Mr. Trenkle currently serves as the NESC Chief Engineer at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). Since joining the GSFC in 1993, Mr. Trenkle has successfully worked on a number of flight programs, developmental efforts and technical assignments. These included: serving as a Test Conductor for the Fast Auroral Snapshot Explorer (FAST) mission; serving as the Mission Systems Engineer (MSE) for the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS); serving as the MSE and mission rehearsal lead for the Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat); serving as the MSE for the Triana Project; serving as the lead systems engineer for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) proposal effort and as MSE for MAVEN during Phase B development; and serving as the Chief Engineer for the National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) Preparatory Project (NPP). In these roles, Mr. Trenkle was the technical lead of multi-discipline, multi-organizational teams and gained valuable experience in the flight and ground sides of both GSFC in-house and out-of-house development efforts.
Mr. Trenkle has also served on a number of failure and anomaly review boards most notably the ICESat Laser-1 anomaly and the Aeronomy of ICE in the Meosphere (AIM) Command Outage Anomaly. Mr. Trenkle led the AIM anomaly team. Mr. Trenkle has received numerous Performance Awards, Special Act Awards, Group Achievement Awards and received the NASA Medal for Exceptional Service in May 2005.
Prior to joining NASA, Mr. Trenkle worked for the Westinghouse Corporation designing and testing radar signal processors for airborne tactical and ground based air traffic control radar systems. Mr. Trenkle has a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland and a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University.