Last Update: 28 February 2005
24 years continuous experience in aerospace industry, and 22 years direct involvement in system engineering, mission analysis, mission design, and operation of spacecraft for diverse missions and sponsors.
Leader of spacecraft design project and proposal teams on must-win competitive procurements, and experienced in project and line management.
Committed to continuous process improvement and maturation.
Current DOD Secret Clearance.
Master of Science, Applied Physics, 2000.
Bachelor of Science, Physics, 1981
June 1996 to Present (APL staff from January 1997 to present, Resident Contractor at APL with Old Dominion Systems of Maryland, Inc. from 6/96 until 1/97 ).
Lead Fault Protection System Engineer for New Horizons mission.
Deputy Mission Systems Engineer for MESSENGER.
Spacecraft Systems Engineering team on the New Horizons project.
Concept of Operations, velocity control requirements, mission design and orbit maintenance strategy for NASA's Geospace missions.
System Performance Verification and planning for NASA's STEREO observatories.
System performance verification, analysis, and lead Spacecraft Simulator engineer for NASA's Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR) spacecraft. This includes verification analysis, requirements to test traceability and verification matrices, and detailed system test planning.
Led a project team studying the impact of Ultra Low Power electronics on spacecraft design. Included conceptual design and mission design of a small imaging spacecraft.
Preliminary mission analysis for TIMED.
August 1986 to June 1996
Technical and administrative leadership of Mission Analysis and Design engineering unit in a turbulent plant closing environment. Consistently met commitments with minimum staff and tight schedule requirements. Recruited, selected, hired and trained new contributing engineers. Conducted employee performance evaluations and addressed delicate compensation issues.
Orbital lifetime and mission design studies for GE-1 Minimum Residual Shutdown Atlas launch.
Mission Lead for Koreasat F1 and Echostar 101 satellite launches.
Smallsat concept leader and competitive analysis on GPS IIF proposal. Accurately identified top competitor.
Principal Investigator for Smallsat remote sensing spacecraft IR&D.
Mission analysis for 1994-1995 ALARM and SBIRS studies.
Leader for 3 years of spacecraft bus team as part of TRDRS II and TDRS H, I, J capture efforts. Led team through design iterations and concept studies and analyses in response to rapidly evolving customer requirements.
Mission design and system engineering on EOS Common Phase B and Phase C/D proposal: mission analysis, navigation and propulsion design tradeoffs, verification planning, technical compliance, requirements traceability.
Mission design for ALARM ATDRSS, Lunar Observer Phase B, Telstar 4, ACTS, and other spacecraft missions. Both ELV and STS launches. Experience with Atlas/Centaur, Titan III, Delta II, Ariane, Proton and Long March II and III ELVs. Familiar with Pegasus, Taurus, Titan II and Sea Launch (Zenit).
Member of Orbit Analysis team in operational support of geosynchronous launches.
June 1981 to July 1986
Key member of Orbit Operations and Analysis Team. Flew 13 communications spacecraft missions. Designed, coded, and tested FORTRAN mission analysis software, and trained customers.
Major role in analysis, mission design and operations of 19984 Westar/Palapa recovery mission and 1985 Leasat 3 salvage mission.
Wrote O&M manuals and training materials for F/A-18 RADAR and AT&T Telstar 3 Satellite Control Facility.
Requirements definition and verification planning.
Fault protection design, analysis and verification.
Space mission operations planning and simulation.
Monte Carlo analysis, neural networks, and genetic algorithms.
Project management and team leadership.
Written and oral communications.
Programming in C, Java, Perl, Matlab.
Spacecraft control and test procedures in STOL.
Modest skill in XML, HTML, Python and Labview.
Environments: Mathematica, Matlab (incl. Simulink and Stateflow), DOORS and Change Synergy, STK, EPOCH 2000, OS X, Solaris, JPL's SEQ toolset, Filemaker Pro, FaultTree+, MS Project, Framemaker, OpenOffice.
1998 NASA Group Achievement Award for NEAR Project.
1998 APL Quality Forum and Improvement Award, for participation in NEAR Mathilde flyby and Earth Swingby.
1996 Milestone Achievement Award, Lockheed Martin Astro Space, for Contributions to the ACeS program.
1984 Achievement Award, Hughes Aircraft Company, for Westar/Palapa recovery mission.
Intro to STK
APL Coaching Seminar and Leadership Basics
Java Programming (incl. Swing and Java2D).
Evelyn Wood Reading Dynamics
Neural Networks and Stochastic Optimization.
Space Exploration and Development
Model-based system engineering and faultg protection design.
Applications of neural networks and evolutionary algorithms.
"Fault Tree Analysis for CONTOUR Mission," June 2000.
"Impact of Ultra Low Power Electronics on Spacecraft Design," Report to U.S. Government sponsor, October 1999.
"NEAR Cruise and Mathilde Flyby Operations - Report from the Front Lines of Low Cost Missions," Third IAA Conference on Low Cost Planetary Missions, 29 May 1998.
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