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Sat, 18 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0100
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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100
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    Candidate Profile
     Date Submitted:06-05-2014
     Last Modified:08-10-2014 (06:11)
    Job information
     Current job:Research Associate
     Employment Term:Either
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Satellite Operators, , , Launch Systems, Space Tourism
     KeywordsDedicate, Passionate, Enthusiastic. Hardware and Software Integration. C++, C, Python, Fortran, Java, Shell, MATLAB, Simulink, MS Project, Word, Excel. Linux/Windows Programming environment. Systems Administration, Customer Support, Systems Operation, Rad
    CV

    Education

    University of Waterloo
    Continuing Education Certificate - Spring 2014, Toronto, ON
    – Introduction to C++
    – Introduction to Python

    Ryerson University
    MASc. Aerospace Engineering - 2010 -2012, Toronto, ON

    York University
    BASc. Spec. Honours Space Engineering - 2004-2009, Toronto, ON

    Technical Skills

    Sinclair Interplanetary & SAIL
    – Pre and post radiation testing of APS sensors subjected to high energy proton and gamma radiation.
    – Developed software to detect and identify damaged pixels on the detector. This is a very important step as damaged pixels on a star tracker could lead to erroneous attitude solutions.
    – Experienced in the installation of multiple operating systems as well as computer assembly. Personally handpicked computer hardware and prepared them for use.
    – Built and maintained user and database server. This includes subversion and user support through Linux to users who are using Windows machines.

    MASc. Thesis - Star Tracker Radiation Testing and Qualification
    – Conducted extensive environmental and radiation testing on space instruments.
    – Assessed damage on CMOS Active Pixel Sensors (APS) due to the radiation environment and verified the sensor will still perform as expected throughout its lifetime.
    – Developed algorithms in C/C++/MATLAB to identify hardware faults during and after environmental testing.

    BASc. Space Engineering
    – Gained experience in payload and mission design as a project manager.
    – Created link budgets and verified communications with GPS satellites using the Algonquin Radio Observatory telescope.
    – Attention to detail in upholding the upmost engineering and ethical standards.
    – Excellent understanding of deliverables from an end-user perspective.

    Space Hardware Lab
    – Developed Fortran code for the control of Algonquin Radio Observatory.
    – Generated positioning coding which allowed the telescope to follow GPS satellites.

    Undergraduate Thesis - Inflatable De-icing
    – Designed and built an inflatable truck roof de-icing system. Patent pending design (US).
    – Programmed control board for pressure stabilization system.

    Space Elevator Research
    – Designed and built a control system for an inflatable space elevator structure. The control was programmed in the LabVIEW environment.
    – Integrated hardware and software to optimize the stabilization of the structure.

    Programming and Engineering Related Tools
    – Proficient in the following programming languages: C,C++, Shell, Java, LabVIEW, MATLAB, Simulink, and Python.
    – Implemented hardware communication protocols using I2C, SPI, and UART.
    – Proficient in all Microsoft Office based products, including MS Project.
    – Experienced in DOORS requirement management tools.

    Work Experience

    Server Technician
    Space Avionics and Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL),
    Ryerson University
    Sept. 2014 - Oct. 2014
    - Analyzed hardware after catastrophic drive failure, of a Linux Redhat Enterprise Server.
    - Performed hardware analysis on existing raid devices, ensuring no data loss to existing SVN and Website database.
    - Restored failed boot hardware, re-installed kernel, and inspected server performance and consistency.
    - Tested backup file system and Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system to mitigate future service interruptions and safe shutdowns due to power failure.

    Research Associate/Lab Technician (SAIL)
    Sept. 2010 - 2013
    – Chief lab technician of SAIL (Space Avionics and Instrumentation Laboratory) , in charge of server maintenance and architecture.
    – Contributed to the development of the ST-16 Star Tracker along with Sinclair Interplanetary, also providing customer support.
    – Developed new algorithms to identify false star detections as well as damage caused to the sensor by the radiation environment.
    - Examined the effects of radiation on imaging sensors from high energy proton to gamma radiation, and investigated their damaging mechanisms.
    – Studied the impact of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) space environment for small satellite missions and their impact on space hardware.
    – Calibrated and focussed flight star trackers. Varified firmware functionality before delivery to clients.
    - Experienced in the installation of multiple operating systems as well as computer assembly. Personally handpicked computer hardware and prepared them for use.
    - Implemented a standardized project management tool for star tracker development and status tracking.
    - Built and maintained user and database server. This includes subversion and user support through Linux to users who are using Windows machines.

    Bank of Montreal, Toronto, ON
    Customer Service Representative
    March 2011 - present
    – Provided customer support for clients with everyday banking needs. This included bill payments, account transaction management and fraud investigation.
    – Offered financial advice to clients who wanted the best yield for their investments.
    – Solved customers’ banking issues by providing in depth investigation and followup with resolutions.

    Physics 211, Ryerson University
    Undergraduate Teaching Assistant
    Sept. 2011 - Apr. 2012
    – Graded assignments and exams for the physics department. This also included providing help to the students on exam material to assist them in reaching their goals.
    – Led weekly course tutorials to assist students with course assignments.
    – Supported students with basic questions and understanding of the course material. The students rated my tutorial as one of the highest amongst all teaching assistants.

    York University, Toronto, ON
    Research Assistance
    Sept. 2009 - July 2010
    – Managed the development of a rover project to survey Earth topography. Integrated wireless RF links between the rover and the ground station to seemlessly transmit telemetry data.
    – Developed C, Shell (bash) code for serial port communication. This allowed the integration of GPS, IMU, and live webcam into a single system.
    – Wrote software to interpret telemetry data using MATLAB.

    AMC Interchange, Woodbridge, ON
    Projector Operator
    Oct. 2008 - Sept. 2010
    – Operated and maintained a 30 projector system.
    – Followed scheduled run times for movies.
    – Built and verified movie quality before public viewing.

    Volunteer and Leadership Activities

    Science Workshops
    Ontario Science Centre
    Toronto, ON
    Sept. 2009 - Apr. 2010

    – Facilitated workshops for elementary and high school students.
    – Educated students about space systems and requirements.
    – Held challenges for students on implementation of space systems.

    Science Rendezvous
    York University
    Toronto, ON
    April 2010

    – Presented the importance and need for more efficient methods of space travel.
    – Demonstrated the newly designed inflatable space elevator project to the public. This included real time live demo of the system during the presentations.

    Inflatable Space Elevator Research - Toronto, ON
    York University
    Jan. 2007-2009

    – Designed and built pressure control system and circuit.
    – Utilized LabVIEW to program and monitor control system parameters.

    VP Academic - York University Engineering Society - Toronto, ON
    Sept. 2007-2008

    – Student representative on the engineering committee.
    – Organized meetings with course directors to give student input on course design and implementation.
    – Provided study and exam aids to engineering students. This was extremely important, especially for first year students who require guidance for a sucessful start their learning experience.

    Awards, Grants & Honours

    2011 - Aerospace Graduate Student Research Excellence Award ($2500).

    2011 - Ryerson Graduate Student Scholarship ($4700).

    2010 - York University Science Rendezvous Appreciation Award.

    2004 - York University Entrance Scholarship ($5000).

    2004 - Queen Elizabeth Entrance Scholarship ($5000).

    2003 - Chaminade College School Grade 12 Communications Tech. Award.

    2001 - Chaminade College School Athletics Award.

    1999 - St. Charles Garnier - Class Valedictorian.

    Publications

    Names withheld for privacy, will release details upon requests.

    Personal Interests

    • Triathlon and Duathlon Challenges
    – Participated in many Subaru duathlon challenges.
    – Training for full Triathlon and Ironman challenges.
    • Computer Design and Modifications
    – Repairing, upgrading, and making large modifications to desktop computers.
    – Designed and customized parts to increase the performance of computer hardware.
    • Piano
    – Enjoys playing piano during free time.
    – Has achieved adult Grade 7 level certification at the Royal Conservatory of Music.
    • York University Varsity Track and Field Team
    – Trained and represented York University in many track and field events across Canada.


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