Say hello to Alex Miller. Alex is a mechanical engineer for Newton who supports projects for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Currently, you can find him working on WFIRST and the Laser Interferometer Survey Antenna (LISA). Alex is a member of the servicing team who is developing system level requirements for the on-orbit serviceability of WFIRST, and he is designing a serviceable latch mechanism for the WFIRST science instruments.
He has provided engineering support for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), specifically with Microshutter assembly and testing, I&T for the Optical Telescope and Integrated Science Module (OTIS), and the design, assembly, and testing of the JWST Adjustable Lift Sling (JALS).
Some of his other projects include design and testing of the Mars Organic Molecule Analyzer (MOMA), and development of the Wide Field Infra-Red Survey Telescope (WFIRST) Instrument Carrier (IC).
Alex obtained his Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2014.
While at Virginia Tech, he served as the propulsion systems and avionics systems team leader in the NASA HALE UAV Design Competition. He also worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and assisted with the development of an electric powered UAV that was used for autonomous aerial research operations at Virginia Tech’s UAS Test Site.
With his array of experiences within manufacturing, fabrication, and testing, he started working for Newton after his graduation and has played an integral role on the Newton team at NASA Goddard for the past three years.
An avid athlete and outdoorsman, in his free time Alex enjoys surfing, wakeboarding, snowboarding, hunting, fishing, hiking camping, baseball, and riding motorcycles.
Click the links below to learn more about some of the projects that Alex has aided with: