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Aug 2007May 2011

Bachelor of Science

Case Western Reserve University

Work experience

May 2009Aug 2010

Lighting Technology Intern

General Electric

·Responsible for ensuring the timely launch of a new product for the consumer lighting market as a member of a Linear Fluorescent Lighting (LFL) design team

oAssisted with the preparation of initial design of experiments, completion of lab scale trial runs, and the organization and management of a full scale production validation run in a plant setting

·Managed the transition of three High Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps from an older Cadmium containing model to an environmentally friendly design

oExecuted test builds of two HID lamp models, including build design, scheduling, and management

oExtensively utilized data analysis and presentation skills, communicating findings between design, manufacturing, and product management teams

oDeveloped a thorough understanding of product development and introduction procedures, lead the final technical review for two HID lamp models

Jun 2006Aug 2008

Laboratory Assistant

Saint Louis University

·Identified and applied lower cost transition metal and organic compound catalysts to fuel cell anodes

·Tested methods of applying these catalysts to fuel cell membrane electrode assemblies, experimenting with incorporating the catalyst in high surface area carbon nanotubes

·Extensive use of electrochemical and laboratory equipment including: centrifuge, potentiostat, and vacuum desiccator, developed familiarity with UV spectroscopy and TEM imaging



My name is Cynthia Spahn. I am a senior chemical engineering major at Case Western Reserve University.  I will be graduating this May and have accepted a position in General Electric's Edison Engineering Leadership Program.  Throughout my undergraduate career I preformed research with Dr.Shelley Minteer at Saint Louis University on improving catalysts for use in hydrogen fuel cells.  While working with Dr. Minteer I published a review of bio-fuel cell technology in the journal Recent Patents in Engineering.  In addition, I spent two summers working as an intern in General Electric's lighting division.  On campus I serve as the president of the Case Association of Student Athletes and a Cross Country and Track and Field Captain.  While at Case I have had the opportunity to run at two Cross Country National Championship meets.  On the right coumn of this webpage I have attached a document version of my resume and an example of my writing in the form of a proposal.


·Participant, Intel, International Science and Engineering Fair (2005, 2006) President’s Scholarship Case Western Reserve University

·Case Alumni Association Scholarship award recipient (2010)

·University Athletic Association Scholar Athlete (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)


·Spahn CS, Minteer S. Enzyme immobilization in biotechnology. Recent Patents in Engineering. 2008; 2.


·Case Association of Student Athletes (2007- Present), President (May 2010 – Present)

·Case Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field athlete (2007 – present), Captain (May 2010 – Present)

·Communications Committee (summer 2010): worked with a team of interns to write, film, and edit a video for the General Electric Reel Intern competition

·Completed over 125 hours community service: tutoring in underprivileged schools, running activities at Brooking Park Nursing Home and sports clinics for inner-city youth on a college campus (2006-2010)