I am an aerospace engineer applying a systems engineering approach and disciplines in propulsion and trajectories to develop space systems for commercial space. I also have a background in composites structures design and fabrication. I have experience in the design-build-test-fly cycle for unmanned aerial systems, launch vehicles and satellites. I supplement this with my experience in entrepreneurship, business development and networking, and consulting. I have the initiative and independence to be able to take on and deliver on a task and solve problems with minimal supervision.
Systems, Propulsion & Trajectories Engineer – Alpha Cube Sat, Mountain View, CA 2015 – Present
Integrating satellite systems and coordinating system interactions and engineering requirements with NASA CubeQuest competition requirements and rules.
Performing STK and classical analysis on vehicle trajectory and propulsion systems to meet mission deep-space and lunar exploration objectives and DeltaVee and 6U CubeSat mass and volume limit requirements.
Space Suit Engineer – Luna Desic, Mojave, CA 2013 – 2015
Delivered on a DARPA subcontract grant to design, build, test and qualify a concept utility for a mechanical pressure suit for use in space.
Managed a subcontract to Issyroo Farms LLC for the manufacture and testing of a suit test article and development, delivery and publication of a technical design and testing report to the DARPA customer.
Designed and fabricated manufacturing test components for suit. Designed rigid composites for mechanical pressure shell and flexible composites for flex joints.
Test Stand Engineer - XCOR Aerospace, Mojave, CA 2012
Test Hardware Design & Construction
Designed and ran structural simulations for static pressure loads on custom fittings for high-pressure and cryogenic fluid service.
Worked on a high-pressure gas supply system for GSE for engine testing. Fabricated, assembled, qualified and operated pressure lines, fittings, valves and pump systems.
Did hand calculations to verify the burst pressures of the plumbing as specified by the manufacturer and ensure our design needs were met.
Operated the Data Acquisition (DAQ) system for testing of a propellant pump and did post-testing data processing.
I was part of the test crew that prepared test gear, loaded cryogenic fluids and service gases and set up and broke down the test site.
Intern – Masten Space Systems, Mojave, CA 2012
Worked with wet vacuum bag and infusion layups on female molds of carbon-fiber composites. Constructed and prepared composite molds for layup. Did post-molding work on composite parts for flight. Troubleshot engineering issues with composites manufacturing process with build team.
Served as ground crew for flight tests of Xombie and Xaero vehicles and developmental engine testing. Loaded propellants, performed pre-flight/pre-firing checks of vehicles and test stand for flight/testing and did post-flight maintenance and refurbishment.
Designed a GSE trailer for operations at the launch site. Configured and selected lines, valves and regulators to meet operational requirements.
Quality Engineer Associate – NASA Space Shuttle Program, Huntsville, AL 2007 – 2011
NASA Space Shuttle Program (SSP) Propulsion Systems & Integration Safety & Mission Assurance (S&MA) Support Team at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Provided an integrated systems engineering approach to assessments and decisions relating to mission safety. Coordinated engineering assessments of various Shuttle element teams for presentation to SSP management for mission decisions.
Shuttle Launch Support – Provided real-time assessments of problems that occurred during countdown.
Independent Assessment & Continuous Risk Management Team
Contributed to assessments of safety issues worked by MSFC’s Quality Assurance Group. Determined risk and impact and gave recommendations to group to address issues.
Mojave Makers, Mojave, CA 2012 – 2015
Started up the first hackerspace in Mojave, CA to provide a workspace, resources, and community in support of creativity and innovation in art, science, and engineering to enhance the Mojave community. President 6/2012 – 2/2015, Secretary 1/2012 – 6/2012.
Makers Local 256, Huntsville, AL 2008 – 2011
Served on board and worked or collaborated on projects in electronics, near-spaceflight and permaculture gardening at a shared space for designers, makers, doers and artists.
Huntsville Alabama L5 Society (HAL5) Project HALO, Huntsville, AL 2007 – 2011
Experimented with hybrid and liquid-propelled rocketry with goal of providing cost-effective access to space. Worked with team to design, construct, integrate, test and evaluate composite and metallic aerospace components and motors.
University of Illinois (UIUC) Design-Build-Fly (DBF) Team, Urbana, IL 2002 – 2007
Team participates in yearly competition held by the AIAA for student teams to design, build and then fly an unmanned airplane on a competition mission. Have placed consistently in the top 13 competitors during my time on the team. For UIUC DBF Team; Member (2002 - 2005), Team Lead (2005 - 2006) and Team Advisor for (2006 – 2007).
Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Urbana, IL, 2007
Launch and orbital trajectory analysis in AGI's Systems Tool Kit 11.
Programming with Matlab, VEEPro and LabView.
CAD and FEA in SolidWorks, Inventor, AutoCAD and Unigraphics.
Strong attention to detail, excellent speaking, writing and organizational skills.
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