Instructors

Tom Sarafin

Tom Sarafin

Tom Sarafin is President and Chief Engineer of Instar Engineering and Consulting, Inc. He has worked full time in the space industry since 1979 as a structural engineer, a mechanical systems engineer, a project manager, and a consultant. Since founding Instar in 1993, he's consulted for NASA, DARPA, the DOD Space Test Program (STP), Lockheed Martin, DigitalGlobe, Space Systems/Loral, Spaceflight Industries, and other organizations. He was a core member of the team that developed NASA-STD-5020, "Requirements for Threaded Fastening Systems in Spaceflight Hardware" (March 2012). He is the editor and principal author of Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch and is a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design. He's also the principal author of a series of papers titled "Vibration Testing of Small Satellites." Since 1995, he has taught over 250 courses to more than 5000 engineers and managers in the aerospace industry.

Poti (Pete) Doukas

Poti (Pete) Doukas

Poti (Pete) Doukas is Vice President and Sr. Consultant at Instar with over 35 years experience in space programs. Poti worked at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company (formerly Martin Marietta Astronautics) from 1978 to 2006, when he joined Instar. While at Lockheed Martin, he served as Engineering Manager for the Phoenix Mars Lander program (2008), Mechanical Engineering Lead for the Genesis spacecraft (2001-04), Structures and Mechanisms Subsystem Lead for Stardust (1999-2006), and Structural Analysis Lead for Mars Global Surveyor (1996-2006). Poti also performed stress analysis and developed flight hardware for the Cassini mission to Saturn as well as the Space Shuttle Orbiter and External Tank. Since joining Instar, Poti has consulted and provided engineering services for the DOD Space Test Program (STP-2 mission), USAF Academy (FalconSAT-5 and -6 small satellite programs), Lockheed Martin (Orion crew module), DigitalGlobe, Design Net Engineering, AeroAstro, and NovaWurks. Poti also teaches Instar short courses and develops new educational materials; he's currently developing a practical introductory course on design and development of composite structures. He's a contributing author to Space Mission Analysis and Design [1st and 2nd eds, 1991 and 1992] and Spacecraft Structures and Mechanisms: From Concept to Launch [1995].