Bill Kalinowski

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Bill Kalinowski 610 South 44th Street, Boulder, CO 80305 (303) 319-3080

A hands-on systems, test, and design engineer with aerospace, startup, and civil infrastructure experience. Powerful combination of expertise in technical team leadership, hardware / software engineering, and data analysis.


Master of Engineering, Engineering Management

May 2011

University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Science

Boulder, Colorado

Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering

May 2002

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering

May 2002

University of Colorado, College of Engineering and Applied Science

Boulder, Colorado

Relevant Highlights:

  • Lead Command and Data Handling System Engineer for the Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM) satellite. In this role, served as lead electrical systems engineer for the project.

  • Lead engineer for Orion EFT-1 ITL-07 Integrated Sync Point (ISP). Responsible for planning and executing the integration of avionics, software, data products, EGSE, and ground systems.

  • Lead systems/test engineer and software manager for multiple biological experiment systems flown aboard the Space Shuttle and ISS. These experiments contained ECLSS-type environmental controls.

  • Interface and requirements engineer for multiple large scale programs including Orion and DUSEL, a massive underground anti-matter and neutrino laboratory.

Professional Experience:
Principal Electrical Systems Engineer 2013 – Present

Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation Boulder, Colorado

  • Command and Data Handling (C&DH) subsystem and component engineer for multiple commercial and civil spacecraft including GPIM, WorldView-3, and Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS-1).

  • Responsible for command and data handling subsystem architecture design, implementation, test, and on-orbit commissioning.

  • Led the procurement effort for multiple avionics components delivering them ahead of schedule and on-budget. Responsible for requirements management, technical and contractual oversight of vendors, component test/verification, and component integration onto the spacecraft.

Systems Integration and Test Engineer 2007 – 2013

Stellar Solutions, Inc. Denver, Colorado

  • Led a multi-disciplinary team at Lockheed Martin in an intensive multi-month avionics test-lab build-up and integration period for NASA's Orion Multi Purpose Crew Vehicle. Responsible for providing technical and organizational leadership of installation and checkout of new hardware and software elements into the Orion avionics platform.

  • Developed and executed the testing and verification plan for integrated propulsion/avionics system of Orion. This included leading and mentoring a team of 5 integration and test engineers.

  • Led a team that improved and deployed the new interface control practices for the Orion spacecraft.

  • Negotiated and specified the interface requirements between large-scale anti-matter and neutrino physics experiments and the underground facility infrastructure for the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). DUSEL is an underground laboratory over a mile deep in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Systems Lead and Design / Test Engineer 1999 – 2007

BioServe Space Technologies, University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado

  • Served as lead Project Engineer for two automated life science sub-rack payloads designed for the International Space Station (ISS). Responsible for successful execution of system development, test, and on-orbit operations.

  • Hands-on experience with COTS parts selection and use on short life cycle / low cost programs.

  • Designed, built, and tested two multi-layer printed circuit boards: an NTSC video splitter and an FPGA video signal adapter board.

  • Led hardware/software design and test team for PC-104 based embedded computer system.

  • Designed and built ground support equipment and conducted interface and safety verifications per Space Shuttle and ISS requirements (EMC, vibration, thermal/humidity, acoustic).

  • Authored system requirements, interface definition, and interface control documents.

  • Served as lead test engineer for 6 payloads flown aboard the Space Shuttle on STS-106, STS-112, STS-107, STS-116, and STS-118.

  • Functioned as chief BioServe payload mission operations engineer at Johnson Space Center during the STS-107 mission. Coordinated all payload activities and resolved all anomalies.

  • Designed, built, and personally flew two porous tube hydroponic technology experiments on NASA's KC-135 zero-gravity aircraft.

Satellite Operations Engineer 1997 – 1999

Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) Boulder, Colorado

  • Carried out spacecraft functional testing, early orbit campaigns, and nominal operations of 4 satellites, including the QuikSCAT satellite built by Ball Aerospace. Specialized in Electrical Power Systems.

  • Developed operational and contingency procedures and created post-pass and long-term trending and analysis routines for thermal and power subsystems.

  • Performed manual attitude determination and control of the STRV-1B satellite following the failure of its autonomous system.

Lead Hardware Systems Engineer 2003 – 2004

Independent Contractor at Contrail Services, an aviation start-up Boulder, Colorado

  • Prototyped and performed conceptual design of an automated engine monitoring device intended for use in general aviation business jets.

Foreign Exchange Research for an ESA Lunar Orbiting Satellite 2000

Technical University of Munich Munich, Germany

  • Developed a framework for systems engineering and team coordination.

  • Authored the Lunarsat Spacecraft Users Manual through interaction with subsystem engineers.

President and Lead Consultant 2011 – Present

Falcon Consulting Group, LLC Boulder, Colorado
Founded Falcon Consulting Group to offer technical, statistical, and management consulting services to business, non-profit, and government sectors. Offerings include hardware/software integration, test/experimentation, data analysis, and business and manufacturing quality improvement.
Skills and Tools:

  • Integrated hardware/software system development, including conceptual and detailed design, integration, test (thermal/mechanical/electrical/acoustic), and operations.

  • Managing software and hardware development teams and life cycle.

  • Low level electrical design, electro-mechanical hardware, and software-firmware interaction/interfaces.

  • Certified in Six Sigma for process and quality improvement in business and manufacturing.

  • Applied statistical methods including experimental design (DOE/DOX), ANOVA, data mining, and statistical process control (SPC).

  • Labview, scripting (bash, some perl and python), OrCAD, Unix/Linux OS, and all Microsoft Office tools (including Project and Access).

  • Data analysis using MATLAB, IDL, SPSS, AnswerTree, Minitab, and MVPStats.

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