CV

Education

  •  M.S. in Engineering Mechanics – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2012
  • B.S. in Engineering Science and Mechanics – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2010

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant:  Virginia Tech, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, ENGE 1114 – Engineering Exploration (January 2012 – Present)

  • Taught/lead three workshops of about 35 students each
  • Responsible for grading all assignments and projects given in the workshop
  • Held office hours to answer homework and other course related questions
  • Proctored tests

Graduate Teaching Assistant:  Virginia Tech, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, ENGE 1024 – Engineering Exploration (August 2011 – December 2011)

  • Taught/lead three workshops of about 35 students each
  • Responsible for grading all assignments and projects given in the workshop
  • Held office hours to answer homework and other course related questions
  • Proctored tests

Private Tutoring:  Various engineering subjects (Spring 2007 – Present)

  • Met with students one on one to work through questions on homework problems and help them prepare for tests
  • Statics, Dynamics, Deformable Bodies, and Basic Principles of Structures

Graduate Teaching Assistant:  Virginia Tech, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, ESM 2104 – Statics (May 2011 – July 2011)

  • Held office hours every day to answer student questions on class material

Research Experience

Masters Student Thesis:  Virginia Tech, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Comparative Biomechanics Lab (August 2010 – Present); Mentor:  Dr. Dan Dudek

  • Assistance with senior design team projects
  • Assistance with construction of novel force plate and set up for force measurement in small animals
  • High speed video and force measurement in various animals (fleas, leaf hoppers)

Research Assistant: Virginia Tech, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Organismal Biology Lab (September 2009 – May 2010); Mentor:  Dr. Jake Socha

  • Set up carabid beetle living habitat
  • Measurements of internal pressure of carabid beetles
  • Use of Syncotron X-Ray with pressure measurements on carabid beetles

Research Intern: School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Summer Institute (June 2009 – August 2009); Mentor:  Dr. Jake Socha

  • Researched various pressure measurement systems for use in measuring internal pressure in carabid beetles
  • Initial measurements of internal pressure in carabid beetles

Research Intern:  School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, Bioinformatics and Bioengineering Summer Institute (June 2008 – August 2008); Mentor:  Dr. Nicole Rylander

  • Culturing chondrocyte cells
  • Research and initial use of the Flexcell Tension and Sheer System

Relevant Teaching and Pedagogical Coursework

  •  EDEP 5114 – Advanced Educational Psych
  • EDEP 5154 – Psych Foundations for Pre-Service Teachers
  • GRAD 5104 – Preparing Future Professoriate
  • GRAD 5114 – Pedagogical Practices in Contemporary Contexts
  • MATH 5984 – Research in Undergrad Math Education

Other Work Experience

 Summer Intern:  Satellite Tracking of People (June 2007 – August 2007)

Research Presentations

J.J. Socha, L. Cox, W.-K. Lee, M. Means, J. Tolley.  2010. Under pressure: the biomechanical mechanism of rhythmic tracheal compression in carabid beetles.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

J. Tolley, J.J. Socha.  2009.  Beetle Juice:  The Characterization of Internal Pressure Changes in Carabid Beetles.  Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Regional Meeting, Chapel Hill, NC.

Laboratory Equipment Experience

High Speed Video Cameras:  Recording animal and model movement and analyzing recordings.

 Samba Pressure System:  Use of the Samba Pressure System to measure internal dynamic pressure inside beetles

ExpeData Software:  Data analysis and collection

Flexcell® Tension and Shear Systems:  Set up and use of both the tension and compression cell culture systems

Advanced Photon Source:  Testing performed at Argonne National Laboratory using the Advanced Photon Source to image beetles

EMG:  Use of surface EMGs and recording.

Force Platforms:  Use of standard force plates along with a novel construction.

Software Experience

LabView

MatLAB

ExpeData Software:  Data analysis and collection

Awards, Honors, and Organizations

Global Perspectives Trip 2012

McNair Scholar Assistantship

McNair Scholar

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Dean’s List:  Virginia Tech (Fall 2005, Spring 2006, Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2009)

2nd place award in Word Processing I in Future Business Leaders of America Competitive Events

Websites, Blogs, and Other Related Work

e-Portfolio:  https://sites.google.com/site/enginerdjen/

A Geek Abroad – Personal blog required as part of the Global Perspectives Trip 2012:  https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/ageekabroad

Professor Enginerd – Personal blog required as a part of GRAD 5114:   https://blogs.lt.vt.edu/professorenginerd

You may download a PDF version of my CV here.

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