Brian Easton Kirkpatrick
Engineer Extraordinaire!
From Autumn 2023
to Present
Chief Mod/Sim Engineer
Tychee RGI
100 W. Broadway, #04-144
Long Beach, CA 90802

Space Beach startup focusing on mission engineering, design/planning, and autonomous astronautics algorithms.
From Summer 2016
to Autumn 2023
Senior Systems Engineer / Information Overlord
ExoAnalytic Solutions, Inc.
20532 El Toro Rd., #303
Mission Viejo, CA 92692

This small-but-growing-exponentially startup is the very definition of disruptive engineering. We combine far-reaching research and contracts within the aerospace industry with cutting-edge assets and modern system-of-systems technologies. Somehow, with only a few dozen people spread across six locations and five states, we do everything: operate a global telescope network, conduct ground-breaking advanced space systems architecting, push missile defense technologies past impossible boundaries, and help a plethora of customers figure out what the hell is going on with their stuff in space. And that's just by Tuesday!
From Fall 2014
to Summer 2016
Member, Technical Staff
The Aerospace Corporation
2310 E. El Segundo Blvd.
El Segundo, California, 90234

I am fortunate to have worked in a highly-technical branch of a world-class organization dedicated to the success of a diverse array of space missions. To that end, I applied (and grew) diverse skillsets in systems and software engineering every day for many different customers. Common tools included C/C++, Python, SEAS, and many others. Projects ranged from high-level military utility simulations and architecting studies down to low-level technical trade and subsystem models. (Did I mention I got my first patent!?)
From Fall 2010
to Fall 2014
Software & Systems Engineer (Level 3)
TASC, Inc.
400 Continental Blvd
El Segundo, California, 90293

I wrote, managed, and analyzed modeling & simulation software to support TASC customers in space system architecting, mission engineering, and other high-level decision-making processes. Common tools included MATLAB, C/C++, web technologies, SQL databases, and a variety of data analysis and presentation tools. Particular emphsis on the computational implementation of aerospace theory and models, with application to a variety of defense and aerospace problems. Experienced in problems related to advanced space systems and developmental planning of complex space architectures.
From Fall 2007
to Fall 2009
Web Programmer and Developer
TechXpress Inc
3450 Broad St, Suite 101
San Luis Obispo, California, 93401

I developed web pages for a local technology services company using a proprietary CMS, built on PHP code and using SQL databases for information storage and retrieval. Because I was responsible for website functionality and appearance, JavaScript and HTML / CSS standards were also used. Apache and mod-rewrite tools were utilized through a Unix console environment and regular expressions.
From Spring 2006
to Spring 2009
Tutoring: Computer Science and Machining Courses
Cal Poly Computer Science
Building 14, Room 254
California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California, 93407

Engineering Department
Harvey Mudd College
301 Platt Blvd
Claremont, CA, 91711

I tutored and graded multiple classes at the college level. Topics included introductory computer science, machining, and digital (circuit) engineering. I also proctored the machine shop for the Engineering Department at Harvey Mudd College for several consecutive years. (For additional teaching positions, see Teaching Experience.)
Summer 2007
Engineering Intern and Database Programmer
Northrop Grumman Corporation
1100 W Hollyvale St
Azusa, California, 91702

I developed tools to support a large-scale, high bandwidth data acquisition (DAQ) system used for satellite testing in a vacuum chamber environment. These tools included XML parsers, VBA (Excel) - database interface tools, and MATLAB - database interface tools. I also wrote the DAQ system user documentation and supported DAQ system deployment. To support my work, I also became certified in ESD (electro-static discharge) safety.
Summer 2005
Assistant Systems Administrator & Technological Support
Engineering Department
Harvey Mudd College
301 Platt Blvd
Claremont, California, 91711

I supported maintenance and software deployment of a engineering computer laboratory, including license systems. I also provided technological support for the engineering department staff and faculty. Tools utilized include Unix / Linux command line administration, Windows system administration utilities, and relevant documentation.
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