graduate research assistant resume example with 7+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,

Personable Civil Engineer successful at communicating openly and effectively with all involved, from construction site workers to company CEOs. Focused on successfully seeing projects through from initial planning stages to completion. Recently graduated with a Ph.D degree, seeking employment in the structural engineering field with a major focus on the materials.

  • Proficient in AutoCAD
  • Proficient in Rocscience
  • Proficient in Matlab
  • Proficient in Excel
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Expert in concrete workability
  • Expert in aggregate gradations
  • Proficient in concrete mixture design
  • Experiment coordination
  • Designing experiments
  • Analyzing and synthesizing data
  • Managing laboratory supplies
  • Preparing samples and specimens
  • Data acquisition
  • Literature searches
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Scientific paper experience
  • Quality control
  • Laboratory testing
  • Data evaluation
  • Field support
  • Cost estimation
  • Payroll submittals
  • Document management
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Microsoft Visual Basic proficiency
  • Project management
  • Building codes understanding
12/2014 to Current Graduate Research Assistant University Of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN,
  • Oversaw five undergraduate students supporting research into the usage of manufactured sand in flowable concrete mixture.
  • Applied good documentation practices when recording data and managing source documentation.
  • Supported department faculty with administrative assistance, as well as curriculum and research support.
  • Prepared tables, graphs, fact sheets and written reports summarizing research results.
  • Collected, arranged and entered data into Excel and Powepoint for tracking and modeling purposes.
  • Checked incoming data for accuracy and integrity to identify and resolve problems.
  • Gathered, reviewed and summarized literature from scientific journals.
  • Maintained laboratory operations, including managing raw materials and mixing and testing concrete.
  • Performed quantitative evaluations of concrete mixtures with the Box test (AASHTO TP 137)
  • Helped validating the “The Tarantula Curve” proportioning technique.
  • Studied the effects of shape properties of fine aggregates using tests such as AIMS II, ASTM C1252, and micrograph image on the workability of concrete.
  • Innovated a simple and practical method to proportion manufactured sand in a concrete mixture.
  • Evaluated the pumpability performance of concrete mixtures containing manufactured sand.
  • Developed solutions to solve aggregate gradations issues.
  • Educated undergraduate students on laboratory protocols and activities.
  • Prepared and edited reports, presentations and articles using MS Word and PowerPoint.
  • Executed qualitative and quantitative analysis on wide range of data.
  • Researched aggregate gradation to assist with its effect on concrete workability.
  • Directed student workers and aides and delegated tasks to other graduate assistants.
  • Optimized equipment with calibration and maintenance to obtain accurate and precise results.
  • Gathered and organized materials for project focused on concrete.
04/2013 to 11/2013 Instructor Centura Health | Pagosa Springs, CO,
  • Taught Statics and Strength of Materials courses
  • Helped in the preparation of materials for students for the taught courses
  • Graded homework, quizzes, and exams
  • Purchased laboratory equipment
  • Prepared laboratory materials and tools for students
  • Maintained laboratory safety.
  • Tutored students requiring additional instructional assistance after class.
  • Documented class absence and grade information in student records.
  • Mentored and counseled students with social adjustment and academic issues.
  • Located and reserved classroom space to coordinate classes.
  • Observed and evaluated student performance and development and provided appropriate feedback on work.
04/2012 to 03/2013 Civil Engineer Leidos | Coronado, CA,
  • Oversaw development and construction of $ 3 million storage manufacturing storages facilities.
  • Handled the payroll for the projects.
  • Reviewed the plans and designs of the projects and making sure that they satisfy the specifications
  • Being responsible for the communication between the contractors
  • Wrote technical reports documenting project progress and specifications.
  • Conducted onsite inspections and prepared takeoffs for engineering project costing.
  • Composed various project proposals, including project specifications, cost estimates and schedules.
  • Aided other departments in development of plans and cost estimates on road, parking lot, and commersial building.
  • Attended meetings and site locations to gather data for project work.
Education and Training
Expected in 2020 Doctor of Philosophy | Civil Engineering, Structure Engineering Oklahoma State University, CONCRETE, GPA:
GPA: 3.79
Expected in 2016 Master of Science | Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering , , GPA:
Activities and Honors
American Concrete Institute (ACI) (2016-Present) Chi Epsilon: National Civil Engineering Honor Society Jessica Claire
Advanced Reinforced Concrete Design and Analysis; Advanced Concrete Durability; Advanced Steel Design, Structural Dynamics; Behavior and Design Prestressed Concrete; Advanced Strength of Materials. Design & analysis of earth retaining walls; Foundation Engineering, Soil Mechanics; Geotechnical Engineering Testing.

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School Attended

  • Oklahoma State University

Job Titles Held:

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Instructor
  • Civil Engineer


  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Science

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