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Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:39:00 +0100
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     Date Submitted:21-11-2014
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     Current job:Sr Systems Engineer/Payload Project Engineer
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsPayload, systems engineering, satellite, mission operations, crew training, ground support equipment, flight hardware, ECLSS, space suit, radiation, CRADLE,
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    SUMMARY: 
    Aerospace/Payload Project Engineer/Sr Systems Engineer seeking a position of in the aerospace or defense industry.  Proven record of success in aerospace, military, and environmental field.
     
    CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
    Successfully manifested, delivered and provided mission support of the International Space Station DoD payloads while the Shuttle fleet was grounded 2003-2005. 
    Lead Payload Engineer SPHERES (2001-2009), led the effort for SPHERES experiment as first US Dept. of Defense payload to fly on a Russian spacecraft. 
    Leader in establishment of the Microgravity science program at Lamar University.  
    Captain of first college team to fly on Reduced Gravity Flight NASA SURF 1996. Successful of the pilot program expanded into the US nationwide college competition. 
      
    SKILLS:
    Aerospace Engineer            Mission Operations                   Sr Systems Engineer
     
    Bioenvironmental Engineer    Payload Integration       Payload Project Engineer
    Safety Engineer                 Space Suit/Vehicle/ECLSS  Radiation Safety Officer
           
    Crew Training      Program Management                    Shift Chemist
     
    Human Factors                  CRADLE, DOEHRS-IH                CBRNE Reconnaissance
     
    Solidworks/Pro E              HAWOPERS/HAZCOM           Environmental Lab Technician
             
    SECURITY CLEARANCE:
    Dept. of Defense - SECRET (Active) 
      
    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 
    May 2013 – Present; Aerospace & Engineering Business Development Manager 
    COMFORCE Technologies/Houston, TX
    Business Development for Aerospace, Engineering, and IT services.  
    New and existing client service agreements and contracts. 
    Developing negotiating strategies and integration of new venture operations.
    Integrating contract requirements with business operations.
    Jan 2004 - Present: Adjunct Professor (part-time) 
    Lamar University, Beaumont, TX
    College lecturer for undergraduate Space Science courses in Microgravity and Astrobiology. 
    Assist students submit a proposal for the NASA Reduced Gravity Flight Program.
    Online course, video media development 
     
    July 2001 - present:  Bioenvironmental Engineer, Major, USAF/ANG
    Ellington ARB, Houston, TX (Traditional Reservist)
    Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Bioenvironmental Engineering Section, duties are to apply engineering and scientific knowledge and techniques to assess and manage health-related risks and advise the commander. Responsibilities include health risk assessment and operational risk management for critical mission requirements.  
    Manage and maintain Ellington Field Program office, Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System- Industrial Hygiene (DOEHRS-IH).
    Perform risk assessments and recommend mitigation shop surveys for radiation, chemical and biological contamination and protection of personnel and hardware assets. 
    Radiation Safety Officer; serve as liaison on health physics matters to the Radioisotope Committee (RIC), Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
    Emergency management projects related to post-event recovery and monitoring services, WVA, CEMP. 
    Evaluating and recommending controls for chemical, physical, and biological stress factors. 
    Managed base respiratory protection program to ensure AFOSH and OSHA and USEPA compliance.
    Provide inputs and direction for compliance and health risks to military installation Air Emissions Control Systems, Wastewater Treatment Systems, and compliance to TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality). 
    Train shop personnel to HAZCOM in the work environment.
    Survey/inspection of  “clean rooms” and other critical FOD Prevention Area (assembly, modification and Flight and Ground Operations).
    Carswell JRB, Fort Worth, TX - Officer in Charge of the Bioenvironmental Engineering  & Public Health Section; Supervised 20-airmen for section-training, readiness, performance evaluations, assignments and leading during exercises and deployments. 
     
    May 2012 - Nov 2012; Project Payload Engineer
    QinetiQ NA, NASA/Kennedy Space Center, FL  
    (Engineering Services Contract) 
    Project Payload Engineer for biological payloads and integration to SpaceX and the International Space Station International Space Station (ISS) subsystems and components. Project planning, organizing, task direction and tracking technical efforts on assigned tasks.
    Duties included performance of systems engineering, integration, and safety, training and real-time operations support. 
    Responsible for verification of payload hardware development, tested, and certified to meet NASA safety standard, and inputs to the payload integration schedules.  
    Payload design review for safety and integration and mission success. 
    Review and support of contamination control and foreign object debris (FOD) control of flight payload hardware
    Facilitated the manifesting, logistical support, transportation and ITAR export control of the flight hardware.
    Generate and manage the project’s master schedule.
    Assist with the creation and maintenance of the Payload Interface Control Document (ICD).
    Systems engineering project life cycle, milestones and deliverables 
     
    Aug 2009 - Mar 2012: Senior Systems Engineer
    ILC Dover Inc., NASA/Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
     (Constellation Space Suit System) 
    Assigned as Integrated Product Team (IPT) representative for CSSS Program Vehicle Interface Element (VIE). 
    Responsible for the input to and verification of engineering designs to specification requirements for new or improved products and equipment. 
    Duties and responsibilities include interfacing with customers, defining system. interfaces and provided user requirements to design engineers.
    Systems engineering for life cycle vehicle interfaces for lunar rover
    Evaluation of system component requirement to GSE/Spacecraft/ ECLSS.
    Solid Works, ProE  tools other design methods, to provide product definition to engineering groups, external customers throughout the product lifecycle.
    CRADLE Requirements Management Tool

     
    Jan 2001- July 2009: Payload Safety & Integration Engineer
    Science Applications International Corporation/MEI Technology Inc 
    NASA/Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
    (DoD ISS/Shuttle Human Payload Contract) Duties included performance of payload systems engineering, integration, safety, astronaut training and real-time operations support and direction of DoD sponsored ISS/Shuttle Payloads.  Responsible for ICD inputs, Safety Data Package and verification of payload hardware development, tested, certified to meet NASA safety standard, and inputs to payload integration schedules.  
    Analysis/assessment for contamination control and FOD control for flight hardware
    Project management and risk management for ISS/Shuttle Payloads
    Develop, review and coordinate program, project and payload test plans and procedures
    Maintain program and project level documentation
    Develop and maintain contamination/FOD control plans
    Support/Input to Payload Integration Agreement (PIA) and Critical Design Reviews (PDR/CDR).
    Safety & Mission Assurance experience for ISS/Shuttle Payloads
    ITAR/EAR Export Control requirements
    Mission operation console support (DoD rep) for over 50 ISS payload operations.
    Supported over 40 Shuttle payload operation missions and trained over 30 astronauts on payload experiments.
    Lead or support for Payloads 2001- 2009
 
    Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) 
• Elastic Memory Composite Hinge (EMCH) 
• Maui Analysis of Upper-Atmospheric Injections (MAUI) 
• Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE)
• Miniature Satellite Threat Reporting System (MSTRS)
• RAFT Cubesat Satellite Project
• RAM Burn Observation (RAMBO)
• Shuttle Ionospheric Modification with Pulsed Localized Exhaust (SIMPLEX)
• Spatial Heterodyne Imager for Mesospheric Radicals (SHIMMER)
     
    Mar 2000 - Jan 2001:  Imagery Engineer (Group Lead)
    Barrios Technology Inc, NASA/Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
    (Space Flight Operation Contract) 
    Lead contract engineer for International Space Station ISS Imagery Work Group. 
    Duties includes included the integration of both On-Orbit and Preflight Imagery requirements. 
    In addition, as group lead was responsible for maintaining, our contract metrics, performance evaluations and overall focus and motivation.
     
    Aug -1995 – Mar 2000: Research Assistant – Earth & Space Resources Lab 
    Assisted in research and development (R & D) lunar and planetary science NASA sponsored research projects. Broad range of responsibilities, including maintaining the integrity of procedures and recording professional activity for peer review. 
    Supported build of “clean room” to house ultra -high vacuum system (-9 Torr)
    Lead technical for use of CO2 Laser and Neutral Mass Spectrometry (NMS)
    Supported/input to the develop new testing procedures and technologies.
    Provided mission console support for Wake Shield Satellite NMS payload flown onboard NASA STS-69 and STS-80
     
    Oct 1992 - Aug 1995:  Environmental Lab Technician-
    Southern Regional Laboratory - Chemical Waste Management 
    Duties were to determine the characteristics of hazardous waste samples  (solid, liquid materials and substances )by conducting wet chemistry analysis, physical, laboratory, and field tests, using ph. meter, chemicals, centrifuge spectrophotometer, microscope, analytical instrumentation GC( gas chromatograph), MS ( mass spectrometry).,
    Analysis of samples profiled for transport and disposal per OSHA compliance and determine the disposal method for Hazardous Waste Management
    Reviewed the work site for safety permits/confined spaces.
    Supported air emissions control monitoring. 
    Assessed water pollutants by collecting and analyzing water samples from streams and lakes, raw, semi-processed or processed water, and industrial waste water.
    Maintains environmental database by developing information requirements; designing an information system.
     
    May 1988 - Oct 1992 - Shift Chemist 
    Inland West Technical (contract Allied Signal/Ausimont USA) 
    Duties were  QA/QC quality control of polymer products by ASTM methods
     using analytical instrumentation e.g., GC/MS and LC (Liquid Chromatography), X-ray and physical chemistry..  
    GC/MS/LC instrument analyses of the polymer products.  
    Sampling directly from reactor units. 
    Analysis of Wastewater Treatment Systems for TCEQ. 
    Monitoring and recording for water flow
    Reviewed work site for safety permits 
     
    EDUCATION:
    MS, Physical Sciences, University of Houston-Clearlake, Dec 2007
    MS, Aerospace Science, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, 2007
    BS, Earth Science, Lamar University, 1996
    BS, Applied Sciences, Lamar University, 1995
      
    MILITARY SCHOOLS:
    USAF Squadron Officer School, 2014 
    USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, 2009
    USAF Reserve Officer Training School, 2004
     
    CERTIFICATION
    C-9 Reduced Gravity Flight Certification (active)
    NASA Payload Safety course Certification 2001
    NASA Payload Integration course Certification 2001
    NASA Physiological program Certification 1996, 2001, 2005
    Radiation Safety Officer Course USAF certification 2006
    Health Environmental and Occupational Communication course 22 hr
    OSHA Hazardous Material Specialist Training: 29 CFR 1910.120(q) (6) (IV)
    Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPERS) 40 hr
    Medical Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Operations course (MNBC) 
    USAF Radioactive Materials permit TX-000388-03.00AFP
    USAF Emergency Mgmt. CBRNE Key Leaders; 2009
    Defense Occupational & Environmental Health Readiness (DOEHRS) 40hr; 2010
     
    AWARDS 
    American Astronautical Society Award - Outstanding Innovations 
    Texas Congressional Resolution - Commendation for Microgravity Experiment 
      
    LANGUAGES: 
    French – Intermediate
    Russian - Basic

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