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Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:17:20 +0000
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In a letter to Shanahan, lawmakers point out New Mexico is home to dozens of space-focused government and private sector organizations. SpaceNews.com
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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:43:20 +0000
Less than a month after the launch of its first six satellites, OneWeb closed a new $1.25 billion financing round to further its internet constellation. SpaceNews.com
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:43:30 +0000
SpaceX could begin initial tests of a prototype of the company’s next-generation Starship vehicle as soon as this week, Elon Musk said March 17. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 19:06:04 +0000
Nearly two months after Maxar dropped out of a DARPA program to demonstrate satellite servicing, the agency is continuing to develop the servicing technology as it examines options to get it into space. SpaceNews.com
Sun, 17 Mar 2019 10:23:12 +0000
An Air Force white paper says current space forces are inadequately resourced for the strategic competition that the United States faces in space. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 23:31:25 +0000
The Air Force Research Laboratory in 2022 will launch an experimental PNT satellite called NTS-3, short for Navigation Technology Satellite 3. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 11:42:34 +0000
If outer space is the "final frontier," the private commercialization of low Earth orbit — about 100-1,200 miles up — could become the new Wild West if we're not careful. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 16 Mar 2019 01:00:02 +0000
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Fri, 15 Mar 2019 16:56:22 +0000
Avio, the company that builds Europe’s light-lift Vega rocket and the future Vega C, reported a double-digit jump in revenue for its first full year as a publicly traded company. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:22:04 +0000
Durham, North Carolina-based Nuvotronics will enhance Cubic’s protected communications portfolio, which includes GATR inflatable satcom terminals used by the U.S. military and other customers, Cubic said. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 15 Mar 2019 00:19:52 +0000
Shanahan said he views the Space Force as a "once in a generation opportunity." SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:20:32 +0000
Auditors found that DoD does not collect and maintain comprehensive data on its space acquisition workforce. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:12:50 +0000
A day after announcing that NASA was studying the possibility of shifting an Orion mission from the Space Launch System rocket to commercial vehicles, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said he and the agency still support development of the SLS. SpaceNews.com
Thu, 14 Mar 2019 20:46:49 +0000
Cesium Astro, a startup building advanced antennas and communications systems for satellites, raised $12.4 million in a Series A round led by Airbus’ venture capital arm Airbus Ventures. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:14-10-2013
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     Current job:Research Professional/ Physicist
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     KeywordsOptics, interferometry, measurement technology, programming, modeling, simulation, research, science, operation and maintenance of complex systems, user support, training, teaching, project management
    CV

    Internationally experienced research, development physicist/PhD focused on instrument development with optical interferometry emphasis.

    Skills include:

    • Physical, technical optics
    • Experimentation
    • Measurement technology
    • Programming, modeling, simulation
    • Operation, maintenance of complex technical systems
    • User support
    • Project management
    • Teaching at university level


    Professional Experience

    Since 04/2015 Teaching assignments, Department of Electrical Engineering, Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and I. Institute of Physics, University of Cologne, Germany

    Lecturing, problem sheet development, practice group and lab tutoring

    10/2011 – 11/2013 “Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter”, I. Institute of Physics of the University of Cologne, Germany

    Goal: Optical concept and optomechanical implementation of test setup for characterization of integrated optics for astronomical applications in spectro-interferometry at mid-infrared wavelengths

    • Project Management: Coordinated successful lab renovations

    • Teaching: Problem sheet development, group tutor, lecture fill-in

    01/2011 – 10/2011 “Ingénieur de Recherche”, LESIA/Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France

    Worked within framework of OPTICON initiative

    Goal: To evaluate atmospheric parameters from astronomical seeing and interferometry data in order to prepare effective fringe tracking algorithms for second-generation VLT Interferometer instrumentation

    • Result: Contributed software tools to check data consistency, assign file names to selected two-dimensional data bins, compute and visualize average characteristics in each bin

    07/2007 – 01/2011 Chercheur”, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale, Orsay, France

    02/2009 – 07/2010 Project Manager

    Worked on technology studies for nulling interferometry contracted by ESA

    • Provided leadership to local working group as project manager

    • Test optical achromatic phase shifters; experimentation, data analysis, modeling; assemble, align, analyze, and optimize optical system

    • Introduce student interns to experiment design and usage, instruct them regarding project protocol relative to operation and research goals

    Accomplishments:

    • Discovered and investigated previously unrecognized parameter space of  experiment, determined ideal working point, thus optimized performance of optical setup

    • Coordinated submission of final report for ESA contract

    • Developed and introduced work plan and document referencing system, improved and streamlined access to technical information

    03/2003 – 05/2007 “Astrophysicist”, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge/MA, USA

    Worked on IOTA stellar interferometer and EPODS project:

    • Successfully completed instrument hardware and software upgrades

    • Observatory operation: maintenance, problem analysis, solving, testing

    • Observer support: scheduling, training, on-site and remote assistance

    • Science observations with collaborators, resulting in PhD theses and refereed publications

    • Provided reference documents, maintained project's website and introduced mailing lists, thus improving efficiency of information sharing

    Accomplishments:

    • Led installation, commissioning, and integration of new star tracker CCD camera; transferred technical know-how from camera provider, coordinated internal and external multidisciplinary contributors; result was improved interferometer performance

    • Developed software module which expanded planning of telescope array configuration and improved efficiency

    06/2002 – 08/2002, Marie Curie Fellow, LESIA, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France

    04/2001 – 11/2001 Acquisition of astronomical interferometry data, reduction, modeling, and simulation with radiative transfer code; results published in refereed journal; article was part of a continued series of publications in collaboration with local working group

    11/2002 – 12/2002 “Wissenschaftlicher Angestellter”

    02/1998 – 02/2001 “Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft”, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Heidelberg, Germany

    Design, assembly, alignment, and commissioning of optical system coupling in coherent and incoherent light sources; provision of spectral references for instrument calibration; characterization of optical and opto-mechanical elements

    Education

    10/2002 Doctoral degree in Natural Sciences (Dr. rer. nat.), Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and University of Heidelberg, Germany; doctoral thesis: “Calibration of MIDI, the Mid-infrared Interferometer for the VLTI”; specialization: Digital Image Processing

    01/1997 Diplom (~ Master's degree) in Physics, University of Heidelberg, Diplomarbeit (~ Master Thesis, 15 months): “Thermal Expansion Behavior of Tunneling Tips in Laser Supported Scanning Tunneling Microscopy”, in German; specializations: Astronomy, Electronics

    05/1989 Abitur, Gymnasium (Secondary School) Korntal

    Formational Periods

    12/2013 – 08/2014 Deutsche Angestellten-Akademie, Cologne; further education, job coaching

    02/1997 – 07/1997 Capernwray Bible School, Moss Vale, NSW, Australia; Certificate II in Basic Lay Ministry (certificate in Australian qualification framework)

    06/1989 – 08/1990 Military Service in a communications unit

    Skills

    Native language German, English fluent (level C1-C2), French advanced (level B2) in speaking and writing

    Experienced in use and administration of Unix/Linux, MS Windows, and MacOS and application software:

    Optics simulation, analysis and optimization in Zemax

    Programming in Python, IDL; also PASCAL, C, LabView, HTML/CSS, and bash/csh

    Office suites MS Office and LibreOffice/ OpenOffice, LaTeX text processing, MS Project

     

    Continuing education: “Working in Project Mode”, “Project Management”


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