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Subject Matter Expert Biography

Dr. Jim Woodburn

Jim has worked in the field of satellite dynamics and operations since 1986. In his role as Chief Orbital Scientist, Jim is responsible for the development, verification, and enhancement of algorithms related to orbit determination, orbit dynamics, reentry prediction, and visibility computations within AGI’s family of software products. He has three U.S. patents and has presented numerous technical papers at industry conferences. As a recognized expert in orbit determination, Jim also participates in industry peer reviews and provides operational support for programs using AGI’s flight dynamics tools.

Doug Cather

Doug serves as the Space Operations Technical Director for AGI, bringing over 33 years of experience in all phases of space operations, mission and systems analysis, and application development. He was among the first in the industry to completely automate daily orbital operations in the late 1980s and early 1990s and has since been the primary architect of three more generations of automated orbital operations. He holds several patents related to non-cooperative maneuver detection and characterization. Doug is entirely off the grid and proud of it – with a solar-powered home somewhere in Colorado where he drives a big diesel truck to and from remote places.

Shashank Narayan

Shashank is Vice President of Enterprise Development and Product Planning, overseeing all new product development, architecture, and technology initiatives. With over 25 years of experience in leading commercial software development teams, he defines the technology and product roadmap, mainly focused on enterprise capabilities in AGI products. Shashank joined AGI in 1998 as a software architect, and has also served as lead software architect, project manager, and software development manager before taking on his current position. Shashank has a patent that was the basis for dynamically loading objects in a real-time controller and has taught numerous software development courses at Pennsylvania State University and for local software development companies.

Dr. Vince Coppola

Vince joined AGI over 18 years ago and currently works on the Air Force's JSpOC Mission System program designing interfaces, developing tests, providing documentation and performing install testing. Before joining AGI he was a professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Aerospace Engineering. He received his bachelor's from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in theoretical and applied mathematics from Cornell University. Vince is a band parent to four musical daughters.

Tom Johnson

Tom joined AGI over 20 years ago and currently leads the ODTK team and COMSpOC research and development. Tom began his aerospace career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Schriever AFB, CO. He earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his M.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado. Outside of AGI, Tom can be found diving into a science fiction book or working with the Boy Scouts as a Scout Master.

Joe Murphy

Joe is the Director of Integrated Solutions with a background in aerospace engineering. He’s been with AGI for 23 years and is currently leading AGI efforts to provide tools that address challenges for the Test and Evaluation (T&E) community. Joe recently presented a webinar on Modernizing T&E Flight Test Execution Phase.

Patrick North

Pat leads the development for the STK Electro-Optical Infrared (EOIR) module. He is a passionate scientist and engineer with expertise in sensor modeling, analysis, and exploitation. Before AGI, Pat helped developed control systems for GE R&D. He graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Computer Science and an M.S. in Imaging Science. Pat is a two-time All-American wrestler and has still keeps up with wrestling as the coach for Ursinus College. He also helps mentor kids in the Federation of Galaxy Explorers and teaches first and second graders at Sunday school.

Dr. Pradipto Ghosh

Pradipto joined AGI in 2015 and is involved in the development of trajectory design and optimization algorithms for STK Astrogator. Prior to AGI, he was with Wolfram Research Inc., where he worked on Control Theory and device programming. Pradipto is a Senior Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and a member of the AIAA Astrodynamics Technical Committee. In addition to B.S. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering, he holds an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Cincinnati, and a Ph.D., also in Aerospace Engineering, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In his free time, Pradipto enjoys history and recreational mathematics. He also finds it slightly strange to write about himself in the third-person.

Cody Short, PhD

Cody is an astrodynamics software engineer and the lead developer of STK Astrogator on our STK development team. Cody comes from Purdue University and his background is in general astrodynamics, multibody dynamics and dynamical systems theory. In his free time, Cody works with his sons in Scouting and collects an ever-growing stack of unread comic books.

Ted Driver

Ted develops AGI’s Analytical Services and writes analysis algorithms for STK Components, focusing on communications and navigation analysis. He also develops tools for space object and missile threat analysis. Before joining AGI 12 years ago, he attended UC San Diego and UC Colorado Springs, receiving his BS and MS in Physics. At UCSD, he worked for the Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences (CASS) and was a founding member of the Space Shuttle Get Away Special (GAS) program. Ted enjoys cooking, playing 4x strategy games, and tutoring kids in math. He is a big advocate of STEM programs and looks for opportunities to help get more kids involved in STEM career fields. 

Haroon Rashid

Haroon develops and supports the STK Communications module, while working with organizations to ensure that STK software satisfies requirements for interference analysis and resolving issues related to frequency spectrum sharing at international levels. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas and was also a part of the International Telecommunications Union. Prior to AGI, Haroon worked for the Saudi Arabian Department of Defense in the Middle East. In his spare time Haroon enjoys traveling with his wife and flying RC models.

Jim Fields

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Purdue in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Jim worked for United Technologies in California designing solid rocket motors. He then moved to Pennsylvania and joined Applied Technology Associates to develop software for Orbit Determination using extended Kalman filtering techniques. In 1996, Jim joined AGI as an astrodynamics engineer to work on STK. After that, he worked on the team that developed ODTK, and many years later transitioned onto the SSA team. Jim is currently the Chief Engineer for SEG, the Space Event Generator. Jim and his wife love to travel and have most recently visited Japan, Portugal, and Spain, and are both attempting to learn Italian.

Dr. Michael K. Squires

Michael is an astrodynamics software engineer for AGI, performing work in diverse subjects such as analytic and differential geometry, astrodynamics, numerical methods, data visualization, and statistical analysis. He designed volumetrics and n-dimensional coverage for STK Components. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in both physics and computer science at the University of California, Davis. He also received his Ph.D. in physics at UC Davis while working at CERN. His foot was once run over by a 250-pound SGI computer nicknamed “The WOPPR”.

Bob Hall

Bob is the Director of Operations for ComSpOC, a position he has held since 2014. He oversees day-to-day operations of the ComSpOC, from sensor management to data processing and customer interactions and on-orbit threat monitoring. In this role he has appeared on CNN discussing evolving threats in space. He has also served as AGI’s Technical Director for SSA since 2007. As Technical Director for SSA, he provides expertise in support of SSA pursuits and assisted with product management for the SSA Software Suite, and oversaw AGI’s numerical validation efforts as part of a USAF program evaluation. Before specializing in SSA, he was a product manager for the STK software suite. Bob joined AGI in 1997, and prior to becoming Product Manager for Space Applications, he served as Director of Engineering and Flight Services. In 2001, as Director of Flight Services, Bob led AGI's efforts on the Mir de-orbit, working from the TsUP in Korolev. Bob also assisted with the CAIB investigation during the aftermath of the STS-107 accident, including using STK as an on-air analyst at CNN. Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from New York University.
Greg-Haun

Gregory Haun

Greg serves as Lead Solutions Architect at AGI, focused on pursuing the development, acquisition, and transition of innovative concepts and methods to support the advancement of AGI’s modeling, simulation and analysis (MS&A) software capabilities. In this role he facilitates the vision, solution assessment, and architecture for integrated end-to-end modeling and simulation needs within the space and defense communities. Prior to this role, he led a portfolio of new market, business development pursuits promoting the adoption and emergence of AGI technology within adjacent and non-adjacent markets. Greg’s first assignment at AGI leveraged his flight operations expertise to support NASA missions ranging from Earth-centered to deep-space, as well as assisting with launch-related range safety requirements. Gregory holds Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and electrical engineering from the Ohio State University, has completed astrophysics graduate course work, and is currently pursuing a PhD researching advanced concepts for system’s engineering. Greg seeks to always be learning. Knowledge is everything.

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Posted: 9/17/2018 1:33:54 PM


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