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 -  Senior 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.



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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