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Lumberton, NJ *
NICHOLAS A. VENA
Highly-motivated professional with hands-on experience in mechanical engineering seeking career position in engineering firm.
Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering
Experience in Design, QA, Support, and Project Management
Knowledge and expertise in engineering and 3D CAD software packages
Diverse background of employment in several fields of work
Drexel University College of Engineering - Philadelphia, PA
BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering
Concentration in Biomechanics
Graduated June 2009
Intelligent Imaging Innovations, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
Support Engineer – Pacific Region, August, 2010 to January, 2012
Field service engineer for advanced microscopy systems, domestic and international (Canada, UK, China). Installation of complex microscopes and optical components on-site. Design and optimization of systems to best accommodate facility research. Quality assurance for systems pre-installation. Software programming for automation of custom systems. Coordination and performance of repairs on systems. Correspondence for all support inquiries and troubleshooting for customers by phone, email and service visits. Demonstration and on-site training for new users.
University of Pennsylvania Department of Pathology, Philadelphia, PA
Research Specialist/Lab Manager, September, 2008 to August, 2010
Examination of proliferation, differentiation, and mechanobiology of T-cells at the immune synapse after given colocalized antigen signals. Design and implementation of experimental procedure. Acquisition and analysis of experimental data supporting gene therapy trials for leukemia patients. Application of several techniques of cell biology, including RT-PCR, immunoprecipitation, flow cytometry acquisition/analysis, and fluorescence microscopy. Management of laboratory facility and research. Training of all new employees.
South State, Inc., Berlin, NJ
Project Manager, September 2006 to March, 2007
Managed job site for reconstruction and redesign of traffic circle in Berlin, NJ. Performed calculations and on-site measurements as well as created design specifications. Kept inventory records and managed supplies for ongoing construction. Managed change/purchase orders.
Resolution Management Consultants, Inc., Marlton, NJ
Assistant Consultant, September, 2005 to March, 2006
Updated project schedules. Organization of reference material. Data research. Organization and analysis of change orders, purchase orders, payment applications, HRC forms, invoices, and contract agreements. Project management, including analysis using Primavera and Suretrak. Determining the Critical Path Method of contracts.
Pennoni Associates, Haddon Heights, NJ
Supporting Technician, September, 2004 to March, 2005
Design and measurements of road design, including storm water, sanitary, electrical, and water main systems. Development of bond estimates, as well as contract plans and specifications. Surveying and CAD design. Analysis of field data to propose appropriate design measures for various projects. Maintaining correspondence between engineers, developers, contractors, as well as local municipalities and NJDOT.
Volunteer work for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), March 2008 to August 2010. Work includes transport and care of neglected and stray dogs, as well as raising public awareness of pet adoption agencies and finding homes and foster care for homeless animals.
Volunteer work for 826LA in Los Angeles, CA, July 2011 to October 2011. Work includes tutoring minors in academic subjects such as math, reading, creative writing, and art both in elementary schools and at the 826LA offices.