Category Archives: Experience

Wildlife Ambassador

World Wildlife Fund October 23, 2017 – Present Raising awareness and funds through origami gifts, exhibitions, and presentations. Encouraging local policy makers to move legislation in favor of sustainable and harmonious relationships between people and wildlife. Virtually meeting with other wildlife ambassadors around the country to share successes and failures in our striving efforts to […]

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Interstellar Spacecraft Sailmaker

Experimental Cosmology Group, University of California Santa Barbara January 2017 – Present Designing a laser propelled sail for an interstellar spacecraft that can maintain stability during acceleration while minimizing mass and maximizing reflectivity.

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Origami, Inflatables, and Tensegrity Deployable Structures Contractor

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration through Columbus Technologies and ANRE Technologies June 2016 – Present Designed crease patterns that would allow large deployable solar reflectors to meet the design requirements. Determined the reflector’s material composition using finite element analysis and environmental considerations. Fabricated and folded many >2m prototypes from highly reflective laminar […]

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Educating Leaders for the Future Instructor

Sustainability Instructor at La Cuesta High School April 2016 – June 2016

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Campaign Artist and Coordinator

Activist at Fossil Free UCSB January 2016 – June 2016 Design and fold outstanding origami, such as O’l Derrick the Divestment Dinosaur, to attract new members and to help establish an espirit de corps. Design, fold, and teach simple origami at our events to help spread our message. Evaluate the consistency of proposed actions with […]

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Marine Protected Area Watch Volunteer

Volunteer at Santa Barbara Channelkeeper January 2016 – present Walk along the beach surveying and recording all near and onshore coastal activities in survey site on data sheets. Recording consumptive uses such as recreational and commercial shore-based and ocean-based fishing activities. Recording non-consumptives uses such as kayaking, surfing, SCUBA diving, stand-up paddling, wildlife viewing, and […]

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Origami Design Intern

JPLSIP Intern at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration June 2015 – September 2015 Developed equations that describe the motion of curved and rigid folds. Developed a geometric construction that modifies “flasher-like” origami so they may become deployable from a mechanical truss along their perimeter. Designed a conical crease pattern to meet the […]

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Origami Instructor

Origami Instructor Arts for Humanity April 2015 – Present Teaching origami to youth and seniors in the Santa Barbara and Goleta Community Teaching basic geometric principles through origami, such as symmetry, bisection, and perpendicularity. Encouraging youth to complete a well ordered sequence of precision steps. Sharing origami history and its evolving role in society, mathematics, […]

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Artist

August 2014 – Present Experience Developed a unique method of origami design with 15 years of experience designing and folding origami. All works are folded from a single uncut sheet of paper. Maintain my website, social media, and public release statements. Making online sales of my work and shipping nationally. Assembling laminar composite materials and […]

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Undergraduate Researcher – Photoacoustic Materials: Theory and Characterization

Materials Research Laboratory, University of California Santa Barbara June 2014 – August 2014 Experience Built an apparatus to characterize the photoacoustic response of various materials. Characterized the photoacoustic response of various materials. Proposed a mechanism that describes how nanostructured surfaces affect the intensity of the photoacoustic effect. Sought applications for nanostructured photoacoustic materials. Presentations The […]

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Volunteer Dinosaur Excavator

May 2014 – June 2014 Museum of the Rockies Experience Excavated and jacketed sauropod fossils from the Morrison Formation with jack hammers, shovels, hammers, chisels, awls, and various dental tools. Identified fossils and interpreted the depositional environment of the area by recognizing facies changes and sedimentary structures. 135hrs of volunteer service.

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Petrographic Thin Sections Preparator

February 2014 – May 2014 Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, Santa Barbara City College Experience Developed a method to create 30μm and 15μm petrographic thin sections with the equipment available at Santa Barbara City College. Used optically oriented birefringent minerals to measure the thickness of thin sections with greater accuracy in order to reduce error […]

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Undergraduate Researcher – Thermoelectric Materials

June 2013 – August 2013 Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Experience Developed thermoelectric materials for cooling applications aboard spacecraft. Prepared a Physical Property Measurement System in a vibrationally isolated environment; machined custom parts. Used phase diagrams to guide the synthesis of semiconductors using spark plasma sintering, a furnace, and a ball mill. […]

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Paleontology Intern –Experimental Preparator

Paleontology Lab, Santa Barbara City College May 2013 – December 2013 Experience Studied the taphonomy and histology of tusks and characterized their fracture pattern. Tested various methods of consolidating and relocating myriad loose fragments while not obscuring the ancient ivory surface beneath glues and paints. Developed a method to restore the structural integrity to disintegrated […]

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Undergraduate Researcher – Nanostructured Metal Films

June 2012 – September 2012 Weld Lab, University of California Santa Barbara Experience Synthesized a variety of nanostructured metal films and searched for properties not expressed in the bulk phase of matter. Discovered the photoacoustic effect in a variety of our films and began characterization. Characterized films with SEM, SQUID Magnetometer, and UV –VIS spectrophotometer. […]

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Environmental Science Tutor

August 2010 – Present Santa Barbara Help prepare students for exams, homeworking, and better understanding our relationship with our environment and the vast interdependent networks of energy and resources that unite us.

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Volunteer Fossil Excavator and Preparator

June 2009 – June 2011 Paleontology Lab, Page Museum La Brea Tar Pits Experience Excavated and prepared Pleistocene megafauna and microfauna. Used appropriate solvents and consolidants to repair fossils. Identified microfossils under the microscope. 300hrs of volunteer service Awards Santa Barbara County Education Spirit Award Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year Award Santa Barbara […]

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Brigade S-1 Administrative Officer

February 2009 – June 2009 7th Brigade, California Cadet Corps Cadet Major Experience As the 7th Cadet Brigade Administrative Officer, I was responsible for Compliance with the provisions of Cadet Regulation 1-1, including the preparation and publication of applicable brigade orders and permanent orders as detailed in CR 1-1 The preparation and management of correspondence […]

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Battalion S-4 Supply and Logistics Officer

February 2007 – June 2007 11th Brigade, California Cadet Corps Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Experience Under the supervision of my commandant, it was my duty to Issue uniforms and other supplies to cadets. Maintain stocks of State-issued supplies in accordance with the provisions of Cadet Regulation 4-2. Prepare the forms prescribed in CR 4-1 to maintain […]

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Brigade Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander

August 2006 – December 2007 11th Brigade, California Cadet Corps Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Experience As Headquarters and Headquarters Company Commander it was my responsibility to Manage the support personnel assigned to the brigade commander to conduct brigade level training activities, including: strength accountability, morale management, insuring cadets assigned specific support duties are fulfilling assigned duties, […]

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