Todd Warne: Gilbert High Graduate Spotlight
Todd Warne: Gilbert High Graduate, now Rocket Scientist!
Posted on 05/22/2018
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Following Article Courtesy of Orbital ATK:

Todd Warne’s hometown is Chandler Arizona, and he works in … Chandler, Arizona! When asked what the most outstanding feature of his hometown is, Todd says, “Who would have thought that in the middle of the desert, Chandler Arizona is the location where America’s global leader in aerospace and defensive technologies are designed and manufactured, Orbital ATK.”

Todd graduated from Gilbert High School, and later earned a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University (Summa Cum Laude) in electrical engineering. When Todd attend DeVry, it was an engineering school known for its students receiving vast amount of hands-on learning through the process of learning by doing. Todd says the project he remembers most while obtaining his electrical undergrad, was the opportunity to design a network simulation of traffic lights where he focused on algorithms to reduce congestion, interrupts and state machines, work on console/game programming, and a three axis CNC router.

Todd Warne, Gilbert High School Graduate with RocketAt Orbital ATK, Todd is the Lead Electrical Engineer for the OmegA rocket. He overlooks the electrical system design of the integrated launch vehicle, liquid upper stage, ground support equipment, fueling systems and automated test equipment. “My team is pushing the development of Orbital ATK’s next generation of avionics system called MACH4. Our next generation avionics will supply our customers with more reliability with a focus on radiation susceptibility and supporting fault tolerance. This is crucial for long duration missions to trajectories such as geosynchronous orbit,” explained Todd. “My team is also pushing the development of Orbital ATK’s next generation of Flight Termination Systems which will function autonomously without the need for a range termination receiver.” 

“The OmegA Electrical Team I am privileged to lead is the work I am most proud of,” says Todd. “While we currently have several engineers with extensive knowledge and experience working many programs at Orbital ATK, we also have some hungry go-getter team member’s, fresh out of college, who have no experience in this industry and are exceeding expectations.” 

“Our small team of electrical engineers is building Orbital ATK’s largest rocket that is currently in competition to be the U.S. Air Force’s next evolved expendable launch vehicle intended to assure access to space for the Department of Defense and other United States government payloads,” says Todd. “We are developing next-generation avionic components capable of surviving in a world of space radiation, staging multiple launch facilities with launch support equipment, designing solutions working with cryogenics, leading the company into cutting-edge techniques to efficiently test the OmegA vehicle while reducing labor and hitting our design milestones before they are due.” 

This electrical team is not only proud and excited of the work we are doing but they are honored to know their product is being developed to support national security and commercial launches, including the ability to offer launch services to the company’s internally constructed satellite products.

Todd’s father Gene Warne has worked for Orbital ATK for more than 30 years. He inspired Todd to reach out to the company about taking on an internship. Todd worked in the components group for several years until being offered a position to support the design work on the Antares launch vehicle currently on contract by NASA to resupply the International Space Station. During his Antares journey, Todd became the Lead for the AJ26 engine testing at Stennis Space Center. “It was that first engine test, the experience, the adrenaline rush that made me fall in love with the aerospace industry,” says Todd.

To anyone who is interested in following a similar career path, Todd would suggest to not just focus on your personal skills but to learn to be a part of a team. “Strong team players are the backbone of any team,” he says. “When others fail, these are the people who venture on with strong resolve and persistence, committed to getting the job done.”

Todd Warne, Gilbert High School Graduate with wife in IndiaTodd and his wife Adriana have tremendous desire for helping people in need. They have taken medical mission trips to Peru, India, Africa, Mexico and throughout the United States to help the hungry, homeless, children and adults left behind, the sick, and people struggling with AIDS/HIV or leprosy. Adriana works in the hematology oncology medical field so they also frequently attend many children cancer support events. 

In his free time, another hobby Todd is active in is coaching soccer and educating players and their parents. In this effort, he puts his team-work experience to good use. Todd is the college director for the Futbolito Bimbo Soccer Club, which is a highly competitive boys club based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a member of the Arizona Youth Soccer Association (AYSA). This non-profit organization was created to give players from low income families the opportunity to play in high-level tournaments, where players can be seen by college and university soccer coaches and have the opportunity to receive scholarships. 

Todd says that since taking over the college program a couple years ago, FBSL has sent 65 kids to play for D1-Community Colleges. This is a 90% success rate, which is greater than any other club in Arizona. “As a coach, I personally train the U14 and U16 boys teams, both who not only represent Arizona as the State representatives but are ranked #2 and #4 in the nation,” says Todd. These two teams play in the United States Youth Soccer National League against the other top ten teams in the nation with even some of his athletes representing the United States playing against professional clubs around the world in ICC tournaments, for example against Real Madrid (Spain), Bayern Munich (Germany), Tigres (Mexico), Sporting (England) and more.

From humble beginnings, to strong education, Todd has clearly been motivated to live a productive and useful life. He is a very inspiring representative of Orbital ATK and of the Warne family. 
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