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    Brett Tobey Bio

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    Brett Tobey

    Brett F. Tobey

    Chief Engineer
    Civil Space Line of Business (LOB)
    Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (SSC)


    Brett Tobey has been the Chief Engineer for the Civil Space Line of Business (LOB) in September 2010. He has 29 years of aerospace engineering experience, and comes to this position following three years as Space Systems Company’s (SSC) Director of Structures and Mechanisms Engineering. As the Civil Space LOB Chief Engineer, Brett is responsible for promoting open communications and skills sharing across programs and LOBs, eliminating bureaucracy and reducing process complexity to improve affordability, ensuring that SSC processes and standards support both large and small programs, improving Civil Space’s engineering planning and execution, and inspiring error free engineering, done right the first time.

    Brett Joined the corporation in 1983 as a mechanical design engineer. His first assignment was designing Mechanical Aerospace Ground Equipment (MAGE) for the Defense Systems product area. In June of 1985, he transitioned to airborne structures and mechanisms engineering on the SABIR/KEW program. In May 1987 he moved to the Advanced Research Laboratory (ARL) where he developed a wide range of S/C configuration alternatives. These concepts integrated all subsystem and payload components while meeting stringent mission requirements. In March 1989, he transitioned to Program P716, responsible for the overall mechanical design of a small, complex, spacecraft, and lead a small CAD/CAE design team which rapidly completed detailed stress, dynamic, and thermal analyses. Brett served Military Support Programs (MSP) within the Special Programs line of business for 18 years between 1990 to 2007. He was a leader with progressively increasing responsibilities across many functional areas and across all program phases including: Spacecraft Mechanical IPT Lead, Spacecraft Bus Manager, Business development & P4 Capture Manager, Assembly Test and Launch Operations Manager, Ground Element Software Systems Architect Director, and ultimately P5/6 Program Management Director. As P5/6 Program Manager, he was responsible for cost, schedule, technical and quality management of this large space program. He led a team that consisted of more than 600 Lockheed Martin employees as well as five major subcontractors and multiple smaller subcontractors. From May to October of 1994, he served as a member of a "Tiger Team" assigned to troubleshoot the Titan IV booster mechanical systems including the investigation of cracked “Green Rotors” in the main engines. In 1995, he was honored with the company’s Inventor of the Year award.

    Brett earned his bachelor’s degree in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1983. In 1989 he graduated with a master’s degree in Engineering Management also from the University of Colorado. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, and is an executive sponsor for Aerospace Engineering senior projects in the College of Engineering at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Brett is very active in mentoring programs across Space Systems Company.