CV: Research Assistant/M.Eng Candidate



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 Date Submitted:05-03-2012
 Last Modified:05-03-2012 (07:30)
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 Current job:Research Assistant/M.Eng Candidate
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Anywhere
 Date available:>3months
 Industry:Civil Agencies/International Organizations, Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, Consulting/Engineering Services
 Keywordsaerospace/space materials


Masters of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering                                                                  2011-now

Thesis: Carbon reinforced cyanate ester composites for space applications

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Bachelor of Engineering, Materials Engineering Co-op Program                                      2008-2011

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

GPA: 3.28/4

Bachelor of Engineering, Chemical Engineering (transferred)                                             2007-2008

École Polytechnique de Montréal, Montreal, Canada

GPA: 3.29/4



Research Assistant (3 month)                                                                                           Summer 2011

Canadian Space Agency (CSA), St-Hubert, QC

  • Develop an analysis tool for space experimental data
  • Develop a user guide on acceleration data analysis

Research Assistant (12 month)                                                                             May 2010 – April 2011

McGill University, Montreal, QC

  • Prepare samples (grinding, polishing, etc.) of cp Titanium Cold Spray coatings.
  • Perform heat treatments on a series of Titanium Cold Spray coatings and study their effect through microindentation and nanoindentation testing.
  • Compare the mechanical behaviour of heat treated coatings vs. non heat treated
  • Perform microstructural characterization and porosity analyses using Laser Optical Microscopy (LOM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).


Research Assistant (1 month)                                                                                             August 2010

Canadian Space Agency (CSA), St-Hubert, QC

  • Perform data analysis from experiments conducted in collaboration with CSA and ESA
  • Produce analysis reports for SODI-IVIDIL mission space science team
  • Write a manuscript on SODI-IVIDIL acceleration data analysis


Research Assistant (4 months)                                                                                           Winter 2010

Canadian Space Agency (CSA), St-Hubert, QC                                                                  

  • Develop a data analysis tools on Mathematica
  • Perform data analysis from different experiments conducted by NASA, ESA and CSA
  • Produce analysis reports for the diverse space science teams
  • Produce weekly reports for the supervisor’s attention and participate to meetings


Research Assistant (4 months)                                                                                        Summer 2009

McGill University, Montreal, QC

  • Assist a researcher in the “Cold Spray” project in collaboration with the NRC Industrial Material Institute of National Research Council Canada.
  • Prepare samples (grinding, polishing, etc.) of Titanium and Titanium alloys coatings that have been deposited by the Cold Spray technique.
  • Perform Microindentation and Nanoindentation tests.
  • Perform Laser Optical Microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope analysis.


Chemical Engineering Trainee (4months)                                                           January – April 2008

Xstrata Copper, Rouyn-Noranda, QC

  • Prepare and analyze copper samples by X-ray fluorescence and Optical Emission for the production sector to ensure a good quality product and the continuation of the production (production working 24h/24, 7days/7)
  • Analyze weak acids derived from the sulfuric acid  production sector by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) in order to control the quality of the produced acids



  • J. Ajaja, D. Goldbaum, R. R. Chromik, Characterization of Ti Cold Spray Coatings by Indentation Methods, submitted to Acta Astronautica, (2011).
  • D. Goldbaum, J. Ajaja, R. R. Chromik, W. Wong, S. Yue, E. Irissou, J.-G. Legoux, Mechanical Behavior of Ti Cold Spray Coatings Determined by a Multi-Scale Indentation Method, Material Science and Engineering A, (2011).




  • Titanium Cold Spray Coatings – main speaker

38th COSPAR Scientific Assembly, Bremen, Germany, July 2010

  • Titanium Cold Spray Coatings – main speaker

61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC), Prague, September-October 2010


  • Suborbital Platforms and Nanosatellites Workshop

Canadian Space Agency, St-Hubert, Quebec, Canada



  • Software: MS Office, Open Office, Origin 8, AutoCAD, Maple, Mathematica, Matlab, Fortran 90, C, MinProBal, Essential Experimental Design, JKSimFloat
  • Laboratory Equipment: ARL 3460 Optimal emission spectrometer, Philips PW2400 & Axios advanced spectrometers, HPLC Water Breeze system, Hysitron Ubi 3 nanoindenter, Clark Vickers testing system, Light Optical Microscope (LOM), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)



  • McLennan-Ethel Hurblatt Scholarship – McGill University                                            2010-2011
  • Rio Tinto Mining and Metallurgy Scholarship (Recurrent)                                             2009-2011
  • Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering Award – McGill University                     2009

·          Ken Hildebrand Scholarship – Canadian Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Institute (CIM)      2009

  • Bourses du Fonds des victimes du 6-12-1989 – École Polytechnique de Montréal               2007



-       Tutor: Mathematics and Sciences (Private CSM, EMSB)                                                                 2008-2012

-       Network Research  Assistant (McGill University)                                                          2008-2012


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP                                              

  • Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, students’ section                                                   2007 to date
  • Engineers Without Borders Quebec                                                                           2009 to date
  • Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum                                           2009 to date
  • Canadian Space Society                                                                                            2010 to date



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