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Chicago, Illinois, United States
October 11, 2016

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Current: Palak J. Dharia Permanent:

*** *. ********* ****** ***. #306 820 Williamstown Drive Champaign, IL 61820 630-***-**** Carol Stream, IL 60188 EDUCATION:

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Expected Graduation: May 2017 Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Minor in Business GPA: 3.38/4.00 EXPERIENCE:

Brady Corporation Milwaukee, WI

R&D Process Engineering Intern May 2016-Aug 2016

• Investigated sources of failure and variability using process failure mode effects analysis and fish-bone analysis

• Researched and developed a new-sub-formula to resolve excessive filter plugging due to inorganics

• Developed lab-scale to production correlation to increase process development efficiency for mixing

• Implemented bench top to scale up production and utilization of recent capital investment for savings of

$22,000 and 40+ hours annually

Kenis Group, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Urbana, IL Undergraduate Research Assistant May 2015-Present

• Investigated electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into methanol, CO, and renewable energy

• Enabled the deposition of ultrathin and crack-free microporous layer by using carbon nanotube to improve electrochemical performance

• Initiated new study of varying temperatures and binders within catalyst layer of gas diffusion electrode

• Performed electrochemical measurement via gas chromatography and optimized amount of binder within catalyst layer

Youngsoo Lee Group, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition Urbana, IL Undergraduate Research Assistant Jan 2015-May 2015

• Investigated sodium release and saltiness perception of whey proteins and lipid emulsion gels

• Facilitated sensory panels for saltiness perception layered on a food sample and analyzed results

• Organized all results in an online database and excel spreadsheets to optimize homogenized fat ratio

• Synthesized protein dispersions in order to perform sampling test of sodium diffusion LEADERSHIP AND INVOLVEMENT:

Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity Urbana, IL Active Brother September 2014-Present

• Admitted into a selective fraternity with a pledge class of 15 students out of an applicant pool of over 50 students that emphasized professional development through networking and philanthropy

• Executed multiple philanthropy events including marketing food sales and hosting a casino night in order to fundraise $650 for different charity foundations Illinois Engineering Council Urbana, IL

Emerging Engineer Director April 2014-April 2015

• Communicated with Publicity Committees to promote the award throughout the College of Engineering leading to the expansion of over 25 applicants in a month and marketing in over 6 buildings

• Coordinated and assisted in the execution of the Trip Advisor EC Awards Council Banquet to determine venue, catering, and sponsorship to honor faculty and students for prestigious awards Illini Educational Presentation Urbana, IL

Speaker September 2013-May 2015

• Performed an outreach program for all students to help spark the interest of education

• Fundraised over $400 dollars to support Jefferson Middle School students to visit and tour the campus SKILLS:

Computer Skills: C, Comsol, Matlab, Mathematica, Minitab, MS Office, Nova, Photoshop, Unix, xCallibur Operating Systems: Linux, Macintosh, MS Windows

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