2011 More professional, but I have aged a bit since.
My Path, it seems to wander but come back around.
Ok, so I have an Aerospace Engineering degree, but I would never get in any plane I'd design. The feedback was "that's... interesting..." aka "don't ever build that in real life" for my last design. But we are getting ahead of ourselves in the story.
My first taste of research came between my graduating from High School and starting Freshman year of college (2002). As a field research assistant I took ocean water samples (rhodamine dye had been dumped where it would disperse in the ocean outfall plume) and collected (labeled) grapefruit (yes real grapefruit) that were also dumped, sometimes bartering with beach goers who had picked them up when they washed ashore. Essentially, data recording, though really it was mostly waking up really early and getting a sunburn.
Port of Los Angeles:
I worked with the same group doing physical optical oceanography for environmental study (at USC) in 2004 & 2005 on a research project to map and analyze the outfall of the water/waste in the Chavez Channel into the Port of LA. My first project was to devise a security/containment device to house 3 (separate) automatic water sampling devices. Though they cost $30,000+ each, they needed to remain in place (in public) while awaiting a "wet weather event". Utilizing repurposed 50 gal. steel drums we were able to cut access holes in the bottom to feed the sampling tube out, a shelf to hold the sampler off the ground, and access locations for additional instruments. The whole (weather resistant) system could be locked and locked down to remain in place for deployment when rain occurred as well as operate while locked and unattended.
In the summer of 2005 I assisted with the deployment of the units, acting as Assistant Project Manager, point of contact to the Prime, and deploying and troubleshooting the water samplers (some calculations were off and changes needed to be made "on the fly"). Water samples were successfully taken to determine the concentration of (rhodamine dye) that was inserted upstream. Additionally I participated in GIS data gathering and automated photo stitching of aerial photographs to provide a visual reference of the dye flowing into the harbor.
Senior Research Project:
Sticking with the theme, my project was designed to help the Biology/Oceanography group I had worked with to design, build, and test a single variable oceanic turbulence tank (the only one known at that time) to be used for phytoplankton studies.
To do this we designed a quartz glass cylindrical tank that we could project a laser illumination sheet through and moved that sheet vertically, taking rapid photography to generate a 3D vector diagram of the illuminated particulates in the flow (we did not use phytoplankton for our tests). We additionally put this tank in an exterior, temperature controlled, water bath (to insulate from delta T variables) and a sealed lid to remove exterior environmental agitation.
Agitation was by a stepper-motor controlled "potato masher" plate with laser cut holes. The camera was situated to the side and pictures were reflected off a mirror to reduce the risk of any water damage to the equipment.
As determined by the committee, we accurately created and measured, localized oceanic turbulence and turned the project over to the Biology/Oceanography team for use.
After graduating from the University of Southern California, with a B.S. Aerospace Engineering (2006), I took a job as a Sales Engineer for a Manufacturer's Representative company in the RF/MW industry. Having no experience in Electrical Engineering (much less RF voodoo) I learned on the job and improved my interpersonal skills (sales makes you talk to people).
Reynolds Sales & Consulting (founded):
I started RSC in 2010 due to a loss of employment during the recession. This enabled me to learn many additional business skills, contracting with employees, vendors, and customers. Ultimately the "Sales" portion of the business was too impacted by the sequestration in 2014.
International Cooling Enterprises (start-up):
I acted as lead Engineer & Program Manager and RSC was contracted with International Cooling Enterprises to take a (hand made) lab validated, self-cooling panel and make it manufacturable in volume. One problem, the data on how it was originally made had been lost. We successfully reverse engineered the cooling panel (utilizing liquid water vaporization in a sealed vacuum and a desiccant material to remove moisture and continue the vaporization and cooling) and designed it for mass production. At this point funding ran out before a factory could be built.
I briefly tried to go more into sales (Real Estate), which didn't work for me and did some business research & consulting (optical lenses for indoor plant growth).
At Daico, one advantage was that while I was Technical "Sales" Manager, I was also the effective Marketing Manager, Application Engineer, de-facto Engineering Manager, & Program Manager and was able to guide multiple programs, such as the IFFA Phase Shifter for Patriot (FFF redesign) to production and a higher power, smaller, lower cost, Phase Shifter, for LTAMDS, from initial concept, though 3 design iterations, into Production Representative status, delivering over 225 units. This and other Program Management opportunities (SPY3/Zumwalt switch, Sentinel X-Band Switch, an Air Force Transmitter SBIR, and other undisclosed) showed me that Engineering/Technical Program Management was something I have a skill set for. I managed contracts and interfaced between customers, engineers, materials/procurement, production, & test, (both internally & externally) throughout a contract and delivery.
Initially acting solely as a Proposal Project Engineer (Sr. Staff Systems Architecture Engineer) I develop cost models for the Avionics group and provided labor and material inputs focusing on Command & Datahandling (DHS) and Harness for: NASA Geo-XO Study ( ~$2B), NASA Artemis PPE ECP-019 Redline Revision Analysis (~$40M), Lockheed Martin Tranche 2 Transport Layer (T2TL) Beta & Alpha ROM & FFP (~$100 M). L3Harris T2TRK (~$100 M). StarOne S1 (~200M), GeoXO CostPlus (~$2.5B), FooFighter (F2) (Avionics portion of listed contract total $)
Later my role grew to include Cost Account Management (CAM) duties for Sirius XM 11 & 12 as well as Product Management for BAE ICUs and Contractor Management for Sanmina (CM) build Avionics units for NASA PPE (Gateway) SXM 11/12 and EchoStar 25. Closing out my time at Maxar as a Sr. Staff Program Manager (Tech)
As a brief educational aside, during my time at Daico I completed a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration and began a MS in Engineering & Technology Management, which I completed while at Maxar to better align much of my previous work experience.