Below is a brief list of some projects Nathan Scandella has worked on. Some past experience cannot be described here for security and/or proprietary reasons, but relevant skills obtained from those projects can be viewed here. A printable (albeit obsolete) resume is available for download. Also, browse a list of recent training activities.

  • Mobile Application Development - Tuscan Concepts Inc.
    Development of BlackBerry™, Android™, iPhone™ and iPod Touch™ personal utility applications for Tuscan Concepts Inc., including coding, test, and successful submission to the iPhone App Store.
  • IntegratorTM Unmanned Air Vehicle - Insitu
    Distributed middleware implementation for embedded UAV avionics, transport layer coding, and build process improvements.
  • Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning - Volt/Boeing
    RationalTM unified process design and coding of surveillance and communication software for Royal Australian Air Force. Subsystems involved electronic warfare self-protection system and internal communication system (operator voice comm).
  • Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle - Boeing
    Systems architecture, artificial intelligence design, and implementation of high-level control algorithms for Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle technology demonstrator. Implementation involved developing requirements, writing and unit testing code for use in UCAV simulation, ground station, and embedded air vehicle mission processor.
  • Weapon Systems Open Architecture - Boeing
    Systems architecture, detailed design, coding, hardware integration, test, and flight demonstration preparation for Weapon System Open Architecture R&D program. System established a binary data stream, tunneled thru a secure tactical RF datalink layer, for conducting real-time collaborative mission replanning between an F-15 Fighter and an airborne command & control aircraft. Personal responsibilities focused on communications stack, application middleware, thread/process architecture, and frequency/bandwidth management for UHF LoS and SATCOM communication links.
  • Open Systems Architecture - Boeing
    Software development of an Open Systems Architecture for airborne surveillance platforms, such as the E-3/767 AWACS. Responsible for graphical interface applications, Ada95 language conversion, compiler transition, code portability issues, vendor support, and software debugging.
  • Manufacturing R&D - Boeing
    Application of optical methods for improved large scale machining. Systems engineering on machine vision system for part inspection. Software development on real-time laser tracker system for better tolerance 5-axis composite trimming. NC control programming/interfacing.
  • Smart Structures R&D - Boeing
    Analytical modeling (finite-element) and fatigue/strength testing of experimental shape memory alloy materials being evaluated for usage in active flight systems. Usage of both off-the-shelf and original analysis software in the shape memory application designs. Implementation of PC-based control system for high-cycle fatigue apparatus testing shape memory samples.
  • Smart Structures Lab - Stanford University
    Systems integration and nueral network algorithm implementation for smart structures proof-of-concept. Apparatus included a composite laminate (flat-plate) embedded with piezoelectric sensors. Strain data from sensors was used to predict/identify impact location on the plate, representing a self-diagnosing aircraft skin.
  • Reliability, Maintainability, and Supportability Engineering - Northrop Grumman
    Design of vehicle health monitoring algorithms, avionics, and composite battle damage repair, documentation of failure data, and reliability/maintainability estimations for trade studies. Programs included RLV/X-33
    (@ Rockwell), B-2, and JAST(a.k.a. JSF). DoD “SECRET” clearance.
  • Photovoltaic Power Systems, Mars Pathfinder - NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
    NASA Flight Project research evaluating the viability of solar cells in the Mars Pathfinder power system. Research fellowship involved writing a funding proposal, designing the experiment, acquiring and assembling the apparatus, taking data, and presenting results.
  • Thermophysics - National Institute of Standards and Technology
    Standards-grade laboratory testing, chemical analysis, and sample preparation for thermophysical property measurements in extreme environments. Reduced and analyzed test results. Adjusted and maintained experimental apparatus. Experiment flown on STS-85 Space Shuttle mission.

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