Denise Castro-Bran

Director, Systems & Operations Assurance Dept., Aerospace Corporation

Denise Castro-Bran is the Director of the Systems and Operations Assurance Department within the Engineering Technology Group/Systems Engineering Division at The Aerospace Corporation. She is a registered architect with over 25 years of experience in the development and costing of national defense-related ground facilities/infrastructure. Her overall project/design experience includes residential, commercial, industrial, high-tech research, and military facilities including ground stations, launch and payload processing facilities. At Aerospace, she leads multi-discipline teams in performing strategic master planning and requirements development, independent technical and cost assessments, anomaly investigations, and participates in source selection boards on proposal evaluations. Additionally, she supports special studies related to energy/nuclear facilities, transportation systems, and design/construction feasibility and resiliency. She has been the recipient of several corporate and industry awards, including NASA’s Group Achievement Award 2013 for her contributions in mitigating concept risk. She has a Bachelor of Architecture (BARCH) from the University of Southern California, Certificates in HVAC Systems Engineering and Electrical Facility Systems from California State University Long Beach, and a Certificate in Telecommunications Infrastructure from the University of Washington. She is a registered architect in the State of California and holds LEED Building Design & Construction accreditation.


Independent Cost Estimates for Scientific Facilities – Approaches and Benefits
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 – 9:50 am
This presentation will discuss the methodology, assumptions, and best practices for performing independent cost estimates (ICEs) for major research facilities either as part of a major upgrade to an existing facility or as part of a new major facility proposal.

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