SPECIALISTS IN SPACE-BASED REMOTE
SENSOR TECHNOLOGY & SYSTEMS
Our engineers have previously supported various NASA/NOAA weather satellite programs, including the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), the High resolution InfraRed Sounder (HIRS), the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), the Hyperspectral Environmental Suite (HES), the Cross track Infrared Sounder (CrIS) and the Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI).
Their expertise encompasses research and development, system architecture assessments, hardware design, test support, theoretical analysis, and performance estimation. Our team has a wealth of experience developing flight-proven remote sensor technology, concepts, and systems. Whether collaborating with your engineers on-site or working remotely from our Fort Wayne, Indiana office, we are dedicated to delivering innovative solutions.
A recognized industry expert in the greater NASA/NOAA engineering community, Joe Predina is a former ITT/Exelis/Harris Technical Fellow with decades of experience designing, building and testing some of the most widely used, operational weather instruments flying in space or soon to be launched.
Lynn N. Allen is an accomplished leader and manager with over 40 years of experience in space- and ground-based optical components and systems. His expertise includes exceptional performance in large optic manufacturing, testing, assembly and integration, as well as process methodology, approach, and risk assessment. Throughout his stellar career, Allen has focused on delivering the most challenging ground- and space-qualified optical systems and hardware.
Tom Brewer has more than 35 years of expertise in stress and vibration analysis services. He especially enjoys coaching new users and setting up effective analysis programs, using proper restraints and loads and checking answers to assure reasonable results, so that customers will have confidence in using analyses to produce more reliable products and shorter design cycle times.
Doug has more than three decades of broad expertise in system testing, maintainability, and reliability for meteorological satellite and military communication systems for clients including NASA, the Army, and the Air Force. His notable achievements include leading space flight hardware tests, performing detailed analytic studies, spearheading BIT approaches, and providing comprehensive support in hardware and software design.
Daniel C. Estabrook is a professional with a proven track record of success in prototype development, product design and testing, project management, and customer interaction and support. His design accomplishments include drone airframe and support equipment, night-vision goggles, laser rangefinders, and satellite frames and structures. He is a testing professional and a project engineer for product integration and training.
Don Gagnon has 30 years of experience in components engineering in a wide variety of space- and ground-based systems, to assist Fort Wayne-area companies in fulfilling program contractual requirements on component-based issues. His knowledge applies to all component commodities, with special emphasis on specifying part requirements, part sourcing and qualification, manufacturer facility surveys, data analysis and DPA/FA.
Behrooz Ghaffarian is a specialist in thermal control design for space applications who has delivered successful creative solutions for generations of both geostationary and low-Earth-orbiting satellites. The Indianapolis resident has more than four decades of experience with aerospace standard software tools, including Thermal Desktop, SINDA, TSS, and Ideas/TMG, and has designed and tested thermal control hardware.
Scott Harvey is experienced in aerospace design as an integration engineer, and has been a lead test engineer, lead manufacturing engineer, and skilled trades supervisor. As an electrician, he has been involved with spacecraft structures as well as military/aerospace wire harness design, integration, manufacturing, and testing.
Richard Hertel has been a staff and systems engineer, chief engineer, and data scientist for more than 45 years. He offered his knowledge and expertise to successful NASA and NOAA projects and has achieved a record of on-time delivery of quality results on cost-limited projects, large or small. He also has been an entrepreneur, co-founding a software engineering company in 1982 that remains in business today.
Mark A. Hopkins, Ph.D., is a professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. He has taught at RIT for more than 35 years, is widely published, and is the holder of four patents. Dr. Hopkins also has been a consultant to Harris Corp. and its predecessors since 1995, specializing in system identification and controls.
James C. Isaacs, Jr., has more than 30 years’ experience and a communications systems engineer, including a decade as a section head and group leader. He has been an adjunct professor in engineering for 20 years to go wing with his accomplishments in the aerospace and communications industries.
Gary R. Kenny has focused on electromagnetic devices and their control for more than 30 years. He has spent the last 20-plus years in the field of Telescope Control Electronics (TCE) for land and — primarily — for space, including actuators that are required for precise motion control. He is a results-oriented engineer who is accustomed to achieving innovative solutions through expert problem-solving skills, and has been a subject-matter expert and mentor in those areas.
Over his 34 years with ITT/Exelis/Harris, Richard Kohrman has advanced to Senior Technical Staff Engineer while acquiring a diverse skill set. He is proficient in opto-mechanical design, spacecraft thermal control, and systems engineering, and has excelled in leadership roles, hardware architecture, and proposal preparation. He has specialized in cryogenic cooling systems for space-borne applications, with emphasis on contamination control.
Louis Loggi is at engineering leader with extensive experience with complex system integration and testing, team-building, project planning, engineering processes and hands-on program execution. He has 40 years’ experience in assembly, integration and testing of complex electro-optical systems, from telescopes to payloads to space vehicles.
Jerome Molisani has extensive electrical design experience supporting military and space programs. He has designed and simulated servo systems for space-based motion and thermal control applications. He has designed and tested motor drivers, analog signal processors, and other circuits for space-based instruments.
Mark Norden is a highly skilled FPGA designer with a proven track record in completing complex designs within schedule and budget constraints. He is proficient in FPGA design, demonstrates mastery in digital signal processing, various interfaces including bus interfaces, encryption, memory interfaces, and simulation tools. He also is experienced in configuration management and script-driven design tools.
Richard J. Rafalski is an engineer with nearly 50 years’ experience in custom software and hardware design, as well as custom network design. He is a Navy veteran with security-access eligibility and an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator License with Ship Radar Endorsement.
Robert P. Reese is an experienced Subject Matter Expert (SME) adept at developing and delivering dimensionally stable structures for space-based optical hardware. He also is proficient in leading RCCA efforts, managing large telescope projects, and leading technological advancements in composite structures. His expertise includes design, analysis, testing, and team leadership and has demonstrated leadership in achieving substantial cost savings.
Douglas Stuart is an experienced manager with 44 years in the Aerospace industry. He has successfully led major subcontracts on programs, and his expertise includes supply chain management, electronic obsolescence resolution, and cost-saving initiatives. He offers proven managerial skills in Assembly/Test & Planning and Production Planning & Control, Lean Manufacturing Principles and optimizing manufacturing processes.
Heng Too is a diligent manufacturing process engineer with more than 36 years of professional experience in regulatory requirements, and is knowledgeable in manufacturing processing, testing of hardware and final assembly of products. He has a passion for completing every aspect of project with excellence and is concerned for both the successes of employer and the quality of services provided to customers.
Randy C. Van Vranken is an engineer with 30 years of experience who excels in vector and matrix analysis, Fourier transforms, and Kalman filters. At Harris Corporation, he was Technical Lead, contributing to advanced attitude determination algorithms and enhancing payload ground calibration algorithms. He offers proven expertise in reviewing and improving flight software plans, conducting detailed code reviews, and resolving critical issues in spacecraft systems.
Bennett Welker is an experienced lead mechanical engineer, proficient in designing and manufacturing autonomous aerial survey drones, with composite carbon fiber and injection-molded bodies. He is skilled in PCB design and electronics integration, and has a strong background in design and fabrication of lightweight, high-performance competition vehicles, as well as constructing and modifying dynamometers, retrofitting engines, and managing fuel injection systems.
Steve has over 21 years of experience with terrestrial and space-borne remote sensing instruments. He has worked with early concept teams, manufacturing and laboratory test teams, and mission control activation teams. He is a senior systems engineer with a B.S in Engineering Physics. Steve has served in roles such as Chief Engineer, Instrument Manager, and Post Delivery Support IPT Lead. He has led cross functional teams as a principal investigator for technical issues. He has hands-on experience in the laboratory, as well as solid presentation skills focused on addressing solutions to technical issues.
Merritt J. Webb is a versatile engineer with more than 28 years at Harris Geospatial Systems. He is adept at project leadership and in hardware systems engineering and proficient in project planning, earned value management, and cross-functional team coordination. He has demonstrated expertise in numerous areas, including cryogenic system testing, bearing development, and sunshade deployment.
Glen White is a senior systems engineer with more than 30 years of experience at ITT/Exelis/Harris and seven years with General Electric. He has contributed at every stage in the life cycle of a product, giving him exceptional breadth of expertise. His experience includes proposal writing, building and demonstrating baseboard models, system modeling, breaking down top-level requirements to the subsystem level, designing tests, analyzing test results, and writing final test reports.
Frederick L. Williams has spent more than 40 years in positions of responsibility in the field of electro-optical systems. His involvement has ranged from conceptualization through development to completion of a wide range of initiatives. He has considerable experience in team-building, mentoring, and leadership and has developed an understanding of the need to balance drivers of performance, risk, and resources to reach project goals.
Loren M. Woody’s primary responsibility for much of this career has been developing of instrument concepts to meet new customer requirements in support of business development. He has been involved in the development of many sensor concepts, including Landsat follow-on development, planetary exploration instruments, space-borne meteorological instruments, and other forms of remote sensing instruments.
David Yeager is a technical leader with more than 30 years’ experience in program management, systems engineering and design, process and spec generation, and research and development. He has done this work with the DOD, NASA/NOAA, and the FAA, as well as in the private sector.