Hi! I’m Michael Kirkpatrick.
I’m the founder of Interchange Design, a software platform startup focused on creating artfully designed digital menus for craft breweries, bars, and restaurants. I’m currently employed as a Technical Project Manager within the IT Services department at the University of California, San Diego. I’ve worked as a Product Manager for San Francisco-based startup Gigster. I’ve been a part of building NASA’s next generation space telescope (The James Webb), managed multimillion-dollar IT budgets, and helped create FabLab, an innovative makerspace for Northrop Grumman employees.
San Diego, California
Technical Project Manager – Led two significant projects for the Information Technology Services department at the University. Projects included upgrading and rearchitecting Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) multi-user IBM software in a data center environment and rearchitecting and deploying updates to the campus email infrastructure including email security, mailing lists, SMTP relay services, and integrations with new identity access management tools.
Product Manager – Lead small teams, including graphic designers and software developers, to deliver high quality, custom websites and apps to clients. Interface with clients, write product specifications and user stories, and manage all budgets and schedules. My clients have included large enterprises (Fidelity) and new startups (Corevity).
Information Technology Program Manager – Managed a multimillion-dollar ($12.5M) software staffing, procurement and maintenance budget. Oversaw and led two major internal software upgrades totaling $3.1M. Served as the primary interface and IT strategy lead to a large 1,500-person internal engineering organization. Special projects included the IT components of a major staffing and de-staffing effort. Led project teams totaling 26 employees.
FabLab Space Design Lead – Co-led a 32-person team to design a space that allows engineers to innovate, learn, collaborate and prototype. The space provides an area for collaboration and tools to work with wood, metal, electronics and additive manufacturing.
Aerospace Systems (AS) Innovation – Served as deputy to the AS Innovation lead. Led innovation community, and served as a liaison for FabLab.
Integrated Employee Experience – Collected employee feedback on workplace improvements. Developed an internal website to relay status of improvement projects and to continue to collect employee feedback.
Payload Systems Engineer – Managed, coordinated, and documented the interface and technical requirements for a spacecraft payload.
Sunshield Systems Engineer – Supported the design and development of the Sunshield. Gave a high-level deployment review to our program management, internal review team, and customer counterparts. Led a major trade study on deployment instrumentation over five months to evaluate deployment risk mitigation strategies.
Alignments Engineer – Ensured that the Sunshield met its performance requirements when deployed on-orbit. Analysis took into account manufacturing errors and the space environment. Analyzed the baseline design, interfaced with the design team, and evaluated mechanical shims for adjustability based on manufacturing tolerances and environmental effects.
Lead Mass Properties Engineer – Interfaced with each team on the program to track the mass of their hardware and forecast impacts due to design changes. Maintained a mass properties model and database of the current mass data for the Observatory. Reported the mass status, baseline changes, and margin to requirements on a monthly basis to our program management and customer counterparts. Owned and maintained the Mass Properties Verification Plan and Mass Properties Control Plan.
Cal Poly CubeSat Payload – Served as the liaison between Northrop and California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) on a CubeSat payload project. Helped to define requirements and project goals. Developed design for ground testing.
Reaction Wheel Isolator Research – Tested and assisted in the analysis of reaction wheel hardware to quantify and evaluate vibration damping methods for use with critical parts and new products. This process involved instrumentation, test setup, assembly and technical analysis.
Space Environments – Authored environments document that encompassed the environmental specifications and requirements for space vehicles. Evaluated previous environments specifications and compiled a template for use on future space vehicle programs. Required interfacing with environments experts and presenting my final product to a multidisciplinary review committee. Also, assisted the Airborne Laser project in the review of their environments specification.
MEK Studios – My umbrella consulting business that provides web development, graphic design, IT networking, and IT strategy services to local small businesses.
Campus Loop – Co-founded Campus Loop, a startup business targeted at college campuses and launched in 2013. The service was a web platform for college students that centralized listings of campus events and student organizations, and monetized itself through classified postings.
MEK Photography – Photography business I created that provided portrait services and sold prints. Peak of the businesses was a portrait shoot for the cover of Alpha Chi Omega’s national magazine, The Lyre, in 2013.
Bid Team Coordinator & Webmaster – Helped develop the winning bid to host the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) Conference at UC San Diego in June of 2010. Created and maintained a custom-built web app with conference information, registration and help-desk ticketing.
Senior College Ambassador – Led tours to prospective UC San Diego undergraduates and their families. As a Senior College Ambassador, was part of a team of four who hired, trained, and led the College Ambassador team of over 50.
Graphic and Web Design Intern – Shiley Eye Center, University of California, San Diego