiveness of inertial navigation and Global Positioning Systems in open-air Navigation warfare / electronic combat tests

    - Steered information operations and development of anti-spoofing algorithms for GPS receivers

    - Oversaw design, development, installation, and operations of instrumentation for ground, lab, flight and high speed rocket sled testing to include instrumented mannequins for human factors evaluations

    - Guided development of innovative flight termination system; enabled flight testing of extended range munitions on overland ranges. Shrank form factor three fold and doubled available range test periods

     

    Dec 96 – Jun 04          Flight Test Engineer                         Nellis and Edwards Air Force Bases

     

    - Increasing levels of responsibility to include Operations Officer and Director of Engineering for Advanced Programs overseeing all Low Observable and survivability testing of AF strike aircraft

    - Built facilities for and directed initial operations of a $5M, 50-person special flight-test squadron

    - Test Director for first flight preparations of national agencies’ operations using low observables

    - Program Manager for up to 50 person teams on multiple International flight test programs with 10 European/Asian countries; wrote/executed test plans, analyzed data, reported findings to customers

    - Directed $30M/yr cross Atlantic logistics chain supporting Danish F-16 test aircraft US operations

    - Chief Flight Test Engineer overseeing all aspects of test operations and flight training for 18 aircrew

     

    May 92 - Dec 95         Intelligence Weapons Analyst / Lead F-22 Threat Integration Engineer

                                        Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

     

    - Primary technical liaison between the F-22 fighter program office and the Intelligence Community

    - Established and operated unique Intelligence collection program. Allowed F-22 & B-2 direct tasking of National Air and Space sensors to collect detailed emitter data. 

    - Foreign Material Exploitation and Acquisition engineer; created Intelligence assessments of systems

    - Technical advisor & engineering analyst for wind tunnel testing foreign Air-to-Air Missiles; created threat missile launch range templates, increased safety of aircraft crews; simplified mission planning

     

     

    EDUCATION

    - Defense Systems Management College, Program Manager’s Course, PMT-401 Jan – Apr 2011

    - USAF Test Pilot School, Flight Test Engineer Course, Class96A, 1996

    - Master of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, June 1991, University of California, Davis

    - Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science and Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (double major), June 1990, University of California, Davis

    - Air War College, Dec 07; Air Command and Staff College, Jun 02, Squadron Officer School, Apr 98

     

     

    SIGNIFICANT ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    - Acquisition Corps Member // Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Levels;

        Level III in Program Management; Level III in Test and Evaluation

        Level II in Systems Engineering; Level II in Program Systems Engineering

    - Private Pilot, 250+ Hours Pilot in Command; 1,000+ hours operational test aircrew exp


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