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     Date Submitted:12-03-2013
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     Current job:Sr. Principal Scientist – Software
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsProject Management, Agile Project Management, PMP, Software Development, Database Development, Object Oriented Design, Planetary Science, Systems Engineering, Spacecraft Engineering, Life Support Systems
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    Professional Profile

    I am certified project manager (PMP, ACP) and application developer with over 20 years of progressive experience ranging from developer to project manager. I have technical expertise includes the disciplines of systems engineering, software development, and systems integration. Extensive experience includes multiple development languages, Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS), and Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) integration efforts with a focus area of core integration components. I have successfully directed teams and led projects in both development and Operations & Maintenance (O&M) phases of the system life cycle. I have experienced in all standard development methodologies, including waterfall, spiral, rapid prototyping, and agile development. Current U.S. DoD Clearances.

    Selected Project Experience - Full project experience available upon request

    Federal Bureau of Investigation, Task Force Enterprise Reporting, Project Manager and Technical Lead. Responsible for initial gathering and analysis of requirement resulting in functional and technical specifications. Lead design efforts for all aspects of application development including coding of grails modules (Java, JQuery, Java Script) and preformed OLAP cube development and maintenance. Created application test plans, automated tests with JUnit and production deployment procedures. Maintained agile product back log and lead bi-weekly sprint review as well as planning meetings. Reported to Program Manager and briefed Taskforce senior management on development timelines, risks, and progress.

    University of North Dakota, Near Earth Object Satellite Project, Systems Engineer. Responsible for thermal system analysis and planning for spacecraft both in LEO and deep space. Created orbital simulations in AGI Satellite Development tool Kit (SDK) to assist and validate (using Space Environment and Effects tool) thermal calculations for luminous periods and assist power team with planning. Assisted orbital mechanics team by creating target simulations with ISS and NEO objects (YU55, 2004 MN Apothis) to examine possible flight trajectories. Initial results published in NEOSat: An Architecture for Small Interplanetary Craft Development, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

    Federal Bureau of Investigation, eGuardian, Technical Lead. Responsible for providing team direction on the eGuardian project in areas of development, enhancements, testing, and application and database administration. Provides direct support to government project manager to ensure that external project dependencies, such as C&A activities are planned and coordinated. Supports the development and review of the management and technical documentation suite according to the LCM standards. Coordinates with network and infrastructure operations team to review application monitoring reports and identify potential issues. Coordinates with Test/QA team to review test results with CCB to prioritize requirements for future releases. Directly supports the integration efforts of eGuardian and the National Shared Space environment. Coordinates with multi-contractor teams in the implementation of the Rational ® tool suite, including RequisitePro, Clear/Case, Clear/Quest and Performance Tester

    Department of Defense, Defense Logistics Agency, DLA eWorkplace Portal, Technical Team Architect. Developed the overall architecture and directed development team in the implementation of the customer’s enterprise portal that supported workflow management and knowledge management activities. Interfaced with core software vendor (SAP AG) to resolve integration issues identified throughout the design, implementation, and test phases. Supported the requirements team in the analysis of user and functional requirements, development of Use Cases, and identification of non-testable requirements.

    Department of Interior, Financial and Business Management System, Portal Team Lead. Supervised team of 5 consultants with initial portal framework requirements gathering and analysis resulting in functional and technical specifications. Lead design efforts for all aspects of portal setup and worked with functional areas on requirements, layout and usability. Preformed detailed requirements analysis of new features, feature design planning using Use Case and Sequence Diagrams in UML, and assisted with development of iViews and code modules. Supervised installation and go live aspects of portal and cutover from current environment.

    Military History

    US Army, Security Section Supervisor (US Army MOS 96B20H) September 1988 - February 1994. Nominated for a Bronze Star for attention to detail and performance above and beyond the call of duty during Operations Desert Shield / Storm. Nominated for Meritorious Service Medal for duty performance during time in service. Designed, created, implemented and refined a database system for the better flow of personnel security actions and files. This database system electronically generated all paperwork needed for unit personnel security and generated needed security reports. This system was considered and approved for distribution to all U.S. Army Europe Security Sections. System Administrator for the U.S. Army Maneuver Command System. Maneuver Command System is a portable WAN system for battlefield use using direct connection, digital telephone and FM radio for communication. System Administrator for Gold Wing. Gold Wing is a long range FM communication system used for transmittal of electronic information over distances greater than 100 miles.

     Employment History

    General Dynamics, Fairfax, VA, August 2008 to present

    IBM Corporation, Fairfax, VA, January 2005 to August 2008

    Direct Hit Software, Herndon, VA June 2004 to January 2005

    HIPAA Solutions, LC, Houston, TX, January 2004 to June 2004

    Titan Systems Corporation, Fairfax, VA, February 2002 to January 2004

    CIHolmer Consulting Inc. Sterling, VA January 2001 to February 2002

    United Messaging Inc., Malvern, PA, June 2000 to January 2001

    IBM Corporation; Lotus Software, Bethesda MD, March 1999 to June 2000

    Mindshare Corporation, Chantilly, VA, May 1997 to March 1999

    Adecco, Flint, MI, May 1996 to May 1997

    BOSS Automated Barcode Systems, Troy, MI, November 1995 to May 1996

    Smith Security Company, Troy, MI, March 1994 to November 1995

    US Army, September 1988 to February 1994, E-5 Sergeant

    Education and Certifications

    Master of Science candidate, Space Studies, University of North Dakota, 2015 (Anticipated)

    Executive Masters of Science; Managing Information Systems, The George Washington University, 2006

    Bachelors of Science; Computer Information Systems, Strayer University, 2005 (Summa Cum Laude)

    Project Management Institute (PMI) – Project Management Professional (PMP)

    GSA CIO University; 2006

    Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 platform (1.4)

    IBM Certified System Administrator, IBM WebSphere Portal V5.0

    IBM Certified Application Developer, Lotus Notes and Domino R6/6.5

    Lotus Certified Professional, Application Development (R5)

    Principal Certified Lotus Professional, Web Development and Administration (R4)

    Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (VB/SQL)

    Selected Publications

    Holmer, Curt, “An Overview of the Innovative Lunar Demonstration Data (ILDD) Program: NASA’s Next Steps to Extending Public/Private Partnerships Beyond Earth Orbit“, 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2012

    J.A. Straub, R.A. Fevig, T. Borzych, C. Church, C. Holmer, A. Komus, R. Lilko, T. Perrin, “NEOSat: An Architecture for Small Interplanetary Craft Development“,43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 2012

    Bret Melotsky and Curt Holmer. Developer’s Guide to Lotus Notes and Domino 4.6-5.0 with CDRom, Texas: Wordware Publications, 2000

    Holmer, Curt. “Making proper comments”. Domino Update, February 2000, 6 pp

    Holmer, Curt. “Reducing the TCO of Notes”, Domino Update, December 1999, 13 pp

    Holmer, Curt. “Integrating Lotus Notes and MS Office”, Domino Update, September 1999, 5 pp

    Holmer, Curt. “Streamlined Printing with OLE Automation”, Lotus Notes and Domino Advisor, March 1998 (9803), 3.75 pp

    Awards and Honors

    Alpha Chi (National Honor Society), 2005

    Alpha Sigma Lambda (National Honor Society), 2005

    US Army, Exceptional Meritorious Service, 1994

    US Army, Meritorious Service, 1993

    US Army, Meritorious Service, 1992

    US Army, Meritorious Achievement, 1991


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