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     Date Submitted:26-01-2013
     Last Modified:26-01-2013 (07:58)
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     Current job:Cryogenic Research Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:within a month
     Keywords• Professional Aerospace Systems Engineer with 15+ years hands-on experience in the design and development of astrophysics experiments setup, space instrument, small satellite and attitude & orbit control (AOC) systems. • Experience in cryogenic engi



    ·           Professional Aerospace Systems Engineer with 15+ years hands-on experience in the design and development of astrophysics experiments setup, space instrument, small satellite and attitude & orbit control (AOC) systems.

    ·           Experience in cryogenic engineering, dilution fridge and Germanium detectors test & characterization for dark matter research.

    ·           Expertise in systems engineering, design of experiment (DOE), feasibility studies, PDR & CDR design reviews, configuration & risk management, failure analysis, program planning and engineering project management.

    ·           Providing of feasibility studies, conceptual design studies, government grant proposals, and proof-of-concept experiment proposals for various agencies and executive management boards.

    ·           Expertise in opto-mechanical design, sub-micron telescope alignment and set-up of complex bench experiments involving lasers, detectors, fiber optics, interferometers, MEMS and robotic actuators.

    ·           Proficiency in mechanical engineering design and CAD modeling (AutoCAD, SolidWorks.

    ·           Experience in project management and budget planning of research programs.




    The University of California, Berkeley

    2011         Graduate Courses and Seminars in Astrophysics and Cosmology


    Swinburne University of Technology

    2010 Center for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

    Masters of Science in Astronomy –in progress-


    The University of Michigan

    1992            Postgraduate courses in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science


    Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

    1992         Master’s in Aerospace Engineering  (Dipl. Ing.) with specialization in Satellite Engineering/ Attitude and Orbit Control.


                Thesis: “ Design of Space Robotics Hardware for Manipulation of Probes in Micro-Gravity Environment onboard the International Space Station”.


                Advisor: H.H. Koelle, a Senior Member of Werner von Braun at NASA Apollo Program, Head of Saturn rocket designs, 1955.



    The University of California, Berkeley, Department of Physics

    2010-            Cryogenic Research Engineer, Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment; Prof. Bernard Sadoulet Group – to present-


    - Responsible for assembling, modification, mounting and operation of the Oxford 400 uW dilution fridge as part of particle astrophysics research and detection.  The efforts are focused on Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMP) direct detection experiments executed at the Soudan Underground Laboratory and at SNOLAB.

    - Assisted in test and characterization of low temperature Germanium detectors and cold hardware for Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) experiment including tower system integration, Superconducting Quantum Interface Device SQUID testing, side-coax, and strip-lines. Reconfiguration of infrared Dewar type HDL- with all necessary test and integration.


    Solera Laboratories, Inc., Space Science Division, Sunnyvale, CA

    2006            CEO/ Director of Engineering


    Leading the efforts for design and development of a high-density solar power cell utilizing nanotechnology and MEMS for applications in space and defense. Performed executive tasks for the high-tech start-up including project planning, management and fund raising. In addition, the company provides space instrument and optical & aerospace systems engineering consultancy, design and testing in the Silicon Valley.


    Tyco Electronics, Fiber Optics Division, Palo Alto, CA

    1998            Lead Optical Systems Engineer


    Responsible for design and development of fiber optical systems, interferometry and optical MEMS for single-mode multi-channel DWDM fiber optics network applications employing micro-machines, electromagnetic actuators and Silicon fiber arrays. Project responsibilities included conceptual design, development, prototyping and testing. Responsible for fixture & tooling design, high precision alignment, test equipment specifications and bench experiment setups utilizing opto-electronics devices such as CCD Camera, IR detectors, FPA, Optical Spectrum analyzer and laser sources.


    NASA Ames Research Center, Space Science Division, Mountain View, CA

    1997            Space Systems Engineer, Infrared Camera & Telescope Specialist


    Responsible for the design of the physical simulator of the Stratosphere Observatory for the Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). Performed CAD modeling of the simulator sub-systems and opto-mechanical components. Design of baffle plates system for the far-infrared detector head of the Airborne Infra-Red Echelle Spectrometer (AIRES), applying equations of radiation, thermal simulation and CAD modeling. Performed testing of far-infrared Focal Plane Array (FPA) detector head at 40 micron in cryogenic Dewar.




    SETI Institute (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligent), Mountain View, CA

    1997            Research Assistant

                                        Developed methodology and algorithms to identify intelligent-coded radio signals scanned by a multi-million-channels receiver to separate from human-generated signals; reported directly to Jill Tarter, the director of SETI.




     1- 07/2010New     U.S. Continuation-in-Part Patent. Application No.:  12/839337

    Inventors:  Saad Al Kenany and Marc Madou. Title:  NANO POWER CELL AND METHOD OF USE. Filing Date: July 19, 2010

    2- 02/2007 United States Patent 20080128842 Saad Al Kenany. Nano Power Cell And

    Method Of Use Application Number: 11/934283 Publication Date: 06/05/2008 Filing Date: 11/02/2007.

    3- 08/2006 United States Patent 20070043320 Saad Al Kenany. Microstream Nano-injector Application Number: 11/350463 Publication Date: 02/22/2007 Filing Date: 02/08/2006




    Member -The International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE)

    Member -American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

    Member -The Optical Society of America (OSA)

    Affiliate Member - Girvan Institute of Technology (GIT)




    Member of the Deep Sky Astronomical Research Center (DARC), Mercy Springs, CA

    Member of the San Jose Astronomical Association, California

    Member of the Peninsula Astronomical Society, California





    1. UCLA Dark Matter 2012 Conference, February 22-24, 2012, the University of California, Los Angeles, Marina Del Rey, CA

    2. Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) Collaboration Meeting 2012, January 10-13, 2012, The University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    3. 14th International Workshop on Low Temperature Detectors Conference (LTD-14), August 1-5, 2011, Heidelberg, Germany

    4. Advanced Imaging Conference AIC-2012, October 26-28, Santa Clara, CA

    5. Small Satellite Conference 2010, August 9-12, Logan, Utah,





    S. Al Kenany et al, “Super CDMS Cold Hardware Design”, Journal of Low Temperature Physics, DOI 10.1007/s10909-012-0584-9, March 2012.




    We discuss the current design of the cold hardware and cold electronics to be used in the upcoming SuperCDMS Soudan deployment. Engineering challenges associated with such concerns as thermal isolation, microphonics, radiopurity, and power dissipation are discussed, along with identifying the design changes necessary for SuperCDMS SNOLAB. The Cryogenic Dark Matter Search (CDMS) employs ultrapure 1-inch thick, 3-inch diameter germanium crystals operating below 50 mK in a dilution cryostat. These detectors give an ionization and phonon signal, which gives us rejection capabilities regarding background events versus dark matter signals.


    A poster of same title was presented at the Low Temperature Detectors -LTD-14, in Heidelberg, Germany, August 2011.

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