Rocket Landing Barge - Lead Field Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering | Anchorage, Alaska Area, US
Currently investigating the use of small unmanned aerial systems for use in extreme remote data gathering and analysis. Looking at current arctic needs and how to best address them through data science, engineering, and sensor development and deployment.
Most recently lead the design, construction, and launch day operation of the SpaceX landing platform "Just Read the Instructions" and "Of Course I Still Love You" from conception through multiple landing attempts and subsequent repairs.
Still tinkering with Stamp Thermoelectric, which is a patent-pending thermoelectric backup battery (www.stampteg.com) for keeping mobile devices moving off the grid.
Previously a full-time Launch and Test Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), responsible for development, construction, testing, and operation of multiple launch pad fluid systems as well as multiple other development projects. Served as Pad Lead Engineer for Flight 6, the inaugural flight of Falcon 9 v1.1, which was also the first flight from our Vandenberg AFB site.
Completed a MSME at the Ohio State University in micro/nano fluid mechanics with applications in graphene synthesis. Earned two publications, including my thesis work "Deposition of few-layered graphene in a microcombustor on copper and nickel substrates,” which appeared in Lab on a Chip.
My Bachelor of Science is in Mechanical Engineering from UAF. While there, I served as the principal investigator investigating the arctic viability of a small-scale axial flux wind turbine of our own design.
While at UAF, was also a co-designer/machinist at the Alaska Space Grant Program. Helped to develop the first and second "CubeSat" microgravity satellite prototypes which were tested at Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX aboard the "Weightless Wonder," aka the "Vomit Comet." Also helped develop the Student Rocket Project (SRP-5), a NASA funded endeavor at Poker Flat Rocket Range, which studied the D-region of the ionosphere during aurora events.