Mr. Patterson was born June 24, 1988, in Petersburg, VA. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management with a focus in Systems Engineering at the George Washington University, Washington DC.
His career began with the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, in August 2010, where he was selected for the Engineering Scientist Development Program
(ESDP) and has served in the Systems Engineering Division for four years.
Mr. Patterson started his career as a Systems Integrity Engineer for multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS) platforms. Each UAS platform was in different phases of the
acquisition lifecycle, which allowed him to gain a wide variety of experience. His responsibilities included establishing system integrity requirements in specification documents for the systems, verifying requirements were met via testing events, and operational fielding of systems. He was very influential in the architectural design of the systems and helping to ensure the platforms were ready to move on the next phase of the life cycle. The highlight of his time with the UAS platforms was being able to help take a prototype aircraft to operational fielding in just 9 months.
In August 2011, Mr. Patterson completed a nine month rotation with the Fuel and Fuels Systems branch within the Power and Propulsion division. Supporting multiple Navy
aircraft and helicopter platforms, Mr. Patterson was responsible for ensuring that a new electrical safety requirement was communicated to the platforms. This required
coordination with each platform to update the Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) reference manuals to reflect the safety requirement and training maintenance personnel on how to properly ground an aircraft during refueling operations for their safety. In addition, Mr. Patterson was utilized to provide data analysis on inlet and outlet properties of engines due to his undergraduate
research with engines. This analysis allowed the branch manager to understand the efficiency of the engines on various aircraft.
Mr. Patterson also completed a six month rotation with the H-1 helicopter program office, where he was an integral part of a cost saving initiative. Slight modifications were proposed as part of a change to the material and outer casing of the main gear rotor box. This modification allowed for the maintenance personnel to perform their maintenance operations without having to fully take a part the main gear rotor box and remove the blades. This initiative projected a life cycle savings cost of over $200,000 dollars.
Mr. Patterson served as the System Integrity Engineer for the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft platform supporting the foreign military sales integrated product teams. In this position he was responsible for reviewing letters of request from foreign countries and helping to make the determination if the system was good to go as currently designed, taking into consideration the part of the world and environment the aircraft would be in, or if additional work was needed to make the systems acceptable to sale in order to provide the countries with a letter of acceptance. In this role, Maurice was granted the opportunity to be a part of a select group of individuals who were responsible for preparing a potential Department of Defense policy affecting the overall design of systems. This included preparing briefs, which covered the potential impacts it would have on the program offices and the positive impacts of having this policy in place. This project
allowed him to gain visibility with senior leadership through leadership briefings of the new policy.
In June 2013, Mr. Patterson was promoted to the Lead System Integrity Engineer for the Advanced Tactical Aircraft Protection Systems Program Office. In his currently role, he supports over six programs that include radar warning receivers, missile warning detectors, jammers, and countermeasure dispensers through the development, acquisition, and sustainment phases. He develops specification language for new systems and planned modifications to old systems. Once those specifications are agreed upon, he performs analysis to determine how the specifications will be met. This analysis includes tradeoffs consisting of factors affecting schedule and cost to the overall program. After specifications are met by design implementations, he then witnesses verification and
validation testing to ensure that design meets the specifications and requirements. Once this occurs, he then signs off on the system allowing it to move forward in the testing process to flight testing in an aircraft system. Within a one year span, Mr. Patterson has been able to provide a cost avoidance to NAVAIR in excess of $75M due to his work in
designing architectures leveraging already existing components and software that is already tested and proven in the field for a missile warning system. He is also working on
the design for a new radar warning receiver that incorporates new digital receiver technology and is a substantial upgrade over the current analog systems currently in use by the Navy as well as the Army and Air Force who will also be purchasing these systems.
In addition to his primary responsibilities, Mr. Patterson is also an ESDP council representative for his division and the mentoring point of contact on the ESDP Council. As the division council representative, he coordinates tours and presentations related to the Systems Engineering Department for other ESDP participants to learn about the division, rotation opportunities to gain systems engineering experience, and an
opportunity to interface with Senior Executive Service (SES) and flag officers. He also supports ESDPs participants within his division, proving guidance on promotions, rotational assignments, career development, and problems. As the mentoring point of contact, he is responsible for coordinating mentoring events designed to engage the entry level employees and help provide them a valuable resource for their careers. The mentoring events consist of events such as speed mentoring and mentors networking
sessions. He is also is a resource for helping employees register in NAVAIR’s iMentor tool.
In his spare time Mr. Patterson has been an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Patuxent River Professionals chapter, serving on the executive board previously as the Secretary, Programs Chair, Telecommunications Chair, and currently serves in the role of President. He was also appointed to serve as Telecommunications Chair for the NSBE Region II Professionals Executive Board for the 2013-2014 year and served as Secretary for the 2014-2015 NSBE year. During his
role as President, he led the chapter to Region II Professionals Chapter of the Year and NSBE Professionals National Chapter of the Year. He has also been active in the community with NSBE by participating in youth summits with the Patriots Technology League, workshops with NSBE Jr., judging at various STEM competitions throughout the region, tutoring students in Computer Aided Design and Flight Simulators at NAVAIR, cleaning up roads with Adopt-a-Highway, and renovating homes with Christmas in April. In 2014, Mr. Patterson became Lifetime Member #224 in NSBE.
Mr. Patterson currently resides in Lexington Park, MD.