Engineering Professional with extensive experience in exploration of development pathways that lead to successful and robust test environments for system verification. Expertise in application-side embedded system development, deriving application requirements and assembling the aggregate into an integrated unit. Background includes mission planning, development and testing and guidance/attitude dynamics within aerospace and electronics firms. SECURITY CLEARANCE: Secret DoD.
Master of Science – Astrodynamics- University of Colorado, Boulder 1991
Bachelor of Science – Aerospace Engineering - University of Colorado, Boulder 1988
Undergraduate Pilot; Trained in T-41’s and T-37’s
United States Air Force Scholarship – Pilot/Technical- Honorable discharge
Lackland AFB, Del Rio, TX
Training and Certifications
Security Custodian for Satellite Test Bed; Electro-Static Discharge
C, FORTRAN, Python, Unix, Vxworks, MathCAD, Microsoft Office Suite, QPlot, DVDraw, VersaCAD, XSIM, XTSF, XTOP, DSATS, JBuilder, Eclipse
Mission Planning: Orbital transfer trajectories, rendezvous and intercept maneuvers, and special orbits: Sun synchronous, Polar, Gravity Assist, etc.
Guidance, Attitude Dynamics: Satellite position employing radar tracking for orbit determination; vehicle attitude utilizing on-board sensors and effectors.
Fields of Study
Amateur Observational Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Climate, Model Rocketry
American Institute of Aerospace and Astronautics
Award for technical research paper:
“The Effect of a Ground-based inversion Layer on an Impacting Microburst”
NORTHROP GRUMMAN INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, Rancho Bernardo,CA 2009 - 2013
Systems Engineer 4 - NAVY X47-B UNMANNED COMBAT AIR SYSTEM
· Generate lab Hardware-in-the-loop test procedures and test scripts, support Responsible Engineer performing FQT subsystem validation.
· Troubleshoot hardware-software integration.
· Support first flight operations.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN SPACE TECHNOLOGY, Redondo Beach,CA 2006 - 2008
Attitude Control System Integration &Test Engineering Lead - NPOESS, JWST, ATP
· Generate system-level ACS functional test procedures and test scripts, tracing complete functional threads used to verify requirements in a I&T environment.
· Prepare ACS test plans and EGSE requirements, providing test point criteria needed to access subsystem electrical hardware.
· Support test set development tasks: procedure writing/performance, producing commonality and robust, automated testing.
· Provide inputs to I&T test plans, protecting flight hardware and test personnel.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN MISSION SYSTEMS, Manhattan Beach, CA 2004 - 2006
Software Test Engineer - AEHF: Security Equipment Computer
Formally proved software meets all levied requirements pertaining to Key Management.
· Supported SEC Software. Reviewed SEC Use Cases, Courses of Action, and ICD.
· Validated Test Verification Matrix to ensure Requirement coverage.
· Executed FQT tests and analyzed test output. Documented discrepancies and problems. Created and updated test procedures based on enhanced domain knowledge.
NORTHROP GRUMMAN INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, El Segundo, CA 2003 - 2004
Systems Engineer F-35 Man-in-the-Loop Testing
Established aircraft performance in simulated combat scenarios with human controllers
· Supported simulation applications for F-35 systems with scenario analysis, utility analysis, metrics analysis, problem space definition, and technical feasibility assessments.
· Supported long-term build developments of simulation requirements (F-35, threats, targets, environment, and data collection). Researched and developed ID Fusion, MADL, AVSIM Radar, and Track Fusion.
· Provided experience for real time model development.
THE BOEING COMPANY, Seal Beach, CA 1997 - 2002
Systems Engineer / Real Time Embedded Math Modeler
Created a simulated space vehicle providing high fidelity sensor inputs and dynamic effector feedbacks; coded real-time software/hardware for signal generation testing of embedded satellite control laws.
· Collected math model requirements for the GPSIIF subsystems; coding requirements in C (VxWorks / UNIX environment) on an embedded processor.
· Integrated math models together for satellite simulation, communicating I/O with flight hardware via serial, discrete, analog, 1553 hardware driver boards in a real-time environment.
· Supported FQT with vehicle scenario runs including failure inject, anomaly resolution, and performance verification.
Meade Instruments Corporation, Irvine, CA 1992 - 1997
Design Engineer / Programmer
Designed the mechanical components, the electrical-mechanical interface, and the aluminum cast parts for computer-automated telescopes (LX2OO, Magellan, LXD450).
· Completed C programming development for the computer-controlled telescopes, eliminating sole source contractor and allowing on-time production.
· Designed and implemented the “Two-Star Alignment” method for the computer-controlled telescope that automatically calculates relative latitude and sidereal time for an observer’s location from only two stellar position measurements.
Devised the “High-Precision Pointing” algorithm, improving tracking accuracy to less than 10 arc seconds.
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