Principal Engineer, Manager/Director, Sr. Scientist: A lead role in the management and development of new programs, management of innovative spacecraft development, state of the art space-based remote sensing systems creation, the development and operations of new microwave, IR, or VIS remote sensing instruments, development of remote sensing spacecraft system architectures, or development of VIS/IR imaging/image processing systems, signal processing systems, comm and data handling, power, or science algorithms for ground processing of flight data.
Engineering Management at the Director level. Functional Department management. Mission architecture modeling and trade assessment, including NASA manned mission trade studies. End-to-end development of microwave and millimeter-wave radar and radiometer sensors, VIS and IR imaging systems, image recognition and visual target acquisition systems, space and airborne instrumentation systems engineering, including hardware and software development, mission architecture development, concurrent mission and systems engineering. Development of science algorithms for the calibration of VIS/IR sensors and image data from satellite instruments. NASA Space Station Program management. NASA-JPL systems engineering. NASA small spacecraft subsystems development. New Business development. Aircraft remote sensing instrument development and flight ops. NASA Space Shuttle flight operations.
1977 - BS. Physics; Youngstown State University (Ohio)
1981 - MS. Electrical Engineering; Youngstown St. U.
1992 - Ph.D. Coursework, Microwave Engineering; UMASS, Amherst
June 2006 - Present; Director of Engineering and Manufacturing, currently responsible for coordination of all technical activities across the entire company.
Led the team responsible for development of the avionics suite on the ORS MSV T2E spacecraft bus program for Northrop Grumman. Guided the development of the MSV Power Management and Distribution subsystem including the Energy Control Unit (ECU), a combined solar array controller/battery charge manager/power distribution element for the bus. Provided senior engineering direction during initial development of the MSV PMAD architecture including specification of functional and performance requirements for the ECU. Directed the design and development activities for the ECU and its associated EGSE, and supervised the delivery, initial integration and validation testing of the units to the customer's facility in Albuquerque. Additionally coordinated support of the AFRL PnP satellite development and ORS initiative. Supported multiple AFRL Plug and Play Satellite efforts including the development of the PMAD for TacSat 1 and various AFRL APT tasks. Also under a NASA SBIR contract, developed a design for a multi-camera real-time video acquisition and data processing board augmentation for the Multiple Payload Subsystem (MIPS) developed for a Rideshare Adapter produced for United Launch Alliance. Also provided Integration and test and systems engineering support for the NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) sensor package under development at the University of Iowa. May 2004 - June 2006; Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Near Earth Mission Concepts Group (312), Senior Systems Engineer: Developed a comprehensive assessment of system-level trades for the Lunar and Mars initiatives, for JPL's Constellation (manned Moon-Mars initiative) Systems Analysis effort under NASA-HQ direction. Additionally developed earth remote sensing instrument models and mission architecture models. Successfully developed and delivered a prototype mission architecture tradespace model for the Blue Horizons initiative. Assessed the level of technology development needed to support earth related missions from MEO, GEO and L-Point orbits. Served as Proposal Manager for development of the QuikSCAT Mission Extension proposal submitted to the NASA-HQ call for continuation of existing earth science missions and for one of JPL's contributions to a European Space Agency (ESA) call for missions.
Nov 2004 - Present; Evryx Technologies, Pasadena, CA, Chief of Technology Development for an internet startup company:
Developed the core technology behind the patented Vistelo image-based linking process, which uses the identification of target objects by scale and rotation invariant feature correlation of images acquired via cell phone cameras to allow linking to internet content.
Mar 2003-May 2004; Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems; Manager, Microwave and Analog Design Department:
Responsible for the functional management of an engineering department comprised of 19 full time engineers providing millimeter wave and RF/Analog design expertise to all current product development programs at Northrop Grumman Electonic Systems, Azusa. Served as technical advisor for a task team formed to resolve development issues with the receivers for the Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder being built for NASA/GSFC.
Sept 2000-Mar 2003; Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp; Principal Engineer, Civil Space Systems: Responsible for identification and evaluation of potential new business opportunities for BATC in microwave sensor and instrument development. Assisted in developing partnership arrangements with JPL and NASA/GSFC to jointly pursue new microwave development efforts. Concurrently developed a microwave instrument system testbed and built a prototype polarimetric scatterometer radar within the testbed environment. My work led directly to Ball's first ever successful bid for a microwave instrument development contract, the NASA GPM Microwave Imager. Provided calibration & validation expertise for microwave, IR and VIS sensors; coordinated the cal/val study efforts which led to a successful bid by Resource 21, BATC, and Boeing for one of the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) Formulation Phase Study awards. Worked with the GSFC Landsat Science Office to develop a comprehensive cal/val plan for LDCM.
Oct 1997-Sept 2000; JPL, Microwave Systems Engineering (Div 31 and Div 38); Lead Systems Engineer for the SeaWinds and QuikSCAT instruments:
Responsible for delivery of a fully functional SeaWinds instrument system for the QuikSCAT mission. Coordinated a team of engineers responsible for ensuring that system level requirements were met and properly verified during instrument I&T, that key systems issues were resolved in a timely and technically correct manner, and that corollary systems documentation was prepared and distributed in accordance with deliverable milestones. Participated in on-orbit operations of the SeaWinds instrument during the QuikSCAT mission early checkout phase. Responsible for successful completion of project systems deliverables, and compliance with ISO 9001. As chairman of the Scatterometer Design Team led a forum comprised of project management, science, engineering, subsystem Cognizant Engineers (subsystem dev managers), I&T, and QA representatives to focus expertise on systems related issues in instrument development, integration, test and S/C integration. Also responsible for new architecture and configuration studies in advance of proposal generation for an Advanced Scatterometer follow-on mission. Also, as Technical Lead - Submm Wave Cloud Ice Radiometer, managed the successful closeout of a hardware development contract with Swales. Performed technical mission architecture trades for and prepared the detailed technical sections of JPL's New Millennium Program EO-3 Study Report on proposed development of a geostationary, aperture synthesis, millimeter-wave atmospheric imager and sounder (GEO/SAMS).
Nov 1993-Oct 1997: US Geological Survey, EROS Data Center; Sr. Remote Sensing Scientist:
Responsible for radiometric calibration of the US Landsat data archive. Member of the EDC Landsat 7 Science Team, member of the NASA Landsat 7 Instrument Science Team. Responsibilities included generating requirements, specifications, performing design trades and developing and validating algorithms for the new Landsat 7 Ground Processing System Image Assessment Subsystem (IAS), which permits scientific and technical assessment of Landsat 7 imagery and performs Level-1 correction of the ETM+ instrument data. Technical management of a software team that developed algorithms to correctly model TM instrument radiometric characteristics, to overcome shortcomings in earlier models that prevented optimal absolute calibration of TM radiometry. Supervised development of the radiometric calibration code of ELIPS, a Level-1 Processor that recalibrates archive data. Represented the USGS at the CEOS Working Group for Calibration and Validation, an international standards development forum. Apr 1995-Aug 1997: Airborne Data Systems, Wabaso, MN; As a part time engineering consultant during this period, assisted with the design, development, integration and flight test of a low-cost, high resolution (1m), multi-spectral VIS, NIR and Thermal IR imaging remote sensing system, deployable on a range of low speed aircraft, used for crop health, mineral detection, and other land surveillance applications.
1988-1993: NASA GSFC, Microwave Sensors Branch, Lab for Hydrospheric Processes; Lead Instrument Engineer:
Chief Engineer for EDOP (ER-2 Doppler Radar), a 10 GHz dual-beam dual-pol. precipitation radar. Headed the team that re-engineered and transformed the nonfunctional initial design into a successful high altitude aircraft instrument. Responsibilities included directing hardware - software - interface engineering and test, and in-field aircraft integration and flight operations. Also enhanced existing and developed other new microwave and millimeter wave radiometer and radar systems and subsystems. Developed instrument data systems for remote sensing from aircraft. Upgraded the AMMR (Airborne Multifrequency Microwave Radiometer), AMMS (Advanced Millimeter Wave Moisture Sounder) and ESMR (Electrically Scanned Microwave Radiometer) instruments, and completed preliminary design of MIR (Millimeter-wave Imaging Radiometer). As Field Team Leader, integrated, tested and operated these instruments during several aircraft based field research campaigns.
1986-1988: NASA HQ-Reston; Manager, Space Station Attached Payloads User Accommodations:
Principal Liason to the Space Station Science community. Ensured that Space Station experimenter needs were adequately addressed in the Space Station Engineering design process by formulating key system requirements during the initial Phase B of the program, establishing interfaces with engineering personnel at all NASA centers, with platform development and servicing personnel at GSFC, and with the Space Station user communities. Served as chair of the Attached Payload Accommodation Working Group, a multi-lateral User-NASA forum to resolve science user-related engineering issues.
1985-1986: NASA GSFC, Satellite Servicing Project; Subsystem Manager, Multimission Modular Spacecraft (MMS) Power Module (PM):
Led requirements development and managed the configuration mods required to complete a Power Module for the MMS spacecraft used for a variety of GSFC missions. Also assisted in systems engineering of the electrical and control subsystems for the shuttle-borne HST repair mission servicing structure.
1984-1985: NASA JSC. Operations Engineer, Space Station Program Office Level-B;
As operations engineer, contributed to the definition of Ground and Onboard Crew Activity Planning, Space Station Data File, and Display and Control requirements for the Space Station. Investigated the applicability of expert systems technology to onboard station operations. Developed a Space Station Operations database, managed the development of associated database software, and aided in the determination of International participation options for Space Station operations.
1983-1984: NASA GSFC, Special Payloads Division;
As Electrical Engineer for Spacecraft Instrument Development, revised the design and supervised the layout, construction, assembly and testing of the Spartan Data System Controller and GSE. Developed operating software for the Spartan 2 configuration, an embedded data acquisition and control system. Conceived, engineered the concept, and managed development of EPIC, an interactive controller for crew interface to low-cost space shuttle payloads. Initiated development and integration of electronic systems for the SSBUV payload.
1980-1983: NASA JSC, Flight Control Division;
As Flight Mission Operations Engineer, participated in the operational integration of Space Shuttle attached and deployed commercial, NASA and DOD Payloads. Evaluated payload designs, prepared onboard and ground ops procedures and generated operations system requirements. Served in the Mission Control Center as a payload systems engineer during Shuttle flights STS-2, 4, and 6. Conceived and coordinated the successful Getaway Special in-flight repair effort during Space Shuttle flight STS-4.
Applicant has been awarded over a dozen patents (US and International) related to novel image capture and object recognition technology, and has a patent related to modular, networked spacecraft power subsystems.
Selected Professional Publications:
W. Boncyk, "Revolutionary Design Meets Spacecraft Reality: Lessons Learned in Developing a PnPSat Power System," IEEE Conference on Aerospace, Big Sky, MT, March, 2009.
W. Boncyk, "Developing a Distributed Power and Grounding Architecture for PnPSat," IEEE Conference on Aerospace, Big Sky, MT, March, 2008.
R. Cohen, W. Boncyk, J. Brutocao, I. Beveridge, "Model-Based Trade Space Exploration for Near-Earth Space Missions," IEEE Conference on Aerospace, Big Sky, MT, March, 2005.
T. Cwik, W. Boncyk, K. Anderson, "Technology Challenges for Earth Observation from Higher Orbits," SPIE 2004 International Asia Pacific Symposium on Remote Sensing of Atmosphere, Environment and Space, November, 2004.
G. Chander, D. L. Helder, W. C. Boncyk, "LANDSAT 4/5 Band 6 Relative Radiometry," Communications in IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, Vol. 40, No 1, January, 2002.
W. Boncyk, B. Lambrigtsen, W. Wilson, "Key Technologies of a Geostationary Synthetic Aperture Microwave Sounder," International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2000).
W. Boncyk, B. Markham, J. Barker, D. Helder, "Artifact Correction and Absolute Radiometric Calibration Techniques Employed in the Landsat 7 Image Assessment System," IGARSS '96, May 1996.
J. R. Wang, W. C. Boncyk, L. R. Dod, A. K. Sharma, "Retrieval of Total Precipitable Water over High-Latitude Regions Using Radiometric Measurements near 90 and 183 GHz," Journal of Applied Meteorology, Vol. 31, No 12, December 1992.
R. Meneghini, T. Kozu, H. Kumagai, W. C. Boncyk, "A Study of Rain Estimation Methods from Space Using Dual-Wavelength Radar Measurements at Near-Nadir Incidence Over Ocean," Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, Vol. 9, No 4, August 1992.
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