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Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:17:20 +0000
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As Kepler approaches the end of its life, NASA’s next mission to search for exoplanets is gearing up for launch. Technicians are completing final tests on the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a NASA mission scheduled for launch this spring. SpaceNews.com
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Rocket Lab announced Jan. 20 that the second launch of its Electron small rocket was a success, reaching orbit and deploying three cubesats. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:56:18 +0000
The SBIRS GEO Flight 4 satellite flew aboard a U.S. Air Force Atlas 5 rocket. This was the 75th launch carried out by the Atlas 5. SpaceNews.com
Sat, 20 Jan 2018 06:01:46 +0000
As the federal government begins its first shutdown in more than four years Jan. 20, NASA's operating plans are little changed from that earlier shutdown, with most agency employees set to be furloughed. SpaceNews.com
Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:27:50 +0000
Details about how NASA will implement a space policy directive regarding a human return to the moon will be in the agency's 2019 budget request, scheduled for release as soon as early February. SpaceNews.com
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Shortly after a Finnish company successfully launched the country’s first commercial SAR microsatellite, Finland’s president signed the country’s first comprehensive space legislation. SpaceNews.com
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A Senate committee voted on party lines Jan. 18 to advance the nominations of individuals to lead NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, although with no clear indication of when, or if, they will be confirmed by the full Senate. SpaceNews.com
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Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will be taking on the duties of space adviser that previously resided with the secretary of the Air Force. SpaceNews.com
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     Date Submitted:27-08-2017
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     Current job:Director, Project Engineering
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 2 months
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     Keywords• Project Management • Systems Engineering • Technology Development • Process Improvement • Strategic Planning • Proposal Development • International Integration • Assembly, Integration and Test • Probabilistic Modeling and A
    CV

    Summary

    Innovative Leader with over 30 years of experience in large-scale, complex engineered 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.

     

    Critical Skills

    •  Project Management

    •  Systems Engineering

    •  Technology Development

    •  Process Improvement

    •  Strategic Planning

    •  Proposal Development

    •  International Integration         

    •  Assembly, Integration and Test

    •  Probabilistic Modeling and Analysis

    •  Spacecraft Systems

    •  Systems Safety & Reliability

    •  Mission Planning, Analysis, and Operations

     

    Professional Experience

    Director, Project Engineering, Dream Chaser Safety and Mission Assurance, 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 DCCS. Identified design and improvements that led to increased mission effectiveness of the Dream Chaser Cargo System.  

    - Delivered key 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.

    - Participate as a key member of Space System Group senior leadership team to contribute to business strategy and proposal development. Manage a creative and diverse team of ~ 60 personnel including direct reports, contract support, and subcontracted NASA personnel with an annual budget of ~ $ 15 M.

    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.

    - Represented program management to external review boards regarding management practices and program decisions.

    - Led quantitative risk assessment activities that led to improved design concepts for the Orion spacecraft, Launch Vehicle, and Lunar Surface Systems. 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 with annual budget of ~ $ 4M.

    Manager, Space Shuttle Program Risk Management and Analysis, Nov 2003-Mar 2006

    NASA, Johnson Space Center

    - Established Space Shuttle risk management during the return to flight period after the Columbia accident. Led bimonthly program risk boards examining programmatic risks, cost threats, and residual safety and reliability risks - guiding program investments and operational decisions. Represented NASA to Aerospace Advisory Panel.

    - Led crucial studies related to Space Shuttle Main Engine Cutoff Sensors, Debris and Micro meteoroid & orbital debris impacts, launch pad malfunctions, and propulsion system failures that enabled management to choose the lowest risk alternatives for continuing successful flight operations.

    - Managed team of ~ 15 engineers, analysts, and IT professionals with annual budget of ~ $ 3 M. 

    Senior Engineer, Space Shuttle Upgrades Program, Jun 2000 - Nov 2003

    United Space Alliance

    - Developed and led cost and schedule assessments supporting the selection and implementation of Space Shuttle Upgrades Development (SSUD) projects.  Performed trade studies leading to technology selections. 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 two new multimillion dollar space robotics systems – one of which is still in use on the International Space Station.

    Aerospace Engineer (GS-14),  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.

    LtCol, USAF (Reserves and Active Duty – selected accomplishments), Mar 1985 – May 2011

    - Wing Safety Officer – Space Development and Test Group, Kirtland AFB

    - 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 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,  Mar 2011-Present

     

    Community Leadership

    - School Volunteer, 2011 - Present

      -- Provide volunteer hours to support teacher classroom management and fundraising events. Classroom speaker advocating engineering and scientific careers to K-12 students.

    - 4H Adult Volunteer, Galveston County 4H, 2003 - 2011

      -- Donated hundreds of hours in 4H food and clothing drives, animal husbandry projects, and military support activities

     

    Education, training and Certifications

     - 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)

     

    Professional Associations

     - American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

     - Project Management Institute (PMI)  

     - Military Officers Association  (MOA)

     - Reliability Availability Maintainability Symposium (RAMS)


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