art & engineering

2017

Lab77: 2 012-present
Founding Team Member and Technical Lead
 
Lab77 is a cross-organizational team at NASA Langley Research Center formed to build, fly, and learn about small satellites and to provide a small sat utilization capability to the Research Center. As a capability building capacity the scope of Lab77 continues to grow into many other initiatives.
Lab77: Collaboratory Pilot Demonstration: 2016-present
Integration and Content Lead.

The Collaboratoy an integrated collaboration, learning and workforce development platform to digitally connect learners with content and teachers/mentors. This pilot demonstrates the use of this technolgy as an aid to development of a satellite.
Models Based Engineering (MBE) Parts Information Management Demonstration: 2016-present
Development and Content Lead.

A demonstration of model based engineering tools that aid mission development efforts by managing  information that describes complex parts and their uses.
  
Maieutic Parataxis: 2010-present
Session Chair and Content Director

Maieutic Parataxis  is an innovation session focused on bringing out-of-the-box thinking to industry thought leaders and leading the conversation every year at the Congress On the Future of Engineering Software (COFES)
Earth Energy Monitoring System ( E2MS ): 2016-present
CTO Desigin Challegn Team Lead and E2MS Technical Lead

An Earth Energy Monitoring System was developed as a result of the 2016 FiRe (Future In Review) CTO Design Challenge. E2MS provides an IT infrastructure capable of monitoring the various forms of enrgy flow into, out of and through the planet.
GPX2: 2015-present
Mission Developer and Chief Engineer.

An experiment to evaluate sensors and IoT devices in space.

2016

Solar Sail Mechanism: 2016
Mission Developer

A mechanism to demonstrate novel boom technolgy for solar sail deployment.
Polarized Light Observations: 2016
Mission Developer

A new research area applying apply polarized light technolgoy to earth obesrvations
CB-DiBAR : 2015-present
Mission Developer and Chief Engineer ​​

The Compact Biostatic - Differential Absorption Barometric Radar (CB-DiBAR) is a small satellite experiment designed to validate a pressure observing, remote sensing technology
Exploration Saturdays: 2010 - 2016
Curriculum Developer and Content Provider ​​
 
Exploration Saturday events are a partnership between Government and corporate partners to encourage Science Technology Engineering and Math by inspiring middle school students with hands on project based experience and professional interactions.

2015

R3S : 2014-2015
Mission Developer and Chief Engineer

The Rapid Response Radiation Survey (R3S) is a small satellite hosted payload designed to study aviation safety by collecting data to improve a global radiation model called NAIRAS (Now-cast for Atmospheric Ionizing Radiation for Aviation Safety)
Advanced photonics: 2015
Mission Developer

A new research area applying advanced photonics technologies to lidar design.
SAGE-IV : 2012-2015
Mission Developer and Chief Engineer

The 4th Stratospheric Atmospheric Gas Experiment (SAGE-IV) is a small satellite observatory designed to monitor upper atmosphere ozone and a number of other gasses
ARCSTONE: 2015
Mission Developer

A mission to provide alternate calibration techniques to low earth orbit irradiance observing instruments.

2014

Shields-1 : 2012-2014
Chief Engineer
  
The Shields-1 mission is a small satellite designed to evaluate the in-space performance of new radiation shielding materials.

2012

IRVE-3 CG-Offset: 2009-2012
Sub-system Lead Engineer
    
The CG-Offset mechanism of the Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment 3 (IRVE-3) experiment split the mass of a sub-orbital entry vehicle to produce lift by shifting the aero-body's center-of-gravity during atmospheric entry and decent.
IRVE-3 Post Flight Instrumentation Study: 2012
Avionics Engineer
    
The IRVE-3 post flight instrumentation study determined the cause of a data anomaly in the thermal performance of the IRVE-3 flight test 
 IRVE-4: 2012
Avionics Lead
 
The Inflatable Reentry Vehicle Experiment 4 (IRVE-4)was to be built and flown as a follow on to IRVE-3. The activity was canceled before delivery
MLAS Photogrammetry: 2012
Mechanical Designer (Support field-of-view architecture and simulation)
    
The Max Launch Abort System (MLAS) demonstrated the performance of an alternate crew recovery system. The performance of the system was in part captured with a photogrammetry system.

2009

MIDIP-RFLMS (Raman Florescence LIDAR Multi Sensor) Integration: 2009
Integration Lead
    
The Mars Instrument Development Incubator Program-Raman Florescence LIDAR Multi Sensor (MIDIP-RFLMS) was integrated on to the PSI (Platform for Science Instruments) robot for field demonstration to advance the technology readiness level of the instrument.
PSI Behavioral Control:2008-2009
 Control Engineer (design & implement control system)
      
The behavioral control algorithm of the PSI (Platform for Science Instruments) robot was a  geometric pattern based controller of an all-wheel-drive all-wheel-steer holonomic robot.

2008

PSI Integration & Test: 2007-2008
Integration Lead/Systems Engineer/Project 
    
Integration and testing of the PSI (Platform for Science Instruments) robot brought a dozen sensors and half as many computers, together with power and servo electronics into a functioning robotics platform
ODU Space Systems Lab: 2005-2008
Founding Team Member and Lab Manager
      
The Old Dominion University Space Systems Lab supports the development of various space related senior design and research projects

2007

ODU/ARC Nano-Indentation Laboratory: 2006-2007
Founding Team Member and Lab Manager
      
The Nano-Indentation lab is a facility of Old Dominion University's Applied Research Center studying nano-mechanical properties of materials.
PAIDAE 8' HTT flexible TPS test: 2006-2007
Testing Engineer (Fixture refurbishment, sample holder design, and test operation)
        
PAIDAE (Program for the Advancement of Inflatable Decelerators for Atmospheric Entry) 8' HTT (8 foot High Temperature Tunnel) test evaluated the performance of flexible thermal protection system materials in high temperature hypersonic flow conditions.
  
 MMEEV Design Support: 2007
 Design Engineering (providing geometry for simulations)
          
The Multi-Mission Earth Entry Vehicle (MMEEV) is a design concept tailorable to any mission that will return samples to earth from space.
  
PSI Mechanical: 2006-2007
Mechanical Lead
            
The PSI (Platform for Science Instruments) is a demonstration class robot built to test new science instruments in unstructured terrain.
 ODU SubSEM-2: 2006-2007
Project Manager / Chief Engineer
              
Old Dominion University Sub-orbital Student Experiment Module (ODU SubSEM-2) is a sub-orbital payload designed to evaluate the effect of micro-gravity on cancer cells. The payload was completed, awaiting a flight opportunity.
DLC Nano-Material Properties: 2007
Lab Technician
  
Study of the electro-mechanical properties of Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) by means of nano-indententation, various forms of microscopy, and other physical tests.
Wireless Payload Experiment: 2007  
Integration Technician
   
Old Dominion University's Wireless Payload Experiment demonstrated data acquisition over a wireless network and characterized the Radio Frequency (RF) environment of the payload area during flight.
  

2006

GTM-T1: 2005-2006 
Structural Analysist / Frame Retrofit Lead
   
The Generic Transport Model T1 (GTM-T1) is the first jet-powered and dynamically-scaled (5.5%) civil transport aircraft, designed and instrumented to perform control law research through upset conditions. 
Nyobium Nano-Material Properties: 2006 
Lab technician   
  
Study of the nano-mechanical properties of Nyobium surface coatings by means of nano-indententation.
Trinity: 2005-2006 
Mechanical Lead  
  
Trinity is a three wheel omnidirectional robot built as a demonstration system for a new type of embedded computing system and as a mobility research platform.
Germanium Strained Silicon-On-Insulator Nano-Material Properties: 2006 
Study Co-Lead
   
Study of the nano-mechanical and electrical properties of germanium-strained silicon on silicon-oxide (SOI:SiGe) insulator by means of nano-indententation.
Piezo Actuated Nano-Positioner Stage: 2006 
Mechanical Designer   
  
The piezo actuated nano-positioner stage was a research activity to design a high range of motion, high precision positioner using various mechanical configurations.
Optic Fiber Puller Design: 2006 
System Designer  
  
The optic fiber puller was designed as a low-cost option for custom optic fiber filaments.  The research was canceled during the build phase.
Mobius Ascetics: 2006 
Mechanical Designer  
  
Mobius is an omnidirectional robot built as a mobility research platform.

2005

ODU  SubSEM-1: 2005
 Mechanical Lead
      
Old Dominion University Sub-orbital Student Experiment Module (ODU SubSEM-1) is a sub-orbital payload that carried cancer cells into micro-gravity in support of research at Salisbury University in Maryland. 
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