B. Danette Allen

Professional Experience



 
 
 
 
 
2006
to
present
Researcher; NASA Langley Research Center (Crew Systems and Aviation Operations Branch); Hampton, VA.

* Associate-PI for  NextGen AirSpace Program, Trajectory Prediction Synthesis and Uncertainty (TPSU) for transitioning Air Traffic Management (ATM) to Trajectory-Based Operations (TBO) enabling a more efficient ATM system. 

2001
to
2006
Engineer/Manager; NASA Langley Research Center (Flight Software Systems Branch); Hampton, VA.

* Head of  Mission Simulation Lab (MiSL) , a virtual reality lab to aid in the design, development and test of space payloads developed at NASA LaRC. 

2000
Electrical Engineer/Manager; NASA Langley Research Center (Electronic Systems Branch); Hampton, VA.

* Software Systems Manager for Goestationary Imaging Fourier Transform Spectrometer (GIFTS). Gathered flight software requirements and created architecture for Systems Requirements Review, August 16-17, 2000.

1997 to 1999 Electrical Engineer/Manager; NASA Langley Research Center (Electronic Systems Branch); Hampton, VA.

* Interface Manager for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE III) International Space Station (ISS) mission. Providing engineering expertise and guidance, coordinating international teams. 

* Lead engineer for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE III) Interface Adapter Module (IAM) for the International Space Station (ISS) mission. Designed, developed and tested the central interface flight box for SAGE III ISS. Designed, coded, tested and delivered the Actel 1280RH FPGA using VHDL. 

* Lead engineer for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE III) Serial Interface Simulator for the International Space Station (ISS) mission. Led a team of three in designing, coding, testing and delivering two simulators, one to Alenia Aerospazio in Turin, Italy and the complemtary simulator to Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado.

1995 to 1997 Electrical Engineer/Manager; NASA Langley Research Center (Electronic Systems Branch); Hampton, VA.

* Electronics manager and lead electronics engineer for Measurement of Air Pollution from Space (MAPS). Delivered MAPS to RSC Energia (Moscow, Russia) April 1997. The MAPS instrument is currently onboard the Russian Space Station, Mir, to be mounted and activated after repairs to the Spektr module are completed.

* Electronics design engineer for the fault tolerant backplane development portion of the Fly-By-Light Power-By-Wire program. VHDL (Model Technology, Cadence) is begin used to model the system for EPLD implementation before breadboard build and test.

1991 to 1994 Software Engineer/Manager; NASA Langley Research Center (Flight Software and Graphics Branch); Hampton, VA.

* LIDAR In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) Command File Generator command console operator during the STS-64 shuttle mission, September 1994.

* Lead software engineer for the LITE CFG for the STS-64 mission. Managed and developed this real-time system for commanding of the LITE instrument and for monitoring health and status of the instrument. Development utilized Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and was developed for an 80486 PC on a LANtastics network. 

* Lead software engineer for the LITE Pallet Simulator. Managed a team of seven in developing this three-platform real-time system that simulated all required shuttle interfaces and JSC consoles. Developed a text-based GUI for the handling and display of engineering data. Lead a post-mortem on LITE Pallet Simulator software development. Developed Ada coding standards for both flight and ground systems. Supervised software reuse efforts.

* Software engineer for the LITE Instrument Controller. Member of a team that developed the flight, embedded, real-time system that provided centralized control for the LITE subsystems. Aided in development and test of the Ada software targeted to an 80x86 rad-hard single board computer.

1991
Software Engineer; Lockheed Engineering and Sciences Corporation; Hampton, VA.

* Software engineer for the LIDAR In-Space Technology Experiment (LiTE) Pallet Simulator. (see above)