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     Date Submitted:02-11-2015
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    Highlight of Skills and Attributes

     

    • Core strengths in the areas of Thermal Design / Analysis, Mechanical Design and Systems Engineering.

    • 29 years aerospace experience as a Mechanical Engineer.

    • Performed complex design, analysis and test of avionics, spacecraft and launch vehicles.

    • Led engineering design, production, installation and test of an entire satellite thermal insulation system using MLI and other passive thermal control materials.

    • Managed thermal vacuum environmental testing of over 30 satellites.

    • Supervised a staff of 25 Thermal Test Engineers and developed a reputation of excellence through my solid intra-personal / relationship skills.

    • Excellent presentation skills for both internal and external design reviews, which served to strengthen customer relationships.

    • Various environments include: Thermal Desktop (SINDA); TSS (SINDA); Unigraphics (3D Design); CONOPS Control Software; FEMAP (NASTRAN - Stress); ANSYS (Thermal and Stress); Hand Calculations (Mathcad); Engineering Documents and Presentations (Microsoft Office); as well as several other engineering software applications.


     

    Professional Consulting Experience

     

    Gaggle Diversified, Inc./Sole Proprietor, Littleton/Lakewood, CO 2002 to Present

    Consultant / Owner

    • Provided consulting services and software expertise for various industries.

    United Launch Alliance, Centennial, CO 5/15 to 08/15
    Thermal Analysis Engineer

    • Performed Thermal Analysis using Thermal Desktop and SINDA/Fluint for Atlas and Delta Rockets. Tasks included both Cryogenic Tank Heating and Aeroheating analyses. Provided multiple process improvement and cost reduction suggestions.

    Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp, Boulder, CO 10/11 to 01/12

    Systems Test Engineer

    • Performed Thermal Model Reduction on a Star Tracker using Thermal Desktop for integration into larger satellite models.

    Lockheed Martin IS&GS, Sunnyvale, CA 06/09 to 12/09

    Systems Test Engineer

    • Developed operating procedures for the Assembly, Integration and Testing (AIT) of a large government satellite. Work involved satellite shipping preparations and preparation of large test equipment to be used for TVAC testing.

    Jacobs Engineering, Houston, TX 07/08 to 02/09

    Thermal Systems Analyst

    • Conduct ECLSS trade studies and developed ECLSS schematics for the NASA Johnson Space Center Manned Mission Constellation/Altair/Lunar Exploration programs.

    • Performed thermal analysis of electronics using Thermal Desktop for use on the International Space Station.

    Boeing Phantom Works, Huntington Beach, CA 08/03 to 08/07

    MLI Design Engineer/Thermal Systems Analyst (Gaggle Diversified, Inc. Consultant)

    • Hand picked to be the Lead Thermal Engineer for the DARPA/AFRL Orbital Express (OE) spacecraft On-Orbit mission procedures and operations (CONOPS).

    • In charge of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) blanket design using Unigraphics NX2 for the OE program.

    • Responsible for the design of 50+ thermal blankets having designed over 80% personally.

    • Developed overall thermal model of OE spacecraft using TSS/SINDA which required integration of
      6 subcontractor thermal models, using 4 different thermal analysis software applications.

    • Successfully performed a difficult translation of a THERMICA spacecraft thermal model to a SINDA model in order to integrate it with a Launch Vehicle Rocket Model.

    • Instrumental in the OE Spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test (AIT) efforts, while especially influential in my involvement in the Spacecraft Thermal Vacuum Test.

    • Supported the OE program thermal system DOORS requirement development and closure.

    Hughes Space & Communications, El Segundo, CA 03/98 to 01/99

    Thermal Systems Analyst/Test Engineer

    • Lead Test Engineer for spacecraft thermal vacuum (SCTV) tests including training of test engineers.

    • Served as lead liaison between Thermal Test Engineering and the Space Simulation Laboratory in preparing and spacecraft level thermal vacuum tests.

    • Standardized test documentation utilizing new procedures and forms that became the standard protocol for new spacecraft level thermal tests.

    • Developed HS-CINDA systems level thermal models to for space vehicles in orbit.

    Hughes Electron Dynamics Division, Torrance, CA 10/96 to 09/97

    Structural Analysis Engineer (concurrent with Allied Signal)

    • Performed detailed stress analysis of electronic power supplies using hand calculations, ANSYS Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software and Pro/E.

    • Also performed material tests evaluating epoxy strength of various adhesives for use in the bonding of electronic components.

    Allied Signal Aerospace, Torrance, CA 06/94 to 7/97

    Structural Analysis Engineer (concurrent with Hughes)

    • Performed detailed stress, vibration and fatigue analyses of heat exchangers, avionics and turbomachinery.

    • Analyzed components requiring static models of a 650,000 lbf rocket engine, dynamic models of F-22 avionics and fatigue analysis of electronics and solder joints.

    • Utilized hand calculations, ANSYS and Pro/E-FEA to develop Finite Element Models for fatigue damage tolerance determination resulting from combined vibration and thermal stress.

    • Developed useful ANSYS, Excel and Mathcad macros, scripts and spreadsheets for analyzing circuit cards with vibration and thermal stress damage tolerance/fatigue considerations.

    Professional Direct-Hire Experience

     

    Paragon Space Development Corporation, Tucson, AZ 08/07 to 03/08

    Thermal Systems Analyst

    • Gained extensive experience using Thermal Desktop to perform thermal analysis of the Launch Pad Abort version of the NASA Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle.

    • Developed thermal test plan of high power electrical components to investigate means of reducing thermal interface resistances.

    Swales Aerospace, Pasadena, CA 01/99 to 07/03

    Program Manager (Consultant to NASA/JPL and Boeing Satellite Systems, formerly Hughes)

    • Supervised up to 25 engineers, performing over 30 spacecraft and subsystem thermal vacuum tests.

    • Created schedules, performed tests wrote procedures/reports and directed training efforts.

    • Conducted thermal system design verification on spacecraft using TSS and SINDA.

    • Executed heat pipe performance testing for the NASA JPL Mars Rover using LabView.

    • Performed structural analysis using FEMAP.

    Martin Marietta Astronautics Group, Denver, CO 06/82 to 03/94

    Senior Engineer

    • Contributed in all functions of the Electronic Packaging Mechanical Department, including mechanical drafting, design, thermal analysis and test, stress analysis and random vibration fatigue analysis and test.

    • Tasks included proposal preparation, research and development, material selection and testing of electronic units used in spacecraft and ground equipment.

    • Performed extensive hand calculations and software computations as necessary to solve numerous types of engineering problems.

     

    Accomplishments

     

    Innovations

    • Perform difficult thermal model translation from THERMICA to Thermal Desktop for launch vehicle model integration. Received two employee commendations.

    • Held lead design, analysis, procurement, manufacturing and testing responsibilities of Martin Marietta's first prototype Nickel-Hydrogen Spacecraft Battery.

    • Developed a proprietary electrical isolation method, which reduced installation time and cost during Nickel-Hydrogen Battery development program. Received a Co-Invention award.

    • Instrumental in developing and testing advanced methods for securing Surface Mount printed circuit boards using composites for heat sinking and stiffening. The assemblies proved capable of surviving extended random vibration testing at levels as high as 60 Grms.

    • Created a detailed, timely thermal analysis and verified results with thermal tests to investigate failure of Dale resistors during an industry-wide investigation. Presented results incisively to a high level audience. Received an employee commendation.

       

    Cost Savings

    • Prevent costly program delays by providing management with accurate, detailed thermal analyses to support the critical launch decision for the first $6 Billion MILSTAR satellite.

    • Develop, test and implement new departmental methods of mounting high-power electrical components to prevent costly electrical failures from re-occurring.

    Weight Reduction / Optimization

    • My recommendations helped to significantly improve Magellan spacecraft battery life while lowering manufacturing costs and reducing weight / volume. Received employee commendation.

    • Recommended materials and design enhancements to reduce weight and increase vibration endurance on the Titan IV Lightweight Antenna Development project. Received employee commendation.

    Security Clearances

    DOD Secret March 2018 (Expiration Date)


     


     

    Formal Engineering Software Training

     

    • Finite Difference Analysis

    • Thermal Desktop

    • SINDA

    • Finite Element Analysis (FEM / FEA)

    • ALGOR

    • NASTRAN

    • Computer Aided Design (3D CAD)

    • Unigraphics

    • AutoCad

    • Computervision CADDS 5  Basic

    • Computervision CADDS 5  Advanced

    • Computer Aided Engineering (CAE)

    • Computervision Stresslab (Stress analysis integrated into CADDS 5 design software)

    • Spreadsheet, Documentation and Presentation

    • Microsoft Office

    Education

    Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 1983

    B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Minor Degree in Metallurgical Engineering


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