CV: Lead Engineer, Abort Technical Integration Group


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 Date Submitted:11-07-2011
 Last Modified:11-07-2011 (04:32)
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 Current job:Lead Engineer, Abort Technical Integration Group
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Own country
 Date available:within 2 months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
 KeywordsFlight controller, NASA, abort design, crew training, display development, project management, software verification
CV

Objective: To obtain an engineering position which will fully utilize the unique set of skills acquired and honed in the high-tempo environment that is human spaceflight

 

Work Experience

April 2006 -present  United Space Alliance   Houston, TX

Abort Technical Integration Group Lead

  • Provide technical leadership to the Abort Technical Integration Group, insuring quality, on-time delivery of Shuttle initialization load reconfiguration products and analysis tasks. Develop work schedules and maintain group training plans. Promote career growth and leadership development for team members. Provide inputs to personnel performance appraisals. Integrate inter-departmental analyses. Provide weekly and monthly status reports detailing group health to management. Determine yearly vision for group and develop implementation plan with management
  • Maintain production process integrity per ISO-9000 standards and processes. Provide inputs to Lessons Learned/Error Management databases. Incorporate Lessons Learned into production process improvements.
  • Supported Shuttle real-time operations activities as Entry Console Operator providing entry analysis support to the Day of Launch and Day of Entry flight control teams, performing real-time entry performance analyses to determine proper runway selection for Shuttle launches and landings. Provided performance data reports to Flight Dynamics Officers and Flight Directors.
  • Supported Shuttle real-time operations activities at the Spacecraft Analysis console, serving as a liaison between the Flight Control Team and systems experts, coordinating real-time analyses of Shuttle systems issues. Prepared presentation charts for Mission Management Team meetings. Provide mission shift status reports to Division Chiefs and Space Shuttle Program Management
  • Apply various management tools (Lean Six Sigma, Continual Process Improvement) to improve flight production process and realize time/cost savings
  • Support Shuttle Flight Software development and maintenance through Principal Function Manager role for Shuttle guidance and display functions, validating new requirements and act as contractor signature authority on change requests for five Shuttle guidance and/or display functions
  • Supported requirements definition and development of the Entry Bearing Display, providing increased cockpit situational awareness for Shuttle flight crews, improving reaction time in contingency abort situations
  • Support Constellation Project requirements definition tasks through abort trajectory analysis and software/hardware document reviews. Provide expert support to guidance reviews and Level 2 panel meetings
  • Perform software validation of discipline production software. Draft software test plans and validation documents. Insure discipline software development and production processes meet CMMI Level 3 standards.

 

June1999 – April 2006  United Space Alliance   Houston, TX

Lead Entry Contingency Abort Analyst

  • Served as department point of contact for entry contingency abort issues. Supported Shuttle Program meetings and panels with expert input regarding contingency abort related issues. Supported Contingency Abort Improvements effort with multiple analyses including: Canadian Transoceanic Abort Landing (TAL), Increased Yaw Steering, Abort Performance Enhancements
  • Drafted Shuttle flight software change providing for increased protection of the vertical tail assembly against entry thermal heating during contingency aborts. Developed a modified angle of attack schedule to balance ranging capability versus vertical tail heating. Performed validation of logic in off-line simulations and provided briefing on changes to Program panels.
  • Provided algorithm development and software validation support for the Shuttle Abort Flight Manager portion of the Cockpit Avionics Upgrade. Provided display validation support for ascent & entry abort displays. Drafted performance test plans and validation documents. Presented final performance analysis results to Program management.
  • Developed Shuttle flight-specific contingency abort analysis process, indentifying flights which would have increased contingency abort black zone exposure. Designed analysis software tool which reduced the analysis time needed from 2 weeks to 4 days. Presented briefings on increased black zone exposure to Space Shuttle Program management.
  • Developed and validated new crew piloting techniques for stuck throttle aborts and Return-To-Launch Site contingency aborts, providing for increased safety and improved contingency landing capability
  • Generated abort performance boundaries and produced abort analyses which provided for increased contingency abort landing capabilities.
  • Supported Shuttle real-time operations as a Multipurpose Support Room Landing Analyst, generating performance data for use in Shuttle landing performance analyses.

February 1997 -  June 1999  United Space Alliance   Houston, TX

Reconfiguration Engineer

  • Designed initialization load reconfiguration products for 12 shuttle missions, including range versus velocity abort target lines, abort dump initialization loads, and terminal landing phase performance predictions
  • Provided flight-specific analysis for abort Commit-To-Flight issues. Performed Monte Carlo analysis to determine the effect of dispersions on flight performance.
  • Supported development and implementation of software improvements to automate contingency abort landing procedures, provided for significantly improved East Coast contingency abort landing capability.
  • Produced Glide Return to Launch Site guidance training video as well as accompanying presentation materials. Developed entry contingency abort training materials.
  • Supported Shuttle real-time operations activities as a Multipurpose Support Room Winds Coordinator, coordinating balloon launches at the Kennedy Space Center and overseas abort landing sites during launch and landing operations. Disseminated wind data to customers throughout the Mission Control Center

 

 

 

Education: Tuskegee University       Tuskegee, AL

  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering.

Awards:

NASA Group Achievement Award – STS-93 Flight Design Team

JSC Group Achievement Award – Contingency Abort Working Group

JSC Group Achievement Award – STS-400 Support Team

United Space Alliance QUEST Award – OI-33 Cockpit Display Development

United Space Alliance Community Service Award

Activities:

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

Quarterbacks Coach – Lutheran South High School

Lay Reader – St. Thomas the Apostle Episcopal Church

National Management Association

Little League Coach – NASA Area Little League

Texas Rugby Referees Association

 



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