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     Date Submitted:10-03-2019
     Last Modified:10-03-2019 (09:18)
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     Current job:Graduate Research Assistant
     Employment Term:Permanent
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:within 3months
     Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services, Space Tourism
     KeywordsComposite Manufacturing Techniques: Injection molding, Pultrusion, Extrusion, Resin transfer molding (RTM), Hand lay-up, Filament winding, Compression, Autoclave, 3D printing, and Resin infusion between double flexible tooling (RIDFT) Mechanical Testin

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL May 2020 (PhD expected); Aug. 2018 (MS awarded)
    Doctor of Philosophy: Industrial Engineering with emphasis in advanced composite systems
    Master’s Degree: Industrial Engineering with emphasis in advanced composite systems
    GPA of 3.72/4.00
    Dissertation Topic: Production of High Dimensional Order Carbon Nanotube Textiles for Scalable Manufacturing of Multifunctional Carbon Nanotube – Carbon Fiber Hybrid Composites
    Related Course Work: Synthesis and Processing of Advanced Materials, Engineering Experiments, Applied Optimization, Design using Finite Element Methods, and Computational Material Physics
    Relevant Publications:
    Zhang, S., Hao, A., Nguyen, N., Oluwalowo, A., Liu, Z., Dessureault, Y., … Liang, R. (2019). Carbon Nanotube/Carbon Composite Fiber with Improved Strength and Electrical Conductivity via Interface Engineering. Carbon, 144, 628–638.
    Liu, Z., Hao, A., Zhang, S., Dessureault, Y., Liang, R. (2019). Lightweight Carbon Nanotube Surface Thermal Shielding for Carbon Fiber/Bismaleimide Composites, Composites Science & Technology, (Submitted January 31, 2019 and article is under review for March publication).

    Winona State University, Winona, MN May 2015
    Bachelor of Science: Composite Materials Engineering
    GPA of 3.38/4.00 with minor in Mathematics
    Related Course Work: Composites Manufacturing, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Characterization, Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer, Polymer Characterization and Analysis, Transport Phenomena Laboratory, Rheology, and Mechanics of Composites
    Independent Research: Effects of Selectively Consolidating Through-Thickness Geometries on Low Velocity Impact Resistance of Thermoplastic Laminates

    High-Performance Materials Institute, Tallahassee, FL Aug. 2015 – Present
    Research Assistant
    Mechanical and chemical modification of carbon nanotubes to maximize mechanical performance in carbon fiber – carbon nanotube hybrid composites for NASA US-Comp collaboration.
    Managing 4 undergraduate researchers to assist with experiments to confirm viability of carbon nanotube modification and manufacturing techniques used in astronautical composite production.
    Developing varying carbon nanotube based resistive heaters for ultra-efficient composite curing.
    Mechanically and physically characterizing composite materials and textiles as per ASTM standards.

    Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL Jan. 2016 – May 2018
    Teaching Assistant (Senior Design Project and Advanced Materials in Prosthetics)
    Planned and instructed Master’s level classroom curriculum and instructive programs in collaboration with the professor on composite material design and testing for prosthetic and orthotic applications.
    Managed and acted as a stake holder for senior design project teams working with but not limited to Northrop Grumman, Florida State University, and the High-Performance Materials Institute.

    Celanese, Winona, MN March 2013 – May 2015
    Research and Development Intern
    Performed short and long term research and analyzed data for presentation to management.
    Manufactured and machined testing samples made of continuous fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite tapes.
    Revised outdated standard operating procedures and writing of standard operating procedures of new processes.
    Assisted in development of testing fixture that is now a standard at Winona, Minnesota location.

    Composite Manufacturing Techniques: Injection molding, Pultrusion, Extrusion, Resin transfer molding (RTM), Hand lay-up, Filament winding, Compression, Autoclave, 3D printing, and Resin infusion between double flexible tooling (RIDFT)
    Mechanical Testing: Tensile, Flexural, Fatigue, Short beam shear, IZOD impact, Charpy impact, Drop tower impact, Lap Shear, Rolling Peel, Creep, and Compression as per ASTM standards
    Rheological Testing: Frequency sweep rheometer, Brookfield viscometer, Melt flow index, Capillary rheometer, and Small amplitude oscillatory shear cure monitoring
    Thermal Analysis: Thermogravimetric analysis, Differential scanning calorimetry, Dynamic mechanical analysis, and Thermomechanical analysis
    Structural and Chemical Analysis: Scanning electron microscopy, Polarized light optical microscopy, Confocal laser microscopy, Ion beam polisher, X-ray diffraction, Volume displacement density measurement, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy
    Computer Software: Microsoft Office Suite, Mathematica, SolidWorks CAD (including simulation package), Minitab, Blue Hill 3, TA Universal Analysis, LabVIEW (basics), and JMP
    Machining: Band saw, Surface grinder, Wet saw, Drill press, MIG welder, Table saw, Ultrasonic welder, Mill, Water jet cutter, Sand blaster, Plasma cutter, and CNC
    Languages: English (complete literacy) and French (professional literacy)

    Desk Scale Rocket Project 2018 – Present
    Currently building a small-scale rocket in my home office using T300 and IM7 carbon fiber infused with EPON 862 resin. A poly(methyl methacrylate) – oxygen gas hybrid engine has been designed, and it will be machined and installed with solenoid controls in the coming months for future static launches.

    Orion Spacecraft Testing Graduate Student Lead 2017 – 2018
    The FAMU-FSU College of Engineering assisted with mechanical testing of sandwich composites for the Orion Spacecraft via the five-year collaboration with Lockheed Martin. An NDA prevents project detail disclosure.

    Private Aircraft Composite Repair 2017 – Present
    Completed composite repair on an Aeromot AMT-200 Super Ximango as per FAA maintenance
    regulations. The process included removal of damaged composite laminate and sandwich sections, reconstruction, refinishing the coatings, and inspection.

    DREAM & RETREAT Research Experience for Undergraduates 2015 – 2018
    Coordinator – 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 school year
    RETREAT Mentor – Summer 2016
    These REUs aim to introduce students of diverse backgrounds to advanced materials research with the hope that they may go on to obtain advanced degrees creating the next generation of innovators.

    Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) 2011 – Present
    Recipient of SAMPE International University Leadership Experience Award
    Carbon fiber I-beam competition captain (FAMU-FSU student chapter) – 2018 SAMPE Long Beach
    • Winner of best overall poster and first thermoplastic matrix carbon fiber I -beam entry
    President (FAMU-FSU student chapter) – 2017/2018 school year
    Carbon fiber I-beam competition captain (FAMU-FSU student chapter)– 2017 SAMPE Seattle
    Vice President (FAMU-FSU student chapter) – 2016/2017 school year
    Glass fiber I-beam competition captain (FAMU-FSU student chapter) – 2016 SAMPE Long Beach
    Secretary (Winona State University student chapter) - 2015/2016 school year

    Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) 2011 – Present
    2018-2019 Harold Giles Graduate Scholar

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