Category Archives: Team

Congratulations to Drake Deno

METECS thanks Drake Deno for 5 years of outstanding service as a Simulation Software Engineer.  Additionally, METECS recognizes Drake as being the first METECS intern and writing the first version of Pong.  Thanks Drake!

WELCOME ABOARD RAY!

METECS would like to welcome our newest team member, Ray Seegmiller. Ray earned his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Idaho. He worked his way through college as a jack-of-all-trades working for a small business developing new interferometer and spectrometer technologies. Duties included machining, 3D CAD, circuit board layout and development, system assembly, calibration and testing, and all software development needs. Upon graduating, Ray took a job at Southwest Research Institute where he has spent six years as a software developer. He worked on a number of projects including voice command input, databases, network based telemetry, crowd simulation, and immersive 3D telecommunications training. Welcome aboard Ray!

Goodbye Summer 2013 Interns

METECS would like to thank the summer 2013 interns for the wonderful contributions they made this summer.  Mary Ryan impressed us with her work on the head-tracker system and vMDM status application while Bennett impressed us with his work with rock scattering in EDGE and a Point of Interest (POI) visualization application.  Thanks again for joining our team this summer!  Good luck during your fall semester!

Welcome 2013 Summer Interns

METECS is thrilled to welcome two interns to our team this summer.  Mary Ryan Gilmore is a Computer Engineering major at the University of Texas at Austin.  Bennett Marsh is joining us from Purdue where he is majoring in Physics/Math with a minor in Electrical Engineering.  They will get to contribute to some exciting tasks in the areas of Simulation, Graphics, and Automation.  We are looking forward to having a fun summer with them!

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!

WELCOME ABOARD DEBORAH!

METECS would like to welcome our newest team member, Deborah Roberts.  Deborah has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Houston.  In addition, she obtained her Project Management Professional certification in 2008.  Deborah has worked in various accounting/finance positions in various industries for over 25 years.  The last 16 years she has worked in the Aerospace community as a NASA contractor.  During this time she has performed integrated resource planning, project management, financial reporting, cost analysis, budgeting and subcontract management.  Welcome aboard Deborah!

WELCOME ABOARD FRANK DIGIUSEPPE!

We are delighted to welcome aboard the newest addition to the METECS team.  Frank DiGiuseppe has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Dean’s List) from the University of Waterloo and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering (concentration in robotics and computer vision) from McGill University.  While completing his Master’s degree, Frank participated in the International Space University (ISU) summer session in Toulouse France in 1991 where he experienced an intensive 10 week graduate level, multidisciplinary program involving students from all over the world.  A large part of the program is a class design project resulting in a comprehensive professional quality report.  During his summer session the project subject was an international Mars mission.  Frank spent 5 years working for a small factory automation company, Xiris Inc., in Oakville Canada, as a project/systems engineer where he was responsible for the design, programming, installation, and commissioning of machine vision systems employed in a variety of automated assembly/inspection/sorting lines.  Project requirements included strict cost and schedule limits and he was often the sole company interface to the customer.  Customers of systems he personally installed included Chrysler, Volkswagen, Texas Instruments, and 3M among others.  In 1998 he moved to (what was then) Spar Aerospace, in Brampton Canada, the designers/builders of the Canadarm and the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) for the International Space Station (ISS).  For over two years he worked as a Software Systems engineer as part of a small team responsible for the software interface between the ISS avionics and the Robotic Workstation (RWS – the top level MSS avionics box).  He was an integral part of resolving software interface and integration issues.  He was also intimately involved in various MSS integration and test (I&T) activities leading up to final acceptance and hardware delivery to KSC.  In late 2000 Frank was transferred from (now) MDA Brampton to their subsidiary office in Houston Texas, where he was able to leverage his deep and comprehensive MSS systems knowledge in support of on-orbit MSS operations as well NASA/CSA software I&T activities.  He was a key member (and eventually one of the leads) of the Extra-Vehicular Robotics (EVR) console in the ISS Mission Evaluation Room (MER) where he supported every Shuttle mission to the ISS from 5A.1 to ULF7, providing engineering support to all MSS operations.  He was also responsible for providing robotics systems support to MSS software I&T efforts at the NASA Software Development and Integration Lab (SDIL), including installing, configuring, and operating the MSS avionics data simulator.  Finally, he also worked supporting the Space Station Training Facility (SSTF) helping resolve sim to flight software integration issues.  Over the course of his years at MDA Houston he was the recipient of several NASA group and individual achievement awards including the Space Flight Awareness award and the Silver Snoopy.  Welcome aboard Frank!

CONGRATULATIONS SPACEX

Congratulations SpaceX on your successful mission! METECS is proud to have supported this incredible achievement by providing the dynamic simulation used to analyze grappling, berthing and other cargo operations associated with the SSRMS and the Dragon capsule. We feel privileged to have participated in this historic event!

WELCOME ABOARD SHAWN!

Today we would like to welcome our newest METECS team member, Shawn Delahunty.  Shawn returns to the NASA JSC community, having worked for a brief time in the Trick lab for L-3 Communications on the Constellation project.  He comes to us with a diverse military and civilian background, which includes over 25 years of experience writing software for a huge variety of platforms.  He studied Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh before going on to serve in the US Air Force; first as a Munitions/Explosives Technician (if you see him running, try to keep up) and then as a radar/missile-silo Electronics and Comms Technician.  He specialized in aircraft missile- and precision-targeting systems, high-frequency radio, and voice/data/power systems, earning two A.S. degrees and the John L. Levitow Leadership Award in the process.  Since leaving the military in 1998, Shawn has worked in multiple industries in various managerial and technical positions.  He created and managed an Engineering QA test section for an ATM manufacturer, worked as a Lead and Senior Software Engineer at several companies, and took on the role of Project Architect at an engineering consultancy.   During this time, he wrote firmware, OS drivers, custom applications/servers, and technical/support documentation across multiple industries.  Shawn has also done board-level electronics design using small microcontrollers for control sub-systems, and FPGA design for high-speed data transfer.  Welcome aboard Shawn!