Track record of leading teams to innovative design solutions via engineering analysis
Skilled Aerospace Engineer with demonstrated strength as a leader in Project Management and Engineering analysis of various design concepts in general aviation aircraft and aero-marine craft. Almost seventeen years of extensive professional experience with a reputable airframe and systems manufacturer in area of conceptual design from strength perspective, computation, mass properties, and Finite Element Analysis. This experience is backed by strong educational and research background in close knit areas of aircraft structures, materials, stress analysis, composites, fatigue and damage tolerance, and vibration analysis. In addition has extensive CAD modeling experience with CATIA and Solidworks, mass properties data extraction, and Finite Element Analysis. Proven experience in managing complete projects from concept to completion and certification.
03/2013 to Current
Principal EngineerTEXTRON SYSTEMS － New Orleans, LA
Effective leadership provided via engineering analysis for the development of a unique aero-marine system for a defense agency as the lead analyst.
Created processes and computation methodology for engineering analysis of structures, dynamic systems, mass properties via CAD modeling, VBA assisted by FEM tools NASTRAN, and (pre-post) PATRAN.
Moreover, provided support for integrating a unique propulsion system onto the craft.
Key Achievements: As a lead for Analysis group, created a culture of processes, methodologies, and system's approach for tackling complex issues, which was non-existent before in the organization and it paid off in saving time and proficient cost saving processes.
Created world class engineering computational processes for extraction of reliable Mass Properties data from Solidworks CAD models.
Created reliable database for effective mass properties control and stability analysis.
Furthermore derived CAD parasolids and FEM models to create mass and stiffness properties in deducing system dynamics; this provided a reliable groundwork for modal and forced vibration analysis.
Provided effective control in leadership role for meeting various deadlines in area of project, cost and staging various PDRs (Project Design Reviews) for the defense customer.
05/1998 to 03/2013
Engineering SpecialistCESSNA AIRCRAFT COMPANY － Wichita, KS
Engineering Analysis provided in lead roles from conceptual design to flight test of Cessna's unique line of Citation business jets, i.e.
Citation X+, CJ4, Encore+, Longitude, XL+, and Citation Mustangs.
The area of expertise included laying the groundwork in conceptual design from Lofts for subsequent analysis in the area of Dynamics, Mass Properties, Stability, Fatigue and Damage Tolerance (DADT) and hence accomplishing Stress Sizing.
This leads to detail design and stress sizing.
Introduced unique methodologies based on the state of the art work in area of DADT to the company's analysis tools.
Introduced and supervised the incorporation of state of the art composite for weight optimization of Cessna's airframe and flight control surfaces.
Created and implemented GVT procedures on actual prototypes.
Key Achievements: Awarded a Leading Edge Award for conducting unique Mechanical Testing on Composite fairing panels during detail design phase.
The experimental set up with its unique fixtures, the test procedure, was included in ASTM standards later.
Recognized for introducing the Finite Element concept for effective weight control function via CATIA modeling.
Highly recognized for introducing the Value of Pound criterion in the company for evaluating competing designs and a mode of effective weight control function.
Authored a detailed report on Value of Pound as a guideline.
Acknowledged company- wide for developing computational techniques to extract mass properties data from CAD models for electrical and avionics equipment along with wire harnesses aboard the aircraft.
These techniques removed a long existed bottle neck in extracting accurate mass properties data for electrical equipment aboard Cessna aircraft.
Designed a unique Mass Properties and Dynamics class for cross-functional training of Mass Properties Engineering for company engineers.
01/1994 to 01/2000
NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF AVIATION RESEARCH Wichita State University － Wichita, KS
Worked as Co-Investigator with my doctoral advisor on various projects with NIAR, including:.
Effects of Surface generated Scratches (small cracks) on Fatigue and Damage Tolerance residual life of Al2024-T3 alloy of Aerospace Airframe applications (FAA sponsorship).
Evaluation of stress corrosive fire retardant in aircraft interiors for general aviation aircraft (FAA sponsored).
Characterization of Weld Imperfections in 2195 Al-Li alloys for super light weight External Tank of Space Shuttle program.
Marshal Space Flight Center - MSFC sponsorship).
Education and Training
Ph.D: Aerospace EngineeringWichita State University － Wichita, KSAerospace Engineering Dissertation: Characterization of Small Cracks in 2195 Al-Li alloy for next generation of External Tank of Space Shuttle.
FORTRAN, NASTRAN, PRE-POST PROCESSORS; PATRAN AND FEMAP, CATIA V5, SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB, AFGROW, NASGROW, AND VBA TOOLS.