Frank J. Graffagnino



To learn and gain experience in a field that relates to space robotics, computer and communication systems, or hardware simulation.


Robotics Simulation

  • Familiar with developing robotic simulations in NASA's TRICK simulation environment
  • Broad knowledge of the ISS Mobile Servicing System (MSS) hardware and associated flight software
  • Moderate familiarity with MIL-1553 communication protocol

ISS Mission Support

  • Experience working in the Mission Evaluation Room (MER) supporting the EVR (Robotics) Console
  • Worked with other MER consoles to solve anomalies and trend hardware

Software Development

  • Experience with C/C++, Ada, FORTRAN, tcl/tk, Perl, Visual Basic, Pascal, and Assembly languages
  • Familiar with Unix based software development environments

Hardware Development

  • Some experience with design of electrical systems on space-flight hardware
  • Familiarity with space flight qualification of new hardware


Lafayette, LA

1998-2002 University of Louisiana at Lafayette

B.S., Electrical Engineering (Computer Emphasis)

  • Cumulative GPA: 3.96
  • Named Outstanding Graduate of Electrical Engineering

Professional Experience

Houston, TX

April 2005 - Present Metecs Engineering and Applied Technology


  • Developer of NASA simulators used for crew training, analysis and mission procedure development for ISS Robotics and the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV).
  • Maintainer of engineering graphics package used for the Constellation and ISS programs.

Houston, TX

June 2002 - April 2005 MD Space Robotics / Dynacs

Junior Engineer

  • Served as COTR on contract to procure wireless strain gauge avionics to install on the Space Shuttle robot arm.
  • Helped maintain NASA's MSS simulation and integrate releases of Canadian flight software
  • Recipient of "Elite Team Award" from NASA for work on implementing a Degraded Joint Operations (DJOPS) patch with severe schedule constraints
  • Recipient of "Superior Assistance Award" from NASA for prototyping high risk items to be integrated into the TRICK simulation such as Matrix-X autocode and Ada flight software
  • Supported the EVR console in NASA's Mission Evaluation Room (MER)

Special Projects


  • Created a preliminary electrical design on a robotically compatible platform for the SPDM
  • Designed and built a pneumatic robot that plays the drums using MIDI programming as a school project (


  • Integrated releases of Ada flight software from CSA into NASA's TRICK MSS simulation
  • Implemented various malfunctions into NASA's MSS simulation for SSRMS training
  • Created an autocode system to generate the 1553 communication data structures in Ada and C for the SPDM (Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator) to improve integration schedule
  • Created an "autotest" system for simulation development using Extreme Programming techniques


*References available upon request

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