University of Michigan (UM) Rackham School of Graduate Studies
Ann Arbor, MI December 2016
Master of Science in Space Science
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
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
- 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
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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