Recent Position: Senior Technical Specialist (retired 2010), Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Mail station M1/1406 One Space Park, Redondo Beach, CA 90278 Education: • PhD, Robotics and AI, University of Southern California, December 1997 (GPA 3.8) • MSCS, University of Southern California, May 1994 (GPA 3.5) • BSME, University of Hawaii, December 1979 (GPA 3.2)
Robotics: Space robotics, assembly task planning, path and motion planning, network agents (softbots), grasp planning, and cooperation. Space: Spacecraft manufacturing, integration, and test planning and simulation, zero-gravity and dynamics simulation, mechanisms and kinematics, computer-aided design, and environmental test, with 30 years of experience in development of mechanisms with thermal, contamination, dynamics, kinematic, and reliability considerations. Internet: The first automated design service on the Web: FixtureNet, the subject of our international journal article; Research advisor and team leader for a network agent meeting scheduling system developed in Java by a team of graduate students at USC in 1999. Teaching: Upper and lower division programming, undergraduate and graduate directed research, software engineering, theory of computation, discrete mathematics, and computer graphics.
Space robotics, object-oriented programming languages, intelligent network agents, robotic grasp and motion planning, and artificial intelligence.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS): 2002-2010 Senior Technical Specialist, Integration, Test and Launch Directorate. APM (assistant project manager) for project Redwood Integration and Test (2005-2009). 2000-2002 Staff Engineer, Mechanical Test Engineering and Test Operations Department. Responsibilities include process simulation and automation, CAD training, and department Webmaster. 1998-2000 Staff Engineer (part time). Software development, computer simulations, department Webmaster, and database and document management in spacecraft assembly, integration, test, and launch operations. 1993-1998 Staff Engineer, Mechanical Development and Test Engineering Department. Responsibilities include: implementing the S&EG product data management system (PDMS), a distributed federated object oriented DBMS, for the solar array products (SAP) center; developing a system for product solid model integration into spacecraft assembly and test operations; and coordinating training and user support for AutoCAD designers in S&TD, including Web pages creation and maintenance. 1989-1993 Engineering Staff, I&T Operations, project 8482. Responsible for creating and implementing automated assembly and test procedures. Worked with the United States Air Force and the Department of Defense to produce the Militarily Critical Technologies List (MCTL, October 1992). 1987-1989 Subproject manager (SPM), Mechanical Integration Engineering, project 8482, with multi-million dollar budget responsibility. Planning and engineering responsibility for all mechanical integration and test activities, including system MGSE requirements, facility modifications, and overall spacecraft schedule. 1985-1986 Section Head, Mechanical Test Engineering, DPD I&T Department. Responsible for all spacecraft mechanical test procedures, test engineering floor support, and personnel hiring and assignments. 1984-1985 Staff Engineer, Manager of Test Operations, Mechanical Systems, project 5081, with responsibility for all the day-to-day spacecraft integration and test activities, including daily schedules and manpower assignments. 1980-1984 Member of the Technical Staff, Mechanical I&T Department. Supported DSCS, DSP, FLTSATCOM, GRO and numbered projects, including spacecraft static load tests, zero gravity simulation for deployment tests, and stiffness and torque-angle tests. Performed the first static load test on a flight spacecraft. Developed computer automated data analysis for stiffness and deployment testing. University of Southern California, Computer Science Department: 1998-2000 Full time lecturer responsible for the undergraduate curriculum for the Computer Science and the Computer Science/Computer Engineering degree programs. Under- graduate and graduate directed research. 1998 Lecturer (part time), Computer Science 477L, Design and Construction of Large Software Systems. 1996-1997 Teaching Assistant and guest lecturer, Computer Science 201, Principles of Software Development. Student member of the USC PhD Admissions Committee. 1994-1996 Research Assistant, Modular Robotics Laboratory. Design and analyse new robotic algorithms for industrial robotics including part feeding (singulation, orientation, presentation) automated fixture design synthesis, and fixture loading. Implemented FixtureNet, the first World Wide Web automatic modular fixture design service. United States Air Force: 1969-1978 Communications Electronics Technician, USAF, with extensive and varied experience in microwave, analog/digital, and satellite ground systems. Duty stations included Keelser Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi (Air Training Command (ATC)); Bellows Air Force Station, Waimanalo, Hawaii (Air Force Communications Service (AFCS)); Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (2nd Mobile Combat Communications Group); McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, California (AFCS); Wheeler Air Force Base, Wahiawa, Hawaii (AFCS). IEEE Robotics and Automation Society: 2006-2012 Founding Co-chair of the Space Robotics Technical Committee
1980: First torque-angle test using a torque sensor. 1981: First stiffness test using automated data acquisition. 1982: First latch repeatability test using an autocollimator. 1983: First cold deployment test using gas bearings. 1984: First numerical integration with torque-angle test data. 1985: First static load test on flight hardware (FLTSATCOM flight 8). 1986: First parametric study of wire harness torque-angle data. 1987: First feasibility study for 5-panel solar array deployment with helium balloons. 1997: First Web published test report. 1998: First demonstration of Web-integrated test procedures. 1999: First spacecraft production simulation. 2000: First general Order(n) sorting algorithm (U.S. patent awarded May 25, 2004). 2001: First five-axis univeral joint used in torque-angle testing. 2001: First formalization of a flange stiffness design concept. 2002: First concept for a pneumatic space mirror. 2003: Double knee longeron truss for space nuclear power heat rejection system deployment. 2004: Bi-directional membrane tensiometer (NGAs trade secret). 2005: Electrostatic foot for space robotics locomotion. 2006: Robot gait for sticky footed space walking robots. 2007: CMG Space Robot.U.S. Citizen. SSBI. Security clearances and references furnished upon request.
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