R Y A N P O T T E
employment with a reputable company where complex problem solving
skills are required, and where the employment environment allows and
encourages engineering creativity.
1998 - 2002:
Embedded Systems Certification
Emphasis: Propulsion, Aerodynamics, Program Management
date: May 2002
Electronics Technician Maintenance School,
Pearl Harbor, HI
States Naval Nuclear Prototype School
1993 - 1994:
Naval Nuclear Power School
1992 - 1993:
Nuclear Field ET-A School
3D Graphics Engine
• Written in C++ with Visual
Studio as a hobby project. Used books to learn: Tricks of the 3D
Game Programming Gurus and Physics Based Animation.
• Implements basic lighting, shaders, and physics. Includes
a Maya geometry importer. Uses DirectX 9, inheritance, polymorphism.
2004 – 2006
Autopilots and Feedback Control Systems
• Simulated and updated 6-DOF and autopilot software for a
missile guidance system using test data results from a 4-axis Hardware-In-The-Loop
• Written in Fortran, Ada, and Matlab for Lockheed Martin.
• Developed user interface application for a housing sales
• Written in C# using ADO with Visual Studio.
Real-Time Embedded Operating System
• Written in C. Rate-monotomic priority-preemptive multitasking
real-time operating system with a shell. Written as a hobby project.
• Goal was to develop it in 30 days without reference to how
operating systems work. Used semaphores, mutexes, task-control blocks,
etc. Very successful.
• Senior Project Engineer - Development, analysis, building,
and testing of bipropellant rocket engine systems for customers.
• Systems Engineer capacity includes specification requirements
verification, allocation, and flow-down from customer requirements.
• Technical Team Lead for a large thruster contract. Daily
scheduling, coordination, and tasking of the engineering, manufacturing,
and procurement teams. Give presentations regularly for customer
meetings, management reviews, team meetings, and weekly supplier
• Program-based industry requires heavy use of program management
concepts. Work closely with the program manager. Program team environment.
• Driving multiple efficiency improvement projects for the
July 2002 - May 2007
Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Missiles Mission Area
and testing of the thermobaric warhead for the AGM-114N Hellfire
II missile for rapid deployment to Afghanistan.
• Extensive experience with finite element modeling and simulation
of high-speed target impacts for multiple missile programs with
Patran and Epic Hydrocode. Heavy use of physical modeling tools.
• Lead Warhead Engineer for 3 years on the Joint Common Missile
program. Significant field testing experience, test planning and
conducting experience, and missile test vehicle design and fabrication
experience. Heavy customer interaction including design reviews,
meetings, and presentations. Subcontractor interaction and management.
Program team environment.
• Emphasis on Program Management career development through
three annual 1-week long conferences and periodic management training
Aug 2001 - Dec 2001
Course Teaching Assistant
of Colorado, Boulder
Mechanical Engineering Department
4278 / 5268
• Helped students in laboratory excersizes.
• Developed microcontroller boards and tools for use by the
• Troubleshot student
May 2001 - Aug 2001
• Research and Development of small rocket engines using exotic
fuels for potential use on future Mars missions.
• Research and Development of Nitrous Oxide based RCS monopropellant
thrusters for use on small spacecraft.
Sept 2000 - Present
MaCH-SR1 Launch Vehicle
University of Colorado,
• Conceived the project and led the team for two years as
the Project Manager and Design/Test Team Lead. High visibility project.
• Designed, built, and tested a 1,000 lb thrust hybrid rocket
engine. Engine used liquid oxygen and an HTPB fuel developed by
• Developed custom 3-DOF code to predict performance requirements
April 2000 - May 2001
Nasa's Colorado Space
• Wrote IDL and Perl software to produce web-based data products
for the Citizen-Explorer
• Desiged controller hardware/software for the imaging systems
aboard the NASA/AFRL Three-Corner
1998 - 2000
University of Colorado
Veterans' Services Office
• Helped veterans
adjust to the civilian world, and receive their veterans' educational
1992 - 1998
United States Navy
USS Indianapolis, SSN 697
Pearl Harbor, HI
• Operated the nuclear reactor onboard the USS Indianapolis.
• Troubleshot and repaired all malfunctioning reactor safety
equipment, and aided with electrical power generation and distribution
• Supervised junior personnel in Reactor Controls Division.
• Led training sessions for division personnel on nuclear
power plant operations and theory, and on electrical/electronics
• Achieved ET-1/E-6 rank in 5 ½ years.
Hydrocode, ProE, MS Office
Experienced with: C/C++, Perl, Matlab
Linux, Solaris, Win98/NT/2k, VxWorks
Computer Hardware: Real-time
embedded systems experience on the 8051, 68HC12, Pentium
Machine shop experience on conventional lathes, mills, and on CNC
mills, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing
Pilot, Technical writing, Project Management, Team skills
Sigma Gamma Tau-
National Aerospace Honor Society
Golden Key National Honor Society
Alpha Phi Omega- National
Phi Chi Sigma-
National Veterans Fraternity
University of Colorado Engineering Council
University of Colorado Curriculum Improvement
Colorado Space Grant Consortium;
CX and 3CS projects
CU Boulder Deans List
4WDing, target shooting, flying, scuba diving
Fitness: Rock climbing, working
Spare Time: Motorcycle,
Technical: Programming, embedded
systems, rocket engines
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