Monthly Archives: May 2013

WELCOME ABOARD BRIAN!

METECS is pleased to welcome Brian Fisher to the team.  Brian has a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston. He has more than 20 years of experience in modeling and simulation. For the past 16 years, Brian worked at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) where he served as a section manager, lead engineer, proposal manager and software developer. He led a group of engineers specializing in interactive 3D graphics applications for projects including aerial refueling training, distributed simulation research, mobile augmented reality, gas meter station design, amphibious assault vehicle simulation, air traffic control training, spray painting training and medical simulation research. He also lead the design and development of a line of commercial equipment operator training simulators and helped grow this program from a single simulator project to numerous efforts covering multiple equipment simulators and variants. He also successfully generated proposals for numerous other development efforts valued at over $25 million.

Prior to joining SwRI, Brian worked at VictorMaxx Technologies where he developed and integrated software to model dynamics and collision detection. He also worked at Anderson Consulting where he designed and developed a patented 3-D graphics application using desktop virtual reality to train consultants in object oriented modeling techniques. From  1988 to 1994, Brian worked at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace as part of several teams to develop and test mathematical models and software for various engineering analysis, optimization, design and data reduction applications. He performed analysis and testing of applications to validate Space Shuttle onboard guidance software, supported the development of an ascent trajectory optimization design tool and investigated Space Shuttle abort trajectory enhancements. He also led an effort to validate a multi-body dynamics simulation of the Space Shuttle remote manipulator.  Welcome aboard Brian!

WELCOME ABOARD RYAN!

We are delighted to welcome a new member to the METECS team.  Ryan Logan has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s degree in Visualization Sciences from Texas A&M University VizLab. After completion of graduate school, Ryan took a position with Southwest Research Institute in their Aerospace and Training systems Division. At SwRI, Ryan was responsible for the full life cycle of many projects from requirements through acceptance as well as project management. Early work included a Air Traffic Control Virtual Reality (ATCVR) tower training system for the Air Force and VR work for both dismounted infantry and tactical units under the Small Unit Tactical Training (SUTT) program for the Marines. He also worked on the Virtual Training and Environments (VIRTE) program for the Office of Naval Research which included distributed simulators (over HLA) for the Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) and the V-22 Osprey. SwRI was responsible for the EFV simulator platform which included a vehicle commander, gunner and driver station. Ryan was project manager/technical lead on a C-130 Crew Resource Management (CRM) trainer for the Air Force. This system integrated COTS flight hardware, touch screen monitors and MS Flight Simulator with custom software which provided an Instructor Operator Station (IOS) and the capability to generate autonomous aircraft to carry out formation flight training. Ryan was also technical lead for a system developed to train Borescope operators ,using a virtual engine) to find engine component defects for the Joint Strike Fighter (F135/F136) program. For the past six years, Ryan has been working on a series of heavy construction equipment (Excavator, Loader, Grader,Dozer, Backhoe) and agricultural (Sugar Cane Harvester) simulators for John Deere. Ryan also recently developed (working jointly with Dignitas Technologies) a prototype of the excavator simulator which allowed for soil topology to be distributed over the network so that two remote excavator simulators can dig in the same dynamic environment.  Welcome aboard Ryan!