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.
- 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
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.
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
Building Information Management (BIM)
Lean Six Sigma
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