I am available for contract aerospace writing work in the Orlando, Florida area or elsewhere in the U.S. via telecommuting. For additional details and reviews of my work, please check out my LinkedIn profile here.
Bart D. Leahy
Freelance Writer/Editor Orlando, FL
June 2006 – Present
My background as a professional writer includes strategic communication, business development/proposals, marketing collateral, policy writing, and government relations writing, primarily for aerospace or other technical organizations. I am at my best when “translating Engineerish into English” on a tight deadline and within specific length constraints. On my blog, Heroic Technical Writing, I offer insights and advice to aspiring and current technical communicators about the business of technical writing.
Contract Instructional Designer Franklin, TN
Precision Dynamics International (PDI)
May 2015 – Present
As an instructional designer, I write, edit, and coordinate the work of other writers as part of the Field Training Academy program at Nissan USA. Content includes lecture/ presentations, interactive group activities, PowerPoint-based software simulations, participant workbooks, and other classroom materials.
Green Structure Homes (GSH) of Alabama Huntsville, AL
Technical Writer (Consultant)
February 2015 – Present
As a consulting technical writer, I assist GSH of Alabama with writing and editing proposals, task orders, and official correspondence with the U.S. Government (FEMA).
Technical Writer (Consultant) Orlando, FL
Bryce Space and Technology (formerly The Tauri Group)
May 2014 – December 2015
Developing and editing content for NASA reports and other publications. I also support business development/proposal writing for Bryce Space and Technology as needed.
ScribbleFish Media Windermere, FL
Technical Writer (Consultant)
March 2014 – Present
As part of the ScribbleFish team, I provide technical writing and research services for business development and direct customer activities. I also support guest/member operations at ScribbleSpace, ScribbleFish’s standalone coworking space.
Scheherezade Productions Inc. Winter Park, FL
Contract Technical Writer
March 2014 – Present
Writing and editing classroom materials, including facilitator and user guides, workbooks, handouts, and other materials that facilitate adult learning.
Zero Point Frontiers Corporation (ZPFC) Orlando, FL
December 2013 – Present
As a communications consultant, I support technical, marketing, internet, and internal communications for ZPFC’s diverse lines of work. While currently focused on space, ZPFC eventually plans to expand into energy, nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology.
Chief of Communications
October 2012 – December 2013
As the communications lead for a technology analysis and insight firm, I touch nearly every corporate and direct-client product. I help ZPFC establish and maintain their corporate “voice,” brand, and communications approach. While currently focused on space, ZPFC eventually plans to expand into energy, nanotechnology, robotics, and biotechnology. These additional fields will require close coordination with the company’s CEO as well as our technical staff and customers to ensure that we are communicating our goals, initiatives, and products clearly and dynamically. This requires constant education and work across disciplines and media.
Freelance Contributor Orlando, FL
June 2016 – May 2018
As a remote reporter, I cover stories related to human spaceflight, launch vehicles, as well as other space-related activities as assigned. I have been a lead contributor to The Hangar, a series of reference pages providing historical narratives, technical descriptions, mission profiles, and technical data on prominent launch vehicles, spacecraft, and spaceports.
ScienceCheerleader.com Philadelphia, PA
Event & Membership Director July 2008 – June 2018
Since 2008, I have supported the Science Cheerleaders (http://sciencecheerleader.com), a group of NFL, NBA, and collegiate cheerleaders pursuing careers or degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). I handle event logistics, press releases, operational plans, budgets, internal communications, recruiting, and outreach materials, 90% remotely. In addition to scheduling Science Cheerleaders to lead citizen science activities, such as Project MERCCURI which sent microbes to the International Space Station, I also coordinate the Cheerleaders’ performance at the USA Science & Engineering Festival (http://www.usasciencefestival.org/). We led 1,278 youth cheerleaders in the World’s Largest Science Cheer, making it into the Guinness Book of World Records. I also maintain the organizational database.
Meredith Advocacy Huntsville, AL
Social Media Writer/Editor
April 2014 – May 2016
As part of a small lobbying firm, I developed and maintained content for Meredith Advocacy’s web, Facebook, and Twitter presences. This work also included some communications strategy, audience analysis, legislation/regulatory analysis, and other communication inputs, as needed.
Schafer Corporation Huntsville, AL
Sr. Technical Writer Marshall Space Flight Center
April 2007 – September 2012
Supporting Marshall Space Flight Center I researched, wrote, and edited internal proposals, conference papers, and other reports for the Engineering Directorate, Science & Mission Systems division, and Space Launch System (SLS). As part of the Office of Strategic Analysis & Communication, I wrote communication/outreach plans; white papers for NASA Headquarters and Congress; executive speeches; technical articles; social networking site content; executive talking points; strategic messages; and education/outreach collateral (including internet and intranet sites, informational videos, fact sheets, and brochures). I also analyzed and recommended strategic message content and execution processes.
National Space Society Huntsville, AL
Volunteer Writer and Event Manager International Space Development Conference
September 2001 – May 2011
As Conference Chairman for the successful 2011 International Space Development Conference (ISDC), which hosted 857 attendees, over 20 exhibitors, a job fair, and a tornado-relief charity auction—all in the midst of budgetary uncertainties, program cancellations, and a tornado outbreak. Previously, as an NSS volunteer I wrote marketing and public affairs materials, including: lobbying and public interest presentations, position papers, Web content, book reviews, advertisements, convention promotion materials, brochures, and letter-writing campaigns. Participated in congressional lobbying efforts in 2004 and 2005. Wrote position papers and press releases as Chairman of the Policy Formulation Subcommittee 2007-2010.
Analytical Services, Inc. Huntsville, AL
Technical Communications Specialist Marshall Space Flight Center
June 2006 – March 2007
Researched, wrote, and edited conference papers, white papers, technical articles, executive talking points, strategic messages, and outreach collateral (including internet and intranet sites, fact sheets, and brochures), supporting both the Office of Strategic Analysis and Communication and the Ares Projects Office. Analyzed and recommended strategic message content and tactical communication products.
University of Central Florida Orlando, FL
Master of Arts, English/Technical Writing
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, IL
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Washington, DC
“Operational Lessons Learned from Ares I-X.” Presented by Stephan R. Davis at SpaceOps 2010, Huntsville, Alabama, April 2010, was recognized as one of the top 30 papers at the conference and will be reprinted in the AIAA hardcover book, Space Operations: Exploration, Scientific Utilization & Technology Development, Summer 2011. (http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=360&id=1890)
Member, AIAA SpaceOps 2010 Conference Planning Committee, Huntsville, AL
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Office of Strategic Analysis & Communication Above & Beyond Peer Award (2011)
- Office of Strategic Analysis & Communication Excellence Peer Award (Nominated 2010)
- NASA Space Flight Awareness Team Award (2010)
- Ares I-X Mission Manager’s Flight Commendation (2010)
- Certificate of Achievement, Integrated Vehicle Ground Vibration Test (2009)
- 9 Group Achievement Awards, 2007-2011