Christopher Nie


Test Engineer



Christopher Nie

 (505) 315-8748 ||       

 5349 Rockhampton Cir., Highlands Ranch, CO 80130


M.S., Aerospace Engineering Sciences focusing in Bioastronautics 
University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences	GPA: 3.905
Jan. 2014 – May 2015
B.S., Aerospace Engineering Sciences,  Cum Laude with Engineering Honors
University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences	GPA: 3.754
Aug. 2009 – May 2014
Skills Developed:
Software (Novice-N, Proficient-P, Expert-E)	Hardware (proficient in all)
	SolidWorks 
	ProE/Creo	
	LabVIEW 
	MS Office 	
	Python, HTML, C/C++
	SysML	
	Machining (Lathe, Mill)
	Rapid Prototyping (3D printing)
	Woodworking (hand and power tools)

Professional Experience

	Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company
	Test Engineer, Entry Level Rotation Program
Aug. 2015 – Present
	Electrical test support through single-line-flow TVAC of SV01 for GPS III for first rotation in ELRP.
	Use of critical problem solving and technical competence to plan and execute tests and resolve anomalies.
	Streamlined test planning and reduced data processing time by automating processes. 
	NASA Johnson Space Center (Cooperative Education Program)
	Mechanical/Robotic Engineer Co-op
Robotic Systems Technology Branch 
Robonaut 2 Team	Houston, TX, USA
May 2013 – Aug. 2013
May 2014 – Aug. 2014
	ProE/Creo design of test fixtures and rapid prototyping of concepts for a quick-release mechanism for EVA use.
	Design, procurement, and fabrication of a dynamic test stand to support software development of the R2 upgrade.
	Testing of six-axis load cells using NI DAQs, LabVIEW, and MATLAB to compare COTS performance specs.

	NASA Johnson Space Center (Cooperative Education Program)
	Habitability and Human Factors Co-op 
Human Health and Performance Directorate	Houston, TX, USA
Aug. 2012 – Dec. 2012
	Used Microsoft Kinect cameras to record human factors data during human-in-the-loop habitability testing.
	Updated NASA habitability volume requirements from Space Station to be applicable to deep space missions. 
	Designed and fabricated mid-fidelity mock-ups for Orion program controls and display testing. 

	NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory 
	Integration and Test Engineer Intern 
OPALS (Optical PAload for Lasercomm Science)	Pasadena, CA, USA
Jan. 2012 – May 2012
	OPALS is an orbit-to-ground laser communications experiment to be mounted externally on the ISS. 
	Tested and integrated flight electronics and mechanical assembly during project I&T phase.
	Test procedure writing, hardware design and fabrication through flight technicians, high-quality optics and lasers, flight hardware and clean room procedures.

	 United States Air Force Research Laboratory 
	Phillips Space Scholar 
Space Vehicles Directorate, Simulations Branch	Albuquerque, NM, USA
May 2009 – Aug. 2009
	Designed and analyzed a geosynchronous communications satellite constellation using MATLAB and Satellite Tool Kit (STK) for preliminary military research on "early warning" communications. 
	Simulation constellation of 5 satellites with the capability of communicating with any satellite in a lower orbit.

Research Experience

	BioServe Space Technologies
	Graduate Research Assistant
ISS Payload  Test, Integration, and Operations 	Boulder, CO, USA
Jan. 2013 –  May 2015
	Design, inspection, fabrication, test, and integration of International Space Station experiments. 
	Operation of scientific payloads aboard the ISS through launch, orbit, and landing timeframes.
	Solved error in design hours before delivery of flight hardware, solving potential failure of experiment.
	University of Colorado Aerospace Graduate Project – LifeLAB  
	Systems Engineer, Atmospheric and Environmental Testing 
Customer – CU Aerospace Engineering Sciences Department	Boulder, CO, USA
Aug. 2014 – May 2015
	Performance evaluation of Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) technologies.
	Use of systems engineering process including requirements definition, design review, build, test, and verification.
	University of Colorado Aerospace Capstone Project – ODINSun 
	Mechanical Engineering Lead, Test and Integration Lead
Customer – Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics 	Boulder, CO, USA
Aug. 2013 –  May 2014
	Design and test of a flight-like prototype sensor to characterize interplanetary dust within 0.25 AU of the Sun. 
	Cradle-to-grave project encompassing problem identification, requirements definition, design, manufacturing to specifications, test and analysis, professional-level responsibility and accountability, and customer interaction.
	SolidWorks design and CNC manufacturing of structure, thermal vacuum and dust accelerator testing.  
	Caltech Space Challenge
	Participant (1 of 32 chosen internationally)
Habitat design and mission architecture team lead	Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
March 2012
	International competition hosted at Caltech to design a proposal for a manned mission to a Martian moon
	Responsible for habitat design, human factors analysis, and mission architecture for proposal. 
	Competition resulted in a paper that was presented at the IEEE Aerospace Conference in 2014. 

	NASA Microgravity University 
	Integration and Test Engineer, Outreach Coordinator
CU SEDS student group extra-curricular project	Boulder, CO, USA
May. 2011 – Sept. 2012
	Team of six undergraduates who designed, built, and flew a free-convection experiment on Zero-G airplane.
	Outreach portion of project created a newly formed after-school STEM club at a local high school.
	Responsible for structural/electrical integration design, system test layout, and structural proofing.
	Colorado Space Grant Consortium (COSGC)
	Project Manager 
THEIA (Telescope High-definition Earth Imaging Apparatus)	Boulder, CO, USA
Jan. 2010 – Jan. 2012
	THEIA is a 1.5 U, earth-imaging telescope system established to verify pointing accuracy of small satellites. 
	Responsible for managing team of 15 interdisciplinary students through design, fabrication, and systems testing as well as overseeing mechanical systems, integration compliance, team budget, personnel, and schedule. 
	Project Manager, Systems Engineer, Science Team Lead 
SPARTAN–V (Selective Pointing Apparatus for Research of Turbulence and Atmospheric Noise Variation)
	Designed, developed, tested, and flew a 20 kg balloon satellite through NASA’s Scientific Ballooning Facility. 
	Fabricated experiment structure and custom-built telescope, conducted optical alignment and environmental testing, operated payload in-fight, and compiled scientific data in publication of results. 

Relevant Coursework:
	Space Habitat Design
	ECLSS Design 
	Commercial Spaceflight Operations
	Statics, Dynamics, Structures, and Materials
	Thermodynamics,  Aerodynamics, and Heat Transfer
	Aerospace Vehicle Design and Performance 
	Aerospace Special Topics: Human Spaceflight
	C/C++ Programming	
	Spacecraft Design
	Aerospace Materials and Processes 
	Aerospace Environments
	Orbital Mechanics and Attitude Determination
	Electronics and Communications
	Aircraft Controls
	Human Factors Engineering
	Ethical and Community Leadership
	AIAA Region V Student Conference, April 4th, 2014
Co-Author: Development of a Dust Impact Monitor for Exploration of the Inner Heliosphere
	Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, March 19th, 2014
Co-Author: Development of a Dust Impact Monitor for Exploration of the Inner Heliosphere
	IEEE Aerospace Conference, March 5th, 2014
Co-Author: Manned Sample Return Mission to Phobos: A Technology Demonstration for Human Exploration of Mars
	Caltech Space Challenge, March 29th, 2013
Co-Author: Team Voyager, Technology Advancing Phobos Exploration and Return (TAPER) Mars Moon DRM
	Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium, April 9th, 2011 and April 21st, 2012
Co-Author: Conducting and Analyzing Automated Defocused Photometry from a Weather Balloon
	Colorado Undergraduate Space Research Symposium, April 17th, 2010
Co-Author: Selective Pointing Apparatus for Research of Turbulence and Atmospheric Noise Variation
Leadership and Organizations: 
	Group – Leadership Position (year served)
	Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – High Altitude Balloon Competition Project Manager, Undergraduate Student Rocketry Competition Development Manager (14)
	University of Colorado Students for the Exploration and Development of Space – President (13), Outreach Coordinator (11)
	Space Generation Advisory Council 
	Citizens for Space Exploration, Colorado Chapter
	American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics		NewSpace 2015 - Day Manager (15)
	SpaceVision 2011 Nat. Conference – CFO (11)
	NASA Student Ambassador, Cohort V 
	Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Honor Society – President (11)
	Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society – Representative (11)
	Presidents Leadership Class at CU Boulder
	We Want Our Future Non-Profit – Dir. of Partnerships (12)
	CU Engineering Honors Program – Class Advisor (10) 
	Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 
	University of Colorado, College of Engineering Dean’s Advisory Committee 
Honors and Awards:
	Aviation Week’s Twenty20s 
	AIAA Iridium NEXT Scholar 
	NASA Student Ambassadors 
	AIAA Foundation Avionics Scholarship 
	PLC Flanagan Scholarship 
	PLC Douglas Scholarship 
	AIAA Foundation Dr. James Rankin Digital Avionics Scholarship 
	Tau Beta Pi Mitchell Scholarship 
	NASA MUST Scholarship Semi-Finalist 
	Timmerhaus Scholarship 
	Flanagan Scholarship 
	Parents and Alumni Association Scholar 
	University Memorial Scholar 
	Flanagan-Walker Scholar 	(2014).
	Alumni Association and Parents Association Scholarship 
	Robert E. Cole Engineering Scholarship 
	SMART Scholarship Semi-Finalist 
	NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Semi-Finalist 
	Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Recipient 
	Wells Fargo Team Members’ Dependent Children Scholarship Recipient 
	New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers Scholarship 
	SUNCAL New Mexico Scholar 
	Theta Psi Scholar 
	Presidents Leadership Scholar 
	CU Chancellor’s Achievement Scholar 
	President’s Volunteer Service Award 
	Kiwanis Community Foundation Scholarship Recipient 
	Math Engineering and Science Achievement Scholarship