My methodology is to first identify the level of understanding the student has for the given subject matter, then engage with the student through instruction and problem solving. My approach of problem solving, is to help the student understand the process/concept instead of the answer. This allows the student to retain the information based upon application instead of lecturing.
I am a mechanical engineering graduate (masters) from Old Dominion University. In combining a rigorous academic experience with professional roles in the public and private sector, I have exemplified my keen ability to troubleshoot difficult engineering problems, collaborate on teams, and utilize resources at an expert level. Recognized for improving engineering and operational optimization, I have a verifiable history of professional success as both an intern, student, and worker. I have tutored college students students in chemistry as an undergrad, and have tutored students of various levels of math from algebra to calculus before my career at NASA. I have also tutored college/highschool physics from time to time for some of my colleague's kids.
EDUCATION AND CREDENTIALS
MASTER OF SCIENCE (M.SC.) IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, 2018 Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Major GPA: 3.0/4.0
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (B.SC.) IN CHEMISTRY, 2013 Grambling State University, Grambling, LA Major GPA: 3.6/4.0
To advance my career with a leading organization that will utilize my extensive mechanical engineering and chemistry knowledge while also allowing me to develop further as a professional
Proven talent for aligning project objectives with established and emerging engineering paradigms to achieve maximum operational impacts with minimum resource expenditures. Growth-focused leader with expertise spanning mechanical engineering, technology solutions, team leadership, chemistry, aerospace operations, operations optimization, HVAC, cross- functional team collaboration, and project management. Exceptional engineer with keen interpersonal, communications, and organizational skills.
• Project Management and • Systems Engineering
• Robotic Programming (CNC/G- • code) •
• Reliability Centered Maintenance • Automated Fiber Placement •
• GTAW/GMAW Welding •
• Machining and Metal fabrication
• Water Treatment Systems •
• Wet Chemistry (polymer
synthesis, distillation, extraction, •
CORE COMPETENCIES: Machine/Tooling/Fixture Design and Drawings
Industrial Control Systems Programmable Logic Controls (PLC) Asset Management Spectroscopy/Chromotography: FT- IR, NMR, UV-VIS, GC-MS
High Stress, Fast Paced Environments
Maintaining Operational Efficiency and Minimizing Downtime Condition Based Maintenance Systems
• Configuration Management • CAD (Computer-aided
• Composite manufacturing
• SpaceTEC Aerospace
Technician License number
• Composite machining and
• Thermal Analysis: DSC, TMA, TGA
• Microsoft Office
NASA LANGLEY RESEARCH CENTER, HAMPTON, VA, SEPTEMBER 2013 – PRESENT SYSTEMS ENGINEER, August 2014 to Present
• Designated as Water Treatment Program Manager, develop predictive and preventative maintenance processes for Langley’s various water treatment systems.
• Garner understanding of Configuration Management workflows, processes, and software to manage facility drawings and procedures.
• Serve as member of six-person team, NASA Langley’s Facility Configuration Management Tiger team, from September 2016 to February 2017, commissioned by the Office of Director’s Executive Safety Council. Tasked with providing a recommended scope and resources to revise and upgrade the Center’s Facility Configuration Management (FCM) program. The team provided a recommended approach along with alternatives based on risk acceptance and defined resource requirements, based in part on positive and negative takeaways from benchmarking with 13 internal and external organizations on their configuration programs. The team also evaluated seven commercial FCM software tools and developed cost/schedule to eliminate current backlog. The team’s recommendation was accepted and signed by the Center Director.
• Coordinated and arranged for two of the external benchmarks with Jefferson National Accelerator Facility and Dominion Virginia Power. Processed 20 facility surveys gathering data on the gaps in the current program as well as participated in group working meetings to establish mission and safety risk tier level for each of LaRC’s 134 facilities, buildings, and systems, determination of required Configuration Controlled Items, development of a Facility Change Request Process, and supported the team lead in providing status to senior leadership including Directors and Deputy Directors for Center Operations, Research, Safety, Engineering, and Research Services Directorates.
• Identify and examine type and scope of work and devise work specifications, interface with vendors, contractors and consultants to direct, coordinate, inspect and accept work; identify and resolve issues associated with contract work, recommend modifications to contract scope of work and/or enforcement of contract language.
• Design policies and procedures for an effective asset management program and system. Assist supervisors with short and long-term planning and goal development for the life cycle asset management process.
• Conceptualize, implement, and monitor asset measurement data utilizing MAXIMO and other asset management systems to support and enhance processes and methodologies.
• Direct streamlined workflow process, ensure proper creation, planning, update, closure of work, and recommend business process enhancement. Deliver advice in the areas of maintenance planning and scheduling.
• Create engineering solutions to address adverse effects to plant operations by collaborating with others through application of data analysis including statistical process control, reliability modeling and prediction, fault tree analysis, root cause failure analysis (RCFA), failure mode and effect analysis, and Corrective Action Systems.
• Support engineers on project basis, ensure various project team members understand business goals and motivate team towards action to reach final goals.
• Oversee project risks and scope creep to anticipate reliability and non-reliability related risks that could adversely impact cost and plant operations, deliver alternate solutions to address risk in advance.
• Generate statements of work, highlight reports, and risk logs.
• Employ CAD and database management systems of facilities to create layouts, analyze designs, evaluate
equipment systems and generate new equipment designs.
• Organize documentation, information and communications such as Engineering Change Notices, engineering
specifications and ensures conformance to all policies and procedures related to engineering and system
• Formulate unique solutions for complex technical problems, including the design of new systems or the
development of solutions having few or no precedents.
• Liaise with contractors and other departments on equipment designs and questions. Anticipate potential problems
and proactively address issues through creative thinking, using internal and external resources along with
• Deliver project updates, findings and proposals through presentations and reports.
• Contribute in prioritizing objectives for projects. Define project schedule.
• Remain up-to-date on use of new technology, products and personal development opportunities through
attendance at various industry-related events.
• Gained knowledge of Condition Based Maintenance and Reliability Center Maintenance.
• Attend project management/systems engineering classes to pursue Project Management Professional certification
through NASA Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership. AEROSPACE COMPOSITE ENGINEER INTERN, September 2015 to Present
• Expand knowledge of Composite manufacturing processes including but not limited to automated fiber placement, handlay-up, specimen cutting, autoclave/bagging preparation, leak checks.
• Established process for particulate count.
• Increased understanding of working in ISO 14644-1 Clean rooms, as well as Automated Fiber Placement (AFP)
• Grew knowledge related to composite and lastic materials to include but not limited to Epoxies, Kevlar, fiberglass,
thermoplastics, polyester resin, Honeycomb core, and various potting and casting compounds.
• Operated PLC and/or CNC equipment.
• Examined composite structures to locate delamination, cracks, breaks, holes, bulges, and determine the type and
extent of repairs needed to restore original strength, repairing new parts, reinforcing, patching, replacing
defective parts, applying film adhesives, and mixing two-part adhesives and sealants.
• Increased abilities in Laser Tracking, as well skills in using small and large ovens, autoclave operations, core and
ultrasonic cutter, various heat controllers.
• Created solid models and drawings based on information provided by customers and engineers with use of
• Enhanced knowledge and understanding of Vericut Composite Programming (VCP) and Vericut Composite
• Execute AFP program, monitor layups, document process as required.
• Provide troubleshooting and correct mechanical and electrical problems on various instrumentation, equipment,
• Function independently with minimal supervision.
• Conduct all planned maintenance and maintain the operating condition of AFP equipment, including disassembling
and cleaning AFP equipment to detect and prevent problems. AEROSPACE TECHNICIAN, September 2013 to August 2014
• Programmed machining by studying work orders, blueprints, engineering plans, materials, specifications, orthographic drawings, reference planes, locations of surfaces, and machining parameters; interpreted geometric dimensions and tolerances.
• Coordinated mills and lathes by entering instructions, including zero and reference points; setting tool registers, offsets, compensation, and conditional switches; calculating requirements, including basic math, geometry, and trigonometry; proving part programs using Feature CAM.
• Arranged mills and lathes by installing and adjusting three- and four-jaw chucks, tools, attachments, collets, bushings, cams, gears, stops, and stock pushers; indicating vices.
• Confirmed settings by measuring positions, first-run part, and sample work pieces; adhered to standards specified in the drawings.
• Maintained specifications by observing drilling, grooving, and cutting, including turning, facing, knurling and thread chasing operations; taking measurements; detecting malfunctions; troubleshooting processes; adjusting and reprogramming controls; sharpening and replacing worn tools; adhered to quality assurance procedures and processes.
• Ensured safe operations by adhering to safety procedures and regulations.
• Completed preventive maintenance requirements by following manufacturer's instructions, troubleshooting
malfunctions, and calling for repairs when necessary.
• Facilitated continuity among work shifts by documenting and communicating actions, irregularities, and
• Accomplished organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests, explored
opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.
• Formed layout and plan sequence of operations for fabricating and assembling structural metal products, applying
trigonometry and knowledge of metal.
• Equipped and operated fabricating machines, such as brakes, rolls, shears, flame cutters, and drill presses.
• Worked with hammer, chip, and grind work piece to cut, bend, and straighten metal.
• Positioned, aligned, fitted, and welded together parts, using jigs, welding torch, and hand tools.
• Verify conformance of work piece to specifications, using square, ruler, and measuring tape
• Erected and operated machine tools associated with fabricating shops, such as radial drill, lathe, end mill, and
• Utilized familiarity with gas tungsten arc welding, gas metal arc welding, shielded metal arc welding, and Flux-
core arc welding to fabricate various frames and fixtures for researchers and engineers to American Welding
Society codes and procedures.
• Welded with various metals including but not limited to carbon steel, stainless steel and aluminum.
• Incorporated NASA standards and design practices including ASME Y14.1 Engineering Drawing Practices and MIL-
DTL-31000B Technical Data Packages.
GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY, GRAMBLING, LA, NOVEMBER 2009 TO MAY 2013
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TECHNICIAN
• Carried out various duties including Polymer synthesis, wet chemistry, Anti-cancer compound synthesis, recrystallization, gravity and vacuum filtration, liquid extraction, titration, FT-IR, NMR, UV-VIS, GC-MS, Differential scanning calorimetry, Thermo Mechanical analysis, data/compound analysis, project presentations at conferences.
• Collaborated on “Properties of Aliphatic and Aromatic Polyurea-Nanoclay Composites” project.
• Served as key contributor on “Flexible Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulators” project.
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, MINNEAPOLIS, MN, SUMMER 2011
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TECHNICIAN
• Analyzed oil samples on various Rheometer adapters, shear stress analysis, Trained on TATM G-2 Rotational Rheometer, present findings to research group and principal investigator through reports and power point presentations.
• Contributed to project “Investigating End Effect Correction Factors for Rotational Viscometers.”
• Seetala, N. V., Burks, G., Hubbard, D., Trochez, A. and Khabashesku, V. N. (2012) Positron Lifetime Analysis of Polyurea-Nanoclay Composites, in Supplemental Proceedings: Materials Processing and Interfaces, Volume 1 (ed TMS), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/(concealed information)ch47
AWARDS AND HONORS
NASA Center Group Award, September 2018- Exceptional intra-directorate teamwork in extraordinary progress and development using Condition Based Maintenance at Langley Research Center
NASA Superior Accomplishment Award, August 2017- Recognition for team effort on the Facility Configuration Management Tier Team resulting in an Office of Director decision to expand the scope of the program
NASA Performance Award, August 2017- Recognition of successful contributions in support to the Maintenance and Operations Branch, Center of Operations Directorate for the period of May 2016 to April 2017
NASA Center Group Award, September 2016- Exceptional inter-directorate teamwork in completion of a clean room for an enhanced capability
Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals, September 2015- Member American Chemical Society, November 2010- Member
NASA Career Day, February 2018- Discussed work experience at NASA, encouraged high school students to pursue careers in science and technology and mentored a team of students each day for the crew module descent design challenge
NASA Open House, October 2017- Greeted the public about ongoing work at NASA and operated machinery for demonstrations during the event.
Grambling State University’s National Chemistry Week, October 2009 to 2012- Greeted the public and students about studying chemistry and its importance in society and conducted multiple chemistry demonstrations during the event
Languages: English, Spanish
Technical Proficiencies: Windows, Linux (Ubuntu), OSI Pi, Feature-CAM, Solidworks, Welding, servers, routers, LAN, wireless LAN, Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Project, Access, Maximo, EDMS/Documentum, Visual Basic
Interests: Programming, welding, industrial controls, metal fabrication, and travelling References available upon request
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