Q: What do you get with a rocket scientist, photographer, former volunteer firefighter, and budding industrial designer who thinks 10 steps ahead?
A: A competitive edge sharpened by constant curiosity, passionate productivity, and leadership in tough situations.
I believe that "renaissance" talents are needed to inform and delight our fellow product or service users through great design. My engineering, design, and operations experience would bolster your company's unique value.
Accomplished and Creative Engineer with 10+ years experience in aerospace systems design/management, test, operations, and integration. Experience spans technology/concept development, and requirements generation, and design-operations/CONOPS strategy for world-class organizations such as NASA.
Hands-on Leader and Creative Thinker with background in engineering, human factors, operations, leadership, industrial design, creative pursuits (fine art photography, sketching/drafting, kinetic/interactive art), community service (youth mentoring, financial literacy, volunteer firefighting).
Presenter at Dallas Museum of Arts, August 2010
TEDxSMU 2010 attendee, October 2010
Systems Engineering & Integration
Design & Operations Engineering
Technology & Concept Development
Unmanned Vehicle Systems
CAD Drafting & 3D Modeling
Emergency Response Systems (fire, medical, etc.)
University of Houston
M.S., Space Architecture
2003 – 2005
Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture
2004-05: Team member that designed Earth-Moon cargo transportation system to support NASA’s vision for space exploration. Items emphasized are user/system requirements, design solutions, rationale, and CAD representations of systems. Conference publication based on project.
2003-04: Project co-lead and technical adviser with focus on design approach and systems engineering for design of next generation space station at the request of former NASA astronaut Dr. Bonnie Dunbar. Design focused on life and biological sciences, autonomous features, and ease of assembly. Conference publication based on project.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.S., Aerospace Engineering
1996 – 2001
Comprehensive engineering curriculum personally focused on design methods and feedback-control systems in both required and elective courses. Performed weights/balance and stability/control sizing for a multi-role naval aircraft in senior design team project.
Activities and Societies: Aerial Robotics Club Competition Team - Leader/President/Founder
AIAA Design/Build/Fly Electric Aircraft Competition Team - CAD and Engineering
National Space Society (NSS) International Space Development Conference (5/2005), Lunar Development and Exploration: A Simple, Long Lasting and Functionally Adaptable Architecture, D. Barker, S. Mody, C. Kanver
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) 1st Space Exploration Conference (1/2005), An Overview of Space Robotic Operations Principles for Human Spaceflight and Exploration, S. Mody, H. Bussey (AIAA 2005-2545)
AIAA Space 2004 Conference (9/2004), The Life and Biological Sciences Facility: An Evolution in Space Station Design, D. Barker, S. Mody, C. Kanver, D. Whalen (AIAA 2004-5979)
Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
Systems Test Engineer
(March 2011 - Present)
Lead engineer for system level testing of ground based avionic technologies. Coordinates, supervises, and conducts functional, environmental (MIL-STD-810), and performance testing of aircraft and sub-systems. Leads in creating documentation to plan, execute, and document test efforts. Works with test facility personnel to ensure cost-effective testing was performed. Also ensures clear and useful communication of testing progress with project tech lead such that fixes can be made in a timely manner.
(August 2009 – August 2010 )
Coordinated, supervised, and conducted functional, environmental (MIL-STD-810), and performance testing of aircraft and sub-systems. Created all appropriate documentation to plan, execute, and document test efforts. Worked with test facility personnel to ensure cost-effective testing was performed. Also ensured clear and useful communication of testing progress with project tech lead.
Systems Design Engineer
(February 2007 – August 2009)
Systems: Provided requirements specification and engineering leadership for design and integration of aircraft autopilot and related and electro-mechanical systems as well as air vehicle design and requirements verification/validation. Created and contributed to UAS user guides. Generated and managed 2000+ high-level and mid-level requirements.
Contributor in process improvement efforts with focus on ISO and CMMI certification. Organized periodic “Lunch’n’Learn” sessions for exchange of technical expertise and industry news exchange within the company.
Aerial Robotics Club (University of Illinois U-C)
Founder/Project Lead (January 2000 – December 2001)
Project Lead for Summer 2000 – Led team creating 2 autonomous vehicles in 8 wks, under budget. Performed systems architecture oversight and conducted trade and feasibility studies
Project Co-Lead for Summer/Fall 2001 - Team created a fixed wing UAV with basic guidance/navigation/flight control to prepare an entry for AUVSI International Aerial Robotics Competition
Proposal, fundraising, recruiting, and external relations were performed throughout involvement; U of IL Engineering Open House Place winner in 2001
Cytometry Flow Services Inc.
Design Consultant and Drafter
(May 2000 – August 2000)
Redesigned a Cytometry Flow Sampling Station with Pro/Engineer to improve user interface. Worked with seasoned engineer to create concept draftings and a physical prototype.
Pratt & Whitney
Project/Design Engineer Co-op
(June 1999 – December 1999)
Designed engine airflow parts and managed parts distribution for new aircraft engine build/test efforts. Created computer simulation for an engine air-bleed system using Unigraphics and NASTRAN/PATRAN software.
Design Engineering Intern
(June 1998 – August 1998)
Worked as intern with seasoned engineers; used Pro/Engineer to create 3D models of several RAH-66/Comanche nose turret parts.
(June 1995 – August 1995)
Created CAD files for custom tool and die work performed by CAM/CNC machines.
United Space Alliance // NASA
Mission Operations Robotics Analyst
(February 2002 – February 2007)
Developed clearance and configuration analysis products with CAD and analysis software tools for Space Shuttle and ISS robotic arms. Performed duties as ISO representative as well process improvement efforts for mass properties analysis tool. Near completion Robotics Dynamics Analyst certification for loads and motion analysis on Shuttle robotic arm.
Certifications: Robotics Kinematic/Dynamics Analyst
Worksite safety award.
On The Spot Award – Received while still in training for quality, real-time communication with team to advance flight work efficiently while learning and analyzing new issues as they appeared.
Performance Award – Received for having led efforts to certify an updated mass properties analysis tool, creating a test matrix and interfacing with flight operations customers for quality assurance.
Nassau Bay Volunteer Fire Department
Volunteer Firefighter; Administrative Secretary
(May 2002 – January 2007)
Protecting life and property through firefighting and search/rescue under dangerous conditions. Particular focus was on teamwork, safety, design of tools/equipment, best practices, operational priorities and command/control/communication system interaction for incidents local to regional scale (National Incident Management System, NIMS).
Also performed communication duties for members as department administrative secretary officer while also “learning the ropes” of the operational service. (2002-2003)
University of Illinois, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering Dept.
Engineering Research Assistant
(May 2001 – August 2001)
Conducted experiments on next generation air conditioning system for a Mech.E. Ph.D. candidate. Used instrumentation labVIEW/HPVee and related software to interpret and adjust system performance characteristics.
Group Achievement Award from NASA
"On the Spot" and "Performance Award" from United Space Alliance
Multiple awards for exceptional engineering projects during undergraduate engineering
Three publications recognized by national professional societies
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE, http://www.incose.org/)
Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems Intl. (AUVSI, http://www.auvsi.org)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA, http://www.aiaa.org)
Engineers Without Borders (EWB, http://www.ewb-usa.org)
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
University of Illinois (B.S.), http://www.ae.illinois.edu/; University of Houston (M.S.), http://www.sicsa.uh.edu