Douglas Petercsak received his Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1987. While attending UT he worked as a cooperative engineering student for RCA/GE Astro Aerospace in Princeton New Jersey and then went on to work for GE for three years after he graduated. During his time at GE he designed spacecraft mechanisms for various commercial, military and scientific missions including the solar panel deployment system for the Mars Observer spacecraft. In 1990 he moved to California and continued to work on the spacecraft mechanisms field. In 1993 he and a partner founded the American Technology Consortium (ATC) which became a supplier of critical spacecraft actuation mechanisms for many prime contractors including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ATC was acquired by Starsys Research of Boulder, Colorado in January of 2000 and Douglas now works as a consultant to Starsys Research from his home in Camarillo, California. He is also the owner and president of Componetics, a supplier of high reliability motor windings for aerospace applications. Douglas Petercsak specializes in the design of electromechanical actuators, gimbals, solar array drives, deployment mechanisms and gearboxes for spaceflight applications.