SUMMARY OF SKILLS:
SYSTEMS ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS: Technical and managerial oversight of requirements specification and ICD development, payload development, requirements verification, integration & test and on-orbit checkout of various payloads from all positions listed below. Briefed at major payload design reviews to the government customer. Evaluated technical content of payload and satellite proposals. Space Shuttle payload integration and operations experience as Operations Director for Hitchhiker payloads aboard STS-105, STS-107 and STS-108. Familiarity with all subsystems of typical LEO spacecraft from engineering experience listed below, including operations, with emphasis on the Electro-Optical (EO) instruments for Legion constellation, WorldView-4, GeoEye-1, Ikonos, and WIRE. Chief Instrument Engineer for WorldView-4 camera. Technical experience with state-of-health and imagery data analysis; and EO instrument calibration (radiometric and geometric) from space platforms (Legion, WorldView-4, GeoEye-1, Ikonos, HST, etc.). Intimate with NASA standard systems engineering processes (i.e., NASA SP-2016-6105).
MANAGEMENT/TEAMWORK/LEADERSHIP: Project Management experience: preparing initial documentation (Agreement, Statement of Work, ConOps). Daily management (including contract management) of several space projects including 3 separate satellite subsystems. Directed Satellite Engineering and Mission Analysis team (GeoEye). Project lead for On-Orbit Checkout and EO Instrument Calibration for GeoEye-1. Project Manager over team of aerospace engineers for various satellite enhancement projects (GeoEye/DigitalGlobe) including contractor oversight. As Operations Director (Hitchhiker), served as interface between team of international scientists and Space Shuttle Program Office, including managing documentation and science operations crew for numerous diverse payloads. Project Manager for team of student engineers in design, construction, testing and flight of two Space Shuttle payloads. Directed software engineers in development and release to the scientific community of an all-inclusive package for simulating remote sensing imagery of Jupiter (LASP). Enjoy synergy in teamwork required for new concept development, design, problem solving, integration, test and operations (including failure resolution).
SCIENTIFIC COMPUTING & SOFTWARE: Modeling and simulation of remote sensing payloads using Matlab and IDL. Created and automated software algorithms (IDL based) for extracting remote sensing and calibration data. Created software (IDL and FORTRAN based), including GUI, for use by scientific community in simulating remote sensing imagery. Directed software engineers in its development and release (LASP). Software was used by the community for many years. Created software algorithms for atmospheric modeling of spectroscopic emissions from Titan (LASP). Proficient in Matlab, ENVI/IDL, STK and MS Project. Familiarity with Zemax and Erdas Imagine
WRITING/COMMUNICATION: Several publications in peer-reviewed journals, payload and spacecraft requirements documentation, calibration technical reports, procedures and training material, over two dozen technical talks and presentations at professional conferences and colloquia, successful scientific proposal writing (accepted for full funding), training skills as the NASA SMEX Training Coordinator, guest lecturer for University of Colorado graduate course on commercial remote sensing.
11/10-present: Sr. Manager and Sr Instrument Engineer, Space Systems Engineering/Instrument Programs for Legion constellation, WorldView-4, Ikonos, and GeoEye-1 satellites, including contractor oversight of optical payload development and requirements verification (test and on-orbit checkout including data analysis); Payload customer representative to National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA); MAXAR (formerly DigitalGlobe and GeoEye), Westminster, CO
6/03-11/10: Payload Specialist/Satellite Systems Engineer for WorldView-4, Ikonos, GeoEye-1, OV-2 Satellites, including geometric and radiometric calibration; satellite systems engineering and anomaly resolution; GeoEye (formerly Space Imaging), Thornton, CO
1/07-11/08: Director (acting), Satellite Engineering & Mission Analysis Dept. for Ikonos, GeoEye-1, OV-2 and OV-3 Satellites; involving managing team of engineers plus contractors; in charge of overall health of the vehicles
7/07-4/08: On-Orbit Checkout & Calibration Lead for GeoEye-1; GeoEye’s representative for all OOCC preparations on the Integrated Product Team, including planning and scheduling on-orbit checkout
3/10-11/16: Chief Instrument Engineer for WorldView-4 Camera: GeoEye and DigitalGlobe’s representative for instrument program oversight including technical analysis and assessment
8/00 – 6/03: Operations Director for the NASA Shuttle Small Payloads Project (Hitchhiker), including primary interface between Shuttle Program Office and payload scientists; pre-mission and on-console support for STS-105, STS-108 and STS-107; Omitron Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
8/98 – 8/00: Operations Engineer for the WIRE spacecraft; Spacecraft Analyst for the TRACE, SWAS and WIRE spacecraft; Training Coordinator. Small Explorers (SMEX) Flight Operations Team; Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
1/97 – 8/98: Post-Doctoral Researcher, Analyzing HST and other spacecraft scientific data; Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
1994 – 1997: Project Manager, COLLIDE: a student-built, Get-Away-Special Space Shuttle experiment (launched 4/98 aboard STS-90); Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
1989 – 1996: Research Assistant, Galileo spacecraft Ultraviolet Spectrometer Team; Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
SECURITY CLEARANCE: Active (level available upon request)
S. Schiller, J. Silny, M.H. Taylor, Vicarious Calibration of the IKONOS Earth Observing Sensor Using the Specular Array Radiometric Calibration (SPARC) Method, 11th International Conference on New Developments and Applications in Optical Radiometry (NEWRAD 2011), 2011
M.H. Taylor (GeoEye), H. Bowen (ITT), Lunar Side Slither: A Novel Approach for IKONOS Relative Calibration, CalCon Technical Conference, 2007
M.H. Taylor, G. Dial, IKONOS Performance and Technical Update, Joint Agency for Commercial Imagery Evaluation (JACIE) Conference, 2007
M.H. Taylor, IKONOS Radiometric Performance after 5 years on Orbit, CalCon Technical Conference, 2005
J.E. Colwell, M.H. Taylor, Low-Velocity Microgravity Impact Experiments in Simulated Regolith, Icarus, 138, 241, 1999
M.H. Taylor, et al, A Comparison of the Voyager 1 Ultraviolet Spectrometer and Plasma Science Measurements of the Io Plasma Torus, J. Geophys. Res., 100, 19,541, 1995
AFFILIATIONS AND AWARDS:
International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
3 GeoEye Spot Awards for rapid vehicle anomaly resolution
NASA STS-107 FREESTAR Recognition Award
NASA STS-108 MACH-1 Recognition Award
Phi Kappa Phi national honor society
Sigma Pi Sigma physics honor society
President, Society of Physics Students, Brigham Young University chapter
Brigham Young University Presidential Scholarship (full tuition, 4 years)
Brigham Young University President’s Council (a student governing body)
EDUCATION: Ph.D., Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado, 1996
B.Sc., Physics (magna cum laude), Brigham Young University, 1989
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