About Alan

About Alan

Alan behind the antenna of the first OneWeb MockSat


Alan D. Tipton, Ph.D., is the founder of Alan Aerospace LLC. Alan received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2006 and 2008 where he was a member of the Radiation Effects Research (RER) Group. His research testing and modeling single event effects (SEE) for radiation hardness assurance in microelectronics and semiconductor devices.

Alan has worked in a variety of settings including aerospace start-ups, university research labs, commercial satellite telecommunications, and government/defense contractors. Alan has worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where he supported NASA and DoD space programs. He worked at Draper Laboratory supporting Navy and Air Force DoD strategic radiation hardened electronics designs. Alan joined OneWeb, a Silicon Valley startup, in 2014 and spent three years in Toulouse, France as part of the Airbus-OneWeb Satellites joint venture. His six years of progressive experience there led him through several roles including satellite radiation manager, solar array panel technical lead, and systems engineering. Most recently Alan has worked for Airbus US Defense and Space and Raytheon Technologies as a space systems engineer.

Alan is the author or co-author of 10 publications and is a frequent lecturer for training sessions and workshops. He is a 20+ year member of the IEEE and the IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society and is a sometimes paper reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, Nuclear and Space Radiation Effects Conference (NSREC), Radiations Effects on Components and Systems (RADECS), and the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) conference.

OneWeb’s inaugural launch Feb. 19, 2019

Alan working on the first OneWeb solar array

Experience Summary

  • Space systems engineer with 13+ years of experience designing for start-ups, university research labs, commercial satellite telecommunications, and government/defense contractors
  • Broad knowledge and experience with all spacecraft systems
  • Six years of progressive experience at OneWeb and Airbus, including three years developing power system hardware in Toulouse, France
  • Systems engineer experienced in trades of size, weight, and power to optimize constellation capacity and minimize the cost of future production
  • Experienced manager of people and projects. Exceptional track record qualifying commercial components for space
  • Effective communicator with experience presenting before customers, reviews and conferences


  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, December 2008, Dissertation: “On the Impact of Device Orientation on the Multiple Cell Upset Radiation Response in Nanoscale Integrated Circuits”
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, December 2006, Thesis: “Multiple-Bit Upset in 130 nm Technology”
  • B.E., Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, Cum Laude, Vanderbilt University, May 2004

Skills and Certification

Radiation experience

  • Develop radiation tests including test fixture design and software
  • Radiation Effects Testing Experience
    • Heavy ions at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Cyclotron, Texas A&M University Cyclotron Institute, and Brookhaven National Laboratory
    • Protons at the Massachusetts General Hospital Francis H. Burr Proton Therapy Center, Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at UC-Davis, ProNova, and Indiana University Cyclotron Facility
    • Electron testing at the Idaho Accelerator Center
    • Prompt dose x-rays at Raytheon FX-25, Honeywell FX-25, Sandia National Laboratories HERMES III facility, and the Boeing Radiation Effects Laboratory
    • Laser irradiation at Vanderbilt University’s Free Electron Laser
    • Total ionizing dose using Co-60 and X-Ray sources
  • Radiation analysis using NOVICE, GENAT4 and FastRad

Research interests

  • Advanced semiconductor devices and integrated circuits
  • Radiation effects on microelectronics and radiation-hardened electronics
  • Single-event effects in integrated circuits
  • Radiation transport modeling


  • Extensive experience in Python, C++, and PERL programming languages
  • High-performance computing for parallel processing tasks