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Nearly 600 members of a union that has been on strike against United Launch Alliance for almost two weeks will vote on a new contract May 19 that would end the labor dispute. SpaceNews.com
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SpaceX and OneWeb, two companies building thousands of satellites for broadband services, both expect to connect billions of the world's least-served to the internet. The two most prominent developers of electronically steered antennas don’t share that aspiration, however. SpaceNews.com
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The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command, Lt. Gen. David “DT” Thompson, made his first public appearance May 15, 2018, at a Washington Space Business Roundtable luncheon. SpaceNews.com
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Testimony by NASA’s Inspector General at a May 16 hearing provided new support to efforts by two senators to block plans to end funding of the International Space Station in 2025. SpaceNews.com
Wed, 16 May 2018 22:33:57 +0000
A spending bill to be marked up by the House Appropriations Committee would provide some funding for a NASA space telescope proposed for cancellation, but not necessarily enough to keep the mission on schedule. SpaceNews.com
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Tue, 15 May 2018 20:26:23 +0000
A NASA advisory committee, concerned about delays in the development of commercial crew systems, wants the agency to look at options where the International Space Station is operated with a reduced crew. SpaceNews.com
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Eutelsat on May 14 said it is taking steps to secure a foothold in the European broadband market after last month’s decision to forgo jointly funding a satellite with Viasat turned the two companies into direct competitors. SpaceNews.com
Tue, 15 May 2018 18:11:00 +0000
It is still early days for this emerging sector, but 2018 will be the year that Chinese commercial launch companies begin to take off. SpaceNews.com
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    RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

     

    Driven, versatile, and self-motivated professional with seven years of hands-on laboratory research experience. Proven ability to work as part of a cross-functional, interdisciplinary team to support research and study objectives. Comprehensive knowledge of the inner-workings of a wide range of laboratory equipment and scientific instruments. Able to create manuals and guides out of highly technical and scientific concepts.

     

    Areas of Expertise

    Research / Development • Data Collection / Analysis • Project Management • Cryogenics • Process Improvement

    Equipment Troubleshooting • Preventative Maintenance • Engineering • Technical Writing • Lab Protocols

    Quality Control • Facility Management • Software Development • Cross-Functional Collaboration 

     

    RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

     

    LOCKHEED-MARTIN, McMurdo Station, ATA     Oct 2013 – Oct 2014

    Research Associate

    Simultaneously managed all day-to-day functions—including data collection and transfer—for sixteen on-going, long-term research projects. Fostered positive relationships with key project stakeholders to proactively manage expectations during unforeseen project incidences and lapses in data collection. Led small group tours to expand introduce facility capabilities, scientific experiments, and other projects to the larger McMurdo community.

    Developed comprehensive manual describing Standard Operating Procedures and best practices for the Research Associate position; included End-of-Season report detailing achievements and issues during tenure.

    Handled facility maintenance and management for two off-site locations; maintained inventory, procured necessary supplies, updated old equipment, and conducted routine emergency system inspections.

    Performed maintenance under extremely adverse conditions, including torch soldering signal lines at -40°F; functionality testing of malfunctioning electronics cards; replacement of antenna arms; realignment of 36-element antenna array; and replacement of a faulty digitizer 20 miles off-station during the Antarctic winter.

     

    LOCKHEED-MARTIN / RAYTHEON POLAR SERVICES, Amunsen-Scott SP Station, ATA   Feb 2012 – Nov 2012

    Cryogenics Technician / Research Associate

    Primarily responsible for monitoring and maintaining liquid and gaseous helium supplies to support NSF- and NOAA-funded research. Conducted routine and preventative maintenance on recharging cryostats, compressors, vacuum pumps, lances, and high-pressure/transfer lines. Operated and maintained liquid nitrogen plant.

    Significantly reduced daily liquid helium usage rate (34.5L to 27L) by designing and implementing vented helium capture system that greatly increased transfer efficiency.

    Analyzed prior year data of liquid and gaseous helium usage to accurately forecast 2013 supply requirements.

     

    UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, MN                    Jan 2009 – May 2011

    Research Assistant – Minnesota Institute of Astrophysics

    Applied expertise in C++ and Linux to develop and test motor control software for MMTPol its related client program, in addition to the completed opto-mechanical system. Managed and maintained coldhead, cryogenics, and vacuum systems critical to proper functionality of MMTPol.

    Collaborated with other members of the research team to integrate opto-mechanical control software and improve communication between Windows and Linux machines that ultimately streamlined usage of MMTPol.

    Created technical documentation to facilitate ease-of-use for MMTPol motor control and front-end software.

    Utilized CAD software to design, model, and machine key components for MMTPol, including optics mounts, heat transfer thermal straps, light baffles, and connector clamps.

    Provided operational and data collection support during observing runs at NASA Infrared Telescope Facility, Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, Lowell Observatory, and O’Brien Infrared Observatory.

     

    ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE

     

    Assistant Nordic Ski Coach – Saint Paul Central High School 2008 – Present

    Taught high school students basic and advanced skiing and racing techniques.

     

    Trail Staff – Wilderness Inquiry     2011 – 2013

    Introduced participants of all ages and experiences to foundational elements of canoeing.

     

    Teaching Assistant – Astronomy Department, University of Minnesota     2008 – 2009

    Created and delivered presentations on a wide range of astronomy topics to the general public.

     

    Observatory Assistant – Physics Department, Gustavus Adolphus College     2005 – 2008

    Conducted guided observatory tours to astronomy students and observatory visitors.

     

    INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

     

    Research Experience for Undergraduate Interns – Astronomy Department, Wesleyan University

    Compiled and updated database of T-Tauri type stars.

    Observed FU Orionis type candidate stars at Kitt Peak National Observatory and determined stars’ actual type.

     

    Independent Research – Physics Department, Gustavus Adolphus College

    Developed procedure for growing thin films over aluminum films in vacuum.

    Analyzed films using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM).

    Repaired and replaced microscope tips for STM.

     

    Summer Research Opportunity Program Intern – Synchotron Radiation Center, University of Wisconsin

    Assisted in growing thin films in ultra-high vacuum via molecular beam epitaxy.

    Analyzed film structure using Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy.

     

    EDUCATION

     

    Master of Science in Astrophysics

    University of Minnesota – Department of Astronomy, Minneapolis, MN

     

    Bachelor of Arts in Physics

    Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

     

    TECHNICAL SKILLS

     

    Operating Systems: Mac OS X, Microsoft, Linux 

    Computer Languages: Fortran, C++

    Software: Solidworks (partial), Microsoft Office, IRAF, Microsoft eMbedded Visual Tools

    Instruments: Data Loggers, Stepper Motors, Scanning Tunneling Microscopes, DMMs, Oscilloscopes, Davis Weather Monitors 

    Cryogenics: Coldhead Cryopumps, Cryostats, Compressors, Liquid Nitrogen Plants, Ultra-High Vacuum Systems, Liquid Helium Transfers, Vent Helium Capture, Installation of Aeroquip Fittings

    Machining: Milling Machine, Lathe, Drill Press, Jig Saw, Band Saw, Soldering Iron And Torch,
    Hand Tools

    Trauma Management: Suturing, IV Starts, CPR, Emergency Response, Blood Typing/Drawing 


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