I am currently retired from the space industry after 34 years with the Department of Defense. I worked at the Space and Missile Systems Center as a Senior Systems Engineer. I worked with civilian contractors overseeing their design and development of various types of satellites that are used by the military. My duties required me to have a strong background in Mathematics and Physics in order to make sure that the contractor was properly following specifications and standards as outlined by t... [more]
I have a strong background in calculus due to profession as an electrical engineer and the fact that I hold two Master's degrees one of which is in Geophysics and the other is in electrical engineering. Both of these career fields required a strong grasp of calculus, differential equations and physics. Also I have been tutoring students who have taken AP calculus at the AB and BC level. The minimum score by any of them was a 4 and this person bypassed the AB exam and took the BC exam. All of the other scores were 5 s.
In the 23 years that I worked for the Department of the Air Force a majority of it was spent on working on projects that involved pointing and tracking systems that would eventually be used for weapons in space. The work that I did as the lead control systems engineer on each involved having to develop advanced feedback loops that accurately pointed at a target and minimized jitter. To do this required the use of second order differential equations and Laplace transforms. I also was involved in developing an advanced navigation filter based on Kalman filter theory for use in an advanced fighter/bomber for the Navy at China Lake. This necessitated the use of Fourier transform theory and partial differential equations. This filter is currently being used in the A6E aircraft. In my last few years with the Department of the Air Force I spent my technical time looking at radiation effects on materials in space on a satellite. This required good working of Electrodynamics specifically Maxwell's equations and electric circuit theory which requires the use of differential equations and a good working knowledge of Bessel functions and spherical harmonics. I am a co-holder of two patents that deal with the effects of electrostatic discharge effects on materials and the prevention of this type of phenomenon. I hold a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering as a credential.
As to my background and credentials in this area I spent 23 years working for the Department of the Air Force overseeing the design and testing of feedback and control systems that were used in programs such as Talon Gold which was a pointing and tracking laser weapon for use in space. When SDI came into existence this program was changed to a new program called Pathfinder but with the same mission. These programs required the knowledge and use of state space and linear system principles which are based on a major use of linear algebra and differential equations to assure system stability. I have also worked in space radiation effects on materials and am a co-holder of two patents on Electrostatic Discharge effects as to their root cause and prevention. The credential that I hold is a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering.
I am qualified to tutor subjects in electrical engineering since I have a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California. My course work covered control systems, power systems,transform theory, and circuit analysis both direct current and alternating current. I also spent the last ten years of my employment with the Department of the Air Force as a senior systems engineer in the spacecraft power section overseeing the development and implementation of power systems such as solar cells, batteries,and flywheels into military satellite systems.