The Interplanetary Supply Chain Management and Logistics Architectures (IPSCM&LA) team is comprised of personnel from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology (JPL), United Space Alliance (USA), and Payload Systems Inc.

Principal Investigators:

Olivier de Weck, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prof. de Weck is an Associate Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an expert in strategic engineering of complex systems ( and in multidisciplinary optimization. He has over 15 years of academic, professional and military experience in Aerospace Engineering. Systems he worked on during design, manufacturing and operations include the Northrop F-5, McDonnell Douglas F/A-18, the NASA James Web Space Telescope, the Space Interferometry Mission and the Terrestrial Planet Finder mission. He obtained a graduate degree in industrial engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 1993, which included training in project and supply chain management.

He earned S.M. (1999) and Ph.D. degrees in Aerospace Systems from MIT in 2001. For several years he worked as a liaison engineer and later engineering program manager on the F/A-18 fighter aircraft program in St. Louis, MO (1993-1997).

This included coordinating logistics activities and managing a $20 million technology development and transfer program with over 250 participants. He is affiliated with the Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) at MIT. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets.

David Simchi-Levi, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Simchi-Levi is a Professor of Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on developing and implementing robust and efficient techniques for logistics systems. He has published widely in professional journals on both practical and theoretical aspects of logistics and supply chain management. He is the founder and chairman of LogicTools, a software company focusing on developing decision support systems for solving logistics and supply chain management problems. These systems have been used widely to reduce cost and improve service level in large-scale logistics systems. He is the co-author (with Julien Bramel) of The Logic of Logistics: Theory, Algorithms and Applications for Logistics Management, published by Springer in 1997. His new book, Designing and Managing the Supply Chain: Concepts, Strategies and Case Studies was published by Irwin/McGraw-Hill in August 1999 and the Second Edition in 2002. The book received the Book-of-the-Year Award and the Outstanding IIE Publication award given in 2000 by the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He has also developed a computerized system for School Bus Routing in New York City for the NYC Board of Education. He is editor-in-Chief of the Naval Research Logistics Quarterly journal.

Co-Principal Investigators:

Robert Shishko, Ph.D., Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Robert Shishko is currently a Principal System Engineer and Economist in the Mission and System Architecture Section of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), California Institute of Technology. Dr. Shishko received two S.B. degrees from MIT (1968), and his M.Phil. (1970) and Ph.D. (1972) in economics from Yale University. He has been at JPL since 1983, and is currently working to improve the practice of systems analysis and engineering at JPL and across NASA. He has worked on the International Space Station and Mars Pathfinder mission, and was one of the "founding fathers" of JPL's Project Design Center. Dr. Shishko served as task manager and principal contributor to the NASA Systems Engineering Handbook, for which he received the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1996. Prior to coming to JPL, Dr. Shishko worked at the Rand Corporation (1970–1983) on a variety of defense resource allocation and logistics issues. He has been an adjunct Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Southern California. He has served on the part-time faculty of the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) and is an occasional visiting lecturer in systems engineering at MIT.

William A. Evans, United Space Alliance

William A. (Andy) Evans has been an employee of United Space Alliance since 1997. He currently manages the International Space Station's Logistics & Maintenance support at Johnson Space Center. He served on the Senior Logistics Council for the company, working on process generation for logistics systems and career development programs, as well as participating in several proposals as a technical expert on integrated logistics support. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, with a Bachelors degree in Chemistry. A retired US Army Ordnance officer, he was Honor Graduate of the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses and a subject matter expert in maintenance processes, logistics systems, transportation systems, and supply support systems, and his units were recognized five times with the Chief of Staff, Army Award for Maintenance Excellence. He served on advisory councils for six Chiefs, US Army Ordnance. He is the former President of the Logistics Education Foundation, and currently serves as the Southwest District Director for SOLE – The International Society of Logistics, and as a member of the Space Logistics Technical Committee for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He is a life member of the US Army Ordnance Association.

Joe Parrish, Payload Systems Inc.

Joe Parrish is the President of Payload Systems Inc., an aerospace engineering company based in Cambridge, MA. Payload Systems provides science and engineering solutions to a variety of customers in academia, government, and industry. Since it's founding in 1984, Payload Systems has launched over 25 payloads into space on the Space Shuttle, Soyuz, Mir, and the International Space Station. Mr. Parrish is currently the Principal Investigator for the SPHERES Mars Orbital Sample Retrieval (MOSR), Murine Automated Urinalysis System (MAUS), Contained Sample Handling and Analysis System (CSHAS), and Self-Assembling Wireless Autonomously-Reconfigurable Modules (SWARM) projects. Prior to joining Payload Systems, Mr. Parrish was an aerospace engineer, project manager, and program manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he served as the Space Station Robotic System Architect (1991-1993), Ranger Telerobot Shuttle Experiment Project Manager (1993-1999), and Mars Exploration Program Executive (2000-2002). In his last assignment at NASA Headquarters, he was responsible for the Mars Scouts, Mars Sample Return, and Mars Mobile Science Laboratory Missions. Mr. Parrish is a past member on Mars Program System Engineering Team, the Mars Technology Program Review Panel, and the NASA Planetary Surface Access Capabilities Roadmapping Team. Mr. Parrish holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from MIT.

Contracting Officers Technical Representative (COTR):

Martin J. Steele, Ph.D., National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), KennedySpaceCenter (KSC)

Martin Steele is a simulation analyst in the Systems Engineering & Integration division of the Engineering Development Directorate at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), FL. He has over 25 years of professional and military experience in space systems engineering and operations, primarily at KSC and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAS). He has held a variety of positions in systems and project engineering and management in the Shuttle and Inertial Upper Stage (IUS) programs, as well as in facility and ground systems development and operations. He obtained a B.S. (1981) in Electrical Engineering from Ohio Northern University, and a M.S. (2001) in Simulation Modeling and Analysis and Ph.D. (2002) in Industrial Engineering from the University of Central Florida (UCF). In his current position, he is leading the development of specific and generally applicable simulation models of launch vehicle processing, payload processing, and supply chain management. He has published 10 papers on simulation modeling and space systems operations. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Department of the UCF.

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