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SpaceX has delayed its two commercial crew test flights by four months, according to a new NASA schedule released Jan. 11, raising questions about whether it or Boeing will be able to send astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of the year as previously planned. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:05-12-2013
     Last Modified:05-12-2013 (07:17)
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     Current job:Research Assistant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors
     KeywordsControl design, software design, optical analysis, star tracker specialist
    CV

    OBJECTIVE
    To obtain a career in satellite sensor design and satellite control research and development


    EDUCATION

    Doctor of Philosophy, Aerospace Engineering                                   Sept. 2013
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Thesis: Development and Characterization of Color Star Trackers
    Supervisor: Dr. John Enright

    Master of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering                                 Aug. 2008
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
    Thesis: Robust Nonlinear Control Of Under-actuated Satellite Formation
    Supervisors: Dr. Guanjun Liu and Dr. Krishna Dev Kumar

    Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical Engineering                      May 2006
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
     

    RESEARCH INTERESTS
    Nonlinear dynamics and nonholonomic control systems
    Sensor design and fusion, attitude estimation, and Kalman ltering
    Bridging theory and practical implementation towards commercialization


    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Research Assistant                             Sept. 2013 - Present
    Space Avionics and Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL)
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
     + Research and development of Color Star Tracking theory and implementation

    Developement Team Member                                Oct. 2009 - May 2010
    Joint ST-16 Star Tracker Project (high-precision spacecraft attitude sensor)
    SAIL Ryerson, Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) University of Toronto
    Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS), and Sinclair Interplanetary

     + Hardware design and register con guration of CMOS sensor module.
     + Expected on orbit deployment November 2013
     + Details at http://www.sinclairinterplanetary.com/startrackers

    Teaching/Graduate Assistant                                    2003 - 2012
    Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
     + Department of Mathematics (MTH140, MTH240, and MTH141)
     + Department of Electrical Engineering (ELE202, ELE302, and EES512)
     + Department of Physics (PCS211)


    TECHNICAL SKILLS
    Demonstrated conpetence in the following areas:

    Control Systems
     + Linear - State space, Proportional Integral Derivative (PID), robustness
     + Nonlinear - Lyapunov stability, linearization, sliding-mode
     + Nonholonomic Systems - Underactuated satellite dynamics

    Sensor Calibration
     + Noise Modeling - Characterizing system model and noise sources/behaviors
     + Hardware Calibration - Model parameter estimation through laboratory testing
     + High-Fidelity Simulation - Evaluation of sensor design using numerical modeling

    Programming
     + Low-level - Assembly, C, C++, Fortran
     + High-level - MATLAB (data processing, gpu/parallel-operation, real-time hardware integration)
     + Operating Systems - Linux (Ubunto, Mint)

    Hardware
     + Low-level - Raspberry Pi, PIC Micro-controller, Gumstix (OVERO)
     + High-level - Robotic rotary gimbals, sensor and optical calibrations
     + Astronomy/Photometry - Catalog integration and processing
     + Design Space Characterization - Optical, noise, measurement sensitivity


    PUBLICATIONS

    Refereed Journals
     + Geo ffrey McVittie and John Enright, "Color star tracking I: star measurement", SPIE Journal of
         Optical Engineering, Vol. 51, No. 8, August 2012
     + John Enright and Geo rey McVittie, "Color star tracking II: matching", SPIE Journal of Optical
         Engineering, Vol. 52, No. 1, January 2013

    Conferences
     + Geoffrey McVittie and John Enright, "Color Star Tracking Using 3CCD Prism Hardware", AIAA
         Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2012, 10.2514/6.2012-5001
     + John Enright and Geoff McVittie, "Star Tracking Using Colour CMOS Detectors" AIAA Guidance,
        Navigation, and Control Conference, 2010, 10.2514/6.2010-8449
     + John Enright, Geoff McVittie, and Thomas Dzamba, "Color-Based Matching for Star Trackers",
        AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference, 2010, 10.2514/6.2010-7825
     + Geo ffrey McVittie, Krishna Kumar, and Guangjun Liu, "Reduced Input Control of an Underactuated
        Satellite Formation
    ", AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2010, 10.2514/6.2010-7710
     + Geoff McVittie, Krishna Kumar, "Design of a COTS Femtosatellite and Mission", AIAA SPACE 2007
        Conference & Exposition, 2007, 10.2514/6.2007-6034


    MEMBERSHIPS
    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
    International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)


    HONORS
    Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Tech. (QEII-GSST) Sept. 2011 - Aug. 2012
    Ryerson Graduate Scholarship (RGS) Sept. 2007 - Aug. 2011
    Ryerson Graduate Award (RGA) Sept. 2006 - Aug. 2007


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