Skills and Abilities

Computer Skills

  • Programming: I am very familiar with common engineering programming languages (python, matlab, and mathematica.) I have used matlab and python for jobs, and have used all three for academic purposes. I am proficient with R, VBA (in excel), and bash. With enough googling, I can easily program in any of these languages.
  • Linux: I am proficient with the linux environment and am able to perform basic operations.
  • Microsoft Office: It seems a bit unnecessary to list this, but I would rather err on the side of caution. I am very experienced with Office, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • vi: I am able to use vi to quickly edit bash scripts or other files.
  • Latex: I have used Latex extensively to present well-formatted technical papers.

Scientific and Engineering Skills

  • Mathematical Modeling: Throughout my academic and professional careers, I have done extensive mathematical modelling. My work at Sandia Labs, the Dispersive Hydrodynamics Lab, the Applied Math Department, and my contest submissions for Shell Ideas 360 and the Mathematical Contest in Modelling have all been based in mathematical modelling. Additionally, my applied math coursework has bolstered my knowledge.
  • Data Collection: I am experienced with collecting data, both from lab-based courses and from my experimental work at the Dispersive Hydrodynamics Lab. I am comfortable designing and running experiments and analyzing the results.
  • Data Analysis: I am able to analyze large data sets that result from experiments. I am familiar with statistical and other mathematical tools to derive meaningful results from the data. My ability to write scripts in common engineering applications greatly helps this analysis. 
  • Fieldwork and Specimen Analysis: From my time at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, I became familiar with field techniques for data collection. In analyzing the fossils we collected, I learned how to characterize and catalog specimens.

  • Public Speaking and Debate: During my time in High School, I participated heavily in speech and debate. I debated public forum, which requires both pre-written and extemporaneous speaking, as well as cross-examination by opponents. From this, I learned to be comfortable with my ideas and assertive when I believe I am right.
  • Conversational Spanish: From first grade to high school graduation, I took a Spanish class every year. Though not fluent, I am able to construct sentences in Spanish and generally understand it when I hear it.
  • Technical Writing: From both work and academics, I have become skilled at writing technical papers. The Mathematical Contest in Modelling especially honed this skill, as my team wrote papers more than 50 pages long both years. By struggling in such a fashion, I became a much better writer. Examples of my technical writing are available in my portfolio.
  • Non-Technical Writing: From my history minor, I learned to write persuasively in a non-technical setting. Examples of my history papers can be found in my portfolio.

Non-Technical Skills