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     Date Submitted:30-09-2014
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     Current job:Manufacturing Plant Manager
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within a month
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsResearch and Development, power plant design, space nuclear power, radiators, thermal management, numerical analysis, optimization
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    SENIOR RESEARCH ENGINEER

    Highly versatile and dedicated professional; adept at working independently and collaboratively with a team of multidisciplinary engineers. Experienced in research and development of sophisticated designs and modeling of complex scientific problems for the advancement of innovative solutions impacting energy systems, renewable resources and space exploration.  Strong written/verbal skills including reports and research findings presentations.  Well versed in training and supervising others.

    Project Management - Strategic Planning - Highly Motivated - Implementation and Delivery - Self-Starter - Writing, Editing and Proofreading Skills - Results Oriented - Imaginative and Lateral Thinking - Team Player - Analytical and Decision Making Skills - Creative Problem Solver - Detail Oriented - Interpersonal and Leadership Skills - Effective Communicator - Ability to Motivate Others

     

    EDUCATION

    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Ph.D., cum laude, GPA: 3.79

    Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, Space and Nuclear Power Systems, 1996

     

    École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures de Paris, France

    French P.E., honors, Energetics and Heat Transfer, 1988

     

    University Paris XIII, France

    M.S., summa cum laude, graduated first of class, Applied Mathematics, 1986

     

    Extensive Publication Record as Primary Author or Co-Author

    Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings (74), International Journals (35),

    Final Reports and Software Manuals to government agencies/clients (19)

    (URL: http://www.isnps.unm.edu/publications/search/)

     

    Multilingual: American-English, French

     

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    GRACELANDAZ, Avondale, AZ (January 2013-Present)

    Portable Buildings Manufacturing Plant

    Manufacturing Plant Manager

    - Re-engineered, restructured and retooled facility from the ground-up to support manufacturing operation. Overseeing of employees, production, efficiency, plant upkeep, safety, quality control.

    - Maintenance of optimum plant operation: work assignments; production flow schedules; recruit, hire and train unseasoned crews; receiving/shipment; institution of inventory, tools, waste, and quality controls; worker and plant safety; equipment maintenance; budget execution.

    Achievements:

    - Production/profitability increase by a factor > 2 to meet/maintain a $500K monthly sales level. 

    - Maintenance of superior quality control building standards.  

    - Significant reduction of materials waste through implementation of effective inventory controls.

     

    INSTITUTE FOR SPACE AND NUCLEAR POWER STUDIES (1990-2013)

    Chemical & Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Research & Development Engineer

    Developed and completed both long and short-term research studies in the design, optimization and analysis of novel static and dynamic energy systems, heat exchangers and integrated space and terrestrial nuclear power plants. Expertise in thermal management, thermodynamics, fluid flow, rarefied gas flow, porous media, radiative heat transfer, space radiators, heat pipes, alkali metals, gas mixtures, energy conversion, Thermo-Electrics, Alkali Metal Thermal-to-Electric Converters (AMTEC), and turbo-machinery.  Co-authored grants, peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings and International Journals. 

    Achievements:

    - Developed innovative designs and analysis models of nuclear power systems for space and terrestrial applications: heat pipes reactors, liquid metal-cooled reactors, heat pipes radiators.

    - Participated in experimental vacuum tests and improved advanced static energy conversion systems: Thermo-Electric converters (TE), Alkali-Metal Thermal-to-Electric Converters (AMTEC). 

    - Analyzed and optimized recuperated Closed Brayton Cycle of gas-cooled, High Temperature Reactor (HTR) plants with multistage axial-flow turbo machinery.  Developed and verified with thousands of test data semi-empirical correlations to calculate the thermodynamic / transport properties of gas mixtures.

    - Designed and analyzed the performance of advanced nuclear Radioisotope Power Systems and Heater Units; reviewed gas release mechanisms and retention in coated-particle PuO2/UO2 fuels.

    - Developed and benchmarked sophisticated transient analysis models to simulate frozen startup and shutdown transients of tilted alkali-metal (H2PAC, developed for Los Alamos National Lab) and water heat pipes (HPTAM, under NASA Glenn Research Center sponsorship).

     

    UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO, Albuquerque, NM (1996-2013)

    Research Professor of Chemical and Nuclear Engineering

    In addition to teaching live main campus courses, taught live interactive television sessions to graduate engineers in off-campus locations, i.e., Los Alamos National Lab and Sandia National Lab via UNM’s statewide Interactive Television (ITV) two-way videoconferencing. Taught problem-based upper division and graduate courses:  (1) Thermodynamics and Power Plants, (2) Thermal Hydraulics of Nuclear Systems, (3) Introduction to Space Nuclear Power and (4) Nuclear Engineering Design. 

    Participated in graduate student peer mentoring program:  supported scholarly, professional and personal development through collaboration, encouragement, knowledge sharing, and critical and reflective analysis. 

    Co-authored Grants, Peer-reviewed Conference Proceedings and International Journals. 

    Achievements:

    - Developed core course curriculum: Thermodynamics and Power Plants, Spring 2009.

    - First-choice substitute teacher and instructor of course sections: Thermal Hydraulics of Nuclear Systems, Introduction to Space Nuclear Power, Nuclear Engineering Design, UNM, 1996-2012.

    - Developed and presented Short Course: Heat Pipes Design and Technology, Space Technology and Applications International Forum, Albuquerque, NM, Feb 2003.

    - Developed and presented upper management level workshop: Technology, Modeling & Design Optimization of AMTECs, Bechtel-Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, West Mifflin, PA, July 2001.

     

    R&D Grants Task Leader and Co-PI (1996-2013)

    NASA Glenn Research Center

    Westinghouse Electric Co.

    Idaho National Lab

    Air Force Research Lab

    Los Alamos National Lab

    U.S. Department of Energy

    Knolls Atomic Power Lab

    Sandia National Lab

    Bechtel-Bettis Atomic Power Lab

    Jet Propulsion Lab

    Boeing Company

    Sholtis Eng. and Safety Consulting

     

    INSTITUTE FOR SPACE AND NUCLEAR POWER STUDIES (1989-2013)

    Chemical & Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

    Engineering Software Developer

    Developed and programmed design optimization and transient performance analysis models of devices and integrated power plants. Expertise: Delivery of fast and accurate modeling tools of complex systems involving multi-physics processes; Finite Elements Analysis (FEA), finite-difference and control volume techniques on staggered grids; SIMPLE, SIMPLEC and PISO segregated iterative solution techniques; matrix solution techniques; Advanced training in Applied Mathematics and engineering sciences.

    Achievements:

    - Developed a unique transient chemical kinetics model of nuclear graphite oxidation to CO and CO2, the culmination of more than 50 years of peer research; successfully validated model with experimental data for PyC, IG-110,NBG-18, NBG-25 and PCEA graphites (Idaho National Lab).

    - Developed FORTRAN 95 design optimization and performance models of heat exchangers and multistage axial-flow turbines and compressors for MELCOR-H2, the world’s first transient nuclear reactor-hydrogen generation design and safety analysis code (Sandia National Lab).

    - Developed complex and versatile DynMo-CBC and DynMo-TE transient models on the MATLAB®/ SIMULINK® platform of integrated space nuclear power plants, to study startup and shutdown transients and develop autonomous control schemes (UNM-ISNPS).

    - Developed optimization models of AMTEC/TE energy converters and thermal-hydraulics loops, and performance models of high-energy utilization (> 93%) nuclear power plants with co-generation  of heat, to support collaborative research with the Westinghouse Electric Company.

    - Developed and validated accurate and extremely fast running models of thermochemical multi-

    tube AMTEC converters and of vacuum tests setup; guided Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) personnel and improved conversion efficiency by 50%, from 12% to 18%.

     

    AWARDS / PEER RECOGNITION

    - Associate Member of Madison Who’s Who of Executives and Professionals, 2011.

    - Recognized Team Member: MELCOR-H2, World’s First Transient Nuclear Reactor-Hydrogen Generation Design and Analysis Code, by Les. E. Shepard, Vice President, SNL, April 1, 2008.

    - UNM Patent No. UNM-827: Hybrid Heat Pipes/Thermosyphon Heat Exchanger for Very High Temperature Nuclear Reactor (VHTR) Plants, M. S. El-Genk and J.-M. Tournier, May 1, 2007.

    - Recognized Team Member: Large-Scale Production of Hydrogen Using Nuclear Reactors, by Les. E. Shepard, Vice President, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque NM, March 20, 2007.

    - Reviewer: ASME Journal of Heat Transfer, National Heat Transfer Conferences, STAIF forums.

     

    - Space Technology and Applications International Forum (STAIF):

    Conference Program Coordinator (2008).

    Award Committee Judge (1998-2004).

    Outstanding Paper Award (1998): AMTEC Performance and Evaluation Analysis Model (APEAM): Comparison with Test Results.

    Manuel Lujan, Jr. Best Student Paper Award (1996): Transient Analysis of the Startup of a Sodium Heat Pipe from a Frozen State.

     

    COMPUTER SKILLS:

    - Programming languages: FORTRAN 77 and 95, PASCAL, C and C++, Microsoft Visual Studio

    - Object-oriented software: STAR-CCM+ FEA, MATLAB®/SIMULINK®, Solidworks CAD modeling

    - Desktop publishing: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Sun µSystems’ Open Office

    - Website development: HTML, Javascript, Google Maps


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