Experienced Electrical Engineer with Strong Leadership and Mechanical Background is Applying Skills to a Medical Career with a Surgical Specialty

EDUCATION

Medical School, Fall 2006 Entrance, Details TBD

Postbaccalaureate Prehealth Professions Program Certificate, Occidental College, 2005
Completed 16 semester units of biology and organic chemistry coursework and laboratories in preparation for entrance to medical school
Advisor: Prof. Chris Craney

Masters of Science, Electrical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 2000
Primary coursework and research in high frequency circuits and electromagnetics
Caltech Microelectronics Group, Advisor: Prof. Ali Hajimiri

Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1995
Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group, Advisor: Prof. Brian Woerner

Associates of Arts, Engineering, Montgomery College - Germantown Campus, 1992


MEDICAL-RELATED EXPERIENCE

AMERICAN RED CROSS (ARC), Pasadena, California
Certified First Responder, 2002 - present
Assist the ARC and the Pasadena Fire Department in a volunteer capacity to provide emergency services at the Pasadena Rose Parade and year-round Rose Bowl events such as concerts and sports venues; training and certification in Emergency Response (ER), CPR for the Professional Rescuer, Automated External Defibrillation Training, Oxygen Administration, and Preventing Disease Transmission

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY (JPL), Pasadena, California
Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team Member, 2002-05
Participated as an employee volunteer to respond to natural disaster related emergencies at JPL and other NASA centers

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH), Pasadena, California
Senior Administrator, Division of Student Affairs, 2003-04 (12 month, half-time position)
Reporting to the Senior Director of Campus Life, assisted in the organization and operations of the Office of Campus Life; served as the Department liaison with students and other Institute departments and individuals on issues that affect the quality of student and campus life; assisted in the development, coordination, planning and organization of the Resident Associate (RA), Upper-Class Counselor (UCC), and Health Advocate (HA) programs

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH), Pasadena, California
Resident Associate (Hall Director), 1999 - 2003 (performed concurrently as graduate student and JPL position)
Primary responsibilities for this live-in position included crisis intervention, counseling, and advising for approximately 100 undergraduate students; led the Blacker House UCC and HA programs; by example and through leadership, facilitated an atmosphere of cohesiveness and community spirit within the undergraduate residential environment

HUNTINGTON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, Pasadena, California
Medical Preceptorship, 2003
Through arrangement with Dr. William Caton, Chairman of Neurosurgery, completed about 200 hours in a rotation program that allowed opportunities to experience various medical practices in orthopedic and neurosurgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, cardiology, and radiology

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA), Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program (SLSTP), 1991
Completed a summer program for students interested in developing and managing space flight experiments and hardware with additional emphasis on biological research, space life support systems, and space motion sickness

VIRGINIA POLYYTECHNIC AND STATE UNIVERSITY (VIRGINIA TECH), Blacksburg, Virginia
Resident Advisor, Office of Residence Life, 1994-95
A live-in undergraduate student position with training and responsibilities in conflict resolution, peer advising, programmatic planning, academic advising, and crisis intervention for approximately 50 undergraduate students


OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE

JET PROPULSION LABORATORY, Pasadena, California
1998 – 2005        Staff Engineer
1996 – 1998        Associate Engineer
1993 – 1996        Cooperative Education Student

General design responsibilities included hardware design for a wide range of government and industry projects with emphasis on space applications using RF and microwave systems and components; selected past projects include Mars Rover RF Beacon, Shuttle Radar Topography Mapping (SRTM) mission, Planetary Aerobot Testbed (robotic balloon), Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), N-SCAT satellite, a U.S. Army X-band Airborne Relay Payload Project, and Deep Space Network (DSN) development and upgrade efforts

Selected JPL leadership positions:

Deputy Chief, External Program Relations and Technical Interface Lead for Air Force TCM, 2004
A six-month Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment (IPA) to provide technical and external program interface leadership for the USAF’s second largest program, Transformational Communications MILSATCOM (TCM); reported to the TCM Chief of Systems Engineering and Integration and led a joint military, government civilian, FFRDC, and contractor team responsible for program protection, technical interfaces with the intelligence community (NSA, CIA, NRO), information assurance, cryptography, and security subjects specifically related to their satellite communications system

Cognizant Engineer, Operations Interface for New Norcia Cross Support, 2003
Performed systems engineering and liaison functions between NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) to establish bi-directional interoperability between their respective deep space tracking assets

Task Manager, Active Tropospheric Ozone and Moisture Sounder (ATOMS) IIP, 2000-02
Led the Active Tropospheric Ozone and Moisture Sounder (ATOMS) Technology and Instrument Development (TID) task, a multimillion dollar program to complete the development of technology and instrument breadboards operating between 10 and 200 GHz; specific areas of responsibilities included project and team management, mission and systems engineering, writing of technical studies/proposals, RF/Microwave hardware design, and spectrum certification

Cognizant Engineer, Planetary Aerobot Testbed (PAT), 1996–97
Responsible for the development of a low-cost communications solution using COTS hardware; provided RF communications for video and flight data links supporting robotic balloon (Aerobot) flights in California and Hawaii that tested possible Mars atmospheric entry technologies

UNITED NATIONS, Baghdad, Iraq
Weapons Inspector, Office of the Special Commission (UNSCOM), 1997
Given my acquired knowledge of the Scud, a former Soviet-made missile modified by Iraq, I volunteered for an overseas assignment for about a six week period in Baghdad, Iraq and various parts of France. I was on loan to the United Nations by the US federal government to provide technical expertise of the four variants of the Scud missile used by Iraq in the Persian Gulf War. My specific purpose was to participate in an international UNSCOM mission to verify the destruction of fuel and oxidizer as claimed by the Iraqi government in connection with the implementation of Section C of the United Nations Security Council resolutions 687 and 715(1991).

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA), Langley, Virginia
CITO RF Technologist, Clandestine Information Technology Office, Hardware Systems Team, 1998
Management of RF and analog hardware design tasks were performed to support foreign intelligence operations of interest to national security; extensive fieldwork and foreign travel; tasks were conducted while on a JPL LOA

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (CIA), Langley, Virginia
Foreign Military Weapons Analyst, Office of Transnational Issues (OTI), Missile Systems Team, 1997
Three month position as Foreign Military Weapons Analyst; general areas of technical knowledge include liquid propulsion, guidance and control, payloads, missile integration, and flight test systems of specific foreign ballistic missiles; tasks were conducted while on JPL LOA

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC AND STATE UNIVERSITY, Blacksburg, Virginia
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), 1995
Completed an engineering project to design and demonstrate spread spectrum modem capabilities; a complete programmable digital spread spectrum transmitter and receiver was delivered for research use

VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC AND STATE UNIVERSITY, Blacksburg, Virginia
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant, Satellite Communications Group, 1992-93
Functioned as a student team member to design and deliver earth stations for NASA’s Advanced Communication Technology Satellite (ACTS); responsibilities included performing machining tasks and documenting the design and assembly of the prototype earth station using CADD tools

MONTGOMERY COLLEGE, Germantown, Maryland
Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor, Physical Plant Office, 1989-1992
Manager of the vehicle maintenance facility, personnel, and resources; responsibilities included personnel supervision, preparing fiscal year budgets, and the maintenance and repair of approximately 40 vehicles and 95 pieces of mechanical equipment

IVY MITSUBISHI HEAVY TRUCKS, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Shop Foreman, Parts and Service Department, 1988-89
Supervisor of parts and service departments and personnel; provided technical assistance to other technicians; performed the duties of a Maryland State Vehicle Inspector

RYDER TRANSPORTATION RESOURCES, Beltsville, Maryland
Heavy Truck Technician, Service Department, 1986-88
Diagnose and repair general truck and automotive problems; perform gasoline/diesel engine and transmission overhauls; lead technician in the areas of Electronic Engine Control (EEC) diagnostics; perform duties of a Maryland State Vehicle Inspector; repaired hydraulic lift gate and boom systems; perform ARC and MIG welding and minor body and paintwork

LANHAM FORD, Lanham, Maryland
Automotive Technician, Service Department, 1985-86
Performed general automotive repairs; specialized in electronic engine control diagnostics, manual and automatic transmission overhauls, gasoline engine overhauls and air conditioning system installations; obtained ASE automotive and truck certifications


ADDITIONAL SKILLS

  • NSF Entrepreneurial Fellowship Program, Caltech, June 2001 to February 2002
    Intensive 9-month NSF-funded program to teach entrepreneurial skills to previously trained scientists/engineers
  • Certified Flight Instructor, Instrument and Commercial Pilot, FAA, 800 hours PIC, 1990 - present
  • NAUI Advanced SCUBA Diver certification, 1992 - present
  • Previous Class “A” Commercial Drivers License (CDL), all size truck/tractor/trailer combinations
  • Certified Automotive and Heavy Truck Technician (not practicing), National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence - see additional details on initial career as an automotive and truck mechanic


PATENTS, PUBLICATIONS AND PROPOSALS

  • Bubble Imaging Technology, Inventor, U.S. Patent Number 6,172,658
  • Sensing Water Vapor and Ozone via Radio Occultation, JPL DRDF proposal, FY2001
    Co-investigator; collaboration with Caltech and University of Arizona faculty; effort complimented the Mars Atmospheric Constellation Observatory (MACO) study, a proposed Mars Scout mission
  • Deriving Atmospheric Water Vapor and Ozone Profiles from Active Microwave Occultation Measurements Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites IV, Vol. 4169 of SPIE Proceedings Series, 2001
  • The Development of a Planetary Aerobot Testbed, AIAA International Balloon Tech. Conf., 1997


PRESENTATIONS, AWARDS AND HONORS

  • Guest speaker, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
    12/1999, “Active Tropospheric Ozone and Moisture Sounder – Program Overview”
    12/2000, “JPL Overview: Mars Missions and the Deep Space Network”
  • Guest speaker, 2000, Montgomery College High Technology Building Dedication
  • Recipient of the Montgomery College Presidential Scholar Award, 1992
  • Recipient of the Rensselaer Engineering and Science Award, 1992 (scholarship declined)
  • Chosen as a Boston University Trustee Scholar, 1992 (scholarship declined)