Brian Easton Kirkpatrick
Engineer Extraordinaire!
Research
Summer 2011
to Summer 2012
H-BEAM Dynamic Display IRAD
Research and development of novel information display concept for decision support. Space system acquisition, modeling, simulation and analysis products are managed from a single integrated display of engineering and program management information, driven by cross-platform and cross-device web-based technologies. Proprietary IRAD effort for TASC, Inc.
Spring 2009
to Summer 2009
Horizon Simulation Framework Interface ('Picasso')
Master's Thesis Project
Advised by Professor Eric Mehiel
Cal Poly Aerospace Department
Building 41A, Room 134
Cal Poly State University
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, California, 93407

The Horizon Simulation Framework, or HSF, is a satellite behavior modeling software package that is used to model and simulate space systems that include multiple complex satellite models. I wrote the interface for this framework, Picasso, using a combination of C# / Windows Forms, Xml, and other technologies. Picasso supports asset import from existing space catalogs, multiple scenario management, asset / subsystem scripting, multi-threaded modeling execution, and visualization of simulation results.
Fall 2006
to Spring 2007
Design and Test of R-Theta Underwater Propulsion Theory
Boeing Ocean Systems Clinic Project
Advised by Professor Mary Cardenas
Harvey Mudd College, Engineering Department
301 Platt Blvd
Claremont, California, 91711

I was a project manager for a Boeing Ocean Systems research project, in which we designed and tested a system to demonstrate R-Theta propulsion techniques. R-Theta is a unique technology in which the pitch of propellor blades is used to control the moments applied to an underwater vehicle, eliminating the need for rudders, stabilizers, and other fins. We successfully produced a working prototype propulsion system that produced the expected (and therefore controllable) moments about the device. Tools utilized include MATLAB, LabVIEW, and many hours of wiring and testing complex circuits by hand.
Spring 2006
Design and Construction of an Optical Telemetry System
Edwards Air Force Base Clinic Project
Advised by Professor Erik Spjut
Harvey Mudd College, Engineering Department
301 Platt Blvd
Claremont, California, 91711

I worked to develop a long-distance optical telemetry system that utilized a infrared-wavelength laser signal to communicate secure, line-of-site telemetry information from a ground vehicle to a receiving station. I designed and wrote the control system for ground vehicle pointing device, and machined / assembled many of the physical system components.
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