I'm a Senior Engineer at the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit institution established after World War 2 "to strengthen public policy through research and analysis," "for the public welfare and security of the United States of America." 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
Medical aspects and safety
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).