Education Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina. May 2011.
Bachelor of Science in Physics. GPA: 3.3/4.0.
"Radioisotope-Powered Hopper Design for Europan Mission." Justin Dekany, Melissa Guzman, Karthik Jagadevan, Jonathon McCulley, Kevin Shipley and Steven D. Howe. Nuclear Emerging Technologies for Space Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 7-10, 2011. "Accepted."
"Control System Design for Europan Hopper Mission." Karthik Jagadevan, Justin Dekany, Melissa Guzman, Jonathon McCulley, Kevin Shipley and Steven D. Howe. Nuclear Emerging Technologies for Space Conference. Albuquerque, NM. February 7-10, 2011. "Accepted."
Research & Experience
NASA Academy, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. Summer 2011.
Accepted to the immersive 10-week internship program at the NASA Lunar and Planetary Science Academy (LPSA) to study under the individual guidance and mentorship of a NASA scientist. Project is a cross-examination of Saturnian radio emissions observed by Cassini and Ulysses.
Center for Space Nuclear Research Summer Fellow, Idaho Falls, ID. Summer 2010.
Designed a radioisotope-powered hopper for Jovian moon with 6-person research team funded by the Department of Energy, the Idaho National Laboratories and NASA.
Educational Research in Radio Astronomy Summer Intern, Green Bank, WV. July 2009.
Participated in UNC-Chapel Hill program at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, operating 40 ft. radio telescope and mapping extragalactic regions of space.
Educational Research in Computational Physics, Davidson College. Spring 2009.
Created a computer model of stellar interior structure and presented at college poster symposium.
Science Camp Counselor, UNC-CH Morehead Planetarium, Chapel Hill, NC. Summer 2009.
Co-led educational experiences for 6-8th graders in Black Holes & Beyond and K-1 in Magic Tree House Explorers, discussing puzzling topics in astronomy using computer modeling and lab work.
Helmut Deussen Scholar, Davidson College, Davidson, NC. 2009-2011.
Received scholarship for students pursuing careers in science, technology or international affairs.
Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, Davidson College, 2010.
Selected for prestigious national recognition of academic achievement and student leadership.
Society of Physics Students Chapter Secretary, Davidson College, Davidson, NC. 2009-2011.
Planned events as member of leadership team including backyard astronomy nights, field trips and special topic lectures for Davidson’s chapter of the national association of physics students.
NC Society of Physics Students Conference Best Poster Award, Davidson College, 2010.
Presented at state-wide symposium and won award for design of radioisotope-powered hopper.
2011 Southeast Conference for Women in Physics, NCSU, Raleigh, NC. February 2011.
Accepted to present a poster at 3-day conference for female undergraduate physics majors.
Technical Skills MATLAB, Mathematica, Origin, LabVIEW, SolidWorks, COMSOL Multiphysics, Multism, HTML, Java, 8085 Microprocessor; oscilloscope, function generator, circuit design, power supplies, meters, digital electronics and hardware basics.
Servie and Activities
Davidson Students Volunteer for Science, Davidson IB Middle School, Davidson, NC. 2009-10.
Organized and led science labs in chemistry, biology and physics for middle school students.
Physics Tutor, Davidson College Physics Department, Davidson, NC. 2010-2011.
Tutored two high school students and one college student enrolled in introductory physics classes.
Ecological Cooperative House Resident Advisor, Residence Life, Davidson, NC. 2008-2011.
Lived in 10-member Eco-House as advisor, mediator and facilitator. Committed to daily sustainable living and energy conservation projects.
EcoRepresentative, Davidson College, Davidson, NC. 2010-2011.
Served as member of environmental education and awareness initiative on campus. Participated and assisted with events surrounding local food options on campus and conservation projects.
Ground School, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, Spring 2009.
Enrolled in weekly ground school classes to prepare for private pilot’s license written exam.
Intercultural Dialogue & Action Center Volunteer for Peace, Colombia, Aug 2009/May 2010.
Volunteered at center for displaced children in San Nicolas barrio. Assisted with medical tasks in Mennonite nursing home. Met with non-profit organizations, university sociologists and high school students to discuss perspectives on Colombian conflict and peace efforts.
FreeWord Slam Poetry Team, Davidson College, Davidson, NC. 2010-2011.
Founding member of Davidson College’s premier performance poetry group. Competed in 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational and placed in the top-10 teams nationwide.
Triathlete, Triathlon Club Team, Davidson College, Davidson, NC. 2007-2011.
Trained at least five times a week for biking, running and swimming.
Head Swim Coach/Swim Instructor, Eagle Ridge Swim & Golf Club, Garner, NC. 2006-09.
Coached 100+ person swim team to undefeated seasons and consecutive Division VIII Championships. Taught >500 private swim lessons per summer for ages 18 months to 40+ years.
Service Trips, Habitat for Humanity, Passport Inc., Recreation Experiences, 2000-2010.
Participated in annual week-long service trips to NC, KY, TN, FL, MS and Toronto. Activities included working on an organic farm, digging septic tank ditches and gardening/painting in low-income neighborhoods.
Other Creative Writing Awards, 2009-2010.
Awards Honorable mention in Anthony Abbott Competition for original poem. Honorable mention in nationwide undergraduate/graduate Assn. of Writer’s Intro Journal Contest for original poem.
Literary Journal and Magazine Publications, Davidson College. 2009-2011.
Submitted and published original works of creative writing regularly in Davidson College’s literary journal Hobart Park and literary magazine Libertas.
Languages Proficient in Spanish and Attic Greek.
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