Career Objectives To Implement My Skills
  • A human factors engineer position that facilitates technical excellence and maintenance in aviation.
  • An aerospace engineering position that can benefit from my abilties to communicate, design, and work with others while developing skills in design, testing, and analysis.
  • A role in educational outreach to assist with presenting activities, distributing information and creating literature/visuals to increase the awareness of STEM objectives.
  • A Webmaster position utilizing my experience and enthusiasm to contribute, communicate, and lead to create aesthetically pleasing sites.
Master of Aeronautical Science - anticipated October 2012
Specializations: Space Operations Management, Education/Training, and Human Factors
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, Houston Campus
GPA: 4.00

Small Museum Pro! Professional Certificate - August 2011
Eastern New Mexico State University/Museum Development Associates

BS Aerospace Engineering - June 2008
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Jacobs School of Engineering
GPA: 3.06

General Skills and Characteristics (Interpersonal, Work Ethic, Etc.)
  • Willing to learn
  • Flexible with new tasks and people to work with
  • Quick to provide support
  • Accomplishes tasks in a timely manner
  • Functions as an effective team player that can also work independently
  • Communicates effectively through verbal, written, and graphical means
  • Takes initiative to organize, manage, and lead to find resolution to problems
Computing Abilities
  • Familiar with using a Mac OS X in a UNIX environment
Windows 95 - Windows 7 Platforms
  • Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, FrontPage, Access
  • Adobe/Macromedia: CS2, CS3, CS4, CS5, Captivate, Photoshop, ImageReady, Acrobat, PageMaker (6.5 & 7), Dreamweaver, Illustrator, Fireworks and some Flash
  • JASC Paintshop Pro
  • GIMP
  • Autodesk: AutoCad, Inventor
  • Other CAD programs: Solidworks, Matlab, Pro-E
Computing and Graphic Design Abilities in Action
This is by no means comprehensive... this is just a sampling of my abilities.
  • 2010 AIAA Region IV Student Paper Conference Poster - Based on Tania Garcia's t-shirt design, the poster was created with Illustrator
  • 2010 AIAA Region IV Student Paper Conference Brochure - A trifold brochure made from Microsoft Word with graphics edited or created from PhotoShop.
  • Indoor Free Flight Plane - Design Analysis of an airplane I helped design and drew impressive schematics on MS Paint - I can effectively work and present information even with the limited availability of computer software and tools.
  • Centaur Drawing - drawn with MS Paint, colored with Photoshop. Being a playful Sagittarius, it would only be appropriate for me to draw myself as a centaur.
  • Do Be Do - drawn with MS Paint, colored with Photoshop. Random doodle of me saying "do be do."
  • Halloween - drawn with MS Paint, colored with Photoshop. Mass mailing during Halloween.
  • Simba - MS Paint. After the School Bell Rings was about to present their rendition of The Lion King and I drew this for their program.
  • Timon - MS Paint. Can't have one without the other Lion King character.
  • Ruby Doo, Where Are You? - MS Paint. Scooby Doo spoof with Irene and best friends.
  • Valentine - drawn with MS Paint again. I love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) because I'm a big kid. In Kindergarten I gave away TMNT valentines to the entire class.
  • Cajon Valley Middle School Engineering Club Yearbook - In 2006, I did engineering and science outreach with middle school students and I wanted them to have a memento to keep. Each page was created with either Fireworks or Photoshop and compiled as a complete "book" with Acrobat.
  • Front and Back of a t-shirt designed with Photoshop and... MS Paint!
  • Fish Taco - MS Paint. One of my favorite eats.
  • Powerpoint Presentations of Robot
  • Proficient in HTML and CSS (This whole site utilized them)
  • Familiar in JavaScript, C, and Java and VBScript
  • Some experience with databases, Microsoft SQL, and PERL
Work Experience
Summit Technologies and Solutions, Inc. - Oct 2011 - Present (Houston, TX)
  • Created Photoshop mock ups for International Space Station internal websites.
  • Reorganized information and navigation on existing websites.
  • Designed icons with Photoshop and illustrator.
  • Generated the appropriate PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML, and CSS for approved mockups.
  • Edited form variables in ColdFusion.
  • Conduct 508 compliance reports through Worldspace and FireEyes.
  • Helped assessed the relevance of pages by generating and interpreting Urchin reports.
Scripps Institute of Oceanography Webmaster - Mar 2009 - Present, Jul 2006 - Jun 2008 (La Jolla, CA, but currently telecommuting from Houston, TX)
  • Designed and published the CCHDO and SEAHUNT posters for the 2008, 2010, and 2012 Ocean Sciences Meeting.
  • Created the look and navigation of the WOCE Pacific Ocean Atlas website and WOCE Indian Ocean Atlas website.
  • Assist in creating a functional website for the international hydrographic data community (CCHDO).
  • Collaborate with various groups of people to produce an easy-to-navigate, comprehensive site.
  • Revamping existing websites that have not been updated for an extended period of time.
United Space Alliance ISS Communications Engineering Staff - August 2008 - January 2009
  • Participated in high-intensity training on NASA protocols and communication subsystems.
  • Assisted in lesson plan development for classes intended for astronauts and flight controllers.
  • Technically, functionally, and aesthetically enhanced the group's internal website.
UCSD, External Relations Webmaster Assistant - February 2004 - June 2006 (La Jolla, CA)
  • Assist in editing and creating websites (part of for 15 or more hours/week.
  • Provide editing support and troubleshooting via e-mail and telephone,
  • Maintain content: compose captions, compile and update appropriate links and information.
  • Create simple online forms on ASP pages with appropriate graphics and layouts.
  • Document web traffic using WebTrends and MS Excel spreadsheets.
  • Aerospace Structures Repair
  • Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Computer Aided Design and Analysis
  • Engineering Graphics and Design
  • Structural Materials
  • Statics, Dynamics, and Vibrations
  • Linear Circuits
  • Signals and Systems
  • Thermodynamics
  • Aerodynamics
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Propulsions
  • Computational Methods
  • Aerospace Structure Analysis
Aeronautical Science
  • The Air Transportation System
  • Aircraft and Spacecraft Development
  • Methods and Procedures for the Graduate Capstone Project
Space Operations Management
  • Production and Procurement Management in Aviation/Aerospace Industry
  • Aviation/Aerospace Operations Research
  • Applications in Space: Commerce, Defense, and Exploration
  • Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Planning Systems
  • Aerospace/Aviation Information Management
  • Earth Observation and Remote Sensing
  • Space Habitation & Life Support Systems
  • Space Mission and Launch Operations
  • Advanced Aviation/Aerospace Curriculum Development
  • Aviation/Aerospace Simulation Systems
  • Computer Based Instruction - See the capstone project, computer/web-based training modules on Scenario Based Training
  • Aviation Education Foundations
  • Adolescent Development and Education
  • Social Organization of Education
  • Introduction to Secondary School Teaching and Learning
  • Practicum in Teaching/Learning
Human Factors
  • Human Factors in the Aviation/Aerospace Industry (In Progress)
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Aviation/Aerospace Psychology
  • Human-Computer Interaction - See the class project
    • Select "Houston" from the "Pick City" drop-down list and "HEB - Someplace Specific" from the "Pick Store" drop-down list
  • Sensation and Perception
Museum Studies
  • Museum Administration
  • Managing and Organizing Museum Collections
  • Crafting Great Learning Experiences
  • Care for Museum Collections
  • Museum Exhibits: Building Effective Museum Exhibits
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Member - August 2004 - Present
  • 2010-2012 AIAA-Houston Secretary
  • 2010 and 2012 Region IV Student Paper Conference Co-Chair
  • 2009-2010 AIAA-Houston Councilor
  • 2007-2008 UCSD Chair
  • 2005-2007 UCSD Secretary/Webmaster, and Vice Chair of Publicity
  • Received the 2011 Certificate of Participation and Completion of the Engineers as Educators Workshop at the Houston Section Annual Technical Symposium
  • Received the 2010 AIAA Special Service Citation for successfully coordinating the 2010 Region IV Student Paper Conference, one of the largest student paper conferences (with a total of 145 attendees with representation from 12 universities and 2 high schools throughout Texas and New Mexico) in the region within the last 5 years.
  • Revamped AIAA-San Diego section's website, which was awarded with the 2008 2nd place AIAA Communications Award
  • Coordinated efforts to give AIAA@UCSD a professional development dimension, making it more accessible to people that were not involved with this traditionally project-based group.
  • Presided over the AIAA@UCSD board meetings and general body meetings of 30+ attendees
  • Instrumental in expanding AIAA@UCSD programs and participation in educational initiatives.
  • Established relationships with industry professionals to coordinate new speaking engagements and professional development events for AIAA@UCSD students.
  • Produced activity reports for various councils.
  • Prepared agendas and recorded meeting minutes for board meetings.
  • Actively recruited volunteers for educational outreach events at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
  • Supervised the completion of event logistics.
  • Generated publicity and help make public announcements that help bring nearly 100 people to the general body meeting.
  • Created an informative website that has received compliments from UCSD faculty and students.
  • Recognized for outreach assistance at the 2007 AIAA Space Conference Education Alley.
Society of Women Engineers, Member - September 2003 - Present
  • 2011-2012 Texas Space Center Vice President
  • 2010-2012 Texas Space Center Secretary
  • 2006-2007 UCSD Vice President, External
  • 2004-2006 UCSD Webmaster
  • Spoke to junior high school, high school, and young ladies about pursuing a STEM degree at the Missouri City Library for their 2012 Women's History Month event
  • Facilitated the organization of the joint 2011 and 2012 Women's History Month event with Johnson Space Center's Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
  • Successfully solicited $7000 in sponsorship from local engineering companies.
  • Arrange informational sessions with companies so students will be informed about career opportunities.
  • Coordinated the participation of 33 industry representatives from 14 different companies at the "Evening With Industry" event.
  • Received compliments for maintaining communication via the website while being webmaster from 2004-2006.
NASA's ISS EarthKAM, School and Web Team Member - July 2007 - June 2008
  • Recruited pre-college students and educators for the opportunity to take pictures of the earth from a camera mounted in the Internal Space Station.
Life After Middle School, Lead Lesson Planner - December 2005 - June 2006
  • Directed a team of 7 in structuring lesson plans around math, science, and engineering.
  • Presented and demonstrated engineering activities to a group of children in the program.
Innovative Design & Engineering Applications, Webmaster - November 2005 - June 2008
  • Assisted in the executive summary and graphical representation of an intelligent fire suppression system project that placed 8th in UCSD's $50,000 Entrepreneurship Competition.
Chancellor's Organization of Allied Students - September 2005 - June 2008
  • Communications Committee Member
  • Informed and publicized the organization through visual mediums and public speaking.
  • Initiated and led conversations at Chancellor's Associates and UCSD Alumni Association functions.
  • Provided tours of the UCSD campus for visiting alumni.
Revelle Community Outreach - September 2003 - June 2007
  • 2004-2005 Co-Chair
  • 2003-2004 Webmaster
  • Oversaw weekly meetings for a committee of 10.
  • Supervised and simplified the coordination of volunteering events
After the School Bell Rings - October 1999 - December 2006
  • 1999-2003 Webmaster
  • Tutor children in Math and English
  • Write and adapt plays for children to perform
  • Write articles about events that children participated in.
Volunteer Experience
  • Texas Special Olympics Winter Games Powerlifting Scorekeeper - February 2012
  • Space Explorers Educators Conference Volunteer - February 2012
  • Texas Science and Engineering Fair Volunteer - November 2011
  • NASA Alumni League Webmaster - August 2011 - Present
  • Texas Gulf Coast Special Olympics Volunteer - April 2011
  • Clear Creek Independence School District Science Fair Judge - February 2011, January 2012
  • Engineering Excellence Competition Judge - February 2011
  • Habitat for Humanity Volunteer - December 2010, February 2012
  • D'Feet Breast Cancer Volunteer - October 2010
  • AIAA Annual Technical Symposium Volunteer - April 2010, May 2011
  • Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Volunteer - March 2010
  • Regional Future City Competition Judge - January 2010, January 2011, January 2012
  • 1940 Air Terminal Museum Assistant Collections Manager - January 2010
  • Rotary National Award for Space Achievement Website Assistance, Sponsor Solicitation Assistant, Registration Table Volunteer, and RNASA Representative at Texas High School Aerospace Scholars Program - June 2009 - Present
  • Space Center Lecture Series Volunteer - March 2009
  • Mars Rover Model Celebration Judge - February 2009, February 2010
  • A Visit from Saint Nicholas Volunteer - November 2008, November 2011
  • Briargrove Festival NASA Representative - October 2008
  • Komen Race for the Cure 5K Walk Participant/Fundraiser - October 2008, October 2009, October 2010, October 2011
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum Volunteer - April 2008 - May 2008
  • 2007 AIAA Space Conference Education Alley Volunteer - September 2007
  • Sally Ride Science Festival Exhibitor and Presenter - November 2006, February 2007, October 2009, October 2011
  • Expanding Your Horizons Conference Presenter - May 2006
  • Gompers Charter Secondary School, 7th grade Science Tutor - April 2006 - June 2007
  • SWEet Conference with the Girl Scouts, Polymer Workshop Planner - March - April 2006
  • Sally Ride Science TOYchallenge, Prescreening Judge - February 2006
  • BEWiSE, Overnight Stay Chaperone - May 2005
  • Chancellor's 5K Challenge Volunteer and Participant - October 2004, October 2005, October 2006
  • Expanding Your Horizons Conferences, Workshop Assistant - April 2004, April 2005, February 2009, March 2010, March 2012
  • San Diego Special Olympics, Timekeeper - January 2004, May 2005, February 2006
  • 2011 and 2012 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
  • 2010 AIAA Special Service Citation - June 2010
  • 2010 Society of Women Engineers - Texas Space Center Section Service Award - May 2010
  • 2008 2nd Place AIAA Communications Award, Large Section - January 2009
  • UCSD Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Award for Excellence in Leadership and Service - June 2008
  • COAST Member of Distinction Award - May 2008
  • COAST Member of the Year Award - May 2006
  • Provost's Honors - January 2005, March 2005
  • Optimist Club Youth Appreciation Award - December 2004
  • UCSD Leadership Certificate - May 2004
  • Optimist Essay Contest: 1st Place (County) - March 2003
  • Optimist Oratorical Contest: 3rd Place (County) - March 2003