Montana State University

Department of Physics

Montana State University
P.O. Box 173840
Bozeman, MT 59717-3840

Tel: (406) 994-3614
Fax: (406) 994-4452
Location: EPS building, Room 264

Department Head:
Prof. Yves Idzerda

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Keith W. Mashburn, B.S -  Research Engineer

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Cobleigh Hall Room 412, MSU, Bozeman, 59717-3840, MT

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Curriculum Vitae


Selected Honors, Awards, and Public Outreach/Service:
NASA ESMD Space Grant Higher Education Program Internship
Summer 2008 and 2009

Biographical Sketch:

Research Engineer - Satellite Systems Integration, Testing, and Operations
Space Science and Engineering Laboratory
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
January 2010 – Present
Consultant – Satellite Systems Integration, Testing, and Operations  
Technical Advisory Group
Skybox Imaging, Mountain View, CA
September 2012 – Present
Visiting Integration Engineer – Spectrograph and Imaging System
Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS)
Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory
Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Palo Alto, CA
September 2011 – June 2012
Research Assistant - Satellite and Ground Systems Engineering
Space Science and Engineering Laboratory
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
September 2002 – December 2009
Student Engineer – Instrument Assembly, Integration, Testing, and Operations   
Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)
Space Science and Engineering Division
Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), San Antonio, TX
June 2006 – January 2008

Educational Summary:
B.S. in Physics, Highest Honors
Montana State University, Bozeman MT
Graduation: December 2009

Undergraduate Research:

Integration and Calibration of Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) Imagers for NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)
Scientific Advisors: H.O. Funsten, S. A. Fuselier, D. J. McComas, E. Mobius, & P. Wurz
Technical Advisors: S. Pope, J. Scherrer, & S. Weidner


 Our primary research focus is the utilization of microsatellites and their related ground systems to provide focused observations of the near-Earth space environment.

Selected Publications:

Conference Proceceedings:

 G. Moore, W. Bradley, S. Davis, N. Fite, J. Heberle, W. Holemans, A. Huang, D. Klumpar, J. Lee, J. Lyke, B. Malphrus, K. Mashburn, M. McMullen, E. Mosleh , P. Patterson, R. Twiggs, J. White, D. Wilt, 3D Printing and MEMS Propulsion for the RAMPART 2U CUBESAT, In Proceedings of AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, August 2010.


Refereed Journals:

H. O. Funsten, F. Allegrini, P. Bochsler, G. Dunn, S. Ellis, D. Everett, M. J. Fagan, S. A. Fuselier, M. Granoff, M. Gruntman, A. A. Guthrie, J. Hanley, R. W. Harper, D. Heirtzler, P. Janzen, K. H. Kihara, B. King, H. Kucharek, M. P. Manzo, M. Maple, K. Mashburn, D. J. McComas, E. Moebius, J. Nolin, D. Piazza, S. Pope, D. B. Reisenfeld, B. Rodriguez, E. C. Roelof, L. Saul, S. Turco, P. Valek, S. Weidner, P. Wurz and S. Zaffke, The Interstellar Boundary Explorer High Energy (IBEX-Hi) Neutral Atom Imager, Space Science Reviews, 146, 1-4, 75-103, 2009.

S. A. Fuselier, P. Bochsler, D. Chornay, G. Clark, G. B. Crew, G. Dunn, S. Ellis, T. Friedmann, H. O. Funsten, A. G. Ghielmetti, J. Googins, M. S. Granoff, J. W. Hamilton, J. Hanley, D. Heirtzler, E. Hertzberg, D. Isaac, B. King, U. Knauss, H. Kucharek, F. Kudirka, S. Livi, J. Lobell, S. Longworth, K. Mashburn, D. J. McComas, E. Möbius, A. S. Moore, T. E. Moore, R. J. Nemanich, J. Nolin, M. O’Neal, D. Piazza, L. Peterson, S. E. Pope, P. Rosmarynowski, L. A. Saul, J. R. Scherrer, J. A. Scheer, C. Schlemm, N. A. Schwadron, C. Tillier, S. Turco, J. Tyler, M. Vosbury, M. Wieser, P. Wurz and S. Zaffke, The IBEX-Lo Sensor, Space Science Reviews, 146, 1-4, 117-147, 2009.

N. A. Schwadron, G. Crew, R. Vanderspek, F. Allegrini, M. Bzowski, R. DeMagistre, G. Dunn, H. Funsten, S. A. Fuselier, K. Goodrich, M. Gruntman, J. Hanley, J. Heerikuisen, D. Heirtlzer, P. Janzen, H. Kucharek, C. Loeffler, K. Mashburn, K. Maynard, D. J. McComas, E. Moebius, C. Prested, B. Randol, D. Reisenfeld, M. Reno, E. Roelof and P. Wu, The Interstellar Boundary Explorer Science Operations Center, Space Science Reviews, 146, 1-4, 207-234, 2009.

Selected Talks:

8th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop, San Luis Obispo CA: April 2011

Topic: Developing the Explorer-1 PRIME Satellite for NASA’s ELaNa CubeSat Launch Program

 2009 MSU Student Research Celebration, Bozeman MT: April 2010

Poster: Characterization of an Energetic Neutral Atom (ENA) Imager for NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX)

 2009 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco CA: December 2009

Poster: Exploring the Radiation Belts with the Explorer-1[Prime] CubeSat

 5th Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop, Logan UT: August 2008

Topic: Simplified Configuration Management and Qualification Testing for CubeSats

  2004 NOAA Satellite Direct Readout Conference, Miami FL: December 2004

Topic: A University Direct Readout Station and Software Decommutator for the NOAA POES Real-Time Direct Sounder Broadcast on Distinct Frequencies Unrelated to the Widely Received APT Transmissions

 2nd Annual CubeSat Developers Workshop, Logan UT: August 2004

Topic: Earth Station Development at Montana State University-Bozeman

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