Management or Senior position in a satellite program/company.
Skills & Abilities
Over 15 years of management and operations experience of numerous satellite systems
Satellite Communications & Global Ground Systems/Space Mission Life-Cycle
Experience with various spacecraft buses & simulators
Project Management with Cross-Functional Teams
Systems Engineering/Integration & Test
Satellite Attitude Determination and Control Subsystems (ADCS)
Satellite Propulsions Subsystems
Maneuver Planning/Orbital Mechanics/Flight Dynamics
Operations & Maintenance Procedure Development & Validation
Anomaly Resolution/Root Cause Analysis
Training Development and Conduct
Customer Service and Helpdesk/Technical Support Operations
Integrated Logistics Support (ILS)/Technology Roadmap
Risk & Opportunity Management/Strategic Planning
Six Sigma Green Belt Certified
Managing Member – Ross Business Ventures
August 2012 – Present
Provide consulting services for several areas of satellite systems including the proposal phase, on-site satellite production monitoring, TT&C ground station / ground system design, procurement, installation, and test, satellite engineering and operations specializing in attitude determination & control subsystem (ADCS) and Propulsion subsystem, and ground system integrated logistics support.
Principal systems Engineer – Manager JPSS CGS O&S Helpdesk
JPSS CGS O&S ILS Technical Lead, raytheon
February 2003 – August 2012
Member of Raytheon’s Technology Director's Extended Technical Staff (ETS)
Participate in business development, growth initiative meetings, new technology innovation and proposal support
Manage a $6MM per year program which requires managing labor, staffing, material, schedule, budget, cost variances, and strategic planning
Hire, develop, and manage a team of engineers supporting the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) Common Ground System (CGS) as part of the Mission Operations Team
Define, document, and manage Operations & Support requirements
Participate in satellite & ground system SDRs, PDRs, CDRs, dCDRs, FAT, SAT, NCTs, & IOT
Participate in procurement of ground system hardware and software
Establish & manage the program Centralized Logistics Management (CLM) function
Manage third party performance based logistics contracts and service level agreements
Manage several software development projects
Present briefings to IPT Management, Senior Program Management, & Federal Government
Perform several Six Sigma projects reducing program budget and increasing efficiency
Participate in & lead several trade studies as the Operations & Support (O&S) technical lead
Develop key relationships within other segments early in the program’s development phase in order to influence design, interfaces, and processes on a global ground system
Participate in ground and flight anomaly resolution teams, After Action Reviews, and Failure Review Boards and conduct root cause analysis on failures
Participate in Mission Rehearsals, Build Deployments, Test Readiness Reviews, Parallel Operations, Ground System Integration & Test, and Mission Readiness Exercises in the role of spacecraft analyst
Coordinate planned and unplanned maintenance activities (including testing) on the global ground system and ground stations with affected multi-mission customers
Provide input to procedure content including formal review and validation
Support O&S Training Lead with training development, conduct, & operator certification
Participate in program risk and opportunity boards to include writing risk mitigation and opportunity capture plans
Manage system lifecycle from conceptual design through phase-out and disposal
Write and review program Engineering Change Requests (ECRs)/Proposals (ECPs)
Assist in writing Program ILS documentation (e.g. Maintenance Plan, Training Plan, etc.) and reviewing program documentation (e.g. Opscons, ICDs, IRDs, etc.)
Architect for O&S Helpdesk systems and local area network (LAN) to include defining requirements, procurement, implementation, and testing
Orbital/Spacecraft Analyst & Ground System Administrator, Sirius Satellite Radio
October 1999 – January 2003
Flight Dynamics Lead for Sirius Fleet
Attitude Determination & Control Subsystem (ADCS) and Propulsion Subsystem SME
Act on behalf of the Senior Director of Satellite Operations when absent
Assist with hiring and developing operations team
Assist with day-to-day management of satellite analysts & controllers
Participate in satellite & ground system SDRs, PDRs, CDRs, and dCDRs
Present briefings to Satellite Operations Management, Senior Executive Management, Flight & Ground System Suppliers, and Company Investors
Liaison between Sirius & Space Systems Loral during design, manufacturing, & testing phase
Participate in procurement and design/requirements of Sirius’ 2nd generation satellites
Manage third party performance based logistics contracts and service level agreements
Participate in development, LEOP, and IOT of Sirius’ first three satellites and ground system
Participate in thermal vacuum & compatibility testing during manufacturing/testing phase
Contribute to the development of specialized in-house fleet management software which synchronizes satellite, ground system, payload, and orbital operations to provide robust and error free fleet management
Responsible for the day-to-day long term evaluation of all spacecraft subsystems
Monitor and ensure overall system/payload meets operational availability numbers
Perform daily orbit keeping and attitude control activities for a constellation of satellites in a non-traditional, highly inclined, elliptical geosynchronous orbit
Perform orbit determination/phasing and attitude monitoring, maneuver preparation, propellant budgeting, and monitoring of satellite health trends
Oversee commanding, maneuver monitoring and other satellite activities
Develop, validate, coordinate, and execute routine and special procedures as required
Lead recovery efforts during satellite anomalies and investigations and prepare reports
Participate in after action reviews and failure review boards
Perform on-call analyst duties which include being available to support contingencies
Generate & de-conflict mission schedules
Develop and conduct operator training for ground and flight operations
Manage software development effort for the graphical telemetry display system
Develop graphical telemetry display for the ADCS and Propulsion subsystem
Assist with development efforts for the analyst room/back-up control center to include defining requirements, design, procurement, implementation, and testing
Manage a $500K enterprise management system design, installation, and implementation project using Micromuse Netcool product family
Configure and troubleshoot ground system problems
Integrate and test new hardware and software across various platforms to achieve maximum operational efficiency while preventing operational errors
Aerospace Application Support Engineer, Analytical Graphics, Inc.
June 1998 – September 1999
Develop product expertise in the STK family of products (Satellite Tool Kit (STK), STK Pro, Orbit Determination Tool Kit, Navigation Tool Kit, etc.) and apply to space operations, battle space management, geospatial intelligence, and national defense programs
Model and simulate all aspects of missions for analysis and briefings
Work with existing and potential customers to formulate strategies for technical solutions and best practices using STK
Periodically work on-site with operational customers
Assist Training Department with training development
Deliver product training to operational customers
Work with the AGI Sales, Marketing and Software Development teams on various projects
Perform evaluation and testing of new AGI products and provide product feedback to AGI Product Management and Software Development teams
Trine University – Angola, Indiana – B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Minor Mathematics
Honors & Awards
Chosen one of ~600 Raytheon employees on the JPSS/NPP Program as a NASA VIP to attend the night launch of the NPP satellite at Vandenberg AFB
Raytheon Achievement Award for Outstanding Support to NASA
Raytheon Customer Focused Marketing Award (Customer Service Award Given to 1 out of 2000 Employees Quarterly)
NPOESS Raytheon Six Sigma Team of the Quarter
Raytheon Achievement Awards for the NPOESS Operations & Support Helpdesk (Multiple)
Raytheon Achievement Award for the Integrated Logistics Support Working Group (ILSWG)
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