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My Experience and Skills

Education

PhD
2010-2016

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Mechanical Engineering, Heat and Mass Transfer
Fusion Science and Technology Center

MS
2007-2010

University of Arizona

Mechanical Engineering
Arizona Fuel Cell and Energy Laboratory

BS
2000-2005

University of Arizona

Mechanical Engineering
Arizona Fuel Cell and Energy Laboratory

Computer Languages

  • I program primarily in Python. As examples... this website was done with the Pelican library which generates static html, I used Python to write data-crunching scripts to analyze DEM data for my PhD thesis, and Python helped get me started with scraping data from the KCRW website which I used to create eightyninenine.com.

  • Pebble bed modeling for my PhD thesis was done making use of several code frameworks. Specifically, LIGGGHTS for DEM (in other words, LAMMPS), OpenFOAM for volume-averaged treatment of helium purge gas coupled to LIGGGHTS, and Palabos for lattice-Boltzmann models of conjugate heat transfer between flowing helium and lithium ceramics.

  • I still use MATLAB here and there and consider myself pretty adept. It was what I used for the transient thermal storage models for charging and discharging of single tank solar thermoclines, as my Master's thesis work.

  • I try to use LaTeX whenever possible with document generation. But sometimes work with colleagues, bosses, or PIs demands the use of MS Office (which I have to admit has been pretty good since the 2010 versions).

  • Back when I worked with my Bachelor's, I was pretty solid (heh, heh) with SolidWorks, SolidEdge, and Pro/Engineer for mechanical design work.

  • I've made a few websites with Ruby on Rails which has given me experience with Ruby language and the Rails approach to web frameworks (see, for instance Tofu Ya's site that I made with my roommate or my KCRW fan site eightyninenine.com).

  • In my time, I've worked with LABVIEW, FORTRAN, Java, AutoCAD, and some C++. I'll be slow at first, but I can pick them up again if the need arose.


Human Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin) - Intermediate. I lived in Nanjing for 3 months in 2008, Xi'an for 4 months in 2010, and a lot of traveling through China and Taiwan in the time since. I can hold casual conversations and watch TV shows (getting the gist, at least). But my vocabulary drops off pretty quickly with technical or political conversations.

  • Spanish - It was standard through junior high and high school in Arizona. I took years of it but it only comes back to me in spurts.


Honors and Awards

  • 2015 Awarded the Fusion Engineering and Design Best Student Contribution at the 12th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology (ISFNT-12)

  • 2010 UCLA Research Fellowship

  • 2008 University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship

  • 2008 Study Abroad Scholarship to study Chinese in Nanjing, China

  • 2007-2009 University of Arizona Graduate Scholarship

  • 2005 Graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arizona

Teaching History

Tutor
2015

Freelance tutoring

Engineering Thermodynamics

Teaching Assistant
2010

University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

Introduction to Engineering Thermodynamics

Teaching Assistant
2007

University of Arizona

Introduction to Fluid Mechanics

Industry History

Technical Content Writer
2007

Technical Content Research Group

Startup company in Phoenix, AZ. Generated all the operation and maintenance manuals for a water booster station of a new community in North Phoenix.

Mechanical Engineer
2006-2007

US Monolithics

Mechanical engineering design in support of advanced electrical engineering products. Package and PCB routing design.

Mechanical Engineering Intern
2004

Motorola

Maintenance of line (MOL) and product life management of Motorola's antenna base stations.