My 28-year career as an acoustician and program manager with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) includes accomplishments in the design and management of several NASA acoustical facilities, major noise control projects, and comprehensive agency-wide occupational health programs. I provided specialized support for the agency’s occupational health and engineering communities and was instrumental in the development of key agency policies governing both occupational and space flight noise exposure.
Highly experienced acoustical engineer with 25+ years experience in the public sector as a project manager, program developer, and educator. Recognized subject matter expert routinely tapped by professional and regulatory agencies worldwide as a speaker and panelist. Broadly experienced Director of several highly regarded acoustical testing laboratories and comprehensive multi-site programs for preventing noise-induced hearing loss. Effective instructor and developer of 100+ workshops, courses, and seminars as well as multimedia resources & software applications. Creative and collaborative innovator/manager of interdisciplinary projects & programs. Goal-focused problem-solver.
NASA John H. Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Internal Agency Hearing Conservation Consultant (2007 – retirement in 2015)
Consulted with NASA field center health & safety staff about hearing conservation and noise control. Briefed occupational health senior management on noise exposure-related issues for flight crew and ground support employees. Fueled the development and launch of key initiatives resulting in widely lauded hearing loss prevention resources through close collaborations with federal, private, and community partner entities. Executed numerous projects related to health/safety, engineering, and research as a well-respected leader noted for in-depth technical knowledge and high-level accountability. Represented NASA as a subject matter expert on behalf of programs recognized for best practices among government and private entities. Heavily requested public speaker.
- Generated, oversaw, and publicized the NASA Buy-Quiet Program, advocating low-noise procurement and directing program implementation at 15 Field Centers. Supported the rollout with technical assistance, educational resources & training, and program management/assessment.
- Advanced NASA health & safety policies related to occupational and space flight noise exposure in conjunction with other personnel. Helped institute hearing conservation best practices, including 85 dBA PEL & 3 dB Exchange Rate and formalized approaches to low-noise design and purchasing.
- Originated a web-based NASA Buy-Quiet Roadmap process guidance tool embraced by multiple public and private organizations and lauded by national & global entities such as OSHA, NIOSH, and HSE (Great Britain).
- Launched the NASA Auditory Demonstration Laboratory to evaluate personal hearing protectors, producing NASA REATMaster software in concert with NIOSH. Developed cutting-edge hearing protector test capabilities now used worldwide.
- Planned and coordinated occupational health & medical services for Glenn Research Center workforce and provided broad technical & program leadership for occupational health/safety staff. Chaired Source Evaluation Committee for $20M Occupational Health Services procurement.
Manager, Acoustical Testing Laboratory (1999 – 2007)
Fueled the improvement of low-noise, on-orbit environments for flight crews on the International Space Station (ISS) with training and technical support for engineering & medical personnel.
- Engineered the construction of the Glenn Research Center Acoustical Testing Laboratory and affiliate programs by arranging funding and supervising multiple teams in the conceptualization, startup, NVLAP accreditation, and management of the facility.
- Produced a complete services package comprised of acoustic emission testing, low-noise design services, and classroom education for NASA science research experiment payload developers.
- Supervised staff and contractors in the low noise design and testing of the Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) science research payload for the ISS.
- Led 3rd-party project teams in the creation, promotion, and public dissemination of free downloadable multimedia tools used globally by engineers & hearing conservationists. Tools included software, acoustical demonstrations, and interactive games accepted by accreditation boards and academic programs.
- Auditory Demonstrations in Acoustics and Hearing Conservation
- Auditory Demonstrations II: Challenges to Speech Communication and Music Listening
- ANIMATED Auditory Demonstrations II: Challenges to Speech Communication and Music Listening
- MACSUG (Manual Audiometer Computer Simulator User Gizmo) simulated audiometer interface
- TWA Calculator noise exposure dose trainer
- JeopEARdy Interactive multimedia training resource
Manager, Noise Exposure Management Program (1994 – 1999)
Pioneered and managed the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) Noise Exposure Management Program, established to control occupational & community noise exposure. Guided multidisciplinary & cross-functional teams in the inventive origination of acoustical and noise control solutions & products for NASA, local industry and community organizations. Liaised between GRC and NASA and the technical community, regulatory agencies, and general public on community noise, hearing conservation, and noise control engineering.
- Produced and delivered annual hearing conservation training, including an original 30-minute video, for civil servant and contractor staff.
- Precipitated and oversaw the site-wide rollout of engineered solutions for noise exposure hazards associated with high-pressure gas flow systems and research laboratories. Project budget: $5M+.
- Consulted on new construction and renovation projects requiring architectural acoustics expertise.
Lead Acoustics Research Engineer (1987 – 1994)
Played a vital role in the experimental acoustical research effort for low-noise aircraft exhaust nozzle concepts on the High Speed Research Program.
- Spurred construction of the NASA Glenn Research Center Aeroacoustic Propulsion Laboratory (AAPL) from planning through construction for the innovative 135-foot diameter anechoic test facility featuring an ejector-powered free-jet nozzle test stand for forward flight simulation.
- Plummeted community noise complaints and doubled research productivity through the AAPL, the largest hemispherical facility of its type worldwide.
- Performed experimental wind tunnel/free jet research in jet noise reduction for supersonic aircraft.