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OBJECTIVE

Mechanical Engineering position requiring experience in management and/or engineering of thermal and fluid systems space applications, from requirements definition and conceptual designs to hardware certification.

 

CAREER SUMMARY

Nineteen (19) years experience in thermal and fluid systems including:

·         System requirements definition and validation   

·         Design and analysis

·         Hardware procurement

·         Development, qualification, acceptance testing

·         Participation in high level technical meetings and design reviews

Nine (9) years experience in Engineering Management including:

·         Manage technical work

·         Monitor task progress and task funding

·         Plans, Budget, Schedules, Personnel work allocation

·         Prepare and submit monthly reports

·         Conduct supervised personnel annual performance reviews

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

1989 to Present                             ANALEX CORPORATION, Cleveland, Ohio

 

Technical/Management, Lead Project Engineer.                                                                       (2003 to Present)

PROMETHEUS / JIMO (Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter) & Lunar FSPS (Fission Surface Power System) Heat Rejection Manager.

Lead the NASA GRC Heat Rejection Subsystem (HRS) design for the Brayton power conversion option as part of the Government JIMO Phase A/B and Lunar Phase A design studies – this includes the fluid system, radiator panels, deployment system, and boom; identify requirements, develop design concepts, perform trade studies, report technical results.

bullet Coordinate thermal and structural analysis modeling activities, provide JIMO requirements, review model development and analytical results, assist in the preparation and delivery of technical reports.
bullet Interface with external NASA/JPL and NASA/MSFC counterparts in HRS design and integration – provide status of NASA/GRC activities, participate in project-level design and trade studies.
bulletPerform thermal analysis to develop alternative HRS design options using SINDA/FLUINT or similar modeling techniques.

Published papers: (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

NASA TM-2005-213337, “Heat Rejection Concepts for Brayton Power Conversion Systems”.

NASA TM-2006-214121, “A Comparison of Coolant Options for Brayton Power Conversion Heat Rejection Systems”.

NASA TM-2006-TBD, “Heat Rejection Concepts for Lunar Fission Surface Power Applications”.

 

Management/Technical, Lead Project Engineer.                                                                          (2000 to 2004)

Lead Project Engineer for the International Space Station (ISS) Fluids & Combustion Facility (FCF) Environmental Control System (ECS).  Responsible for the development, design, and integration of mechanical fluid systems, engineering technologies and equipment.  Responsible for providing extensive coordination with other project and program areas, integrating concurrent standards, guides, and precedents.  Participate in the development of engineering requirements with customers, analyze requirements and design criteria, develop cost estimates, assure validation of requirements, and evaluate schedules and the feasibility of project accomplishment.  Responsible for the overall engineering design, Thermal and Fluid Systems analysis, development, qualification and acceptance testing of the following ECS subsystems.

bulletWater Thermal Control Subsystem (WTCS).
bulletAir Thermal Control Subsystem (ATCS).
bulletGas Interface Subsystem (GIS).
bulletFire Detection and Suppression Subsystem (FDSS).

Manage overall technical work; develop work plans, schedules, and cost estimates; allocate project work to personnel; procure hardware valued at approximately $15.0 million; support development, qualification, and acceptance testing.

 

Technical, Lead Engineer.                                                                                                           (1994 to 2000)

Lead Engineer for the Space Station Fluids & Combustion Facility Water Thermal Control Subsystem.

Manage technical work; develop work plans, schedules, and cost estimates; design and analyze thermal and fluid systems (TSS, SINDA/FLUINT); develop hardware and system requirements; generate requirement documents, test plans and test procedures; establish contacts with vendors, discuss hardware requirements and performance; procure hardware valued at approximately $2.0 million; support development, qualification, and acceptance testing; travel to contractor and vendor sites to support  technical meetings and resolve outstanding issues and interface requirements; support design reviews.

·         Successfully challenged and changed Space Station requirements and allocations, which resulted in significant savings in weight, and approximately $2 million in cost savings.

·         Member of a three-engineer team that developed a thermal control system for air cooling of hardware which replaced the existing design and saved the project approximately $1 million.

·         Principal negotiator of interface requirements with the International Space Station.  Successfully negotiated important requirements and resource allocations for the project.

·         Initiated effort and suggested to Space Station a plan of action to generate a Common Hardware List for all Space Station Payload Developers to save time and money during procurement.

·         Discovered flaw in electronics board thermal design, recommended changes and unique design solutions which resulted in successful flight of the project.

·         Wrote and published nine reports.

 

Technical, Lead Engineer.                                                                                                           (1998 to 2000)

Lead Engineer for the Space Station Attitude Control and Energy Space Experiment (ACESE).

Develop work plans, and schedules; design and analyze thermal systems (TSS, SINDA/FLUINT, TRASYS); perform trade studies; develop hardware requirements; generate requirement documents, test plans and test procedures. Travel to contractor offices to participate in technical meetings, and in hardware design and requirements reviews.

 

Manager, Thermal & Fluid Systems Branch.                                                                                  (1993 - 1995)

Managed all technical work within the Branch (15 tasks and 10 employees); discussed and developed task orders, task progress, and task funding; participated in high level technical meetings and design reviews; prepared and submitted monthly reports for Branch; conducted supervised personnel annual performance assessments.

 

Thermal/Fluids Systems Design & Analysis Engineer.                                                                            (1993)

Surface Tension Driven Convection Experiment II (STDCE II) Space Experiment flown aboard the 2nd United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-2).  Performed design and thermal analysis of flight hardware using TRASYS and SINDA computer codes.  Supported project technical meetings and design reviews.  Generated requirements verification reports.

 

Thermal/Fluid Systems Analysis Engineer.                                                                                   (1990 - 1993)

Space Station Power Management and Distribution System.  The project involved the review of the prime contractors overall design for active and passive cooling, evaluation of the thermal requirements, analysis support, and development, qualification, and acceptance test support.  Performed thermal analyses of contractor designs and their internal electronic components using computer codes such as TRASYS to enable calculation of space environmental heating, and SINDA to enable calculation of hardware thermal behavior.  Created PATRAN models to enable presentation and evaluation of SINDA model generated results.  Traveled to contractor offices to participate in technical meetings, and in hardware design and requirements reviews.

·         Discovered several design flaws and errors in contractor designs and analyses of electronic components, and successfully suggested different design solutions.

·         Recommended changes in plans and procedures of contractors verification testing of hardware which resulted in significant cost savings for the Space Station Program.

·         Successfully negotiated and resolved outstanding issues and interface requirements between contractors of Space Station Program.

·         Wrote and published twenty-one reports.

 

Thermal Analysis Engineer.                                                                                                                    (1989)

Surface Tension Driven Convection Experiment (STDCE) Space Experiment flown aboard the 1st United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-1).  Performed thermal analysis of flight hardware using TRASYS and SINDA computer codes to verify feasibility of designs.  Supported meetings and design reviews.

bullet Successfully predicted power requirements and power settings for experiment operation by Crew.
bullet Wrote and published five reports.

 

1987 to 1989                           CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY, Cleveland, Ohio

Lab / Research Assistant, Thermal Systems and Wind Tunnel Lab.

Designed, constructed and performed thermal analysis and evaluations of several projects, including Solar Collectors, Heat Pumps, Solar Simulators, Photovoltaic Cells.  Developed and utilized computer codes to assist in research projects.  Supervised 15-20 students with their projects.

 

PROFESSIONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

2005 - NASA GRC - Letter of Appreciation for overall engineering and technical excellence in PROMETHEUS / JIMO (Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter) project.

2002 - NASA GRC - Letter of Appreciation for overall engineering and technical excellence in Environmental Control Subsystem efforts for the Space Station Fluids and Combustion Facility Project.

2000 & 1999 - NASA LeRC - Letter of Appreciation for overall engineering and technical excellence in Environmental Control Subsystem efforts for the Space Station Fluids and Combustion Facility Project.

1998 - NASA LeRC - Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding support for the Space Station Fluids and Combustion Facility Project.

1997 - NASA LeRC - Letter of Appreciation for overall engineering and technical excellence in Environmental Control Subsystem efforts for the Space Station Fluids and Combustion Facility Project.

1996 - NASA KSC Certificate in recognition of contribution to the successful flight of the 2nd United States Microgravity Laboratory (USML-2), flown aboard Columbia, STS-73.

1995 - NASA LeRC Awareness Program Group Award for superior performance, outstanding work and significant contribution to a major NASA project (STDCE II).

1995 - NASA LeRC - Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding support for the Space Station Fluids and Combustion Facility Project.

1994 - ANALEX Certificate of Appreciation of outstanding performance and contribution.

1993 - NASA LeRC Space Station Directorate Commendation Letter for appreciation of outstanding performance and support of the Space Station Freedom PMAD project.

1993 - NASA Headquarters Commendation Letter for outstanding performance and significant cost savings for the Space Station Freedom Program.

1992 - NASA LeRC Awareness Program Group Award for superior performance in the achievement of NASA goals and significant contribution to the STDCE project.

1991 - NASA LeRC Awareness Program Group Award for outstanding work and significant contribution to a major NASA project (Space Station Freedom).

 

EDUCATION

Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio

MS, Mechanical Engineering, 1988  -  BS, Mechanical Engineering, 1986

Additional courses, seminars, and workshops related to technical disciplines (Thermal and Fluids Systems Design and Analysis), Systems Engineering, and Engineering Management.