Career Objectives Work Experience Education Conferences, Competitions, and Presentations Recommendations

Career Objectives:

Work in the space industry designing and building control systems or intelligent systems. 

Work Experience:

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) - April 2015 - Current

  • Ground Segment/Software Engineer, Mission and Launch Operations

Intelsat - April 2013 - March2015

  • Satellite Control Systems Software Engineer, Satellite Commanding
    • Promoted 25 August, 2014
  • Satellite Control Systems Associate Software Engineer, Satellite Commanding
    • April 2013 - August 2014
  • Responsible for new commanding product development 
    • Full product lifecycle 
      • Requirements -> Design -> Implementation -> Integration and Testing -> Support
  • Technologies/Languages/Responsibilities:
    • Java
    • Python
    • C/C++
    • Shell Scripting
    • Systems Integration and Testing
    • Requirements Elicitation
    • System Design
    • Software Design
    • Graphical User Interface (GUI) Design
    • IT/Troubleshooting

MetiSpace Technologies - October 2012 - April 2013

  • Formally GMV USA (GMV Space Systems)
  • Satellite Ground Systems Software Engineer
  • Developer for:
    • archiva - Telemetry Trending Tool
    • hifly - Satellite Control Center
    • flexplan - Mission Planning and Scheduling
  • Projects include:
    • NASA/USGS Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM)
    • NASA/NOAA - GOES - R mission
    • NASA - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)
    • NASA - Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS)

The University of Southampton - 2011-2012 Academic Year

  • Year 3 Computer Science Course Representative
    • Liaison between students and the professors and student union
    • Elected by peers 
  • Electronics and Computer Science Society Sports Representative 
    • Responsible for the health, wellbeing, and activity of ECSS, the largest society at the University of Southampton 
  • 2012 Interactive Multimedia Systems Conference Programme Chair
    • Responsible for the industry partners (Imagination Technologies and ARM), sponsorship, and the conference program  

Southampton Stags American Football Club - 2011-2012 Season

  • Offensive Backs Coach (Quarterbacks, Runningbacks, and Wingbacks)
  • Level 1 British American Football Coaching Association (BAFCA) certification 

Intelsat - Summer 2011 

  • Summer Intern in Satellite Control Systems
  • Oversaw day-to-day Ground Network System management, especially on the Flight Dynamics and Commanding portion of the lab
  • Assisted developers in updating old programs
  • Areas covered in the internship included advanced systems engineering, script programming, automation, and subsystem development

Intelsat - Summer 2010

  • Summer Intern in Satellite Control Systems, Satellite Commanding
  • Created a tool for developers to monitor the Ground Network System Lab
  • Areas covered in the internship included aerospace engineering, Python, Django, satellite communication, control systems, space law

VIC Radio and 91.7 WICB Ithaca - August 2008 to May 2010

  • Radio DJ/Personality under the name DJ Calzoni
  • Hosted 3 weekly shows including Alternagold, the Best of 90's Alternative Rock, Cafe del Mar, chillout and electronica, and CDM 2.0, dance and trance
  • News and sports anchor/writer
  • Special Correspondent for 2008 Presidential Election
  • Interview guests include BT, Chris Cornell (Soundgarden, Audoslave), Richard Patrick (Filter), Janina Gavankar (The L Word, True Blood), Lance Reddick (Fringe, The Wire), Lauren Pope (UK DJ), JoJo Wright (DJ, KIIS-FM LA), and many others.
  • Webmaster for VIC Radio

CLEARVIEW CINEMAS - Spring 2009 to Spring 2010

  • Assistant Manager
  • Worked at the Bedford Playhouse, Mount Kisco Cinemas, and the Larchmont Playhouse
  • Oversaw daily operations of the theater including customer service, money management, film projection and maintenance, stock/concession management, and staff relations and supervision

CLEARVIEW CINEMAS - Fall 2007 to Spring 2009

  • Theater Lead (Floor Staff Supervisor)
  • Promoted within 3 months of starting
  • Worked at the Bedford Playhouse and Mount Kisco Cinemas
  • Oversaw daily floor operations of the theater including staff support, advanced customer service, money management, stock/concession management, and some film projection

LAW OFFICES OF KEVIN QUARANTA AND ASSOCIATES - September 2006 to June 2007

  • Intern for the Town of Bedford Justice Kevin J. Quaranta Esq. at his private practice
  • Handled case files, looked up case law, some secretarial work

Education:

The University of Southampton - 2010 to 2012

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • Focus on AI and management
  • Studying in the prestigious School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)
  • Sports Representative for the ECS Society
  • Year 3 Computer Science Course Representative 
  • Offensive Backs coach, Quarterback, and Lineman for the Southampton Stags American Football Club
    • Won the "Player's Player" award for the 2010-2011 season

Ithaca College - 2008 to 2010

  • BS in Computer Science
  • Minors in Physics and Psychology (focus on Cognitive Psychology)
  • Activities include Pep Band, Campus Band, VIC Radio, and 91.7 WICB Ithaca
  • Transferred to The University of Southampton after sophomore year

Conferences, Competitions, and Presentations:

2012 Interactive Multimedia System Conference 

"Blurring the Lines: A Psychological Look at the Merging of the Real and Virtual Worlds"
  • The University of Southampton, UK
  • Featured panel on the psychsocial impacts of virtual worlds
  • Full paper here

2008 Westchester Science and Engineering Fair

"C-Dog: Computer-based Direct Object Guidance.  Assisting the Visually Impaired by the use of Object Recognition"
  • Westchester County, New York
  • Poster presentation and live demo
  • Field of Computer Science
  • Received the Office of Naval Research Award 
  • Please see Projects - C-Dog for more information, including pictures, abstracts, and the research paper
  • Also a featured presenter at the New York State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Albany, New York

2008 National Robotics Challenge

125 lb Autonomous Sumo-wrestling Robot Competition
  • Marion, Ohio
  • Won Silver
  • Team Leader, Master Programmer, Chief Designer, and Master Electrician
  • Please see Projects - Sumo for more information, including technical specifications and pictures

2007 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

"The Effects of Bio-filtration on the Presence of Volatile Organic Compounds in Indoor Environments"
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Poster presentation and live demo
  • Field of Environmental Engineering
  • Please see Projects - The Biofilter for more information, including pictures and abstracts.
  • Also presented at the Westchester Science and Engineering Fair and the New York State Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

What People Are Saying

Assaf Barnoy

Director & Program Manager / Space Programs Group, MetiSpace Technologies Inc.

"Paul was a key member of the LDCM project. While joining the project mid-way, he quickly learned the design of the system and was able to identify technically-sound engineering solutions for customer requests and anomaly analysis. Paul was acting as lead developer for one element of ground system provided by MetiSpace and supported the other. He regularly communicated with customers (NASA) and provided both on-site and on-call support. Paul was a valuable member of the team and was on his way to assume the role of project deputy in the organization." April 3, 2014

Thierry Granier

Senior Manager, Satellite Control Systems, Intelsat

“It has been my privilege to work with Paul during two of his internship. I personally recommend Paul for his professionalism, inititative, creativity, and dedication.” November 21, 2011

Tim Trischuk

Principal Engineer, Satellite Control Systmes, Intelsat 

“Paul was an inventive programmer and a hard worker. He has introduced Web standards to our group that we will be building on going forward. Not only will the tools Paul built help us manage our lab environments, but they will point the way toward a new generation of web-based tools for the department.” November 15, 2011

Man Chun Lee

Manager, Satellite Control Systems, Intelsat 

“Paul worked as an intern for Intelsat in the summers of 2010 and 2011. During those periods he did excellent work for our group. Paul is a diligent worker and he is also very independent. He is a fast learner and he gets the job done. I would recommend Paul to any prospective employer based on his work experience at Intelsat.” November 15, 2011