Projects

I work on a lot of projects which can be divided roughly into two categories: scholarly and procrastiwork, to borrow a delightful term from Jessica Hische. This is a list of the latter. For the former, check out my papers & talks page.


  • My main gig is project engineering for the Aerospace federally-funded research and development center. I’m working on several very active propulsion development programs for spacelift applications. (One part, more briefly.)

  • Rocketry is obviously my biggest ongoing side project wherein I build, launch, and recover rockets, make and test rocket motors, and hang out in the nether regions of the country talking with a bunch of like-minded rocketeers. Best. Hobby. Ever. (Steve Jurvetson explains why, in three minutes or less.) I'm constantly working on new things, and when they fly, I post them on my rocket site. Updates have been fewer and far-er between since I’ve gotten a job, but I still do my best to keep it current.

  • I also keep up a rocket-related Tumblr in case your dash needs a little bit of Black Rock love. It’s been a while since I last posted, but it’s full of helpful stuff.

  • Throughout college, I applied what I learned during my stint at the incredible KCRW by doing a weekly music-centric radio show called Astro Turf. I played stuff ranging all over the map—rock, jazz, techno, and house all made regular appearances, including at least one live-mixed DJ set per show. I'm working on posting playlists and some thoughts on doing two hours of radio a week for seven years; that's a work in progress.

  • knCalc is a small web app I wrote to do klemmung (burn area-to-throat area) calculations of BATES geometry motors on my iPhone. It's for those times, you know, when that motor design urge hits while you're out to dinner. (Internal ballistics calculations coming soon.)

  • BatchBook is my never-ending quest to perfect my propellant formulation notebook. The latest iteration has nice features like a central formula database, knowledge of standard hobby motor geometries, and auto-calculation of polymer ingredients based on NCO:OH and equivalent weights.

  • SolidStand is a lightweight LabVIEW program to run my test stand. It's unique in that everything is built from scratch, so it's easy to understand, and runs on nearly any version of LabVIEW.

  • PTP started as my attempt to write down things I figured out about solid propellant work so they could be transfered to the next generation of USCRPL people. Over time, it's morphed into a text that I use when I teach people about solid rocket motors for the hobby world.

  • I used to on the board of Indiana Rocketry, Inc., helping to attract more people to the hobby in the northwest Indiana area. Thanks to the hard work of the founders, we have one of the best places to fly in the Midwest.


Of course, this website is also a form of procrastiwork. Tearing it down and building it up helps me keep my HTML, CSS, PHP, and Javascript skills squeaky clean. Thanks to Anthony Kolber for providing the Stacey platform which I used for this iteration; I like it a lot!