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I recently graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with my Master’s degree in aerospace engineering and am currently looking for my first job in industry. I have a wide range of experience including a background in architecture and physics and extensive study in the field of fluid mechanics. I am currently seeking a full-time position in engineering applying my broad background in drafting, design, and fluid mechanics.

On this website you will find detailed information about my academic and professional qualifications as well as examples and portfolios of past work. Be sure to check out my undergraduate thesis on turbulence in a Kolmogorov shear layer under Research Experience. Thank you for taking your time to learn more about me. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

 
 
Resume


Here is a generalized copy of my resume. All information contained herein is expanded upon throughout this website for those who take a greater interest in my experiences.

Gould_Resume

Education


M.S. in Aerospace Engineering June 2013
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
GPA – 3.86

I graduated from UCLA in June 2013 with an M.S. in aerospace engineering. I focused my studies on fluid mechanics, taking classes in potential flow theory, compressible flows, heat transfer theory, computational fluid dynamics (CFD), rocket propulsion, and biofluid dynamics. I also took classes in aerospace structures and dynamics. As part of my CFD course I developed code for modeling two-dimensional Euler flow over an arbitrary airfoil using a self-made C-grid generation routine. I also wrote review papers on the current state of research in the fields of solid rocket motors and the fluid dynamics of the human tear film.

UCLA Transcript

 

B.A. in Physics May 2012
Reed College
GPA – 3.47

I graduated from Reed College in May 2012 with a B.A. in physics. I spent five years at Reed, including a semester abroad in Florence, Italy studying architecture. During my final year I conducted research into turbulence in a Kolmogorov shear layer for my undergraduate thesis project.

Reed College Transcript

 
 
Technical Skills


Scientific Software

Math Works MATLAB

I have over a year of experience using MATLAB. I am proficient with function writing, iterative methods, and graphical plotting. While at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I wrote numerous MATLAB routines to analyze and plot data generated by fluid dynamic simulations. I also made extensive use of MATLAB while at UCLA for potential flow analyses.

MATLAB Samples

Wolfram Mathematica

I have four years of experience with Mathematica. I am proficient with function writing, iterative methods, and graphical plotting. While at Reed I used Mathematica to studiy methods of scientific computation and developed a model of ion trapping in two-dimensions using a rotating saddle-point potential. At UCLA I applied my experience with Mathematica to a course in computational fluid dynamics (CFD). I wrote a C-Grid generation routine and developed a two-dimensional model for inviscid flow over a NACA0012 Airfoil.

Two-Dimensional Ion Trapping

Inviscid Flow over a NACA0012 Airfoil

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COMSOL Multiphysics

I am familiar with domain specification, turbulence and heat transfer modeling, and data analysis using the COMSOL Multiphysics fluid modeling system.

National Instruments LabVIEW

I have limited experience creating instrument interfaces and measurement tools with the LabVIEW software.

 

Drafting Software

Autodesk AutoCAD

I have six years of experience with AutoCAD. I am proficient with layer integration and all keyboard shortcuts.

Google SketchUp

I have six years of experience with SketchUp. I am proficient with layer integration and the creation of complex geometries. I have worked on everything from simple presentation models to detailed design models to heavily detailed models of hardware components.

SketchUp Samples

Emeroteque Design

Door Hardware Design

 

Programming

Python

I have recently been teaching myself Python by working my way through Project Euler, a set of mathematical challenges designed for programmers. Currently I have completed problems 1-18, and 67.

Fortran

At the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) I worked directly with the Fortran code for the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), creating input files, making simple modifications, and writing short subroutines for test cases. I also wrote a number of individual programs in Fortran to generate FDS input files and coordinate maps for complex geometries.

HTML

I have developed several personal websites with HTML and am familiar with basic PHP and CSS programming. I am also proficient with the WordPress content management system.

Version Control

I have experience developing software under version control using both the command line interface and the SmartSVN Subversion Client.

Elliptical Grid Generation

I am familiar with elliptical grid generation techniques to create smooth and uniform discretizations of arbitrarily defined computational domains.

Finite Volume/Difference Methods

I have experience programming both explicit and implicit schemes using forward, backward, and central difference methods. I am also familiar with more advanced second-order schemes such as the Lax-Wendroff and MacCormack methods. I have experience performing flux vector splitting using the Steger-Warming approach and I can perform both matrix and Von Neumann stability analyses.

 

Office Software
Microsoft Office

I have been using Microsoft Word all of my life and am proficient with every aspect of the software. I have made extensive use of Microsoft Excel both for data analysis and graphing purposes while at Reed and for database management while at NIST. I have composed numerous presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint including a presentation of my undergraduate thesis to the Reed Physics Department and a presentation of my studies at NIST to the Fire Research Division.

OpenOffice

I have used Apache OpenOffice software off and on over the years and am proficient with every aspect of the software including document writing, spreadsheet analysis, and presentation composition.

LaTeX

I have four years of experience with LaTeX and am familiar with the TeXworks, MiKTeX, and MacTeX editors. I have experience using the REVTeX 4 document class from the American Physical Society (APS). I am proficient with the use of BibTeX and the amsmath package.

Current Topics in Tear Film Dynamics

Current Topics in Solid Rocket Motor Research

Flight Structures Problem Set

Solid State Physics Problem Set

Semiconductor Optical Bandgap Laboratory Report

 

Operating Systems
Windows

I have been using Microsoft operating systems all of my life and am familiar with everything from Windows 95 to Windows 7.

Macintosh

I have five years experience with Apple operating systems, primarily with Tiger and Snow Leopard.

Linux

I have over a year of experience with Ubuntu and am proficient with basic use of the command line interface.

 
 
Research Experience


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
National Institute of Standards and Technology

In the summer of 2012 I was honored to participate in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. I spent 11 weeks developing verification studies for the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). I worked directly with Kevin McGrattan, the principal investigator for the “Fire Modeling for Performance-Based Design” Project, and consulted frequently with the other members of the team. My verification studies were designed to test the computational fluid dynamics used in the program to predict heat transfer rates and smoke behavior.

I worked on a two-dimensional vortex simulation to test the transport algorithm for second-order accuracy, a study that was added to the FDS Verification Guide for FDS 6. The Cartesian grid system employed by FDS requires special techniques to handle the rough boundaries of curved and angled surfaces. Earlier versions of FDS would eliminate vorticity at these surfaces, however, I was able to demonstrate the ineffectiveness of these techniques and FDS 7 will be switching to an immersed boundary method. I also investigated the accuracy of the turbulence modeling in FDS through a model of stratified mixing layers.

As part of developing the FDS software, my contributions and the contributions of the rest of the Engineered Fire Safety Group had to be integrated together. I worked closely with the rest of the team to prevent conflicts, using version control via the command line and the SmartSVN Subversion Client to keep track of everyone’s contributions.

FDS Verification Guide Supplement

 

Undergraduate Thesis Project
Reed College

During my final year at Reed I conducted an analysis of the effects of shear forces in a thin fluid layer. Basic Kolmogorov shear flow was used to develop stable laminar and turbulent flow patterns as well as unstable flow patterns at high Reynolds numbers. An early instability leading to a stable lattice of vortices was observed to occur at V=9.5 volts. The effects of prisms present in the fluid layer in the shape of arc intersections were also analyzed. The same instability that was observed in the regular setup was observed to broaden in the presence of a prism, the inflection point of which was observed to occur between V=12 and V=14 volts, the inflection occurring at higher voltages for prisms with lower arc radii.

Thesis Excerpt

 
 
Work Experience


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow May 2012 – Aug 2012
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Worked with Dr. Kevin McGrattan conducting verification studies of the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) used in the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) software… read more

 

Cashier Feb 2008 – May 2012
Reed College Bookstore

Assisted with stocking merchandise, inventory, and accounting duties. Ran store on night shifts, responsible for closing up.

 

Summer Assistant Jun 2009 – Aug 2009
William J. Hawkins III, FAIA, Architect

Conducted archival work of drawings and documents pertaining to the historical architecture of Portland, Oregon.

Map of Historic Portland

 

Architecture Intern Summers 2003 – 2008
Miles Yanick and Company

Worked on design development, drafted permit and construction drawings, worked with clients and city officials, conducted site analyses, and assisted with marketing efforts.

7th Avenue Building (2008)

Eagle Harbor Book Co. Deck (2007)

Olympic Center for Music (2003)

 
 
Volunteer Experience


Volunteer Computer Refurbishment Technician Oct 2011 – Mar 2012
Free Geek
3-6hrs/wk

Diagnosed hardware failures on old computers. Assembled refurbished computers with recycled components. Quality controlled desktops and laptops prior to sale or donation.

Assistant Martial Arts Instructor Sep 2006 – Aug 2007
The Island Art Center
2-4hrs/wk

Individually taught and assisted in the instruction of classes in Japanese swordsmanship and Aikido.

 
 
Contact Information


Address:
5920 38th Avenue NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Phone Number:
206.549.9226

Email:
max.gould@gmail.com