Doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering with a focus on materials testing and characterization of fibers and thin film. Trained in both mechanical engineering and materials science with industrial and academic experience modeling the properties of biological tissue; laser aided manufacturing and computer aided design. Computational expertise in Finite Element Modeling, Distinct Element Modeling and Molecular Dynamics. Track record of success leading engineering teams in the research and development of new technologies and medical devices. Communicative and personable, with a publication record (four articles published in peer-reviewed journals) and a rich history of presenting research at conferences. A motivated young scientist and engineer with an aptitude for innovation and creative problem solving.
Graduate Teaching Fellow01/2015 to 05/2016UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - TWIN CITIESMinneapolis, MN
Mechanical Properties/Materials Properties Laboratory Instructed students in materials characterization techniques and properties testing methods.
Guided 58 students through laboratory procedures and assisted them in lab performance and data analysis.
Scrutinized laboratory reports submitted by students; graded reports and helped students improve their technical writing skills.
Key Accomplishments: Constructed polymer samples with 3D printing technique as a demonstration to students.
Redesigned the lab procedure and optimized students' working efficiency Recognized as an Outstanding Teaching Assistant.
Graduate Research Assistant03/2013 to CurrentUNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA - TWIN CITIESMinneapolis, MN
Collaborate with Itasca Consulting Group in the development of the mesoscopic distinct element method (DEM), a novel modeling tool for complex carbon nanotube systems.
Assess bending, tension and twisting behavior of nano fibers and films; couple characterization with DEM modeling.
Evaluate the assembly formation of carbon nanotubes and other organic frameworks.
Key Accomplishments: Designed conductive carbon nanotubes thin films for flexible active and passive electronics working with NASA scientists.
Successfully predicted mechanical behavior of nano fibers during the manufacturing process.
Performed tensile and fatigue tests on fibers and thin film, which demonstrated efficiency and accuracy of the multi-scale DEM framework.
Gave a presentation at a meeting of the American Physical Society, attracting NASA scientists and leading to funding for a joint research grant of three years for computational work in nanomaterials.
Product Development Intern09/2011 to 10/2012COVIDIEN LTDShanghai, China
Produced reusable medical optical fibers as an alternative for endovenous laser surgery.
Surveyed local hospitals, organized marketing information of current laser treatment techniques, evaluated information for predicting treatment cost reduction and presented this information for marketing of new optical fibers.
Key Accomplishments: Reduced medical treatment cost by approximately 30% for patients.
Reconciled fiber thermal performance with thermal-fluid coupled finite element analysis.
Showcased efficacy of treatment, first by simulations, then through ex-vivo animal tissues tests.
Directed a team of five undergraduate students; delegated tasks required to complete project.
Undergraduate Research Assistant05/2011 to 03/2012GENERAL ELECTRIC-SHANGHAI JIAOTONG UNIVERSITYShanghai, China