Born in Libya where my father was working in the oil industry. I have also lived in Australia, Indonesia, and Iran before moving to Hong Kong and graduating from the Hong Kong International School. After entering the workforce, I again traveled the world while working aboard marine seismic vessels. As my children grew older, a career change was in order to promote a more stable home environment. Travel was replaced with a normal 'day job' at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Engineering Extension Service - Electronic Technician • February 1988
Although the electronics division of TEEX is now closed, at the time is was an excellent place to learn electronics and microprocessors in a hands-on environment.
High School Diploma • May 1984
Senior Systems Analyst • March 2005 - Present
NASA Johnson Space Center, Crew & Thermal Systems Division: Install, configure & support real time data acquisition systems used to test/qualify equipment for space flight. Utilize OPC to interface a variety of hardware with software from Iconics Genesis, Kepware, AB and NI LabView. System & network administration, hardening to USGC standards, verification and monitoring via Nessus, CIS benchmarks, KACE, Splunk, BigFix, WhatsUp, PRTG. Designed and developed HD QAM head-end video system to monitor crew and equipment in thermal vacuum chambers.
Chief Instrument Technician • December 2003 - December 2004
RXT vessels M/V Beulah Chouest and M/V Bourbon Rigdon: Installed and operated BigShot seismic
source controller, Input-Output digital data acquisition system, and long range 900/2400MHz
radio links. Responsibilities included the quality of acquired seismic data, network
administration/security and developing procedures/work instructions for all crews.
Fugro M/V Polar Venturer: Operated and maintained Sercel SEAL seismic system and Seamap Gunlink gun controller.
Field Service & IT Manager • February 1997 - May 2003
Performed product documentation, systems integration & burn-in, installation and customer support of marine seismic towed arrays and data acquisition systems. Installed and administered corporate domain, network, servers, and websites. Travelled worldwide for customer support and technical presentations.
Product Development Engineering Technician • March 1988 - February 1997
Built, repaired and burned-in marine seismic equipment, defined product quality standards, test criteria and procedures. Promoted to supervisor after progressing through Electronic Technician Levels I through IV and was then transferred to engineering/product development. Designed and developed PCBs (schematic capture, component qualification, BOMs, board layout, assembly prints, board checkout, writing firmware and diagnostics). Heavily involved in systems integration, sustaining engineering, software & hardware troubleshooting (PC & VME).
Computers (physical & virtual), Networks & Video : installation & administration
SCADA : data acquisition systems, HMI development
Certified Electronic Technician : development, testing, troubleshooting
Project management, customer relations, procurement, technical documentation
I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success ... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.Nikola Tesla
We have a given problem to solve. If we undertake the solution, there is, of course, always danger that we may not solve it aright; but to refuse to undertake the solution simply renders it certain that we cannot possibly solve it aright.Theodore Roosevelt