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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0100
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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 16:15:00 +0100
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Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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Thu, 9 Nov 2017 11:42:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:17-06-2013
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     Current job:Program Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsResearch Scientist, System Engineer, Project Lead
    CV

    Seeking a role that leverages my significant systems engineering talent, project management experience, and technical data analysis.

     

    HIGHLIGHTS

    20 YEARS program management, system engineering, and project leadership.

    Extensive experience in NASA microgravity research, commercial aviation solutions and DOD rotorcraft technology enhancements.

    Worked with FAA and DOD for software programs to DO-178 standards.

    Have undergone a NACLC/OPM dated 12 December 2011 and have been adjudicated for access to U.S. Government classified information at the SECRET level on 23 December 2011.

    Airline Transport Pilot, Flight Instructor

    EDUCATION

    Ph.D. Physics                     University of Alabama, Huntsville, AL

    M.S. Physics                        University of Iowa, Iowa, City, IA

    B.S. Physics                        University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Program Manager                              04/2011-05/2013

    AEgis Technologies Inc                       Huntsville, AL

    o   Program Manager in Technology Solutions Division developing DOD aviation training simulators for rotorcraft military customer.

    o   Manager of a rotorcraft simulator technology upgrade effort.  The upgrade includes a 14,000 kg, 60 inch electric motion base, electric control loading, commercial 25 node image generator driving state of the art projectors.  Replaced all visual components, I/O and host software and hardware.  Simulator cockpits are upgraded to all glass stimulated hardware.  Avionics hardware and models are all updated to latest aircraft configuration.

    o   Lead the corporate process group modernizing the System Engineering tools applied to support programs including; requirements management using CRADLE from 3SL and full Earned Value Management (EVM) through Oracle Primavera, Deltek COBRA and WinSight to track project progress.

     

    Sr. Blackhawk Project Lead                       04/2006-04/2011

    Sikorsky Aircraft                                  Huntsville, AL

    o   Senior project lead responsible for leading and managing teams of engineers working on multiple enhancements to the UH/HH-60A/L/M Black Hawk aircraft.

    o   Projects included avionics updates to the flight Management systems for RNP RNAV and sensor upgrades, following FAA DO-178 software development guidelines.  New engine exhaust systems and engine intake upgrades, sensors, FLIR and environmental control system installs as well as other projects.

    o   Supported DOD PEO Aviation with full life cycle planning, requirements tracking in DOORS, and scheduling and execution of programs utilizing Primavera as the EVM System tool.

    o   Work with UHPO to define product specifications and statements of work.

    o   Responsible for analyzing sub contract costs for hardware and software changes.  Completing Engineering Change Proposals for production cut in and creating retrofit kits for incorporation into the fleet via modification work orders.

    o   Responsible for providing team direction and ensuring designs meet technical requirements and project meets schedule and budget constraints.

    o   Mentor junior engineers in helicopter design and engineering analysis.

     

    Director of Technology/Operations                    06/2002- 03/2006

    WxWorx Inc./Baron Services                      Huntsville, AL

    o   Developed and managed all aspects of the WxWorx satellite weather delivery products including software and hardware.

    o   Maintain sources for all components and supervise design and manufacture of satellite data receiver through sub contracts.

    o   Directed board level designs, enclosures and incorporation of new versions of receiver chips.

    o   Ensure a quality product is produced through checks and testing of software and hardware packages.

    o   Work with avionics (Garmin, Avidyne, Honeywell), marine and auto electronic OEM’s to incorporate weather data into their product offerings.

    o   Interface with FAA, technology partners, developers and customers at all levels to ensure products are getting into the right markets with the best solution providers.

    o   Support sales work force and dealers at trade shows.

    o   Managed three divisions

    o   Production – quality control and assurance, hardware integration, repair lab, shipping, and receiving.

    o   Customer Support – including technical support, installer and training personnel.

    o   Networking – help desk for internal and external clients and networking operations support including weather data acquisition, analysis, processing and delivery.

    o   Responsible for ensuring the quality of all weather products, 24/7 gathering and distribution of weather data and customer support of all company products.

     

    Chief Scientist/Treasurer                 11/1998- 5/2002

    Nerren Technology Inc.                      Huntsville, AL

    o   Designed a high temperature furnace for processing radioactive samples on the International Space Station.  The experiment incorporated embedded controllers and commercial off-the-shelf components for subsystems including power distribution, thermal control and automated sample exchange.  Responsible for all aspects of design, mechanical CAD, electrical, thermal and software control algorithms.  Utilized embedded Labview software for command and control.

    o   Consulting responsibilities included; interfacing with customers, writing proposals, review of papers for scientific content, design/integration of hardware/software for systems control and data acquisition.

    o   Completed budgeting, contract administration, payroll, and federal and state tax record keeping for corporate office.

     

    Program Manager                      06/1998- 11/1998

    AZTechnology                         Huntsville, AL

    o   Managed microgravity material and life support research programs and performed system engineering and integration for NASA microgravity payloads.

    o   Administered programming and system integration, hardware design and construction, theoretical modeling, and proposal writing.

     

    Research Associate                      01/1997-05/1998

    Center for Microgravity and Materials Research

    University of Alabama                      Huntsville, AL

    o   Investigation of temperature dependence of self-diffusion in liquid elements.

    o   Designed experimental hardware, performed data acquisition and analysis of diffusion data, and sample preparation using vacuum systems, glass working, small parts machining and safe handling of radioactive samples.

     

    Graduate Research Assistant                      08/1992-12/1996

    Center for Microgravity and Materials Research

    University of Alabama                            Huntsville, AL

    o   Completed dissertation entitled “Multi-Temperature In-situ Radiotracer Self-Diffusion Measurements in Liquid Elements”.  Designed and optimized experimental hardware through computer simulation of transport processes and structures.  Defined the experimental procedure and designed and implemented hardware.  Supported all aspects of the Liquid Metal Diffusion I experiment that flew aboard the Mir space station during the NASA/Mir Increment 4.

    o   Program Manager for Get Away Special 503 Space Shuttle cargo bay experiment payload and Principal Investigator for the “Concrete Cured in Microgravity Experiment”.  First ever microgravity mixed and cured concrete for lunar application research. Responsibilities included design, construction, verification and analysis of all components related to experiment.  Lead all customer design reviews and verification process for complete payload.

    o   Supported data acquisition and real time analysis of downlinked acceleration data from SpaceHAB 3 and USML missions.

    o   Referee for the Journal of Crystal Growth (JCG).  Reviewed papers submitted for publication in JCG and made editorial recommendations.

                                    

    PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS/LICENSES

    Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

    Air Transport Pilot: Airplane Multiengine Land, Instrument, Airplane Single Land

    Instructor Ratings: Airplane Single/Multiengine Land, Instrument (CFI, CFII, MEI)

     

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