Blake Ives





BLAKE IVES	 	1154 W. 30th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007    (816) 304.5454   
Education: 							  	        University of Southern California                B.S. Astronautical Engineering  ‘15                		           	       		                  GPA:  Major  B.S.  – 3.62     M.S. Astronautical Engineering  ‘16						           	     	          	     M.S. – 3.50
Engineering Experience:
Production Intern: 		SpaceX	 					  	       01/2016 – Present
•	Hired for manufacturing engineering team 

Satellite R & D Intern: 	NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory		 	  	      03/2015 – 12/2015
•	Designed process for precision alignment of 34m diameter satellite perimeter
•	Performed high-resolution metrology and bonding on inner truss and exterior optical perimeter 
•	Designed self-unlocking release mechanism for interlocking component deployment
•	Directed other interns through various phases of material and component test designs	

Mission Design Lead: 		Space Development Theory and Practice		      	      05/2014 – 06/2014
•	Co-managed 80 international interns at BSTU in Moscow, Russia
•	Developed a detailed proposal for a plausible manned mission to Mars 
•	Presented the proposal to a panel of field experts and cosmonauts

Teaching Assistant: 		Viterbi School of Engineering, Mechoptronics	     	      08/2014 – 05/2016    
•	Evaluate engineering reports for fluidity, technical understanding, and conciseness 
•	Clarify junior level mechanical, aerospace, & electrical engineering concepts

Research Assistant: 		USC Department of Astronautics	   	      		      01/2014 – 12/2014
•	Tested integrated particle charging on simulated lunar surface and plasma thruster plumes
•	Used LabView to control a Langmuir probe, sweeping potential gates, & a particle density analyzer to measure electric potential differences 
________________________________________Academic Projects:
USC Graduate Liquid Propulsion Lab	  					     	      08/2015 – 12/2015
•	Elected as Test Team Lead
•	Designed variable test stand interface for 6” diameter LOX/RP-1 rocket engine
•	Oversaw design and implemented design changes for manufacturability and assembly
Magnetic autonomous CubeSat capture and release from on-orbit spacecraft 	  	      01/2015 – 05/2015
•	Created a plausible system for satellite part replacement using CubeSats
•	Tested capabilities of magnetism for satellite alignment and impetus
•	Constructed capture and release mechanisms for use in simulated space environment conditions
USC Undergrad Rocket Propulsion Lab: 	Traveler II rocket			    	      01/2013 – 07/2013
•	Fabricated the carbon-fiber motor case layup using carbon sheets and filament
•	Assisted with nosecone and fin construction
•	Assembled launch tower for rockets with 8” diameter to allow lugless launch
Chevron noise reduction analysis							      	      03/2014 – 04/2014
•	Designed an experiment to study the noise reduction in turbulent jet flow due to chevrons
•	Used LabView and pitot tubes to analyze downstream flow of jets with 3D-printed chevrons 
________________________________________Related Coursework/Skills:			   Extracurriculars:
•	¬¬¬¬¬CAD (SolidWorks, Solid Edge)	•	USC Graduate Liquid Propulsion Lab
•	Shop skills (machining & welding)	•	Formula SAE Racing
•	Basic Matlab & Labview programming	•	Space Mission Design & Management