Carl Engelbrecht Print



:   Propulsion Engineer

:  Planetary

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Degree Field of Study Year Attained Institution Name
BSAA Aerospace Engineering 1984 University of Washington
MSAA Aerospace Engineering 1986 University of Washington

Experience includes line and technical management, and leadership of internal and subcontractor teams.  Project management experience at APL includes being Project Manager for the SPP Upper Stage and for the Dual Converter Controller and Deputy Program Manager for Europa Clipper and New Horizons.  Line management experience includes leading the Propulsion Systems Programs Group (Project Managers and Project Engineers) at General Dynamics, the Mechanical Systems Group at APL, and (temporary “acting” role) the Engineering and Technology (SE) Branch at APL.  Extensive technical background in the analysis, design, procurement, and integration and test of a wide range of types of electric and chemical space propulsion components and systems.  Direct work experience spans a wide range from launch vehicles to deep space probes.  Also experienced with a wide variety of test and launch facilities (both in the USA and Europe) and their specific requirements.  Good working knowledge of spoken and technical German.  Propulsion systems supported include those of APL’s STEREO and ORS programs, interplanetary spacecraft Galileo (Jupiter), Magellan (Venus), Cassini (Saturn), MESSENGER (Mercury), New Horizons (Pluto), Europa Clipper, CONTOUR, and Deep Space 1, and launch vehicle attitude control systems for Ariane V and Athena.

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Start Year End Year Description
2002 Current Principal Propulsion Systems Engineer. Acting SE Branch Supervisor for four months (2012), Group Supervisor of the Mechanical Systems Group (2007 to 2014). Project Manager for the Upper Stage of the Solar Probe Plus mission and for the Dual Converter Controller Project. Deputy Program Manager for Europa Clipper and New Horizons. Propulsion lead for Europa Clipper, ILN/RLEP/LPRP, STEREO, New Horizons, MESSENGER, MidStep, ORS, and other spacecraft. Supported NASA GRC Next Generation Ion Thrus
1997 2002 General Dynamics – Space Propulsion Systems, 11441 Willows Road, N.E., Redmond WA 98073 -- Manager, Propulsion Systems Programs Group, with line and technical management responsibilities, including development of strategic plan for propulsion system product line development and implementation of same. Technical management included leading the development of several chemical and electric propulsion systems for various customers.
1986 1997 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena CA 91109 -- Senior Engineer, Thermal and Propulsion Engineering Section. Work included propulsion system engineering, integration and test, and propellant loading / launch operations on a variety of spacecraft with various types of propulsion systems (e.g. Magellan, Galileo, Cassini, and Deep Space 1). I was also the spacecraft systems engineer for the Liquid Propulsion eXperiment (LPX) Project.
1992 1994 Astrium A.G., Hünefeldstr. 1-5, D-28199 Bremen, Germany, Entwicklungsingenieur (“Development Engineer”), Propulsion Section. Work included development, integration, and test of attitude control system for Ariane V launch vehicle.
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2004 Chairman, AIAA Liquid Propulsion Technology Committee.
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