Military Launch Vehicle Integrated Product Team Lead
Space and Missile Systems Center, Engineering Directorate, LAAFB, CA Aug. 2014 – Present
Leads a 23-member integrated USG/contractor team in production, test & launch of Atlas V, Delta IV, and Falcon 9 Rockets; re-enforcing Unites States’ assured access to space
Provides SMC Commander & Launch Mission Directors technical assessment of launch risks for all USAF missions; recently the $300M+ MUOS-3 mission
Critical member of test and evaluation review team for the RL-10 engines; necessary for increased orbital insertion confidence of national satellite assets
Leads reviews of system anomalies, establishing root cause and enacting corrective operations/design changes
Monitors and evaluates job performance of 3 subcontract organization with 26 support personnel
Leads independent assessment of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket component testing, evaluation, and production for consideration of 3-Star General’s contract award
Delta IV, Rocket Structure Engineer
Space and Missile Systems Center, Launch Systems Directorate, LAAFB, CA Aug. 2012 – Aug 2014
Oversaw 52-member integrated USG/contractor team in production, test & launch of Delta IV rocket structures
Certified space launch console operator for 14 missions
Assessed contractor technical/schedule/risk management performance across USG launch contracts & terms of agreement of $46B
Lead 12-member team to acquire/operate/sustain affordable launch capability; maintains USG assured access to space
Provided launch "go/no-go" structures assessment to AF Chief Engineer for Mission Director; interfaces with NRO, NASA, and industry
Lead $60M rocket structure upgrade; cleared equipment rack for new avionics enabling $26M cost savings per year
Evaluated SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket structures design and engineering; analyzing risk for 3-Star General's assessment of using SpaceX
Designed first-ever enterprise risk tracker for 9 most critical Delta IV issues--key situational awareness tool for leaders
Led equipment bay redesign for $300M the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle avionics upgrade--kept program on-track for timely cut-in on key ISR satellite mission
Verified 215 rocket analyses and certified 90 flight critical rocket structures
USAF Materiel Command, 46th Test Squadron, Eglin AFB, FL Aug. 2009 – Aug. 2012
Led multiple teams of up to 18 personnel developing, testing, and evaluating mission planning software for fighters, bombers, transport, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft
Ensured safety and accuracy of automated flight planning tools for aircraft, military weapons, and sensors
Developed test plans and integrated results from other NATO, AFOTEC, ACC and AMC testers to verify program objective
Planned, pitched and managed $4-$12 million budgets
Handpicked for travel to South Korea to manage a test team that successfully resolved multiple software safety of flight issues with Korean F-16’s
Conducted trade studies and performed economic and financial analyses to select winning bid for $28+ million government contract for B-2 Stealth Bomber software
Effectively executed 10 tests working with budget cuts and only 50% manning
Saved $12,000 by uncovering 4 serious forensic software program errors through knowledge of computer security and cryptography
Efficiently evaluated 3,500 requirements and delivered E-3, F-15 and Euro Hawk mission tools on schedule
Managed $4 million inventory of 300+ separate pieces of government equipment
Built 6 targets for multi-sensor test; ran 26 missions in 14 days--innovative $750K joint Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance operation saved $3M in test costs
Directed targets for 11 Small Diameter Bomb trials; tasked 6 convoys through 34-point test matrix--proved new seeker algorithms
Ball Aerospace Corporation, Boulder, CO Aug. 2008 – May 2009
Spearheaded 5-man team designing, developing and testing the first 3-D model for thermal visualization of telemetry data gathered from orbiting satellites
Developed algorithm to blend and show colors across a 3-D structure to accurately estimate temperature between satellite sensors based on gathered data
Enabled easier, more detailed analysis of critical heating information
Produced software later incorporated into Ball Aerospace COSMOS software suite
United States Department of Defense, (2009)
Top Secret (SCI) Clearance
Software Quality Engineering (SQE), (2010)
Comp TIA, (2011)
Air Force Institute of Technology, Wright Patterson AFB, OH, (2012)
US Air Force Squadron Officer School, (2015)
Military and Strategic Leadership
SMC/Launch Systems Directorate, (2012)
Delta IV Space Launch Console Operator
Military Space Systems Operations School, (2014)
Advanced Space Operations
Defense Acquisition University, Wright Patterson AFB, OH (2014)
Test & Evaluation Level 2
Systems Planning Research Development and Engineering: Systems Engineering Level 2
Program Management Level 2
B.S. Systems Engineering: Information Systems
US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO June 2005 – May 2009
Systems Engineering | Mechanical Engineering | Program Management | Aeronautical Engineering
Test Management | Astronautical Engineering | Chemistry | Physics | Testing, Modeling & Simulation
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