Launch and Test Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies
Mechanical or Industrial Engineering | Santa Barbara, California Area, US
Currently a Launch and Test Engineer at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), responsible for multiple launch pad fluid systems and development projects. Served as Pad Lead Engineer for Flight 6, the inaugural flight of Falcon 9 v1.1.
Concurrently developing a thermoelectric charging solution as co-founder of StampTEG (www.stampteg.com), which is a start-up born out of Ohio State's Business Builders Club. Winner of the Winter 2012 IdeaPitch competition, StampTEG is now developing prototypes of it's patent pending technology and testing them in the real world.
Completed a MS in Mechanical Engineering at the Ohio State University in the area of fluid mechanics and heat transfer with applications in alternative energy and graphene synthesis. Earned two publications, one of which was my thesis work "Deposition of few-layered graphene in a microcombustor on copper and nickel substrates.”
Previously earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Focused on hands-on mechanical engineering design and research. Served as the principal investigator of a Center for Global Change (UA Foundation) funded research project which investigated the arctic viability of a small-scale axial flux wind turbine of our 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 work on 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.