I work as an analyst for the RAND Corporation, a national policy think tank. Most of my projects are in support of the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, and other federal organizations; see my RAND profile page for more details. Sometimes I also get to travel to interesting places.
Prior to this, I worked
at the Georgia Institute of Technology
, as a research engineer in the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL
). My focus there was in the area of advanced systems design, including:
- Design methodologies and design team performance
- Next-generation access-to-space vehicles
- System-level design space exploration
- Computer-based environments for collaborative interdisciplinary design
As the 2006/2007 Postdoctoral Fellow of Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn Security Program, I worked on additional projects in the area of national security policy, critical infrastructure protection and homeland security.
I also have background in some of the human-related aspects of spaceflight:
- Crew performance and integration
- Life support
- Medical aspects and safety
- Human Factors
- Astronaut selection
- Fully immersive simulation of manned planetary exploration missions
- How these areas influence - and are influenced by - the top-level systems design process
As part of my dissertation research
, I combined these and other elements into an interdisciplinary systems design methodology that was taught to graduate students of engineering and architecture through a series of team-centered, hands-on, international “Space Station Design Workshops
” (SSDW). Workshops that I helped organize and direct took place at the University of Stuttgart
, the European Space Technology Centre
(ESTEC), and the International Space University (ISU).
For my current resume, see my LinkedIn profile. Most of my publications are available for download here.