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     Date Submitted:27-08-2017
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     Current job:Director, Project Engineering
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
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     KeywordsProject Management Systems Engineering Systems Safety Risk Management Reliability Engineering Technology Development Process Improvement • Strategic Planning Proposal Development International Integration Assembly, Integration and Test Proba
    CV

    Summary

    Innovative Leader with over 30 years of experience in large-scale, complex engineered space systems design, development, test and operations projects.  Effective manager with a proven track record building and motivating diverse teams in the accomplishment of challenging goals. Skilled integrator with experience coordinating diverse technical teams and communicating complex technological issues to clients and stakeholders to ensure mission objectives are met.

    Proven Leader with over 30 years of experience in Engineering Project Management. Seeking a position in which I can apply my leadership experience to large complex projects.

    Key Skills:

    - Project Management

    - Systems Engineering

    - Client Management

    - Risk Analysis

    - Risk Management

    - Product Assurance

    - Systems Safety Engineering

    - Reliability Engineering

    - Strategic Planning

    - Proposal Development

    - Manufacturing, Assembly, Integration & Test

    - Decision Analysis & Trade Study

    PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

    Director, Project Engineering  - Safety, Reliability and Mission Assurnace            May 2011-Present

    Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Created Dream Chaser Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) organization to effectively manage safety, reliability, maintainability, and quality assurance during the development, test, and operations of the Dream Chaser Cargo System (DCCS).

    Provided key trade study and analysis contributions to guide the design of the spacecraft, ground systems, and mission operations systems - including improvements to propulsion, thermal protection, avionics, thermal control and other key systems. These led to increased mission effectiveness of the Dream Chaser Cargo System.  

    Led the development of analysis products valued in excess of $ 120 M to NASA, and received excellent ratings on all products, including: Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Hazard Analysis (HA), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Micro Meteorite and Orbital Debris (MMOD) Assessment, Reliability modeling, and Probabilistic Risk Assessment.

    Lead Safety, reliability and quality assurance activities supporting Dream Chaser Assembly, Integration, and Test activities leading to successful flight test.

    Key member of Space Systems Group proposal teams that resulted in over $ 1 Billion in added contract value

    Led a creative and diverse team of ~ 60 personnel including direct reports, contract support, and subcontracted NASA personnel.

    Manager, Constellation Program Risk Management and Analysis                                 Mar 2006-May 2011

    NASA, Johnson Space Center                                                                                                                               

    Advised senior NASA management and external review / oversight authorities on risks related to the design and operation of NASA’s crew exploration vehicle and lunar exploration systems.

    Led the application of systems analysis and design optimization activities that led to improved design concepts for the Orion spacecraft, Launch Vehicle, and Lunar Surface Systems.

    Provided key analysis capability to inform Mars Reference Mission Update.

    Managed the development and administration of Risk Management Information systems serving over 500 users and building collaboration on risk assessment activities.

    Managed a team of ~ 20 engineers, analysts and IT professionals, in 4 states.

    Manager, Space Shuttle Program Risk Management and Analysis                                  Nov 2003-Mar 2006

    NASA, Johnson Space Center

    Established risk management system for the Space Shuttle Program after the Columbia accident. This program provided the Space Station Program (SSP) with a rigorous and visible risk management process for the first time - including safety, technical and programmatic risks. Also, I participated in launch readiness and long term investment decisions.

    Led crucial studies related to Space Shuttle operational anomalies that supported commit to flight activities.

    Testified before several independent government panels on program policies and practices leading to return to flight, including SRB,, GAO, and ASAP.

    Managed team of ~ 15 engineers, analysts, and IT professionals in four states. 

    Senior Engineer, Space Shuttle Upgrades Program                                                         Jun 2000 – Nov 2003

    United Space Alliance

    Performed engineering trade studies leading to technology selections for Space Shuttle Upgrade Development (SSUD) projects. Developed and led cost and schedule assessments supporting the selection and implementation of these projects.  Developed comprehensive cost and schedule assessment that informed USA proposals and allowed USA to negotiate ~ $250 M contract with high confidence in cost and schedule estimates.

    Manager, Space Station International Integration and Robotics                                    Oct 1996 – Jun 2000

    United Space Alliance

    Managed 8 senior engineers on the Space Station International Integration team. Responsible for a diverse range of activities including engineering, planning and international negotiation functions, working in conjunction with representatives from the European, Russian, Japanese, Brazilian, and Canadian Space Agencies.

    Coordinated engineering development activities for several new multi-million dollar space robotics systems (Berthing Cues System for external pallets, Power-Video Grapple Fixture, Aercam) – one of which is still in use on the International Space Station.

    Aerospace Engineer                                                                                                             Jun 1990 - Oct 1996

    NASA, Johnson Space Center

    Performed first ISS assembly schedule quantitative feasibility assessment, identifying potential bottlenecks in space station assembly and defining mitigations for assembly operations risks.

    Provided project management leadership to a multi-disciplinary team of 15 - 20 engineers and analysts, developing trajectory analysis, mission plans and support products for 3 space shuttle missions.

    One of 12 key mission control engineers reporting to the Flight Director during ascent and entry mission operations. Executed critical uplinks during real time to update guidance and navigation parameters, and provided recommendations to flight crews regarding emergency and abort flight procedures (Ascent/Entry GPO).

    LtCol, USAF (Reserves and Active Duty – selected accomplishments)                         Mar 1985 – May 2011

    Detachment Commander, Selective Service System: responsible for recruitment and training of over 200 volunteer draft board members in the greater Houston area. Managed joint service office including Army, Air Force, Marine, and Navy personnel.

    Industrial Process Improvement: Planned and executed industrial experiments using Taguchi experimental design methodologies resulting in improved quality on aircraft manufacturing and maintenance projects. 

    Developed ascent and abort trajectory related mission support products and flight software Initialization Loads for the Space Shuttle. Performed Day of Launch and abort trajectory analysis supporting first stage guidance optimization to improve performance and launch probability. 

    Other

    Project Management Consultant – BP, Holstein offshore development project           Jun 2001 - Aug 2003

    Editor, International Journal of Technology Management                                              Sep 1998 - Sep 1999

    Management Committee, Reliability Availability Maintainability Symposium              March 2011-Present

    Session Chairman and guest speaker – multiple professional conferences

    Education and Training

    PhD Industrial Engineering: University of Houston, May 1999

    MS Physical Science: University of Houston Clear Lake, May 1990

    BS Aerospace and Ocean Engineering: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Dec 1984

    Air Command and Staff College

    Project Management Professional (PMP)

    Agile / Scrum

    Systems Engineering
    Building Information Management (BIM)

    Lean Six Sigma

    Various Training


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