As co-founder and Senior Engineer at Aphelion, I lead a team of 10 employees and interns developing small satellite products and Magento store. I am actively involved in...more engineering design and manage software development and integration with hardware designs and simulation. Projects include web-based visualization and engineering for "big data" analytics. Additionally, I manage corporate affairs on behalf of the Board including HR, taxes, payroll, legal compliance and ITAR/export compliance.
2003 - Present (almost 17 years)
I manage the programs for this 501 (c)(3) non-profit STEM organization. Projects include development of an experimental cubesat and research into non-toxic, environmentally-friendly...more chemical propulsion for space launch vehicles. I am deeply involved with technical development of the organization’s projects. My primary role is leading software development. Our projects include web-based mission simulation and real-time control, hardware-in-the-loop testing and educational media websites.
Engineered application development utilizing Java and Visual Basic. Conducted maintenance and program upgrades for existing applications written in Visual Basic. Performed...more debugging and Q.A. on existing applications. Participated on a small team of developers in the creation of specifications and designs for new applications. Developed new software applications using Java connectivity to MS SQL Server and Access using JDBC and ODBC. Created front-end user interfaces using Java Swing API’s.
Primary editorial contact for media, marketing and industry reps. I oversee publication of news articles and features and ensure compliance with technical and editorial standards.I...more develop streaming media and multimedia features, live and recorded, for publication on cross-media platforms. I manage the assignment desk, supervise staff writers/photographers and conduct subject matter interviews. I am responsible for ensuring the widest distribution of content and maintaining the subscriber base.
Developed web based educational applications for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Served in a lead role in the development of JavaBeans components...more for online applications. Engineered application development using Perl, SQL and Java. Created Java-based user interfaces. Developed applications for staff to manage curricula, testing and student records. Responsible for design and implementation of MySQL, MS Access and MS SQL Server databases.
Developed applications in C++ and Java. Create shared libraries in C/C++ that were callable from Java, in support of the Habanero object-sharing and collaboration project....more Performed debugging and Q.A for the NCSA Mosaic web browser development team.
I lead the team at Aphelion Orbitals, Inc. as co-founder and COO. I manage 10 people designing a nanosatellite launch vehicle, new propulsion system and spacecraft components. My roles range from technical engineering design for our launch system to business management tasks.
Under my leadership, we successfully demonstrated a flight-scale rocket engine utilizing a propellant mixture that has never been used commercially before. We accomplished this in an intense program starting from a blank design to test firing a production engine in only 13 months. As a member of the entrepreneurial team, I worked with the other founders to close our Seed Series funding round in 2017 and have pitched for additional funding in the time since. In my COO role, I negotiated employee health insurance, business licensing in multiple states and ITAR/export compliance. I personally selected every employee that we hired and have been extremely proud of their work and commitment.