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     Date Submitted:11-10-2013
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     Current job:Senior Principal RF Engineer and Cost Account Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsSpacecraft, RF Communications Systems Architect, NASA, Commercial space, International Space Station, TDRSS, LEO, MEO, Systems Engineering, Project Management, EVMS, Proximity and Rendezvous Communications
    CV

    Capable, hands-on engineer seeks a challenging technical management position in the field of communications engineering that utilizes my strong space and satellite communications experience.

    Solid educational background in communication systems, and proven analytical, practical, supervisory, and management skills in space applications.

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    Career Highlights:

    Over 7 years experience in satellite communications for NASA and commercial customers.

    ·         Management of multiple disciplines, including analysts, cognizant engineers, supply chain management, and integration and test personnel.

    ·         Spacecraft communications engineering, including: Low-Earth Orbit, Medium Earth Orbit, Geosynchronous Earth Orbit, highly elliptical orbit spacecraft, deep-space and human-rated space systems.

    ·         Satellite communications experience at VHF, UHF, L, S, C, X, Ku and Ka-Bands.

    ·         Analysis, design, technical management and oversight over subcontractors building RF hardware, including Transceivers, Transponders, Software-defined radios, gimbals, and antenna assemblies.

    ·         Analysis, design, integration and test of microsatellite constellations, small NASA Explorer spacecraft, NASA Discovery class spacecraft, and NASA Visiting Vehicles to the International Space Station (ISS).

    ·         Analysis of end-to-end communication systems for TDRSS (MA, SSA and KuSA), Space Network (SN), Near-Earth Network (NEN), Mars Rendezvous and Proximity, ISS and Visiting Vehicle Rendezvous.

    ·         Spacecraft testing, mission operations, in-orbit checkout and on-orbit troubleshooting.

    ·         Trained Export Control Officer (ECO) in International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR).

    ·         Experience with Earned Value Management System (EVMS).

    ·         Software proficiency in: Linux, MATLAB, Microwave Office, HP-HFSS Ansoft, ADS, GRASP, Microsoft Office Suite, MS Project, Lotus Notes, TipQA, MAESTRO.

    ·         Test equipment proficiency: spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, power meters, frequency counters, switch matrix, modulators, demodulators, up/down converters.

    ·         Proven experience with suppliers in the US, Europe, and Asia, particularly small businesses.

    ·         Proven track record with customers, including NASA, JAXA, and commercial satellite providers.

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    EDUCATION

      M.S., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, California, USA, 2006.

      B.Eng. (with Honors)., Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Queen Mary, University of London, U.K., 2004.

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    Professional Experience

     

    2006 to Present – Orbital Sciences Corporation, Dulles, VA.

     

    Communications Systems Lead Engineer and Cost Account Manager – NASA Commercial Orbital Transportation System (COTS) and Cargo Resupply Services (CRS) Cygnus spacecraft  for International Space Station (ISS) re-supply.

    Responsibilities and Achievements

    ·         Led team of ten engineers, supply chain managers, and integration & test engineers, for development of the Cygnus communications system (TT&C and proximity communications).

    ·         Successfully allocated engineering and personnel resources to support nine spacecraft in different stages of development and testing.

    ·         Performed Earned Value Management (EVM) efforts to support all nine spacecraft. All CPI/SPI metrics above 1.0.

    ·         Requirements flowdown, including requirement derivation for communications systems, cross-requirements definition for other subsystems.

    ·         Communications systems architecture design and analysis, including end-to-end link analyses (TT&C TDRSS, ISS proximity communications, GPS), and power-flux density (NTIA, ITU, DSN) interference analysis.

    ·         Developed communication analysis tools that have been correlated with on-orbit performance with NASA. Awarded technical achievement award from RF functional management and NASA/JSC.

    ·         Technical oversight and program management RF hardware procurements and Earth Station services from domestic and foreign suppliers. Completed all efforts within cost and schedule budgets.

    ·         Led all communications testing efforts for four spacecraft, with the first vehicle through to launch site testing.

    ·         Led all programmatic and test efforts for large-scale NASA compatibility testing, in addition to end-to-end testing with multiple Mission Control Centers in the loop. Supported and closed out all test nonconformances.

    ·         Conceptualized program cost savings effort for development of software-defined radio. Led team in space qualification of these radios and overall integration with existing spacecraft baseband hardware.

    ·         Established an excellent cooperative relationship with internal/external customers and suppliers, technically and programmatically. Customers include NASA/GSFC, NASA/JSC, and JAXA.

     

    Lead Payload Systems Engineerand Cost Account Manager - ORBCOMM QuickLaunch.

    Responsibilities and Achievements

    ·    Led team of engineers and technicians for development, test and delivery of six VHF/UHF payloads.

    ·    Supported card-level through to spacecraft-level testing (including thermal, vibration, and EMI/EMC testing).

    ·    Performed systems engineering, including end-to-end link analysis, covering broad disciplines, including software, thermal, mechanical and RF results. Performed requirements verification and led sell-off meetings with customer.

    ·    Support successful integration of all payloads to spacecraft buses. Supported launch site and mission operations, including in-orbit testing. Received outstanding technical award from Orbital and multiple cash bonuses.

     

    Telecom Engineer - DAWN (Interplanetary spacecraft for NASA Discovery Class mission).

    Responsibilities and Achievements

    ·    Developed deep-space end-to-end link budgets for mission planning. Led and developed antenna pattern degradation analysis efforts.

    ·    Successfully coordinated and executed requirement verification.

    ·    Model correlated with NASA model of spacecraft.

     

    RF Cognizant Engineer - Multiple geostationary satellite programs.

    Responsibilities and Achievements

    ·    Performed antenna pattern optimization, perturbation analysis, and test for contoured continents, including Far East and CONUS STAR-2 platform geostationary satellites.

    ·    Performing reflector antenna modeling, field-of-view analyses, and engineering support, resulting in CDR presentations for Intelsat-11, Measat-1R, Thor II-R, Horizons-2, and Optus-D2.

     

    2003 to 2004 – Queen Mary, University of London, U.K.

     

    RF Antenna Engineer – Project ADAMANT (Airport Decision and Management Network).

    Responsibilities and Achievements

    ·    Lead engineer for phased array antenna for use at Athens International Airport, Greece, in 2004.

    ·    Designed, modeled and tested phased array of semi-smart patch antennas at IEEE802.11a/g.

    ·    Responsible for development, budgets and schedule management.

    ·    Resulted in paths forward for multiple future PhD projects at QMUL.

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    HONORS AND AWARDS

    2007–2012 – Orbital Sciences Corp, Red Box Award Winner, Outstanding Technical Achievement (six awards).

    2007 – NASA Achievement Award for DAWN Spacecraft Development.

    2004 – QMUL Engineering Scholar’s Award.

    2004 – Honor Society of QMUL Draper’s Company Engineers.

    2003 – IEEE Communications Chapter Region 8 Winner.


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