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Engineering Assistant

Tomball, Texas, 77377, United States
March 08, 2011

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Erin M. Pytel

Permanent Address: ***** Jane Rd Tomball, TX 77377

School Address: PO Box 98041 Durham, NC 27708




Acquire a position where I can use the skills I've learned as well as

my strengths in engineering and problem solving


[pic]Jan 2011 Duke University: Mechanical Engineering and

Materials Science, Certificate in Aerospace Engineering

Expected Graduation: May, 2011 GPA: 3.2/4.0

Relevant Duke Courses

Engineering: Comp. Methods, Mechanics of Solids, Innovation,

Controls, Materials, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, Circuits, Aircraft

Performance, Aerodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Mechanical Design, Heat & Mass

Transfer; Chemistry; Writing; Math: Multivar. Calc., Linear

Alg., Diff. EQ; Physics: Mechanics, E.&M.



Spring 2011 Teaching Assistant, Duke University

Durham, NC

-Held help sessions and graded homework for Dr. Gustafson's

class on Control Systems

Fall 2009 Assistant, Dr. Sylvia Ferrari (Duke University)

Durham, NC

-Fall 2010 -Studied control systems and aerodynamics to prepare for

research with Dr. Sylvia Ferrari in a

joint project with Texas A&M on wing morphing for UAVs

-Researched current progress on wing morphing control using Q-

Learning as developed by Dr. John Valasek

-Researched the diff. eq.'s used to define the morphing system

to be used in a developing diff. eq. solving software

Summer 2010 Engineering Intern, Service Engineering, Continental Airlines

Houston, TX

-Worked closely with engineers and mechanics repairing aircraft

on ground and aircraft in maintenance checks

-Involved with troubleshooting and developing solutions to

damaged aircraft, researched and prepared

minor and major repairs for aircraft according to FAA approved

and accepted data

Summer 2009 Engineering Intern, Energy Cranes, LLC

Houston, TX

-Worked closely with project and quality engineers on design,

crane development, and quality control

-Worked on cost analysis projects on crane design and

fabrication processes for the Vice President of Engineering

-Developed a Workmanship Standards Manual, Crane Fabrication

Manual, and Operation/Maintenance Manuals

Summer 2008 Intern, The Gill Foundation of Texas

Houston, TX

-Responsible for various research and cost analysis projects

-Worked directly with the President to develop an

organizational system for the Foundation's

marketing material. Coordinated over

15,000 documents

Sept 2007 Analyst, Duke Investment Club

Durham, NC

-May 2008 -Researched, wrote reports, and presented updates on stocks

currently in the portfolio

-Researched and presented new stocks to be added to portfolio

for club members



Fall 2010 Structural Design Team Leader, Duke AIAA Chapter

Durham, NC

-Present -Responsible for leading the structural design and

material selection for building an R/C aircraft for the

Cessna/Raytheon Missile Systems Student

Design/Build/Fly competition

May 2010 Essential Self Defense Instructor, Houston Combat Arts

Houston, TX

-Present -Passed Level 2, working on Level 3 of Tactical


-Certified Essential Self Defense Instructor through Clint

Bodungen of Houston Combat Arts

-Level 3, SFC Unarmed Combatives Basic Instructor through Hock

Hochheim's curriculum

Sept 2007 Member, Duke varsity fencing team

Durham, NC

-May 2010 -Selected to attend Captain Leadership Workshops bimonthly with

Duke varsity captains for leadership training

-Earned place on Duke traveling team with two other women

freshman, sophomore, and junior years

-Qualified for the NCAA Regional tournament in 2008 and 2009

Jan 2009 Member, Chi Omega Sorority

Durham, NC

-Present -Formal Chair-Organized the Chi O spring formal for 200 people

at a country club

-Assistant to the Spirit of Marketing Chair-helped design and

distribute marketing materials

-Participated in fundraisers for Make-A-Wish foundation, career

networking functions, social events

with other Greek organizations, and sisterhood events


(SolidWorks ( Microsoft Office Suite (Traveled Extensively

(Advanced Certified Scuba Diver (Simulink

(Macintosh OSX (Matlab, Unix, Latex (Conversational French

(Quicken Personal Finance Software (Student Pilot

References Available Upon Request

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