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Gender : Male

Birthday : October 13, 1986

Occupation : Spacecraft Sequence Systems Engineer

Location : Pasadena, California, United States

School : University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado, United States)

Education : College graduate

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Gibson: 1960 Classic Reissue

Fender: Stratocaster

Fender: Hot Rod Deluxe

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I am now a combined BS/MS graduate of the Aerospace Engineering program at University of Colorado (Boulder). My concentration was Vehicle Systems - Controls, which means I dealt a lot with aircraft autopilots, multi-agent cooperative control and rendezvous algorithms, and spacecraft attitude determination and control. My MS degree work consisted of development and integration of a discrete-time altitude and airspeed autopilot for a miniature unmanned bi-wing aircraft.
Miniature Aircraft Deployment System (MADS)
Aerial System for the Transportation and Operation of Remote Measurements (ASTORM)

For the last three years, I worked for the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, a university research lab. I performed mission operations -- real-time commanding, planning/sequencing, and engineering health and safety analysis -- for AIM, SORCE, ICESat, QuikSCAT, and Kepler. My specialization was in analysis and support for attitude determination and control subsystems as well as ground segment utilities. Boatloads of fun.

I just started working for the Jet Propulsion Lab out in Pasadena, CA with ever-glorious title of "Mission Operations Engineer I." In actuality, I have several titles depending on what my work is that day. For instance, I am a Tactical Activity Planner/Sequence Integration Engineer for the rovers on Mars (I can't make this up!); or, I am a Sequence Systems Engineer for the Spitzer space telescope. Otherwise, "Mission Operations Engineer" fits the bill for just about everything else I do -- non-deterministic and goal-oriented spacecraft mission planning, spacecraft modeling, attitude/telecom performance modeling, and a few other off-hand things.

(Read: I help turn mission profiles and payload science desires into 0's and 1's. Not bad for a job right out of college.)

Now for what really matters: I love music. It has changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. I recently got myself a record player, a sound system, and a nice collection of vinyls. It's a new passion to me and it's a bank-breaker but... really, so what? $35 bucks for a new pressing of "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs"? Fuck yes I'll take it. I used to play in a band called Blues Day that did straight blues and rock 'n' roll. I loved jamming with them. We recorded a few EPs under the radar (but not without our fair share of problems!) when we were in high school and the first year of college, but we haven't been together for four years now. I do the occasional noodling without much writing these days.

And as for UG... I used to moderate Musician Talk and Guitar & Bass Basics but gave it up because of school and work. I browse around random forums and poke my head into the tabs on occasion.
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