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Aug 2007Apr 2012

Bachelor Science

University of Pittsburgh

Dual B.S. in Mechanical Engineering & Physics

German Certificate for Professional Purposes

Cumulative GPA - 3.78

Mechanical Engineering GPA - 4.00

Physics GPA - 3.69

Dean's List - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

Work experience

Sep 2012Present

Researcher/ DAAD Scholar under Dr. Norbert Schwesinger

Technical University of Munich, Institute for Technical Electro Physics
  • Developing a piezoelectric device to harvest mechanical energy from footsteps using polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film
  • Quantifying the strain to voltage ratio of PVDF in uniaxial tension
  • Designed a test device that strains a PVDF film in order to measure the conductivity of the evaporated electrode or the voltage output of the film
  • Read scientific literature for background knowledge and possible applications to current project
May 2012Sep 2012

Control Systems Intern

Aerotech Inc.

  • Created a Matlab program to determine the transfer function of given frequency response data
  • Wrote and edited programs to test the operation of high precision, multi-axis, linear stages
  • Learned importance of documentation and handling multiple projects while working in a company setting
  • Worked heavily with the programmable Aerotech software for controlling multi-axis linear and rotary motors
  • Utilized raw output data from digital encoders and various other sensors
May 2011Aug 2011

Laboratory Researcher under Dr. Jeffrey Vipperman

University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Worked towards integrating occupancy sensing algorithms into HVAC systems: Summary
  • Programed simulations of HVAC systems into Matlab using HAMLab software package
  • Developed background knowledge of HVAC control systems and elements
May 2010Apr 2011

Laboratory Researcher under Dr. William Clark

University of Pittsburgh, Swanson School of Engineering
  • Began development of a 3D test platform for an inertial measurement unit
  • Designed a Smart Memory Polymer locking mechanism
Jan 2011Apr 2011


University of Pittsburgh
  • Tutored freshman engineering students
  • Taught Calculus, Introductory Physics, and Differential Equations
Nov 2010Apr 2011


Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation's Energy Efficient Building Technologies Challenge
  • Designed and built two separate solar water heaters
  • Gained Experience working under time and budget restrictions
  • Developed knowledge of writing project proposals and reports
  • Presented poster at Engineering Sustainability 2011 Conference in Pittsburgh, Pa
May 2009Aug 2009

Laboratory Researcher under Dr. Wolfgang Choyke

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physics
  • Conducted electrochemical etching of SiC to produce porous crystal structures
  • Analyzed the matrix structure of SiC
  • Performed experiments using cryogenic liquids 
Jan 2008Apr 2008

Laboratory Researcher under Dr. Walter Goldburg

University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physics
  • Studied the flow of viscous liquids
  • Utilized lasers to measure the turbulence in a film of flowing liquid


Solid Edge
Used extensively while working at Aerotech Inc.  Programmed HVAC system models for research under Dr. Jefferey Vipperman Basic proficiency with Simulink
Enrolled in B2 level class Currently living in Munich, Germany Lived in Berlin, Germany for 4 months Wrote research paper about German Student Movement



Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society, Member                                                                           April 2012 - Present

Sigma Pi Sigma Physics Honor Society, Member                                                                                April 2011 - Present

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Member                                                                                Jan 2008 - Present

Grants and Scholarships

DAAD Study Scholarship 2012-2013

  • Scholarship from the German government that provides an opportunity to do independent study in Germany or to complete a full Master's degree program at a German university
  • Working on an independent study project at the Technical University of Munich

U.S. Student Fulbright Award 2012-2013

  • Declined to accept DAAD Study Scholarship


Mechanical Engineering:

Senior Design

  • Designed and built a mechatronic device for calibrating an inertial measurement unit
  • Performed statistical analysis on gathered data
  • Programmed feedback controller in Matlab for device manipulation
  • Served as team leader

Mechanical Design

  • Wrote multiple technical reports detailing products designed to fit specific functional requirements
  • Utilized various mechanical components such as gears, bearings, bolted joints, and brakes
  • Created 3D CAD drawings accounting for specific dimensions and tolerance

Automatic Controls

  • Studied elements of control theory including feedback systems and their speed of response, accuracy, and stability
  • Completed projects using Matlab and Simulink

Measurements I&II

  • Utilized statistical methods such as analysis of variation to analyze the numerical results of performed experiments
  • Conducted experiments using equipment such as strain gauges, accelerometers, RTDs, and thermocouples

Mechanical Vibrations

  • Analyzed free and forced vibrations of single and multi-degree of freedom systems
  • Applied numerical and analytical methods to determine the dynamic response of vibratory systems

Linear and Complex Analysis

  • Graduate level mathematics course
  • Studied linear mathematical methods including linear algebra and vector analysis
  • Learned complex analysis methods and calculus of variations

Fluid Dynamics

  • Analyzed Navier-Stokes equations and control volume problems
  • Applied dimensional analysis and similtude to real-world systems

Thermal Systems Design

  • Integrated material from thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, and heat transfer into various thermal systems
  • Performed economics and environmental impact analysis
  • Analyzed pumping mechanisms and centrifugal pump performance


Modern Physics Lab

  • Created detailed reports including theoretical explanations, error analysis, and data interpretation
  • Conducted experiments in the areas of Pulsed Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (PNMR), Blackbody Radiation, and Electric Chaos
  • Worked with various laboratory equipment such as oscilloscopes, monochromators, and frequency analyzers

Computational Methods

  • Programmed numerical solutions to non-analytical problems using Mathcad
  • Employed Euler and Runge-Kutta numerical analysis methods

Wave Motion and Optics

  • Studied theory of geometrical and physical optics
  • Performed experiments involving polarization, interference, and other optical phenomena