Initially, this position involved evaluating changes to the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) in order to determine if they would be effective. I performed runs of several modeling and simulation tools in order to develop the results to be analyzed. Later, the job was shifted to be one where I developed requirements for the BMDS, which involved an understanding of a variety of complex systems and parameters in order to develop the necessary test requirements.
I was hired to support a team of engineers from different backgrounds, as we worked to turn the test requirements into actual test scenarios. I ran simulation software whose results were translated into the scenarios. I also presented the results of the analysis to the customer, and applied feedback to the development of new scenarios which met the (seemingly ever-changing) requirements set forth by the customer.
After becoming a part of an understaffed MEADS BMC4I IPT Analysis Team, I was able to, within less than a month, aid with regression verification of hardware and software requirements to demonstrate system effectiveness and support a successful Flight Test. I continued to support the team with further analysis on requirements to support a second successful Flight Test. With an IPT reorganization, the Analysis Lead position was vacated, and a rapid transition into a more leadership-centric role in the position as Analysis Lead was required. In this capacity, I supervised the Analysis Team, and oversaw the successful delivery of multiple products.
In order to meet the needs of the customer for data files necessary to perform analysis prior to an upcoming Flight Test, I implemented technical planning while developing code to convert multiple different types of trajectory files into the two necessary formats, generating solutions meeting strict formatting guidelines in order to fulfill customer requirements.
I hired on to a team of engineers who performed analysis on multiple disciples related to missile defense, and it was necessary to demonstrate a propensity for learning quickly to aid in the areas of trajectory analysis and infrared signatures modeling and analysis. While working to model IR signatures, I recognized that the method being employed for model building was inefficient and inaccurate, and worked to develop a procedure that delivered more accurate results. I transistioned into a position to closely support Ground-based Midcourse Defense, developing models for both pre- and post-flight analysis.To meet a need for a customer to plan, analyze, and visualize the flight of an interceptor, I developed a trajectory model and worked to integrate it into a trajectory visualization software package.
Although I was hired to support Space Shuttle Safety and Mission Assurance Flight Operations, I demonstrated the capability to work in multiple capacities as part of the Systems Engineering and Integration team, supporting guidance, navigation, and control, weather, and requirements, in addition to the Flight Operations duties. As an engineer supporting GN&C, I performed a system product analysis of burn-rate discrepancies on the solid rocket motors and associated torques during multiple missions, following the issue until a resolution was developed which met S&MA requirements. On the Flight Operations team, I served as the Console Lead during real-time Mission Evaluation Room support of Space Shuttle missions, supervising a team of two or more additional console operators in the realm of S&MA, and ensuring that data was accurately monitored and collected for archival and analysis purposes.
Because of a need for licensed asphalt lab technicians, I became certified in nine days, and began working through the process of making asphalt in the lab, from measuring out materials to mixing and compressing the mix into testable pavement, running numerous tests in the lab to determine the properties of the asphalt. To fill a need for remote testing within two months of being hired, I was running a remote lab for quality assurance purposes on a major paving project. As a result of performance on that task, I was given the responsibility to run a remote lab on a larger project.
I worked on a team of students and given only a summer to develop a conceptual pair of missions that exemplified the connection between Lunar and Martian missions, and I performed extensive research to determine how a Mars mission could leverage off of a Lunar mission. I easily transitioned into the role of the Lunar Mission Systems Lead, performing trade studies and system integration to ensure all subsystems met design implementation guidelines by utilizing experience with spacecraft systems engineering as well as leadership skills learned on previous projects, with work culminating in a mission concept report and presentation to the customer.
When the Mission Design Team Lead graduated, I took over the responsibility of supervising a team of 10-15 engineering students, teaching them the fundamentals necessary to perform the required mission planning analysis, as well as providing weekly status reports to the broader mission team. To meet the mission design needs, I developed a Martian High Precision Orbital Propagator, and carried out trade studies to design orbits for the mission and the necessary orbital maneuvers and coverage maps.
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