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     Date Submitted:24-06-2016
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     Current job:Mission Systems Engineer and Flight Director
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Own country
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services,
     KeywordsGround and Space Segment Engineering, development, design and validation / testing, spacecraft integration and testing, flight operations preparation and mission flight operations (LEOP, commissioning, routine phase)
    CV

    CAREER PROFILE

    An accomplished career in space mission systems and project engineering with nearly twenty years of experience supporting and leading Space, Ground and Flight Operations Segment projects for many high-profile programs. Involved in all phases of space mission development, including ground segment design, specification and integration, flight hardware assembly, integration and testing (AIT), flight operations procedure development, and flight mission execution.

    Roles of increasing responsibility throughout a high-profile career, ultimately leading a multi-disciplinary flight operations team, guiding a national-level government program through its launch and early orbit (LEOP) and commissioning phases.

    Experience of many aspects of spacecraft design and validation over a variety of missions, in roles such as PAZ AIS instrument Subcontract Manager and technical authority monitoring flight hardware and software development, to analyzing spacecraft data and power budgets for RADARSAT-2, plus overseeing the development of a high-fidelity software simulator representing all flight hardware units and running embedded flight software; developing spacecraft test plans and test scripts, and conducting spacecraft operational validation and deployment testing in the cleanroom.

    Demonstrated long-term commitment to multi-year mission projects, from initial mission conception (Pre-Phase A), through to post-launch commissioning. Worked with space agencies and subcontractors worldwide, including teams from the USA, Canada, India, and Europe. Adept at roles requiring collaboration with, and an understanding of, diverse cultures and industry practices, and involving frequent international travel.

    A trusted project and employer representative at Customer and industry meetings during major milestone reviews, with excellent presentation, personnel training and technical documentation skills. Member of several successful proposal-winning and contract negotiation teams. Regular and valued collaborator with space agency and commercial industry partners on mission proposals and studies.

    An effective Subcontract Manager and Project Engineer, able to maintain the “big picture” of space mission programs while managing the day-to-day challenges of complex projects, through comprehensive system-level requirements analysis and formulation, risk analysis and mitigation planning, high-level interface design, project work package planning and tracking, and effective customer and subcontractor interface. Currently preparing for Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

    Portfolio covers a variety of mission types, from scientific observation to remote sensing missions. Programs supported to date include the Hubble Space Telescope, ESA’s XMM-Newton astronomy mission, the Canadian RADARSAT-2, Sapphire RapidEye and RCM remote sensing missions, and the ADS-1B, HIP-1 and PAZ missions with Automatic Identification System (AIS) payloads.

    Professional Experience

    Asteria Space Consulting                                                                                                    2013+

    Consultancy firm specializing in space mission analyses for government and industry partners.

    President – developing customer relations and collaborating with clients on technical analyses and conference presentations, including clients in Nigeria, Canada and at NASA JPL.

    Board Member, Open Space Orbital – advising start-up small satellite launch vehicle venture.

    Technical Trainer at Alstom Signaling Inc., developing and presenting training material to transportation customers using analysis and presentation of complex real-time microprocessor-based control systems.

    Missions Development Group, Com Dev Canada (www.comdev.ca)                              2010 – 2012

    COM DEV MDG manufactures and operates small satellites and advanced radiofrequency payloads.

    Mission Engineer – Developed customized Ground Segment software, operational documentation and engineering analyses for multiple space mission programs. Prepared planning inputs for SmallSat flight operations, instrument hardware development, and AIS health data analysis. Lead roles in several mission studies and proposals.

    MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (www.mdacorporation.com)                            2000 – 2010

    MDA is Canada’s largest supplier of space-based Earth Observation information solutions, developing and operating large remote sensing missions for government and commercial customers.

    Ground and Operations Segment (GS/Ops) Systems Engineer – Senior member of the RADARSAT-2 GS/Ops team (as Simulator Project Engineer and Bus Operations Lead), providing systems engineering expertise in the areas of Spacecraft Control, Operations Simulators and Flight Operations, from initial GS Project formulation, technical specification and interface development, RFP preparation and bid evaluation, through to GS deployment, validation and operational use. Roles involved subcontract management and technical interface with contractors in Italy and Germany, and the planning and conduct of spacecraft test (AIT) campaigns.

    Flight Director – trained and led joint MDA and Canadian Space Agency team for launch / early orbit phase flight and commissioning operations of RADARSAT-2. Led flight team through R-2 spacecraft and ground segment in-orbit validation and calibration, including several contingency recovery operations.

    Similar GS/Ops roles on the RapidEye mission, Sapphire including the Ops Concept and design of the Spacecraft Control Center, and Operations Lead for the RADARSAT Constellation mission.

    European Space Operations Centre, Germany (www.esa.int)                                      1997 – 2000

    ESOC is the spacecraft control centre of the European Space Agency, operating all its scientific satellites.

    XMM-Newton mission Spacecraft Operations Engineer – technical authority for operations of on-board power, thermal and mechanical systems, with cross-training in propulsion, data handling and RF systems, providing the technical and operations interface to subcontractors throughout Europe, conducting flight hardware testing at subcontractor sites. Flight Team lead for the development and acceptance of the XMM Spacecraft Simulator, and heavily involved in the acceptance of the XMM Flight Control System.

    Vega Gmbh, Germany (www.telespazio-vega.de)                                                                    1997

    Vega provides engineering consultancy and software development services to the global space industry.

    Senior Systems Engineer, Simulations & Modelling Group – developed system specification, software architecture and object-oriented models of physical spacecraft systems and components, still used by the European Space Agency as the basis for all real-time spacecraft operations simulators.

    Education and Internships

    Department of Physics and Astronomy, United Kingdom (www.ucl.ac.uk)

    UCL regularly places in the Times Higher Education Top 20 World Universities Rankings

    Bachelor of Science (Hons.), Physics with Space Science

    Master of Science, Spacecraft Technology and Satellite Communications

    NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory (www.jpl.nasa.gov)

    Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship - Supported JPL supervisor’s research using Hubble Space Telescope imagery of the collision of Comet Shoemaker/Levy-9 with Jupiter.

    International Space University (www.isunet.edu)

    HQ in France, ISU fosters global space co-operation with study programs sessions held around the world

    COM DEV-sponsored attendee at Space Studies Program 2012, held at Florida Institute of Technology.

    Received the award for Best Academic Performance. Active member of ISU alumni network.

    Technical Skills, Publications, US Status and Clearance

    Operating Systems, Tools and Processes: UNIX, Windows and Linux. AGI’s System ToolKit (STK). MatLab. PERL, Python and PLUTO scripting; familiar with STOL. CCSDS Packet protocols. MS Project and Office suite,  Adobe FrameMaker. Agile, SVM, JIRA tools. Supported ISO-9001:2000 certification.

    Software Programming Languages: IDL, PV-WAVE, FORTRAN, ADA, C/C++, PERL, Python

    Software Engineering: Object-Oriented Design, UML notation, waterfall development, XML structures

    Excellent communication and presentation skills.  Technical presenter and participant at several international scientific conferences, including AIAA SpaceOps and the International Astronautical Congress. Peer-reviewed work published in Science and in conference proceedings. Attended numerous internal training courses such as Space Mission Analysis & Design by J. Wertz, Supervisory and Leadership Training, Subcontract Management, Orbit Mechanics and so on.

    Selected Professional Publications and Conferences

    “Ultrasat and the PISCES missions: hitching low-cost, multi-opportunity rides to GEO”, presented at the 66th International Astronautical Conference, co-authored with JPL and Space Systems/Loral staff.

    “LOTUS: A standardized ESPA Landing System”, presented at the 65th International Astronautical Conference, co-authored with JPL and SSTL UK staff.

    “Space Debris”, technical report prepared for the International Space University, with SSP 2012 team.

    “Mission for Orbital Debris Elimination”, prepared for COM DEV and the Canadian Space Agency. Follow-on paper to be presented at 66th IAC.

    “Impact Debris Particles in Jupiter’s Stratosphere”, Science vol. 267, with JPL and HST Science Team.

    Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Attendee / presenter at the AIAA SpaceOps conferences in 2002, 2004 and 2014. Attendee and volunteer at the 65th IAC.

    US Status and Security Clearance

    Legal Permanent Resident of the United States in self-sponsored “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” category; considered a US Person per ITAR Regulations.

    Maintained NATO SECRET-level clearance throughout space industry career, and approved as a COMSEC Custodian of R-2 Program cryptographic material.  Granted access to ITAR-controlled material by the US Department of State, under Technical Assistance Agreement for R-2 Program.


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