Date of Birth: 29.06.1985
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I am looking for a structural engineering position to continue my career in the space industry. Working at two national labs and my Masters in Aerospace Engineering has given me a wide range of experience from satellite design to aircraft analysis and wind turbine testing. In addition to the hands on engineering work I have held leadership positions managing design reviews, team workflow, documentation and developing new technologies. I am a hardworking and patient person who has an appreciation for balancing the highly detailed work of engineering and the systems level view of finishing projects on time. I chose Aerospace Engineering to take on challenging projects and am excited to join your team and start building something great.
01-2008 – 12-2011 Research Engineer
National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Boulder, Colorado, USA
Finite Element Modeling of wind turbine blade dynamics for new fatigue testing method.
Optimized test setups to improve throughput and match loading target more accurately.
Investigated dual-axis testing procedure to better represent field loading.
Structural lead for new dynamometer generator commissioning project.
Worked in teams to perform fatigue, static and modal tests on turbine blade and generator: writing test plans, purchasing hardware, overseeing installation, applying sensors and data acquisition.
Verified models against test results and built post processing interface.
Worked within government guidelines to ensure a safe testing environment.
Presented system status for Readiness Verifications and documented results of testing.
05-2007 – 08-2007 Dynamics Summer School Internship
Los Alamos National Labs; Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA
Studied mechanical stability of biomedical implants using structural health monitoring.
Developed and implemented test plan for 40 different samples.
Summarized results into conference paper and presented paper as a team at IMAC Conference in Orlando, February 2008.
08-2003 – 05-2007 Structural subsystem leader
MR-Satellite University Design Team - MS&T; Rolla, Missouri, USA
Extensive hands on experience in satellite design and analysis working for four years in the Air Force sponsored Nano-Satellite competition.
Managed structural team coordinating the work of five students.
Responsible for detailed structural design, analysis, BOM, and assembly.
Ensuring that system requirements were met as laid out by the Air-Force.
Part of team presenting work at nationwide competition where we won 3rd place and the Best New School Award.
05-2006 – 08-2006 Structural Analysis Internship
Boeing Company; Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Performed structural analysis of 787 Dreamliner fuselage component, comparing titanium and composite designs. Compared test results to NASTRAN analysis.
Verified that design and analysis of contracted work matched.
Identified locations where weight savings could be implemented, in Catia V5.
05-2005 – 08-2005 Repair worker under professional aircraft mechanic
Aero Enterprises Inc.; Townsend, Delaware, USA
Repaired old Soviet fighter jets, L-29s and MiG 23s for commercial resale.
Responsible for repairing and upgrading structural components such as aircraft skin, fuselage, cockpit and wing fuel tanks with the goal of reducing drag and weight.
06-2012 – Present Currently enrolled in intensive German classes in Tübingen, level B2.
08-2007 – 07-2010 M.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering in the Center for Aerospace Structures
GPA: 3.4/4.0 University of Colorado Boulder
Thesis: Dynamic analysis of a new Base Excitation Testing System for fatiguing wind turbine blades. Worked at NREL to design, test and scale new testing methods for turbine blades.
Teaching Assistant for Junior level structures class, responsible for teaching recitations, conducting labs, holding office hours and grading.
Course work focused on computational structural design and analysis including aeroelasticity, advanced finite element modeling and optimization.
08-2003 – 05-2007 B.Sc. in Aerospace Engineering: Graduated with Honors
GPA: 3.7/4.0 Missouri University of Science and Technology MS&T/UMR
Traveled with Engineers Without Borders team to improve sanitation facilities in Inka Katurapi, Bolivia.
Concentration in aerospace structures focusing on structural stability, fatigue analysis, fracture mechanics, spacecraft structures and orbital dynamics.
Advanced: MATLAB, SolidWorks, NX-Unigraphics, Catia V5, Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Project.
Intermediate: NASTRAN, Ansys, LabView, Photoshop, Optimization tools.
I organized weekly Frisbee games at NREL, and was part of the Innovation team working to promote a learning community.
I have just finished six months of traveling in which I trekked through Patagonia, volunteered in Hawaii and biked over the Alps.
English: Mother-tongue. German: Conversational.
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