Graduate Research Assistant resume example with 16+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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To obtain an opportunity as a Senior Scientist (ATMS) that will allow me to enhance my analytical, interpersonal, and communicative skills, as well as, to continue my career as a scientist supporting NOAA's mission.
  • Led the Electrical Engineering and Design team on the conceptual development and creation of an Automated Wireless Announcement System (AWAS) for New York Transit Authority (MTA) as a Senior Design project.   
  • Working on a full-time basis as a Research Assistant at The Optical Remote Sensing Lab (The ORS lab at The City College of New York) in partnership with NOAA-CREST, which emphasis is remote sensing of natural waters, algorithm development and design, calibration and operation of Hyper-spectral equipment and heavy programming (both for manipulation of equipment and processing of large amount of field data).   
  • Extended the product life cycle of at least 20 electro-optical devices through periodic maintenance, calibration, testing, and repairs.   
  • Improved instrument MTBF through equipment assessment and regular preventative maintenance, data collection, root cause analysis and corrective action procedures (when required).    ​
  • Member of the Dedicated JPSS VIIRS Ocean Color Calibration/Validation team and participant of field campaigns in the North Atlantic ocean. 
  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at The City College of New York.
  • Experienced in computer languages: Python, STD C /UML 2 and Java.
  • Experienced in Matlab and Labview.
  • Knowledge of FORTRAN and Web design.
  • Strong decision maker and complex problem solver.
  • Experienced in extensive data collection and processing.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Electro-optical instrumentation expert (operation, maintenance and calibration).
  • Remote Pilot Certification (UAVs)
Graduate Research Assistant, 2011 - Current
University Of Kansas Lawrence, KS,
  • Planned, scheduled and coordinated detailed phases of large-scale projects including several field campaigns.
  • Recommended design modifications to eliminate instrumentation (system) malfunctions.
  • Created standards, methods, processes and procedures for assessing, evaluating, inspecting and calibrating instrumentation.
  • Identified design, process and equipment options to satisfy and support scientific (research) activities, minimize costs and limit potential operational problems.
  • Maintained open and effective communications with project teams to increase productivity and useful data collection.
  • Conducted research to test and analyze instrumentation and system feasibility, design, operation and performance.
  • Wrote protocols, qualification documents, test plans and test reports to provide effective quality assurance of field data.
  • Integrated electro-optical and electro-mechanical components such as radiometers, Sun-photometers, polarimeters, imagers, displays, switches, cables and connectors.
  • Conferred with other engineers and researchers to implement operating procedures, resolve system malfunctions, and provide technical information.
  • Continually improved methods and procedures for measurement, data processing and algorithm development.
  • Expanded technical and programming skills through continuing education courses and outside seminars and webinars.
  • Debugged and troubleshot tooling and instrumentation, both in the lab and during field campaigns.
  • Mentored team members about assessment, evaluation, inspection and calibration of instrumentation.
  • Applied best techniques, procedures and theories to researching, analyzing and designing electro-optical equipment and components.
  • Identified the most efficient and acceptable resolutions to complex engineering problems.
Purchaser Assistant, 02/2008 - 11/2010
Florence Meat Market City, STATE,
  • Performed general office duties: created weekly and monthly inventory reports, managed client accounts and cooperated with general accounting tasks.  
  • Designed electronic file systems and maintained electronic and paper files of all invoices, clients and purchase orders.
  • Managed daily office operations greeting visitors and responding to telephone and in-person requests for information and creation of new accounts.
Fitness Equipment Technician, 07/2004 - 02/2008
Athews Fitness Services City, STATE,
  • Provided customer and technical support in fitness industry.
  • Assisted to technical courses provided by top brands in fitness equipment industry.
  • Prepared and trained technicians who performed service calls in Gyms and Health Clubs.
  • Performed and handled general office duties including invoicing, confectioning reports and memorandum and training.
  • Purchased high-volume meat products at Meat Market.
  • Sold and shipped (delivered) products to restaurants, pubs and clubs.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Enginieering: Electrical Engineering, Expected in 2012
The City College of New York (CCNY) - New York, NY
Electrical Engineering3.713 GPA , Magna Cum Laude
Minors: Physics and Mathematics
Ph.D.: Electrical Engineering, Expected in
The City College of New York (CCNY) - New York, NY
3.793 GPA
Expected graduation: Fall 2018
Activities and Honors
Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society (CCNY)
  • Received Academic Achievement Award and lifetime membership and participated in Outreach events such as Relay for Life (ACS).
NOAA-EPP Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program, awarded (2015-2016)
  • Worked at  NCWCP (NOAA) in College Park, MD under the supervision of Mr. Michael Ondrusek as member of the Dedicated JPSS VIIRS Ocean Color Calibration/Validation team.
  • Performed calibrations and test several instruments before and after field campaign.
  • Developed programs, methods and algorithm to process data efficiently and fast.
Executive Member of SPIE City Lights Club (CCNY Graduate chapter)
  • ​Promoted, organized and carried out several activities for graduate students such as: field trips to power plant and National Laboratories, guest speaker talks and outreach events for children K-12.
  • Created awareness talks about the International Year of Light (IYL) and Total Solar Eclipse (2017).
Proficient in English and Spanish.

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  • The City College of New York (CCNY)
  • The City College of New York (CCNY)

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  • Purchaser Assistant
  • Fitness Equipment Technician


  • Bachelor of Enginieering
  • Ph.D.

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