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     Date Submitted:01-10-2012
     Last Modified:04-10-2012 (08:16)
    Job information
     Current job:Aerospace Engineering MS Graduate
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     KeywordsMATLAB, Analysis, Systems, Engineering, Electromagnetics, Physics, Spectroscopy, Unmixing, Inversion, Orbital Analysis, Dynamics, Controls


    California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA


    Master of Science, Aerospace Engineering (GPA:  3.49)

    June 2012

    Bachelor of Science, Physics (GPA: 3.55)

    December 2010


    Engineering Experience

    THESIS: Space Environment Effects Measurement and Spectral Analysis (2011-2012)

    Cal Poly Master’s Thesis:

    ·         Contributed to the production of a space environments testing system for analysis of orbital objects and debris materials.

    ·         Produced and improved a methodology for measuring the spectral effects of some space environments on spacecraft materials.

    ·         Measured the spectral effects of some space environments on a sample set of spacecraft materials.

    ·         Created a MATLAB script using numerical analysis and signal processing methods to identify individual material spectra from a combined spectrum.

    TEAM LEAD: Solar Collector (2009-2010)

    Cal Poly Senior Project:

    ·         Assisted as part of a team which designed and constructed a trough-type solar collector, with the goal of building a cost-effective solar cooking device for the developing world.

    ·         Lead the team in the second year of the project, analyzing and constructing a dish-type solar collector, for similar goals, with added focus on possible power generation applications.

    ·         The paper produced from this analysis, design, and construction is still used in continuing research by the team.

    TEAM LEAD: Systems Engineering (2011-2012)

    Cal Poly Class Projects:

    ·         Lead a series of class projects on systems engineering, applying systems engineering methods to various case studies and design problems.

    ·         Applied principles included (partial list):

    o    Produced formal requirements documents

    o    Developed testing, verification, and validation methods for requirements

    o    Performed simple trade studies

    o    Applied methods of functional decomposition and work breakdown structures, among others.

    ANALYSIS PROJECT: Langmuire Data Analysis (2012)

    Cal Poly Class Project:

    ·         Coded a MATLAB script to automatically calculate the plasma parameters from data measured with a Langmuire Probe with minimal user input to the script.

    ANALYSIS PROJECT: Orbital Analysis (2011)

    Cal Poly Graduate Class Project:

    ·         Developed a MATLAB script which provided preliminary orbital analysis for a mission to Vesta. 

    ·         Modeled several possible trajectories:

    o    Elliptical transfer

    o    Plane change

    o    Low-thrust

    ·         Modeled several of these with additional work on gravity assists beyond the scope of the project. 

    ANALYSIS PROJECT: Control Systems (2011)

    Cal Poly Graduate Class Project:

    ·         Designed and coded a control system for formation flight in a constellation of spacecraft using a feedback control system.

    ·         Contributed in the construction a system model in MATLAB and Simulink modeling a dynamic control system for a spacecraft in 3-axis stabilization and orbit control in a halo orbit in a libration point. 


    Computer:    MATLAB, RS3 Spectrometer Software, ViewSpec Pro Spectral Post-Processing Tool, Simulink, C, Unix, LabVIEW, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office Suite

    Programming Languages:

                            MATLAB, C

    Equipment: ASD FieldSpec Spectrometer, Welding and assoc. tools, shop tools, handheld power tools, fiberglass repair

    Work Experience


    Grade Potential Tutoring

     Dec 2010 to Present

    Student Research Assistant

    Cal Poly Physics Department

     2009 to 2010

    ·         Leader and team member of a multi-disciplinary senior project team constructing several solar collection proofs of concept. 

    ·         Gained hands-on experience leading and participating in the fabrication and assembly of solar collector prototypes using the Cal Poly machine shops.

    Student Research Assistant

    Cal Poly Physics Department

    Summer 2008

    ·         Worked with a small team preparing the Cal Poly observatory for the confirmation via observation of extra-solar planets. 

    Nature Program Director

    Boy Scout Camp Three Falls – Frazier Park, CA

     Summer 2007


    Willdan – Civil engineering firm; Ventura, CA

    Summer 2006

    ·         Aided division engineer with preliminary plan checking and performed filing to assist in bringing old documents to a new computerized system.


    Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

    Sailing, both competitively and casually

    Computer building, and tinkering with computers

    Tinkering with mechanical and electrical devices

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