CV: Director Test Engineering



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 Date Submitted:16-12-2012
 Last Modified:16-12-2012 (05:58)
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 Current job:Director Test Engineering
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:US only
 Date available:within a month
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
 KeywordsTest Engineering, Flight Operations, Systems Engineering, Program Management, Security Clearance, Technical Leadership

Top Secret/ SCI, CI Poly, SBPR 24 Mar 09  

Skills/ Specialties

Systems Engineer – Proven cross discipline risk management expert and program integrator.  Experienced with both System Safety Assessments and program Risk Analysis and mitigation
Program Management – Experienced in managing large and complex air & space based programs, Defense Systems Management College grad, experienced in classified and unclassified environments

Highly skilled test engineer - Expert in test planning, technical and safety reviews, and operations

Leadership - Consistently successful leader of innovative technical engineering groups up to 100+

Solid communicator - Able to clearly convey complex issues to a wide variety of audience levels

Strategic planner – Skilled integrator of budgets, requirements, manpower and risk mitigation
requirements generation, GPS, Intelligence analyst, data analyst, mission planer, low observable,


Feb 12 – Present         Director of Test Engineering, Trenchant Analytics 

DARPA, Tactical Technology Office

- Providing Flight Test Engineering, Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Acquisition support functions to eight DARPA programs involving optionally manned aircraft, orbital launch vehicles, advanced targeting pods, next generation air-to-air missile, advanced propulsion, socket and mesh tactical communication networks, and real-time weapons grade target coordinate determination

- Key test engineering SME providing mentoring and guidance to10+ person gov’t team; DARPA participant on OSD weapons community of interest committee; providing technical strategic guidance


Aug 10 – Dec 11         Operational Test Lead                      Joint Strike Fighter Program Office


- Directed and oversaw the resourcing, planning and provisioning for the standup of the 600+ person operational test force evaluating the Joint Strike Fighter totaling 27 aircraft of three distinct varieties

- Managed $800M flight test instrumentation development and production effort to support 27 test jets

- Ran Monthly coordination with OSD-level offices to establish international test policies and priorities

- Authored strategic policies and reviewed test plans for conducting independent Operational Testing

- Hosted quarterly International Defence Ministries meeting; defined candidates for follow-on efforts, led systems engineering efforts, merged operational requirements into acquisition plans and priorities

- Authored Test and Evaluation Master Plans; Oversaw live fire testing in agreement w/OSD strategy


Jul 06 – Jul 10  Chief of Program Integration Division and Strategic Systems Division Chief

                        Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), Washington DC


- Chief of Staff providing daily direction and oversight for 800-person team chartered to rapidly develop, test, and field highly classified manned and unmanned air & space programs worth $10B+

- Guided space ground segment through CDR and overseas fielding; driving force behind cross gov’t agency team--achieved initial operational capability on schedule; secured international basing rights

- Integrated systems of systems engineering efforts across programs and domains; air, space and cyber

- Developed program requirements for future and current manned and unmanned aerospace systems

- Proven communication skills: briefed programs to Congressional Members and their Staff Directors, OSD, COCOMs, Joint and Air Staffs; Prepared AF senior leaders to give Congressional testimony

- As both Program Manager and Program Element Monitor, led team of 200+ to design, develop, test, and field operational enhancements for the National Capital Region Integrated Air Defense System

- Guided FFRDC’s development of innovative uses for existing technology to detect IEDs; Two separate systems successfully deployed for combat evaluations, Seal Teams demanding immediate use

Jul 04 – Jul 06             Squadron Commander        746 Test Squadron, Holloman Air Force Base


- Chief Executive of USAF Center of Excellence for aerospace guidance and navigation testing, operated five unique national level labs and instrumentation on four aircraft with 120 personnel

- Directed test planning, conduct, and data analysis of survivability and effectiveness of inertial navigation and Global Positioning Systems in open-air Navigation warfare / electronic combat tests

- Steered information operations and development of anti-spoofing algorithms for GPS receivers

- Oversaw design, development, installation, and operations of instrumentation for ground, lab, flight and high speed rocket sled testing to include instrumented mannequins for human factors evaluations

- Guided development of innovative flight termination system; enabled flight testing of extended range munitions on overland ranges. Shrank form factor three fold and doubled available range test periods


Dec 96 – Jun 04          Flight Test Engineer                         Nellis and Edwards Air Force Bases


- Increasing levels of responsibility to include Operations Officer and Director of Engineering for Advanced Programs overseeing all Low Observable and survivability testing of AF strike aircraft

- Built facilities for and directed initial operations of a $5M, 50-person special flight-test squadron

- Test Director for first flight preparations of national agencies’ operations using low observables

- Program Manager for up to 50 person teams on multiple International flight test programs with 10 European/Asian countries; wrote/executed test plans, analyzed data, reported findings to customers

- Directed $30M/yr cross Atlantic logistics chain supporting Danish F-16 test aircraft US operations

- Chief Flight Test Engineer overseeing all aspects of test operations and flight training for 18 aircrew


May 92 - Dec 95         Intelligence Weapons Analyst / Lead F-22 Threat Integration Engineer

                                    Wright-Patterson AFB, OH


- Primary technical liaison between the F-22 fighter program office and the Intelligence Community

- Established and operated unique Intelligence collection program. Allowed F-22 & B-2 direct tasking of National Air and Space sensors to collect detailed emitter data. 

- Foreign Material Exploitation and Acquisition engineer; created Intelligence assessments of systems

- Technical advisor & engineering analyst for wind tunnel testing foreign Air-to-Air Missiles; created threat missile launch range templates, increased safety of aircraft crews; simplified mission planning




- Defense Systems Management College, Program Manager’s Course, PMT-401 Jan – Apr 2011

- USAF Test Pilot School, Flight Test Engineer Course, Class96A, 1996

- Master of Science, Aeronautical Engineering, June 1991, University of California, Davis

- Bachelor of Science, Aeronautical Science and Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (double major), June 1990, University of California, Davis

- Air War College, Dec 07; Air Command and Staff College, Jun 02, Squadron Officer School, Apr 98




- Acquisition Corps Member // Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP) Levels;

    Level III in Program Management; Level III in Test and Evaluation

    Level II in Systems Engineering; Level II in Program Systems Engineering

- Private Pilot, 250+ Hours Pilot in Command; 1,000+ hours operational test aircrew exp

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