I live in Bowie Maryland, I have a wonderful, loving and forgiving wife (Janelle), 2
children ages 5 & 2 ( Nikolas & Ryan). We also have a dog (cocoa), two birds, a turtle
and some miscellaneous fish. I love to work outdoors, yardwork, gardening, any thing to
get outdoors. On occasion, we go camping and hiking, not often enough.
Currently I am the deputy product team lead for the HST flight software products, this
means I am responsible for any of the products delivered/created for the HST flight
software: the flight software itself, testing of the software, simulations of the
hardware, test tools, hardware labs etc... Our main objective at this time is to re-build
the flight software for a new host computer, we planning on replacing the current flight
computer (custom made) with a 80486, in the 1999 servicing mission.
I knew that I wanted to be in the scientific/engineering field from early on, probably
in grade school. I enjoyed problem solving, not math type problems but physical and
engineering problems. I believe I decided on heading down the computer software field in
high school, but later I expanded into physics and computer engineering to broaden my
The thing I enjoy most about my job is still the problem solving aspect, when
something on the space telescope breaks, I enjoy working the problems and coming up with
a software workaround for it. The thing that I like least is working management issues.
I think the best way to prepare for this type of job is to explore your own talents
and interests by hands on experiments. There are many books out there in the libraries
and stores that can show you simple scientific experiments to perform, find out what
interests you the most.
Three people (or programs) stand out in my mind that probably helped me down this
path. My middle school had a program that let the students choose our afternoon classes
(after the basics were taught), these classes were *hands-on* type classes, we did a lot
of fun *scientific* type experiments. Also my high school biology teacher taught us that
we are intelligent animals and that we have a choice in everything that we do, but that
we have to accept the consequences of our actions. If you don't like what you are
doing - - do something else, until you find something you do like, but accept the
consequences. The third was my college physics professor, who gave me the tools I needed
to understand the physical laws that we need.