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Mr. KIT W.

GRABBE
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Castle Rock, CO 80109 kit_grabbe@yahoo.com 720.212.3035 (Cell) www.linkedin.com/in/kitgrabbe


Innovative and tenacious engineer. MSME from Georgia Tech, BSME, BS Physical Science, Minors in Math & Physics, a
Master of Divinity emphasizing Adult Leadership, and 25 years of experience leading and performing aerospace
control system design, NASA IV&V for the InSight Mars Mission Guidance, Navigation and Control Flight Software,
modeling, analysis, simulation, verification, test, validation, and operation of missiles, spacecraft (orbiters and
landers), launch vehicles, jet aircraft fuel controls, and their internal components. Missile control system
development including a US Patent, battle management, guided projectiles, launch vehicles. Spacecraft development,
test, and operations of interplanetary, manned, Earth-orbiting. Aerospace component development, test, and
operations of cryogenic valves, pneumatic aircraft valves, jet aircraft fuel control and overspeed governor.
Aerospace Software Systems Engineer, Principal
MATLAB/Simulink, C/C++, Object Oriented Design, Analysis, FORTRAN, Linux, S+, STK, MySQL, TK Solver,
Mathematica, Rose, ClearCase, Popkin System Architect, DoDAF, Eclipse, Contour, DOORS, Cost Account Management,
Systems Engineering, Model Validation, Communication, Modeling, Simulation, Classical Controls, Modern Controls,
Systems Engineering, Integration & Test, Control of Systems: Spacecraft, Aircraft, Missiles, Electronic, Pneumatic,
Hydraulic, Hydro-Mechanical, Analysis of Missile Defense against Threats emphasizing Battle Management, Missile
Guidance, Navigation & Control IPT Lead, Aircraft Fuel Control Analysis & Test Team Lead, Certified Attitude and
Articulation Control Subsystems Engineer for the Mars Odyssey Spacecraft,
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME Notre Dame, IN, 6 credits towards Ph.D. Controls & Dynamics, 1994 - 1995
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY Atlanta, GA
* Master of Science Mechanical Engineering, 1992; Major Area: Controls & Dynamics, Minor Area: Math
* Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems Certificate; Graduate Co-Op Certificate
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY Fort Collins, CO
* Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, 1990; Bachelor of Science Physical Science, 1991
* Math Minor, Physics Minor, 1991; EIT Certification, Honors Thesis: Nosecone Design with NASA
PHOENIX SEMINARY Phoenix, AZ; Master of Divinity with Honors, 2000; Adult Leadership
NASA Group Achievement Award to GRAIL Spacecraft Team for exceptional engineering in delivering two GRAIL
spacecraft to lunar orbit from Charlie Bolden, NASA Administrator, 8/2/2012 * SPOT Award: MDA Failure Review
2013 * Orion Award for mid-altitude abort analysis/requirements * DARPA Multi-Modal Missile Award for design,
analysis, leadership * Tech Achievement Award: CFM's Improved Overspeed Governor (Boeing 737s) * GPS Van Test
Passive aerosurface adjustment for static margin management. A missile and a method for reducing the required
control forces during the flight of a missile, providing to the missile movable parts that adjust center of pressure of
the missile as they move and as fuel in the missile is consumed, so as to continuously move the center of pressure
toward the moving center of gravity of the missile (US 8350200 B1 filed 1/8/2013).
US Citizen. NASA Public Trust 4/14-8/14, Secret 2009-2014, NATO 2012-2014, COMSEC 3/09-5/10; Crypto & SASSM
Auth. Recipient: 5/09-5/10; TS/SSBI & CNWDI 11/07-6/08; DoD Secret:6/07-11/08 and 5/00-11/02; TS/SCI
1/13/03-3/31/06; CI Poly 2/5/05; SAP 2001

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
LOCKHEED MARTIN
RAYTHEON
ALLIEDSIGNAL

Senior Staff Systems Engineer


Senior Systems Engineer II
Senior Systems Engineer

8 Years Apr 2006 Feb 2014


6 Years Feb 2000 Mar 2006
6 Years Mar 1993 Oct 1999

NEAR SPACE SYSTEMS, INC., COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Consultant


Mar 2016 - Present
* Training to support proposals and production contract as the Chief Aerospace & Mechanical Engineer
NUTRONICS, INC., LONGMONT, CO Systems Engineer 4
Jan 2016 Mar 2016
* Developed initial gimballed laser pointing controller, simulation, target coordinate conversions, GPS/INS research
* Developed algorithm concepts, MATLAB and C++ analysis and test cases with integrated test verification
UNITED LAUNCH ALLIANCE (SUPERIOR TECHNICAL RESOURCES CONTRACTOR), ENGLEWOOD, CO
Software Engineer 3
Nov 2015 Dec 2016
* Development of the Common Ground Launch System for Atlas & Delta Rockets in C++
* Updated water suppression system code & data, unit test, integration test, coordinated with Systems Engineers
* Architecture design and implementation plans for NASA Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage for Orion Space Launch System
LEIDOS (SAIC), GUIDED WEAPONS EVALUATION FACILITY, EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, FL
Principal Software Systems Engineer
Jun 2015 Oct 2015
* Supported the Miniature Air Launched Decoy (MALD) simulation, PIL, HWIL, Serial Programming
* Enhanced the simulation to evaluate future capabilities and improve test environment memory sharing
* Developed expertise on fin and wing actuation controllers, interfaces, messages, timing, performance
* Guided the GPS-Aided INS calibration development, real-world test and evaluation, helped compare HW/SIM
* Led a team to select a bug tracking tool for use across laboratories through research & demonstrations
JEPPESEN (A BOEING COMPANY, AS A TEKSYSTEMS CONTRACTOR), CENTENNIAL, CO
Senior Systems Engineer

Aug 2014 March 2015 (7 Months)

* Developed requirements for aircraft pilot navigation software used across multiple platforms
* Developed complex Cross-Functional Diagrams, Mind Maps, Use Cases, Data Flow, Sequence Diagrams for Systems of Systems
* Applied Agile Scrum methodologies to manage a fast paced development and test environment where pilots are embedded
* Synthesized functionality for products with Business, Architects, Developers, Testers, and Pilots, derived requirements
TASC, INC., FAIRMONT, WV
NASA Software Systems Independent Verification & Validation Engineer 5
Apr - Aug 2014 (4 Months)
* Detailed Reviews of Guidance, Navigation and Control (GNC) C Flight Software for the InSight Mission to Mars
* Verified and validated GNC Flight Software requirements, design, code, and unit tests to support mission success
* Supported the launch of a GNC Community of Interest and brainstormed practical ways to benefit members
* Reviewed GNC Critical Design Review Products, reverse-engineered algorithms and verified accuracy
Founder, Leaders in Systems Software & GNC Engineering in the Greater Denver Area Mar 2014 May 2014
* Attending Networking Events, Researching Industry Leaders, Tracking Industry Trends, Participating in Industry Discussions
LOCKHEED MARTIN INFORMATION SYSTEMS & GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, CO
C2BMC Missile Engagement (Battle) Analyst, Test, Integration; Senior Staff
Sep 2012 Feb 2014 (15 Months)
* Analyzed, verified, resolved issues with software for Command, Control, and Battle Management & Communications by
comparisons of missile engagements, investigated and helped resolve Failure Review Board concerns from Customer PM.
* Applied MATLAB to develop tools for areas of investigation, developed Detailed Analysis Test Procedures to be used for formal test
* Performed complex analysis of sensors against threats, weapons, and intercepts, including multiple variants of each.
* Developed tools for analyzing battles from a MySQL database using S+, MATLAB for algorithms and presentations.
SPACE & EXPLORATION SYSTEMS, LITTLETON, CO
Software/Guidance Navigation & Control and Attitude & Articulation Control Systems Engineer, Sr. Staff., 10/10-9/12
MARS ODYSSEY SPACECRAFT: Optical and infrared imaging of Mars
* Developed a Trajectory Correction Maneuver in support of Curiosity (Mars Science Lab) Operational Readiness and improved
the verification approach for critical burn attitude data between UNIX tools and Satellite Toolkit visualization and analysis.
* Attitude and Articulation Control Systems Engineer. Created, delivered, verified performance of attitude control commands.
* Commanded high gain antenna and solar array, analyzed trends, helped with all-stellar navigation development
* Identified and addressed issues early: High Gain Antenna pointing, Sequence Commands, keep out zone boundaries.
* Trained two other AACS Engineers in flight product development, analysis, improved processes while generating flight products.
* Analyzed the Y Gyro performance degradation for NASA (JPL). Improved integration across subsystems
* Supported in-flight development of All Stellar Navigation Attitude Determination and verification of the attitude controller.
* Detected spacecraft attitude disturbances including angular momentum desaturations, High Gain Antenna, solar pressure.
MAVEN SPACECRAFT: * Partial Design, Code, of Reference Orientation software on a mission to study the atmosphere of Mars.
GRAIL SPACECRAFT CONSTELLATION: Two spacecraft that mapped lunar gravity measurements to understand Earth interactions
* Received NASA Administrator Team Achievement Award
* Designed & performed 3 complex GNC Flight Software Acceptance Verification Tests for nominal and fault recovery modes
* Analyzed a failed open thruster which prevents a momentum desaturation, and failure of all science instruments
* Evaluated complete coverage of the GRAIL spacecraft ACS Mode Controller for all expected and unexpected mode transitions.
* Tested the Science Performance Monitor which was triggered and successfully validated during flight prior to Lunar Orbit Insertion
HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT
ADVANCED PROGRAMS/REUSABLE BOOSTER SYSTEM, GNC, Senior Staff Systems Engineer, 10/10-11/10 (part time)
* RFP support, collaboration for ascent, rocket back, reentry, glide, with Skunk Works for FSW integrated test
* Provided Reorientation and Reentry Algorithms from Orion
ORION, Guidance, Navigation & Control, Senior Staff Systems Engineer, 6/08 10/10
* Analyzed GNC systems and mission data on time and integrated with customers, teammates, GNC management, and
subsystem experts: simulation, loads analysis, navigation, controls, guidance, sim, aero, chutes, landing, Comm. & Track
* Presented overall performance characterization of the Launch Abort System to senior management, emphasizing concerns about
margin at the stressing condition of max dynamic pressure causing high loads with angle of attack
* Developed a draft of alternate linearized airframe equations of motion to enable a comparison to the subcontractor approach
* Modeled TVC fault injection for LEO insertion & deorbit; assessed performance vs. requirements
* Proposed a unique solution to loss of Launch Abort Vehicle control authority based on PAC-3 forward thrusters
* Designed a Separation Autopilot to improve transonic launch abort system control using time-domain 6DOF tuning
* Evaluated high level systems GNC design using error budgets on total angle of attack and other GNC requirements
* Performed failure modeling and simulation for Low Earth Orbit Insertion flights with actuator failure and recovery
SURVEILANCE & NAVIGATION SYSTEMS SPACE VEHICLE INTEGRATION LAB, Sr Staff Systems Engineer, 6/10 8/10 (half time)
* Modeling, simulation, test, and verification of a multi-rigid body spacecraft dynamics algorithm in Simulink using autocoding
standards to support multiple programs to represent solar arrays, CMGs, or articulating appendages in a generic form
STRATEGIC & MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS TARGETS AND COUNTERMEASURES PROGRAM,
Senior Staff Systems Engineer, 3/09 3/10 (half time)
* Supported maiden launch of the LV-2 Targets (FTG-06 for MDA) and received individual recognition from the Customer
* Designed and performed early integration and test of navigation software & hardware to reduce risk of GPS Aided INS
* Performed & Analyzed PIL & HWIL Flight Qualification Tests, Developed TVC actuator tests, researched laser measurement options
CENTRAL GNC ENGINEERING SUPPORT Community of Practice Core Team Lead, 6/08 12/11 (part time)

* Led the GNC Community of Practice with over 400 members, developed a SharePoint website hosting Export Controlled and
Proprietary Information and became recognized as a power user, populated it with resources in support of Senior Management, one of
the most active groups worldwide, spoke on this topic as a special guest of the LMSSC CIO planning meeting.
INFO. SYSTEMS & GLOBAL SOLUTIONS, SCHRIEVER AFB, CO THREAT MODELING CTR, Staff Systems Engineer, 07-08
* Improved missile models by applying conservation of momentum and adding customer value for the Missile Defense Agency
* Derived 6DOF equations for modeling forces and moments by integrating full state solutions and implemented them as prototypes
* Mentored engineers, Cost Account Management; coordinated with Senior Management, reviewed of code, algorithms
MISSILES AND FIRE CONTROL, ORLANDO, FL ADVANCED PROGRAMS, Staff Systems Engineer, 2006 - 2007
* Guidance, Navigation & Control IPT Lead for 5 IR&D efforts: DARPA Multi-Modal Missile; Guided Projectiles: Army 105mm
guided projectile design and analysis; 2 rocket powered missiles: P44 Ground Launched Long Range Precision Strike, Ship &
Shore Protection using Joint Common Missile against fast boat threats
* Developed/verified complex models for aero tools, propulsion, 3DOF/6DOF (C++) trajectories, thruster command mix, sensitivities
* Explored integrated propulsion and reaction jet control, showed control meets requirements without aerosurface deflections
* Evaluated the Engagement Envelope for moving, stationary targets and showed advantages of jet control over fins or vanes
* Coordinated w/Program Management, Systems Engineering, GNC, Aero, Software & Hardware, flight test range selection team
* Comprehensive support of Safety Danger Zone analysis for Range Safety Officers (WSMR) & algorithm development
RAYTHEON
Feb 2000 Mar 2006 (6 Years)
INTELLIGENCE AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS, AURORA, CO
GILPIN/Mission Management, Senior Systems Engineer II, Englewood, CO, 2004-2006
* Developed complex algorithms for orbit dynamics, communications. Verified NOAA world magnetic model using MATLAB.
* Significant contributions as a primary technical contact for internal research and customer coordination and with subcontractors.
* Derived and managed requirements using DOORS and helped define clarify technical concepts for software developers.
* Contributed to the development of many DoDAF products, System Use Cases, Threads for design and test in an Agile Process.
COTS SUPPORT SERVICES, Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer II, BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, 2003 2004
* Cost Account Management & Engineering Oversight of 2 Government Acquisition Organization accounts: Coordinated with
Senior Management, Government Customers, and Subcontractors. Quoted, procured Commercial off the Shelf Software.
* Forecasted budgets, and supported program transitions from development to operations, Senior Management Reviews.
* Led a Six Sigma effort to improve and standardize processes; recommendations were documented through team efforts.
FUTURE IMAGERY ARCHITECTURE, Vehicle Management, Senior Systems Engineer I, Aurora, CO, 2002 2003
* Designed gimbal calibration algorithm, derivation, implementation and verification using MATLAB and Calc for orbit analysis
* Derived orbital analysis and mission software requirements.
* Multi-satellite dynamics analysis, technical coordination with prime contractor, and algorithm development.
MISSILE SYSTEMS, GNC, Autopilot Design, Senior Systems Engineer I, Tucson, AZ, 2000 - 2002
* Used a C++ 6DOF to implement the TOW Fire & Forget autopilot controller developed using MATLAB/Simulink, verified results,
optimized performance of the high fidelity nonlinear system.
* GNC IR&D Lead: Updated control logic, aero model, roll estimator, atmosphere, wind model, integrated navigation (C++ 6DOF).
* GNC Engineer: Proposal support, simplified aero model, improved guidance and navigation w/ semi-active laser seeker (C++ 6DOF).
* GNC Engineer: Supported autopilot linear analysis and initial time domain analysis in MATLAB/Simulink
* PDR presentation of autopilot to the Army, Linked Aero database to C++ and MATLAB Tools, verification of stability and moments
* Led research for the common missile simulation architecture, solved gimbal initialization equations, GNC Webmaster Team Lead
* Interfaced autopilot design software (MATLAB and C) to an aerodynamic database (FORTRAN) for Land Attack Standard Missile
ALLIEDSIGNAL
Mar 1993 Oct 1999 (6 Years)
AlliedSignal Space Systems Enterprise, Senior Systems Engineer, Tempe, AZ, 1995 1999
* Linear & nonlinear models, stabilization, validation of Lockheed Martin Atlas II Launch Vehicle Cryogenic Oxygen Boiloff Valve.
* Led Team to develop/test a cryogenic hydrogen regulator that met leakage and regulation requirements & eliminated oscillations
* Aircraft Anti-Ice Start Bleed Valve analysis, redesign, hands-on manufacturing support, executed lab tests, validation, engine test
* Flight test validation of roll control of a radar test vehicle, linear and nonlinear models, developed cold gas valves for X-33, X-34
AlliedSignal Engine Systems and Accessories, Senior Engineer, South Bend, IN 1994 - 1993
* Designed, analyzed, tested, validated CFM56-7 fuel control/overspeed governor for Boeing 737s commercial aircraft
NORMAN ENGINEERING Controls Engineer Atlanta, GA 1993: Optimized a dual crane controller by simulation (part-time).
ARMOUR CAPE AND POND Mechanical Engineer Atlanta, GA 1991 Energy audits of buildings/equipment (Graduate Co-Op).
UNIVERSITY WORK & PUBLICATIONS
* Georgia Tech Graduate Robotics Research Assistant 1991-2; GT aluminum solidification GRA 1992; CSU computer Eng. 3D lab
1987-90; CSU energy analysis 1988; CSU solar research 1988; CSU ultrasonic/magnetostatic crack detection 1988
* WHITE PAPER: Design and Construction of a Three Dimensional Flexible Manipulator, Georgia Tech, 1992
* PUBLICATION: Review of Progress in Quantitative Nondestructive Evaluation, Plenum Press, NY, 1988
OTHER HONORS * Awards for Team C++ 6DOF Missile Sim. Model, Autopilot * Award for GN&C Collaboration Website * GILPIN Awards for
algorithms, use cases * Customer 1st Award, Stock Option Grant, Merit Bonus * Customer Recognitions: TQ Team, Centaur Valve, Atlas Boiloff
Valve, Anti-Ice Valve * Amoco Scholarship, Outstanding College Students of America * Pi Tau Sigma, Golden Key, Tau Beta Pi (Secretary)
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Attitude Determination & Control Systems (3 courses in 2009-2010), Orbital Mechanics 2010, Advanced
Simulink, 2008; LM GNC Conference 2006-8 (Presented twice), Orbital Dynamics I & II: 2002-2003, Flight Dynamics: 2001-2, Kalman Filters:

2000, OO Design and analysis for C++/Common Simulation Framework, VV&A Seminars: 2007 & 2000, Classical Controls:1997, Analytical
Dynamics: 1995, Advanced Controls: 1994, Taguchi Design of Experiments: 1993, Communication: 1993, TQL II Trainer:1995, C++: 1997, C:
1994, Program Management: 1995

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