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M.S. Applied Physics - Optical Materials and Devices: 3.4 GPA Aug 2015
University of Oregon (U of O)
B.S. Engineering Physics: 3.3 GPA May 2014
Colorado School of Mines (CSM)
Laser R&D Intern Jan 2015 - Oct 2015
Spectra-Physics; Santa Clara, CA; Dr. Jim Kafka
Investigated and implemented designs for the next-generation ultrafast laser. Produced meaningful results
in bleeding edge laser technology and will present ﬁndings company-wide.
• Designed optical experiments to characterize new equipment and troubleshoot peculiar behavior
• Operated custom-built characterization equipment in clean-room environment
• Wrote python software for various aspects of laser design and optimization
• Constructed custom prototyping equipment for product development team
• Cooperated with members of several departments simultaneously
Lab Technician for NANSLO Remote Science Lab Aug 2013 - May 2014
Colorado Community College System; Aurora, CO; Dr. Paul Bennett
Assisted students during physics, chemistry, and biology labs conducted remotely via Labview modules and
real-time video/audio communication.
• Assembled and operated automated microscope systems, spectroscopy systems, and high-power
• Resolved problems in real time by troubleshooting equipment and connectivity issues while students
were in session
• Analyzed and reported quality of students’ collaboration, etiquette, and eﬀort during the lab
OPTICS AND TEAM EXPERIENCE
Product Development: External Cavity Diode Laser and Sagnac Interferometer Sep 2014
U of O; Eugene, OR; Dr. Nima Dinyari, Dr. Bryan Boggs, Dr. Walter Herlbut
Created two products in two weeks among a team of 5 students in my graduate program: a turnkey style
tunable external cavity diode laser (ECDL) and a Sagnac interferometer (ﬁber-optic gyroscope) for
measuring Earth’s rotation.
• Assembled a complete ﬁber-optic system using FC/APC connectors and fusion splicing
• Fabricated anti-reﬂective coating on laser diode by evaporating 50nm of SiO2 and 60nm of SiO using
electron beam evaporation and thermal evaporation, respectively
• Developed in-situ characterization technique to monitor the diode in real time in the coating chamber
Team Project: GRIN Phase Plate for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Aug 2014
NASA and U of O; Eugene, OR; Dr. Ben McMorran, Dr. Nima Dinyari
Worked with a team of 6 students to design custom gradient-index (GRIN) materials for NASA’s James
Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Used an arbitrary set of Zernike polynomials to produce bitmap images
that could interface with a 3D printer outﬁtted with optical ink.
• Reconstructed optical wavefronts from Zernike coeﬃcients using Zemax and Python
• Built GUI in Python (using PyQt library) for eﬃcient real-time lens design in intuitive environment
• Delivered a robust design tool in three weeks that could accommodate NASA’s changing speciﬁcations
Masters Industrial Internship Program June 2014 - Present
U of O, Optical Materials and Devices; Eugene, OR; Dr. Nima Dinyari
Explored an extensive palette of opto-electronic equipment and light sources and analyzed optical systems
in Zemax. Composed 16 technical reports in 5 weeks summarizing the experimental methods and results of
each experiment in a concise and professional format.
Senior Project: Multiphoton Microscopy Aug 2013 - May 2014
CSM MOABC group; Golden, CO; Dr. Jeﬀ Squier
Constructed two-photon microscope for use with high-power 12fs Ti:Sapphire laser and designed
characterization techniques for oﬀ-axis behavior of reﬂective microscope objectives. Also fabricated custom
components to build a mode-locked ﬁber laser.
Proﬁcient in the following computer programs/languages
• Python(PyQt, TkInter, MatPlotLib, Scipy) , Zemax, Mathematica, LaTeX, MATLAB, C++, Linux,
Arduino, Inkscape, Git version control, MS Oﬃce, NI Multisim, Basic Labview, basic Solid Works,
Experience with the following hardware components/techniques
• Breadboard prototying (electronic and optical), soldering, CMOS and TTL ICs, oscilloscope,
multimeter, spectrum analyzer, optical power meter (thermal and semiconductor), spectrometer,
optical autocorrelator, wavefront sensor, CCD proﬁle, scanning-slit beam proﬁler
Team project: Real-time Navigation System in Python Sep 2012 - Dec 2012
CSM Design II; Golden, CO; Dr. John Scales
Created a stand-alone Python application among a team of physics students to extract and analyze a
real-time NMEA data stream from a $12.00 GPS dongle. Field tested software on highways in Rocky
Mountains and outperformed Samsung Galaxy S III’s built-in GPS tracking software.
Team Project: Bio-Gas Digester for Low-Income farmers Sep 2011 - Dec 2011
CSM Design I; Golden, CO; Dr. Robert Knecht
Won engineering team competition by conceiving a low-budget, easy-to-implement solution. Granted travel
scholarship to represent Colorado School of Mines at international design competition in Abu Dhabi.
Haunted Dungeon Aug 2009 - Nov 2012
Facilitated the approval, engineering, and execution of the Haunted Dungeon in Greeley, Colorado. During
this process, I led over 40 administrators, teachers, and students through 150 hours of construction and
rehearsal throughout the months of September and October. By using a low-budget design, $13,000+
revenue was generated and donated to charity to build a school in Vietnam.
PUBLIC SPEAKING EXPERIENCE
Toastmasters Feb 2015 - Present
Active member of Laser Sharp Speakers Toastmasters club since February. I have been voted “Best
Speaker” 6 times out of 7 speeches given, and I recently won our club’s “Humorous Speech” speaking
contest. I will move on and compete at the area-level competition in one month.