CV: Space Systems Engineering Graduate



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 Date Submitted:26-10-2017
 Last Modified:05-11-2017 (08:03)
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 Current job:Space Systems Engineering Graduate
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:US only
 Date available:immediately
 Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
 KeywordsSystems Engineer, manufacture, fabrication


Aug '15 - Dec '16    Space Systems Engineering, University of Michigan, Masters (M.E.) GPA: 3.63

Aug '11 - May '15   Aerospace Engineering, University of Kansas, Bachelors (B.S.)        GPA: 3.49


Work Experience

May '17 - Present   Line Service Technician, Safety Committee                   Clay Lacy Aviation, WA

Perform flight operation services for military & business aircraft/crew

Created documents to improve company's training and scheduling processes

Identify, report and mitigate risks as part of the risk management system

Sep '16 - Dec '16    Graduate Student Instructor, Spacecraft Technology  University of Michigan

Taught and evaluated work on many aspects of space systems design including     mission architecture, orbital analysis, and sub-systems (ACDS, thermal,     power, radiation and communications) for 28 students

Apr '16 - Nov '16 Shift Manager Little Caesars, MI

Learned quickly and showed reliability to become a manager within 1.5 months

Jan '16 - May '16    Grader, Atmospheric & Space Sciences Instrumentation University of Michigan

Evaluated work on aircraft/spacecraft sensors & apertures from 16 students

Sep '15 - May '16   Lab Attendant, Machine Shop                                            University of Michigan

Manufactured components with a lathe, mill, band saw and 3D printer

Delegated & inventoried tools to complete projects from engineering drawings

Apr '13 - Aug '15    Research Lab Assistant, Composite Laboratory                 University of Kansas

Fabricated, machined & assembled composite and metallic components to    specifications & tolerance from engineering drawings & blueprints

Developed manufacturing instructions & procedures train 6 students

 Maintained bill of materials and floor layout to improve company efficiency


Engineering Experience

Sep '15 - Dec '16    Manufacturing Sub-Team Lead Bioregenerative Life Support System (BLiSS)

Managed team of 4 to prove the feasibility of manufacturing a transparent     greenhouse on Mars for NASA funded study

Developed manufacturing processes to improve quality & efficiency

Designed a test program to validate the material capabilities meet requirements

Verified structural capability via FEM for both prototype and full scale models

Sep '15 - May '16   Sub-Team Lead                                Venus Atmosphere Mobile Platform (VAMP)

Led team of 5 to research and develop the pressure management system of a     Venusian airship for a Northrop Grumman sponsored project.

Created project requirements, work breakdown structure, and schedule

Developed a mass, volume, and risk trade study for management techniques

Jan '15 - May '15 Systems Analyst                                     AIAA Strategic Airlift Military Transport

Analyzed, via simulation, the stability & control characteristics of the aircraft

Structurally analyzed the wing/fuselage joint for material sizing & selection

Performed a weight trade study on the power plant system using existing tech.

Jan '15 - May '15 Propulsion Design Engineer      AIAA Ultrahigh Bypass Turbofan Competition

Researched and designed a combustor based upon state of the art technology     including diffusers, injectors, emission reduction and material selections

Designed chevrons based upon NASA experiments with size, shape & number

Modeled the combustor and chevrons to mesh with the rest of the team's engine

Jan '15 - May '15    TT&C Sub Team Lead                                        CReSIS Ice Sensing Satellite Bid

Designed communications systems & developed link budget to verify system

Aug '13 - Jan '15     Stability & Control Lead            Small Unmanned Aerial System Winglet Study

Analyzed stability& control characteristics to optimize winglet angle

Fabricated composite winglet and molded onto existing wingtip for testing

Aug '14 - Dec '14    Test Engineer                                    Strain Gauge Testing Methods Comparison

Implemented test hardware & measured output with 3 different techniques

Utilized finite element simulations to compare measurement techniques

Aug '14 - Dec '14    Design Team Member                     Senior Project: Yak 54 33% Wing Redesign

Redesigned & manufactured wings to reduce weight & increase load capacity

Performed structural analysis, by hand, to size & characterize 5 initial designs

Performed finite element analysis on 2 design choices to validate load capacity


Significant Coursework

Spacecraft Systems

Space Systems Design

Spacecraft Technology

Space Policy & Management

Spacecraft Design Management         

Aerospace Systems Design

Aerospace Instrumentation Lab

Aerospace Computer Graphics

Aerospace Materials & Processes

Aerospace Structures I & II                 

Propulsion System Design I & II

Fundamentals of Jet Propulsion

Reciprocating Propulsion System

Rocket Propulsion

Combustion Processes



        Project Management             5 yrs

        Planning and Organizing      5 yrs

        Technical Instruction            3 yrs

        Recruitment & Outreach      3 yrs

        Risk Analysis & Mitigation 2 yrs

        Machining to specifications 6 yrs              

        Understanding GD&T           3 yrs

        Composite Fabrication      2.5 yrs

        Bonding & assembly         2.5 yrs

        Tooling                                    2 yrs

        Quality Assurance                 2 yrs

        Matlab                                     5 yrs

        C++                                         < 1yr

        Python                                    < 1yr

        Siemens NX                            4 yrs

        Solidworks                             < 1yr

        Revit CAD                             < 1yr

        AAA                                        3 yrs

        Patran & Nastran                   3 yrs

        Satellite Tools Kit (STK)      2 yrs

        LabView                                 <1 yr

        Microsoft Office                    7 yrs

        Dreamweaver                        < 1yr

        JANIS                                     < 1yr



AIAA Member                          Current

Students for the Exploration &  

     Development of Space        5 years

KU Fencing                                2 years

KU Crew                                       1 year



"Effects of Winglets on Small Unmanned Aerial Systems" AIAA Modeling and Simulation Conference, SciTech 2015



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