I am currently a 6th year PhD candidate (Astrophysics) at ASU where I study the evolution of the elements and how Pop III stars contributed to abundance patterns in carbon enhanced, metal poor (CEMP) stars. I have modified a large-scale cosmological simulation so I can track the pristine fraction of gas at subgrid scales.
I am also using simulation to study neutron star mergers in the early universe. We are trying to understand the source of the unusual r-process element abundances in ultra-faint dwarf galaxies such as Reticulum II.
I have 25+ years of experience in space systems software design, analysis and development. My experience ranges from the development of custom telemetry processing and analysis tools for an Orbital Sciences launch vehicle (booster) to the technical development lead for the Aireon Satellite payload ground command and control system.
Boeing, Chandler AZ 2005 – 2015
Hosted Payload Ops Center – Software Development Lead
I was lead software engineer for the IRIDIUM satellite Hosted Payload Operations Center (2013-2015). I was responsible for requirements analysis, design and development of the Hosted Payload Operations Center software.
I was also a Senior Software Engineer (2005-2013) for the IRIDIUM satellite constellation. I was responsible for designing and implementing fixes and enhancements to IRIDIUM ground control software.
Orbital Sciences, Chandler AZ 2003 – 2004
Senior Software Engineer – Launch Vehicle Telemetry Designed and developed C++ telemetry processing and analysis software for Orbital launch vehicles.
Spectrum Astro, Gilbert AZ 1999 – 2003
Senior Software Engineer –SImulation development. Developed a Low Earth Orbit Constellation Simulation for theater level missile warning system on a cluster of Linux PCs. Technologies used include C++ and OpenGL as well as in-house developed graphics libraries.
Commanding Officer (CO), Office of Naval Dec 2016 – Present
Intelligence,0194, Camp Parks, CA
Commanding Officer in charge of a 40+ sailor unit supporting RADM R. Sharp, Director, National Maritime Intelligence, Washington D.C.
Executive Officer (XO), Joint Forces Dec 2013 – Present
Maritime Component Cmdr, PHX Detachment Executive Officer (and previously operations department head) for Joint Forces Maritime Component Commander (JFMCC). Provide operational-level-of-war support to Commander U.S. THIRD Fleet for JFMCC.
Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center Apr 2007 – Nov 2013
Senior tactical strike warfare intelligence instructor and instructor-instructor. Responsible for training active duty intelligence officers in naval aviation tactical warfare intelligence doctrine. Positions held: Admin Dept Head, Ops Dept Head
Helicopter Combat Support Nov 2006 – Mar 2007
Deployed to central Iraq with HSC 84 in support of combat operations. Squadron N2 supporting Commander, Joint Special Operations Air Component, Arabian Peninsula (CJSOAC-AP). Responsible for briefing aircrews as to enemy threat before flying into combat.
Helicopter Combat Support Jan 2004 – April 2004
Deployed to central Iraq with HCS 4 in support of combat operations. Squadron intel officer and duty officer.
Fighter-Attack Squadron 201 2003 – Apr 2007
Responsible for gathering, analyzing and briefing tactical intelligence to F/A-18 crews. Oversight of intelligence enlisted personnel.
Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center 2000 - 2003
Tactical strike warfare intelligence instructor. Responsible for training active duty intelligence officers in naval aviation tactical warfare intelligence doctrine. Personal Awards
Navy Achievement Medal (x4), Navy Commendation Medal (x2)