Level III-Certified Aerospace Professional, Laboratory for Atmospherics and Space Physics
PERSONAL DATA: Lee grew up in Sacramento, California and retired from the US Air Force after serving 26 years to Peyton, Colorado. He and his wife, Pat, moved to Brighton, CO in 2012. Together, they have five children and eight grandchildren.
EDUCATION: Lee earned his certification in Analytical Graphics Inc.’s Satellite Toolkit with his training in Orbital Analysis and Orbital Design through Webster. He graduated with honors from Webster University with a Master of Science in Space Systems Operations Management in 2011.
EXPERIENCE: Lee is an Air Force Space Command Level III-certified aerospace professional (PDF) with 25 years of proven expertise in program management, systems administration, operations leadership and training system analysis and development. He combines top technical skills with excellent program management and team leadership abilities including program planning, scheduling and budgeting, budgeting and resource allocation and staff management of teams up to 220 people. Lee developed excellent troubleshooting/problem diagnostic and technical writing skills over his career. He is a Professional Research Assistant (as a Senior Satellite Systems Engineer) in the Mission Operations area of the Laboratory for Atmospherics and Space Physics (LASP) at Colorado University in Boulder. Lee is a Flight Controller for the Kepler satellite program and works closely with scientists, engineers and other space system mission operators in the development, operation, and maintenance of spacecraft mission operations as well as supervises one or more student assistants. LASP is one of the top space science research institutes in the country with facilities in Boulder, Colorado employing approximately 500 scientists, engineers, support personnel, and students. Lee participates in the development and operations of state-of-the-art space mission systems for present and upcoming NASA space science projects. He conducts real time spacecraft/satellite/instrument flight operations during readiness, test and evaluation, and operational phases. Lee also develops plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support in orbit dynamics, satellite performance analysis, and command and control of on-orbit satellites and payloads. Playing to his strengths, Lee routinely provides technical direction for on-orbit mission support for vehicle anomalies and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission utilization. Lee worked for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems on the Space Tracking and Surveillance Satellite (STSS) program (PDF) at Schriever AFB, Colorado for over six years after retiring from the US Air Force as a space operations superintendent.
WEBSTER INFLUENCE: Lee was honored by the Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration for his outstanding academic performance during his Master of Science degree in Space Operations Management at Webster University. He credits his Webster experience as one of the significant deciding factors in his selection for Flight Director at the LASP and Ops Crew Lead at Northrop Grumman.
OTHER INTERESTS: Lee is an avid computer and technology hobbyist who is also passionate about riding his Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic just to enjoy the scenery. Lee and Pat’s favorite charities are the:
- USO, United Services Organization http://uso.org
- Special Operations Warrior Foundation http://www.specialops.org
- Compassion International http://www.compassion.com
- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital http://www.stjude.org
- Wounded Warrior Foundation http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
- The Gary Sinise Foundation http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/