The 2016 NSBE Aerospace Systems Conference is pleased to offer a selection of training courses to improve the effectiveness of aerospace industry professionals.  Attendees will have the opportunity to receive up to sixteen hours of technical training in aerospace industry relevant topics.

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Course Title: Radar Introduction, Theory, and Fabrication

Course Duration: 8 hours

Course Description: Participants will build and test a laptop based radar sensor.  This radar will perform target range and Doppler sensing by applying some of the basic principles of radar to the collected radar data.

Who Should Take This Course? This course will appeal to those interested in learning about radar engineering.  Participants should have at least a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or physics.

Required Equipment Course Attendees Should Bring: All equipment will be provided

Course Capacity: 15

Instructor Bio and Credentials: Dr. Vincent Kirk received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California State University at Northridge in 1992 and his M.S., and Eng.D., in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California in 1994, and 2005, respectively. He has been a member of the Engineering organization at Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems in El Segundo, California since 1994. He is currently working in the areas of RF signal processing and algorithm development in the Space Systems business area at Raytheon.


Course Title: The Role of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) Targeted for Critical Applications

Course Duration: 4 hours

Course Description: The course will give an overview of how field programmable gate array (FPGA) devices are being used in critical applications.  Focus will be given to the highly reliable requirements set forth by the deep-space community and how their implemented solutions are now driving military, automotive, and medical industries. The trade process for device selection will be discussed including device sensitivity to radiation environments.  Currently implemented mitigation error correcting schemes used to enhance device performance will also be presented.

Who Should Take This Course? Engineers and project managers.

Required Equipment Course Attendees Should Bring: N/A

Course Capacity: No Limit

Instructor Bio and Credentials: Melanie Berg received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1990.  She then joined IBM’s ASIC Advanced Logic Design Team as an ASIC design and verification engineer.   Later in her career at Ball Aerospace, Ms. Berg was an FPGA designer and instructor for various space-flight projects.  Ms. Berg joined the Radiation Effects and Analysis group at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2004. Ms. Berg is presently investigating radiation effects and applicable mitigation strategies for the potential insertion of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) and ASICS into critical space flight projects.


Course Title: Risk Management Forum

Course Duration: 4 hours

Course Description: Upon completion of this course participants will understand the nature of risks and that managing risk is about making better decisions.

Who Should Take This Course? Technical and Engineering Professionals

Required Equipment Course Attendees Should Bring: Lessons Learned Examples (Optional)

Course Capacity: 25

Instructor Bio and Credentials: Madelyn Jeneene Suttle is employed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Safety and Mission Assurance as an Aerospace Engineer.   She has over 25 years of experience in aerospace engineering which includes expertise in technical management, system safety, project management, and risk management.  She demonstrates superior people skills, marketing and outreach abilities. Also, she has excellent results as a trainer and team-builder. Ms. Suttle holds a BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and a MS in Management from Florida Tech.


Course Title: Systemic Intelligent Fast Failure Solutions Seminar

Course Duration: 4 hours

Course Description: Systemic Thinking defines the who, what, when, where, why, and how, teaching participants to "see the end from the beginning."  Intelligent Fast Failure (IFF) is used to get to the knowledge acquisition curve as quickly as possible during the experimentation process, building an understanding of what works and what does not work.  Systemic Intelligent Fast Failure (SIFF)  encourages participants to think ""systemically"" by working multiple parallel solutions simultaneously, preparing them for success in the midst of 21st century challenges.  These skills will solve complex problems; reduce risks, cost, and schedule; optimize system behavior, and increase performance.  The outcome is quality personnel, systems, products, and services.

The course flow will consist of three interconnected modules:

  • Introduction
  • Module 1 ---- Creativity
  • Module 2 ---- Innovation
  • Module 3 ---- Change
  • Closing

Each module will be 50 minutes in length, including a hands-on exercise to illustrate SIFF, with a ten minute break between each Module.  Participants will be organized in teams for exercises that reinforce how to view things “systemically” while working as an “integrated” team."

Who Should Take This Course? Professionals, students, leaders - Everybody

Required Equipment Course Attendees Should Bring: #1 An open mind...also, Pen and paper"

Course Capacity: 60

Instructor Bio and Credentials: Anthony (Tony) C. Bruins I graduated from University of Houston-University Park with a BS Mechanical Engineering in August 1984.  He has 30 years of experience at NASA Johnson Space Center as a systems architect/engineer, visioneer, innovator, scientist, manager, leader, and mentor.  Over the course of his career, his professional experiences have included the following:

  • NASA Silver Snoopy Award - July 2015
  • Manager/Lead for Mission Control Center Systems (MCCS) Secure Network Design, Development, Testing, Implementation, and Sustaining Activities
  • Manager/Lead for Orbiter Communications Adapter 21 and Biomed21 Design, Development, Testing, Implementation, and Sustaining Activities
  • Manager/Lead for Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) MCCS Interface Control and Requirements Documents (MS-Orion)
  • Coordinator for Boeing MCCS technical inputs
  • Liaison to NASA’s Mission Systems Information Technology & Special Projects Branch for MCCS prototype activities
  • Supports definition, documentation, and coordination of MCCS development concepts, requirements, and architectural designs to ensure timely and accurate generation of MCCS products, services, and accomplishments of MCCS milestones
  • Supports coordination of MCCS development, sustaining status, interests with stakeholders, management, appropriate contractors, and other projects having interfaces with the MCCS
  • Supports timely and accurate estimation, presentation, coordination, and Systems Engineering for MCCS Service Requests presented at the Mission Control Center Control Panel

Outside of his NASA work, Tony has 21 years of experience as a Dog Psychiastrist/Psychologist (Dogchologist).


Course Title: Basic Soldering

Course Duration: 8 hours

Course Description: This course offers training in the proper use and techniques of soldering and its associated tooling.  It will supply you with the necessary skills to make effective solder joints and complete solder repair for PCB’s, soldered wire joints and component install.  Participants will receive a basic soldering kit they will use during the course and will be able to take home with them for personal use.

  • Wire connection techniques
  • Cup soldering
  • Tinning techniques
  • Wire stripping
  • Identifying a good solder joint
  • Component attachment techniques

Who Should Take This Course? Anybody considering soldering wires or soldering components to PCB's

Required Equipment Course Attendees Should Bring: Safety Glasses.

Course Capacity: 24

Instructor Bio and Credentials: Ronny Gambrell is employed by Jacobs Technologies at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston.  He has 31 years direct experience Soldering in the Oil and Gas And Aerospace industries. He has held numerous certifications Cable Manufacturing, PCB Component Soldering, and Surface Mount Soldering. Spent his early years as a PCB Technician in the Oil and Gas industry making downhole tools and Direct Drilling electronic equipment.  Moved from that into Aerospace Electro/Mechanical assemblies.  Mid-career he moved into Aerospace Test and has excelled in the testing arena.  He has been a Lead designer and Test Director at NASA for the last 16 years and has worked on numerous Flight and Prototype projects such as the X-38 Crew Return Vehicle, Space Station Biomedical Equipment, Exploration Habitats, and the Morpheus Autonomous Landing Vehicle.