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Paul David MacNeal

B.S. Civil Engineering University of Southern California,
California, June 1979 GPA 3.65/4.00

Graduate courses include advanced matrix methods, energy methods, elastic stability, mechanical vibration at California State University at Northridge.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Instrument Structures and Dynamics Group, Pasadena, CA
Senior Structural and Dynamics Engineer
May 1989 to present

Chief mechanical system engineer for Orbiting Carbon Observatory - 2.  Responsibilities include overseeing all aspects of design, strucutral analysis, dynamic analysis, drawing release, requirements verification, and testing of the entire instrument. Personally lead the Configuration Working Group and the PZT Working Group for the Space Interferometer Mission (SIM). Scheduling, requirements generation, and planning are major tasks. Also lead analyst on multiple projects including Mars Exploration Rover Battery, Planck Cooler Cooling Pipes, Centaur Lithium Batteries, Drop Physics Module, Wide Field Planetary Camera Fold Mirror, Cassini ISS Narrow and Wide Angle Cameras, Cassini Visible and Infrared Multiple Imaging Spectrometer (VIMS), Beam Transmission Optical System primary mirror support, Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF), Mars Autonomous Penetrator Camera (MAPC), Fizeau Astrometric Mapping Explorer (FAME), Interferometer Technology Project component qualification, and many others. Specific tasks include layout design, dynamic analysis, and structural sizing utilizing finite element programs and hand analysis techniques. Also, wrote test plans and conducted sinusoidal and random vibration and shock tests for many of the above projects.

Hughes Aircraft Company, Space and Communications Group, El Segundo, CA
Design Engineer/Structural Analyst/Group Head/Section Head/Senior Staff Engineer
June 1979 to April 1989

Duties include structural analysis of spacecraft components to satisfy strength and stiffness requirements; also developing and directing static tests for major satellite projects. Responsibilities as a group head included directing the efforts of five analysts. Section head responsibilities included interviewing, hiring/firing, and job staffing for twenty-five analysts.

Proficient use of NASTRAN and FEMAP, written and verbal communication, ability to quickly assess weaknesses in design