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Chemical Engineering

Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
November 03, 2018

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Rachelle Harris

**** ***** ***** *** ** 906-***-****

Marion, IA 52302


To use my engineering knowledge to the best of my abilities to improve production and overall operations while also improving my own skills and working with the rest of your talented team


Michigan State University May 2018

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

GPA 3.14

Pharmacology and Toxicology minor

Biomedical concentration


Cargill Cedar Rapids East Soybean Facility

Production Management Co-Op June 2018 – December 2018

Managed complex projects, including the development and execution of the Management of Change (MOC) process, scheduling and managing contractors and brining in outside resources, and training operators and technicians on the safe operating parameters of new technologies and capital

Implemented a state of the art remote extraction process that allows for the ease of operator movement between control rooms and equipment checks while maintaining safety and the necessary attention due the extraction process

Managed contractor’s daily operations, including permits, Pre-Job Hazard Assessments, and critical task plans

Updated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to reflect process changes and efficiency improvements

Coordinated and managed safe work of operators, mechanics, and contractors during an extended welding shutdown

Active member of the Cedar East safety committee, and helped identify and develop projects to improve process and personal safety

Gained valuable experience with data manipulation and visualization, including condensing complex data sets down to operation relevant numbers and concepts available for quick and comprehensive analysis by operators

Helped with day-to-day, operations, trouble shooting, and throughput improvements

EnSURE (Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Experience)

Undergraduate Research Assistant May 2015 - July 2015

Mentored by Dr. Bohlert and Vahid Khademi – Material Science and Engineering laboratory

Prepared samples to maximum quality to ensure successful testing by SEM and EBSD. Used diamond quality polishing equipment to prepare titanium alloy samples. A mirror finish was required for optimal results

Learned operation of SEM and gained experience collecting in-depth pictures of sample surfaces

Learned operation of EBSD to obtain molecular surface orientations

Conducted heat treatment tests in vacuum atmosphere to specific experimental methods to ensure successful testing Test was to determine the temperature for optimal strength

Between heat treatments, assessed the hardness using Vicar’s hardness testing methods

Planned events for grade school children to increase their interest and show opportunities involved in the STEM field

Michigan State University Main Libraries

Student Conservator September 2011-May 2018

Trained and Mentored by Sue Depoorter

Proactive conservator in the Wallace Conservation Lab outside of scholarly responsibilities

Knowledge in making and sewing music pamphlets, constructing card and phase boxes for books, and proper mixing for wheat paste.

Proficient at determining and carrying out extensive repairs including spine, case, and sewing textbooks back together

Teach new student worker how to complete repairs with proper techniques through demonstration and instruction

Answered any questions to ensure they are completing work correctly.


Proficient in Microsoft Office, Mathematica, and Matlab

Competent at running a scanning electron microscope (SEM)

Capable of running electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) software

Proficient with laboratory analytical skills and aseptic technique

Knowledgeable with PI applications


March 2016

Safety in Chemical Process Industries: Proper procedures and protocol

Risk Assessment: Ability to actively find and correct hazardous situations



Member of Phi Sigma Rho (Engineering sorority, Alpha Delta Chapter)

A Sorority exclusive to women in engineering allowing them to focus on engineering and academics while participating in socials and philanthropy events.

Took initiative and persuaded my sisters to only hold rush once a year to free up time for studying as well as preparing our new members to take over leadership positions

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