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Work Experience
Materials Science And Engineering Intern - 3D Fusing Science 06/2018 to 08/2018
HP Inc San Diego, CA
  • Designed experiments to test polymer particle fusion during melting of different 3D printing powders
  • Optimized cooling rates and bed packing for 3D printed parts to maximize
  • Designed test parts to measure warping variation across the print bed
  • Studied effects of cooling and annealing on density variation, crystallinity, oxidation/degradation, warping, viscosity and other mechanical properties of various polymer materials
  • Performed analysis of fracture surfaces to help identify root cause of failures
Firmware Developer Intern 05/2017 to 07/2017
OctoTechRF Irvine, CA
  • Developed independent real-time secure communication firmware between camera and display systems, using C/C++, MATLAB, signal analysis and microcontrollers
Laboratory Technician - Rapid Prototying 09/2016 to 05/2017
Irvine Valley College, SOCCCD Irvine, CA
  • In charge of operations of various machinery and its maintenance: 3D Printers, SLA Machines, Laser Cutters, 3D Scanners, CNC Machines. Designed various parts and assemblies using CAD to be manufactured
Projects and Extracurriculars

Polymer Bicycle Frame with Compliant Steering Mechanism - Senior Design Project

  • Designed a fully injection moldabled polymer frame with integrated flexible steering mechanism. Performed Linear and Non-Linear Static analyses in FEMAP/NASTRAN to validate the design. Performed hand-calculation to confirm the FEA results.

Reciprocating Air Compressor - Machine Design Project

  • Designed, analyzed and fabricated a 3D printed reciprocating air compressor. Responsible for mechanical design and structural analysis of the compression system: piston, seals, valves, bearings, crankshaft and the housing and its interface with the drive system.

Composite Structural Analysis - Finite Element Project

  • Performed static, fatigue and modal analysis on variety of laminar and fiber reinforced composite materials in ANSYS

Belt Dynamometer - Measurement Design Project

  • Designed and built a measurement device for determining mechanical power output and efficiency of electric motors. Responsible for Electronic Data Collection system and Mechanical Design of the device

Mini CNC Milling Machine Project

  • Designing and fabricating a 3-axis bench-top CNC mini mill with custom control firmware programmed from scratch

Undergraduate Research - Materials Engineering

  • Research under Chemical and Materials Engineering department at Cal Poly Pomona; developing polymer-graphene composite with ideal thermal properties for use in footwear for diabetic patients

SolidWorks - Professional Mechanical Design Certification (CSWP)

Lead - 3D Printing Team; Recruitment Officer; Fundraising Officer - Applied Science and Engineering Club

Bachelor of Science: Mechanical Engineering 05/2020 Cal Poly Pomona - Pomona, CA

Minor in Materials Science and Engineering.

  • Notable classes: Stress Analysis, Finite Element Analysis, Advanced Mechanical Vibrations, Mechatronics, Corrosion and Material Degradation, Polymer Science, Fracture and Failure Analysis

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Professional Summary
Medical Laboratory Technician with over 20 years experience performing complex testing in a clinical laboratory setting. Performs Laboratory work independently or with little or no supervision or as team member. Able to perform start-up, clean and maintain laboratory equipment, including chemistry, hematology, urinalysis and other laboratory analyzers. Conduct chemical analysis on blood, urine, stool, spinal and other body fluids. Determine whether specimens are normal or abnormal, are acceptable for testing and whether further analysis is warranted. Inoculate culture media for fungal and bacterial isolation, aerobic and anaerobic culture set-up. Perform routine microscopy and staining, including Wright Giemsa and Gram stains, wet mount and KOH prep. Issue blood and blood products, including Red Cells, Cryo, Platelets, Rhogram, FFP and conduct emergency release. Determine the blood type and serotype; run antibody panels, test and select units compatible for transfusion. Enter data into electronic medical records or retrieve relevant information from patient history; provide technical information about tests to doctors and nurses. Perform daily quality control, correlation and validation studies. Participate in continuous improvement activities to verify the accuracy of laboratory results, quarterly surveys and inspection preparedness.
  • Phlebotomy knowledge
  • Trained in HIPPA compliance
  • Lab testing and reporting
  • MRSA PCR testing
  • Blood bank background
  • Sharp critical thinker
  • Manual dexterity
  • Lab equipment maintenance
Work History
Medical Laboratory Technician, 05/1993 to 04/2014
Vidant Pungo Hospital Belhaven, North Carolina
  • Performed diagnostic and therapeutic laboratory procedures.
  • Performed both routine and emergency maintenance on laboratory instruments.
  • Properly calibrated and adjusted malfunctioning equipment to ensure precise test results.
  • Prepared specimens for analysis and established proper chronological priorities in testing.

Medical Laboratory Technician, 05/2014 to 01/2015
Trego County Lemke Memorial Hospital Wakeeney, Kansas

Medical Laboratoty Technician, 02/2015 to 05/2015
Roy L. Schneider Hospital St. Thomas, Virgin Island

Medical Laboratory Technician, 05/2015 to 08/2015
Pershing Memorial Hospital Brookfield, Missouri

Medical Laboratory Technician, 09/2015 to 03/2016
Doctors Hospital Laredo, Texas

Medical Laboratory Technician, 03/2016 to 12/2016
Blanchard Valley Hospital Findlay, Ohio
Medical Laboratory Technician, 01/2017 to 10/2017
Concord Hospital Concord, NH
Medical Laboratory Technician, 11/2017 to Current
Carle Foundation Hospital Urbana, IL
Bachelor of Science: Clinical Laboratory Science, Current
Austin Peay State University - Clarkesville, TN
Associate of Science: Medical Technology, 1993
Beaufort County Community College - Washington, NC
Bachelor of Arts: Political Science, Concentration Criminal Justice, 1986
North Carolina Central University - Durham, NC

Medical Laboratory Technician, ASCP                         Issued: 09/01/1995 #53466

BLS (CPR and AED)  AHA                                          Expires 08/19

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Accomplished and energetic Medical Laboratory Technician with a solid history of achievement in accurate laboratory testing. Motivated leader with strong organizational and prioritization abilities. Areas of expertise include performing all laboratory tests and procedures with expedience, attention to detail, and optimum quality.
Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as of August 9, 2016. Certification Number: 100356
  • Excellent lab practices
  • Quality control procedures
  • Laboratory diagnostic equipment
  • Test result validity verification
  • Time management​
  • Complex problem solver
  • Health and Safety Regulations
  • Outstanding work ethics 
Medical Laboratory Technician - Night Shift Supervisor Jun 2016 to Current
Decatur Morgan Hospital Decatur, AL
  • Consistently adhere to all applicable regulations, policies and procedures for health, safety and environmental compliance.
  • Perform, check accuracy, and report results of routine and complex laboratory tests on blood, body fluids, and other specimens received in the lab.    
  • Perform quality control and maintenance procedures on all instruments used in the lab and accurately document records and reports.    
  • Assist with central processing, phlebotomy, and bone marrow aspiration as needed while maintaining patient confidentiality.    
  • Perform surveys, proficiency testing, and stay up to date with the latest technologies and literature in laboratory technology.    
  • Interact with medical and non-medical personnel as needed to accomplish tasks.   
Clinical Internship - Medical Laboratory Technician Jan 2016 to May 2016
Highlands Medical Center Scottsboro, AL
  • Accurately record and report test results according to established procedures.
  • Perform highly complex tests on clinical specimens for diagnostic purposes. Record known control values from technical instruments to ensure reliability and accuracy in test results reporting.
  • Correctly prepare laboratory equipment and instrumentation required for tests, research, process or quality control.  
  • Isolate, identify, type and group bacteria and fungi present in bodily fluids, autopsies, skin scrapings and surgical specimens.
  • Closely followed trends and techniques in medical laboratory testing.
Rehab Nursing Technician Mar 2015 to Jun 2016
Health South Rehabilitation Hospital Huntsville, AL
  • Provide physical support to assist patients to perform daily living activities, such as getting out of bed, bathing, dressing, using the toilet, standing, walking, or exercising.
  • Record vital signs, such as temperature, blood pressure, pulse, or respiration rate, as directed by medical or nursing staff.
  • Collect specimens, such as urine, feces, or sputum and properly transport them to the lab in a timely manner.
  • Document or otherwise report observations of patient behavior, complaints, or physical symptoms to nurses.
  • Safely transfer and transport patients to physical, occupational, and speech therapy using wheelchairs.
  • Medical chart accuracy and HIPAA compliance.
Certified Nursing Assistant Jan 2014 to Mar 2015
Redstone Village Huntsville, AL
  • Provide patients with help moving in and out of beds, baths, wheelchairs, or automobiles and with dressing and grooming.
  • Check patients' blood pressure, pulse, temperature, and respirations. Maintain records of patient care, condition, progress, or problems to report and discuss observations with supervisor or case manager.
  • Entertain, converse with, or read aloud to patients to keep them mentally healthy and alert.
  • Answer patient call lights and alarms to determine patients' needs.
  • Feed patients or assist patients to eat and drink.
Education and Training
Associate of Applied Science, Clinical Laboratory Technician 2016 Wallace State Community College Hanceville, AL
Certified Nursing Assistant 2013 J. F. Drake State Technical College Huntsville, AL
High School Diploma 2003 Bob Jones High School Madison, AL
Additional Information
  • American Red Cross Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers including CPR and AED Certification scheduled for February 1, 2017.
  • Member of ASCP.
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Background, Objective
Motivated and experienced researcher in titanium dioxide product R&D, manufacturing, laboratory management, quality control, and technical service seeking a technical position to advance my expertise to the food products industry.  
Core Qualifications
  • Developed tailored finishing treatments for raw titanium dioxide via layered oxide deposition using bench to pilot plant scale processing equipment.
  • Worked to implement plant quality processes and manufacturing procedures to optimize the production of titanium dioxide.
  • Expertise in paint formulations and coatings testing to optimize titanium dioxide optical and performance effects. 
  • Generated, evaluated, and managed test data for internal technical reporting. Drawn conclusions from data trends to determine next step in project evolution
  • Properly operated, maintained and calibrated analytical and pilot plant equipment such from particle analyzers and  blending equipment to  pulverisers and powder testers.
  • Strong safety focus by leading and implementing  programs and initiatives through meetings, communications, inspections, assessments,  and training which included incident investigation.
  • Strong personal computer skills  using Microsoft Excel, LIMS, Minitab and SAP modules.
  • Experienced in viscosity and stability testing of paints and metal oxide slurries using metrics such as shear rate rheometry, zeta charge and gel measurement apparatus. 
  • Coordinated and trained new employees and transfers in research laboratory testing, equipment operation and procedures.

  • Reviewed and updated safe operating procedures. Developed and maintained  work and operational instructions for different laboratory tasks and equipment.
  • Worked collaboratively with multiple departments to plan and carry out manufacturing and technology projects.
  • Supported Quality Assurance, Manufacturing, Marketing and Customer Service by providing specialized and standard laboratory testing and analysis. 
  • Developed and updated safe operating procedures and test methods for job related tasks and equipment operations.
  • Designed and executed laboratory application projects for specific customers to resolve issues or spotlight product benefits to their systems. 
  • Accurately maintained  documentation through lab notebooks and operation logs. 
  • 5S and Six-sigma Green Belt certifications.   
  • Assigned as a key support specialist in quality  production labs for targeted testing, monitoring and analysis  for plant process trials and new grade campaigns focusing on different pigment markets.
  • Experienced in titanium dioxide pilot plant set up and operations.
  • Worked with sales to acquire and test competitor's samples for industry benchmarking.
Rideshare Driver/Tanker Truck Driver 04/2016 to 05/2018 Uber/Lyft/Schneider National Bulk Carriers Keasbey, NJ Part-time driver for Uber and Lyft from home. Graduate of Schneider tanker training. Less than six months experience as a solo tanker driver.
Senior Technician/Associate Chemist/Researcher 04/1992 to 09/2015 SCM Chemicals/Millennium Inorganic/Cristal Baltimore, MD
Provided technical service to customers and to support marketing initiatives for new product introductions in prospective markets. Incorporated design of experiment to optimize optical and/or physical properties in pigment and extender blends. 
Reformulated customer paint systems to improve stability, application properties or reduce cost. Developed test methods to screen pigments and extenders for marketing analysis. Applied ASTM test methods for special evaluations. Prepared test panels and operated accelerated weathering machines to compare to natural exposure weathering data. Ran paint dispersions and prepared slurries for stability testing. Learned paint and coatings preparation techniques, color-matching  and formulation using high speed dispersion mixers, blenders, bead mills and application testing using draw down, powder coat or spray equipment. Operated sand mills and steam jet mills to de-agglomerate titanium dioxide.
Transferred to Applications Research working for multiple PhD supervisors testing the chemical interaction of titanium dioxide with other oxides and in paint systems. Ran accelerated heat stability for viscosity monitoring.
Moved to Product Research and Development in 1998. Created bench top scale prototypes by treating raw titanium dioxide with custom oxide coatings and processing into finished pigment using drying, meshing, and milling equipment.  Conducted special testing and extractions of pigment for gas chromatography. Expertise in Malvern particle sizing and UV/Vis optical density analysis. Mastery in surface area, porosity and colloidal zeta charge analysis using auto pH titration to characterize particle surface activity.
​Conducted experiments of  titanium dioxide slurry formulation to increase stability and mold/mildew resistance. Worked a stint in production for three months to learn titanium dioxide finishing, packaging and warehousing. Operated palletizers and fork lifts. Traveled to plant sites for trial support by testing in-process and finished pigments. Analyzed data and reported to plant operators and engineers. 
Key team member awarded in the development of novel titanium dioxide products. (Chairman's Award:2000, Special Group Recognition for a Chemical Process Implementation:2013) 
​Operated pilot plant processing equipment to produce larger samples of pigment products. Visited toll vendor sites to evaluate processing equipment for our products such as spray driers and jet pulverizers.
Supported urgent plant manufacturing issues through prompt evaluation and targeted testing.
Managed test results data using LIMS (laboratory management software), Minitab (statistical analysis software) and Microsoft Office to create charts and customized graphs for technical presentations.
Periodically led topical department safety meetings.
Enjoyed providing technical tours, orientation and training for new employees and transfers at the research facility. Encouraged co-workers to perform tasks safely, accurately, and efficiently.

Research Laboratory Technician 04/1982 to 11/1991 PPG Industries, Inc. Allison Park, PA
Produced bench-top scale resins, latexes, and functional polymers for the coatings industry using custom and standard glassware and reactor apparatus.
Conducted wet chemical analysis to determine the progress of chemical reactions.
Operated other types of laboratory equipment as needed for final product formulation and testing.
Operated advanced electron beam and ultraviolet light equipment to cure liquid coatings.
Tested physical properties of cured coatings using a variety of ASTM and custom methods.
Certificate : Commercial Trucking 2016 Cecil College North East, MD, United States Obtained Commercial Driver's License A with tanker and hazmat endorsements
Science Penn State University New Kensington, PA, USA 30 Credit hours towards a general science degree
Organic Chemistry Allegheny County Community College Pittsburgh, PA, USA 15 credit hours
Professional Affiliations
Six Sigma Green Belt
Maryland First Responder
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Professional Summary
Efficient and productive Medical Laboratory Technician, competent in hematology, urinalysis, chemistry, microbiology, and blood banking.
Medical Laboratory Technician
Certification No:100210
Board Date:7/15/2016
CMP Active Date:7/15/2016 - 7/31/2019
Skill Highlights
  • Test result validity verification
  • Lab equipment calibration
  • Quality control procedures

  • Rapid tests (Strep A, Influenza, and RSV)
  • Excellent lab practices
  • Sample checking
Professional Experience
Palo Alto County Health System Emmetsburg, Iowa Medical Laboratory Technician 08/2016 to Current
  • Doing daily maintence and quality control on all equipment in the laboratory.
  • Documenting information by keeping maintenance log books.
  • Testing patient specimens in an timely manner to give doctors accurate results for an accurate diagnosis.
  • Performing tests in toxicology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology and blood bank.
Good Samaritian Society Algona, IA Certified Nursing Assistant 04/2012 to 01/2017
  • Providing residents with help in their activities of daily living by serving meals, feeding, ambulating, and repositioning.
  • Helping residents with daily personal hygiene by assisting them to the restroom, giving showers and baths.
  • Providing comfort by answering call lights in a timely manner and by giving them a listening ear.
  • Documenting the cares I have given on the kiosk.

Education and Training
Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technician 2016 Iowa Central Community College, Fort Dodge , IA, US
Certified Nursing Assistant 2011 Iowa Lakes Community College, Algona, IA, US
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Professional Summary
Accomplished clinical microbiologist with over 15 years of experience in all facets of bacteriology and mycology, advancing and evolving into molecular techniques to gain further knowledge and growth in the field.
  • Experience in clinical microbiology
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Team Collaboration
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Experience in enteric, routine and fungal cultures
  • Proficient in molecular testing
  • Corrective Action
  • Published researcher
Work History
Clinical Microbiologist 07/2001 to 02/2017
Cornell University-Animal Health Diagnostic Center Ithaca, New York
  • Proficient in multiple testing disciplines, including culturing for aerobic, anaerobic, enteric and fungal organisms and serologic testing
  • Primary mycologist which encompasses reading, analyzing and reporting fungal cultures
  • Accomplished and confident in molecular testing, including PCR, electrophoresis, DNA sequencing and analysis
  • Identification of through automated systems such as Sensititre, MALDI-TOF, as well as DNA sequencing and biochemical evaluation
  • Experience writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), reports, presenting data to shareholders 
  • Quality assurance compliance, corrective action documentation 
  • Collaboration with clinicians, scientists on individual cases and research projects
  • Work with all shareholders in a good-natured and cooperative manner and contributes to a positive work environment
Sales Representative 02/2000 to 05/2001
Energy Beam Sciences Agawam, Massachusetts
  • Responsible for sales of laboratory supplies and equipment, technical support and training of customers and internal staff through the use of presentations, seminars and workshops.  
  • Managing and preparing specific marketing projects, news releases, newsletters and product literature.  
  • Development of annual sales reports and budgets
Microbiology Laboratory Technician 09/1997 to 11/1999
SUNY Upstate Medical Center Syracuse, New York
  • Aseptic technique
  • Proficient in handling specimens and setting appropriate cultures
  • Proficient in the evaluation of routine aerobic, ancerobic, mycobacteriology and mycology cultures in a human hospital
  • Maintained and supported Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and Quality Assurance guidelines (QA) guidelines
Graduate School: Mycology 1997 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, New York
  • Teaching Assistant for Microbial Ecology, General Mycology, Forest and Shade Tree Pathology
Bachelor of Science: Environmental Forest Biology 1994 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry - Syracuse, New York
  • Graduated with Honors

  • Ledbetter, E.C., M.L. Norman, J.K. Starr.  (2016)  In vivo confocal microscopy for the detection of canine fungal keratitis and monitoring oftherapeutic response.  Vet Ophthalmol  19:220–229.
  • Ledbetter, E.C., J.K. Starr.  (2015)  Malassezia pachydermatis keratomycosis in a dog.  Med Mycol Case Rep 10:24-6. 
  • Garner, C., J.K. Starr, P.L. McDonough, C. Altier.  (2010)  Molecular Identification of Veterinary Yeast Isolates by Use of Sequence-Based Analysisof the D1/D2 Region of the Large Ribosomal Subunit.  J Clin Microbiol. 48:2140-2146.
  • Barr, S.C., P.L. McDonough, R. L. Scipioni-Ball, J.K. Starr.  (2005)  Serologic responses of dogs given a commercial vaccine against Leptospirainterrogans serovar pomona and Leptospira kirschneri serovar grippotyphosa.  Am J Vet Res 66:1780-4.