2016 - 2019: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
PhD Mechanical Engineering: 3.68/4.00 GPA
Dissertation: Influence of objective functions on the identification of material model parameters from experimental data pdf.
2014 - 2016: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
MEng Mechanical Engineering: cum laude
Thesis: Obtaining non-linear orthotropic material models for pvc-coated polyester via inverse bubble inflation https://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/98627 pdf.
2009 - 2013: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, CO
BSc Mechanical Engineering: 3.72/4.00 GPA with honor
2018: Research & Development Graduate Intern
Works in the Verification Validation (VV), Uncertainty Quantification (UQ), Credibility Process group. R&D of statistical methods to estimate extreme tail probabilities with a limited number of samples.
2016 - present: Research Assistant / Instructor
Applied optimization to find model parameters that match experimental data, and research on quantifying the difference between experimental data and numerical models. Created and taught a Python Programming course.
2013 - 2014: Manufacturing Engineer
2012: Manufacturing Engineer Intern
Worked directly with all OEM final assembly lines to interface with Product Engineering on issues related to manufacturing. Participated on Integrated Product Development Teams to improve manufacturing processes associated with specialty aircraft seats (pilot, flight attendant, and observer) for commercial platforms.
2010 - 2013: Student Assistant IV
All-purpose IT wizard. Graphic design guru.
2017: Python Programming - 1 credit hour graduate course - Syllabus - Course material
Created and taught the first Python Programming course in the MAE department at the University of Florida. The course covers topics from the basics of Python to the most popular scientific Python libraries in an effort to prepare graduate students to perform research in Python.
2016: University of Florida GSFA - four year graduate school fellowship
2016: Stellenbosch departmental bursary - three year PhD funding
2016: MEng, obtained cum laude
2014: Wilhelm Frank Trust - research funding (~$50k secured with team)
2013: BSc, obtained with honor - graduated third in class
2010: Reisher Family Scholarship - three year award
2009: Braxton Technologies Scholarship - four year award
2019: Isotropic and orthotropic parameter identification from full field bulge inflation tests on PVC-coated polyester. The Seventh International Conference On Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019: Advances with Reviewing Personalized Tinder Profiles Using FaceNet and Historical Preference. University of Florida Data Science and Informatics Spring Symposium, Gainesville, Florida.
2018: Conservative Estimation of Tail Probabilities from Limited Sample Data. University of Florida Workshop Risk Management Approaches in Engineering Applications, Gainesville, Florida.
2018: Using FaceNet to automatically like Tinder profiles based on individual preference. University of Florida Data Science and Informatics Spring Symposium, Gainesville, Florida.
2018: Lack-of-fit Tests to Indicate Material Model Improvement or Experimental Data Noise Reduction. AIAA Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference, Kissimmee, Florida.
2015: Obtaining Material Models for Inflatable Structures via Inverse Bubble Inflation. Stellenbosch University Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering Department Research Colloquium, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2015: Obtaining Material Models for use in Finite Element Analyses of PVC-coated polyester via an Inverse Bubble Inflation Method. CIMNE VII International Conference on Textile Composites and Inflatable Structures, Barcelona, Spain.
2014: An Inverse Method for Generating Polymer Properties for use in Finite Element Analyses via Bubble Inflation Testing. SAImechE Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Materials Engineering Conference, Stellenbosch, South Africa.