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     Date Submitted:04-02-2017
     Last Modified:17-02-2017 (07:24)
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     Current job:Space Science MS Graduate
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:US only
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Operators, Launch Systems, Business Services, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsDocent at Detroit Observatory, Planetarium Operator at Museum of Natural History, Climate and Space Department Graduate Student Instructor, Education Intern at the Smithsonian Natural Air and Space Museum, Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, MATLAB, D


    University of Michigan (UM) Rackham School of Graduate Studies                     

    Ann Arbor, MI             December 2016

    Master of Science in Space Science                                                                                                                                    

    GPA 3.576

    Coursework: Ground-Based Observatories, Astrodynamics, Engineering for the Space Environment, Space Physics, High Energy Astrophysics, Space Instrumentation, Space Policy & Management, Engineering Astrophysics, Space Project Design

    University of Michigan (UM) College of Engineering                                     

    Ann Arbor, MI                                                                                                                         

    May 2015

    Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Space Science & Engineering                 GPA 3.01

    Minor in Astronomy & Astrophysics; Minor in Physics

    Coursework: Naked-Eye Astronomy, Astronomy in the Community, Solar-Terrestrial Relations, Stellar Astrophysics, Modern Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, Space Weather Modeling, Advanced Math for Engineers, Galaxies and the Universe


    Work Experience

    - Detroit Observatory: Docent                Ann Arbor, MI                June  2014-Present

    Operate observatory telescope during public viewing nights to better learn and understand how to properly utilize telescopes

    Spoke with visiting groups of 5-15 students on tours to provide accurate astronomical knowledge to the public

    Communicate with public visitors as much as possible earn experience in speaking skills and public education

    - UM Museum of Natural History: Planetarium Operator                   Ann Arbor, MI                     November 2012-Present

    Present planetarium shows to visitors of all ages to provide them with immersive and easy-to-understand astronomy information

    Formulate from scratch an original planetarium show agenda that best highlights and utilizes my own knowledge and interests 

    Train and instruct newly-hired operators in optimal methods of using planetarium software and designing unique show agenda

    - UM Climate and Space Department: Graduate Student Instructor                Ann Arbor, MI                      May 2016-June 2016

    Created, assigned, and graded homework assignments that challenged students to reflect on material taught in class

    Held office hours twice per week to respond assist students in completing for assignments and studying for exams

    Graded exams, responded to student inquiries on Canvas or via email, and otherwise assisted Professor Penner however necessary

    - Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum: Education Intern    Washington, DC           June 2015-August 2015

    Assisted supervisors Genèviève and Shauna in the implementation of the Air and Space Museum’s first seminar in astronomy education for middle school to instruct teachers in the most effective methods of teaching astronomy to their students

    Pioneered method for evaluation of feedback from teachers attending the seminar for the Education Department to best learn and understand the seminar’s success and how to improve it for future years

    Conducted and led Museum volunteers and Explainers in daily public programming at learning stations and Haas Observatory to gain experience in organizing and overseeing the implementation of Museum education for visitors

    Created and performed planetarium shows for groups of dozens of visitors in Museum’s Einstein Planetarium for weekly star talks and Family Day to practice presenting information to large groups while providing an enjoyable activity for the public

    Assisted in miscellaneous office tasks and duties in the Department to prepare for the seminar, Family Day, and other events

    - UM Museum of Natural History: Outreach Coordinator                   Ann Arbor, MI              December 2013-March 2015

    Planned, set up, and orchestrated engaging, hands-on science workshops for grade school students in topics such as paleontology and neurology at public libraries in the Greater Detroit area as part of the Family Reading and Science outreach program

    Instructed and encouraged students at various middle schools in the envisioning, design, and creation of innovative science and engineering projects to benefit the community in a variety of scientific fields in the Science for Tomorrow outreach program

    - UM Astronomy Department: Teaching Assistant                                 Ann Arbor, MI                  September 2014-April 2015

    Co-instructed a weekly supplementary astronomy lecture for enthusiastic students to earn Honors credit for astronomy courses

    Planned, prepared, and implemented lessons plans and homework assignments that would interest and engage students

    - UM Climate and Space Department: Research Assistant                   Ann Arbor, MI                     September 2012-September 2014

    Analyzed magnetometer data using MATLAB to increase understanding of Earth’s magnetosphere and improve proficiency in MATLAB language

    Utilized IDL to a limited degree as well in order to learn to use additional programming languages

    Presented findings at a departmental poster session to share results with others and gain proficiency in compiling, publicizing, and presenting research findings

    - UM Solar & Heliospheric Research Group: Research Assistant    Ann Arbor, MI                June 2010-April 2012

    Analyzed ion data taken from the solar wind by the ACE/SWICS device to study the solar wind and heliosphere

    Utilized MATLAB for data analysis as a first utilization with engineering programming languages


    Volunteer Experience

    UM Office of Undergraduate Admissions Student Ambassador Program                    September 2012- December 2014

    Corresponded with prospective Michigan students via telephone to gauge and potentially increase their interest in attending

    Allowed a potential student to accompany me in my daily business in order to learn about a “typical” day as a college student

    UM College of Engineering Tech Day Group Leader                                           October 2011-October 2012

    Fostered enthusiasm in potential future students by sharing my experiences to encourage them to enroll at Michigan

    Informed and guided them about the benefits of becoming a Michigan Engineering student

    Responded to inquiries from students and parents about the College, University, and student life

    UM Health System (UMHS) Volunteer Services                                      June 2009-August 2012

    Child Life Volunteer: Alleviated suffering by spending time with hospitalized children and their families to improve their stay

    Art Cart Volunteer: Swapped artwork in patients’ rooms if so desired to provide fresh appearance and brighten their day


    UM Student Astronomical Society (SAS) President                   May 2014-May 2015

    Organized, publicized, and led outreach events to educate and inform the public visitors of astronomical phenomena

    Organized, publicized, and led meetings to keep members informed of group activities

    Liaised with leaders of other organizations to create and maintain networks

    UM Society of Physics Students (SPS) Secretary                          April 2014-April 2015

    Recorded and organized events and tasks at officer meetings to maintain group organization

    Informed current members of club activity and updates to solidify group involvement

    Women In Science & Engineering Residence Program (WISE RP) Peer Mentor                                                                                                                            

    August 2012-April 2013

    Facilitated a welcoming, friendly environment for incoming freshman members through open communication

    Advised and encouraged four freshman members of WISE RP to ease their transition into the collegiate atmosphere


    UM Astronomy Department: Astronomy Education and Community Outreach Award, May 2015

    UM College of Engineering: Dean’s List, Fall 2012


    Computer: MATLAB, Data Analysis, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

    Languages: Beginner’s level Japanese and Spanish

    Other Skills: Public Speaking, Science Education, Community & Science Outreach, Leadership, Academic Tutoring, Teamwork

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