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Research Assistant Operations Specialist

Orlando, FL
January 12, 2023

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Benjamin D’Angelo

Miami, FL



University of Michigan Ann Arbor


1) I designed a multi use hybrid electric/human powered vehicle. 2) I Studied systems engineering, (Energy, Test, Safety verification validation) an 3) I studied vehicle design

TU Kaiserslautern/University of Kiaserslauten 2016-2017 Dpl-Eng

1)I studied the design and manufacturing of advanced materials (nano materials, quantum dots, composites Biomaterials), thin films and coatings

2) I investigated and studied Atomic layer Deposition(ALD), Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), surface coatings and Plasma surface coatings.

2)I studied Process engineering, manufacturing and plant engineering 3) I studied the latest techniques in the fabrication of NEMS and MEMS. I used soft landing calculations to preform ion beam deposition onto SI and SI N substrates. This produced Nm scale electronics. 4) I studied high performance ceramics, and metallurgical methods (The application of nano science to aluminum and steel alloys.

5)I studied conductive copolymer design and self assembly. Florida International University, Miami, FL

1) Ph.D. Program

2) NIJ Certification in DNA profiling

3) I Characterized the protein assembly of OrthoRheoViruses 4) I assisted in clinical microbiology pathology.

Fall 2009- Spring


New School University

1) I created a Biosensor for Xeno Estrogens and a Digital Spectrophotometer to interpret the results.

2) I created a method for remediating Xeno estrogens Winter 2004– Spring


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Innovative Solutions Present Present

1) I provide engineering consulting, in the area of process engineering, CGMP and design engineering. 2) I am currently working to reprocess waste products to create a value added product. 3) I am working with a client to find an OEM engine manufacturer. D’Angelo Construction Present Present

1)I provide consulting and engineering services

2) I was able to significantly increase efficiency and decrease build time. Florida International University 2008-2010

Teaching assistant/researcher PHD candidate

1)I created a standard Vector used in Car T

2)I created a bioreactor system for producing Viral proteins 3)I engaged in bio production.

3)I taught a Genetics and Human Bio lab section

4)I Obtained a certification in DNA Profiling

New York University Brain Research Lab 2005-2009

Intern /Part-Time, Principal Investigator: Roy John Ph.D., Lesley Prechep Ph.D. 1)I designed and fabricated a standard electrode array based on population data. 2)I assisted in algorithm development/preformed brain imaging analysis of patients with organic dysfunction and brain injury.

3) I assisted in verification and validation of an automated diagnostic microcomputer 4) I assisted and preformed custom medical device fabrication 5) I worked with Dr John a physicist and engineer on sensing technologies for neuro-imageing. Benjamin D’Angelo

Miami, FL


6)I investigated with Dr John haptics and brain computer interface technology for military applications.

New York University, Department of Clinical Pharmacology 2004-2005 Intern/Full Time, Principle Investigator: Stephen Oliver M.D. Assisted in the evaluation of clinical trial results Prepared compounds to be administered to animal subjects Administered compounds to animal subjects.

1)I worked on a clinical trial where we repurposed thalidomide to treat scleroderma 2)I validated the efficacy of the drug

3)I fabricated and designed Charged micro beads for cell separation 4)I operated, maintained and programmed a flow cytometer(Fluidic circuits, sensing and separation)

5) I isolated and synthesized thalidomide analogues 6)

Bethlehem Steel 2002-2004

Researcher/engineering Tech

1) I was tasked with fabrication of molds, metal working and maintenance of the crucible 2) I Developed surface treatments to reduce biofouling 3) I Developed low energy methods of controlling grain size 4) I Developed methods of adding precipitates to steel alloys 5)I Developed Superhydrophobic surface treatments for marine steel alloys United States Army Reserve

Psychological Operations specialist 2002-2004

VA Biomedical Engineering Service Internship 4/2000-6/2002

Repaired machinery

Performed on site maintenance

Evaluated and certified machinery

Assisted in the assembly of the Advanced Prosthetics lab’s 3d printer.

Helped establish testing protocols for Biphasic Defibrulator. Z


Veterans Administration Medical Center 2004

Assisted the Medical Imaging Department.

Duquesne University Tutoring Center 2003

Performed pier tutoring and assisted students with assignments.

Tested and repaired medical equipment, writing service and user manuals for new machinery. Benjamin D’Angelo

Miami, FL



Undergraduate Thesis Defense and Undergradue Thesis and PresPeoster Display, New School Universityntation to the NY Society for Applied Spectrophotometry, New York City 2007

Use of Sumpter yeast as a detection method for Xenoestrogens, and Bioremediation of PCBs using Olestra. The quantification fo xenoestrogens using Spectrophotometry Poster Presentation, NYU Medical Center 2006

E.R. John’s theory of “Consciousness as an Oscillating Signal Detector” and “QEEG profiles of psychosis.”


Mat Lab, Spectroscopy, Solid Works, FDM Printing, CNC Manufacturing, Laser and Plasma Surface processes, Ion beam deposition, STM and STM processes, NMR spectroscopy, Batch chemical processes and continuous flow process engineering, Powder Molding, Injection molding, Compounding, chemical synthesis, Welding, Structural design, Crucible operation, Thermite welding, Metal Casting, Surface Coatings, Microsoft office, Photoshop, Prototype Fabrication, Cell Tissue Culture, BLASTallign, CGMP manufacturing, Bioprocess engineering, Crisper CAS 9, Medical Device design and Fabrication, Plasma spray coatings, surface coatings. Biomedical device design, bioprocess, bioproduction, Vehicle design, Structural engineering, microscopy, coatings, polymer design, copolymer design, biochemistry 65 West 11th Street, Rm 350 New York, NY 10011

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To Members of the Selection Committee,

It is with pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation for Ben D’Angelo. As a member of the Interdisciplinary Science Program (formerly known as STS), I had the privilege of engaging with Ben through courses such as the advanced undergraduate course titled The Science and Politics of Cancer; and with his senior thesis project. I also served as Ben’s academic and senior thesis advisor. From my interactions with Ben over three years of his undergraduate training I have come to learn that Ben is an unusual and bright student. Since graduating from Eugene Lang College, Ben has continued stay in touch with me, keeping me keeping me abreast of the very cutting edge applications in biophysics and biochemistry. I understand that Ben has been accepted to a number of graduate programs but given his interdisciplinary interests he is now seeking a program that can bring many different facets of applied science together in meaningful and relevant ways. Though Ben may have a non-traditional academic methodology, his experience in the military combined with his research experiences in science and his undergraduate liberal arts degree have provided him with a unique perspective that allows him to move between theory and practice in exciting ways. I strongly recommend him to your program as I know he will be worth the risk and investment as his creativity is something rarely seen in STEM. His strengths lie in asking questions, identifying patterns in data, and designing experimental models and systems.

As an undergraduate, Ben secured research assistant positions in various neuroscience labs, which is a testament to his ability to conduct independent work. In some of these experiences he brought his interests in the environment together with physics and chemistry such as his projects on car electrification and estrogen mimics. Both as an undergraduate and graduate student, he managed to secure those positions on his own, and embark on these research interests with complete independence. He has excelled in labs and is able to bring those experiences to the classroom. His ability to execute higher order critical thinking exceeds that of many of the students that I have encountered, and this includes my time at Pomona College, Harvey Mudd College, and UC Berkeley.

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t 212-***-**** f 212-***-**** At times this quick thinking supersedes his ability to communicate those ideas clearly, but over the years I have seem him work hard and improve both his oral and written communication skills. He is now poised to move into a field that can afford him the opportunity to explore research more fully and one that allows him to engage in his interests in thermodynamics and design, and hopefully a program that will also improve his communication skills.

Ben came to Lang College, with a good deal of biology background both through course work as well as lab experience. He was always thoughtful and insightful during class discussions, and his research papers often tackled very sophisticated subjects that required a vast amount of background in several sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, environmental sciences). This was both good and bad; often the sheer magnitude of a project prevented Ben from completing it on time or to the level he desired, and this unfortunately is reflected in some of his lower grades. His paper in the “Science and Politics of Cancer” was stellar, weaving genetics, environmental toxin exposure, economics, and clinical outcomes. The ideas were all there, but the text was somewhat garbled—missing that last minute editing. However, I been in touch with Ben while he continued his studies in engineering in Florida and later as he moved back north to study mechanical engineering. His analytical and quantitative skills continue to be strong and it appears that his communications skills have greatly improved. He seems clear, focused, and ready to do what is needed to become an engineer who can apply a multitude of scientific principles to his designs to solve real world problems, but his focus has shifted to thinking about the practicality of engineering and seeks a more interdisciplinary program that can integrate traditional biology and chemistry with the applied science and management.

As background, our Interdisciplinary Science undergraduate program is unique in that the natural sciences are taught in context; the hard sciences are taught in relevant and meaningful ways, and even lab courses incorporate budgeting decisions, sequencing of various protocols, collaboration, and peer review. Students often experience lab research through our study abroad programs or through internships or employment at neighboring institutions. After two years in our program, many students are positioned to complete courses at the graduate level in science. I will reflect on Ben’s performance in his undergraduate courses that have a heavy dose of biology, but also reflect mutual influences of science and society.

Ben’s course work was as I mentioned can be spotty, for various reasons. He worked full time, attended school full time, and also took care of his mother who was terminally ill with breast cancer; she passed while he finished up some coursework at CUNY. Despite all of this, Ben demonstrated a good deal of research and thoughtful reflection, and came to class prepared to discuss scientific data, cutting edge research, and its implications for society. He maintains very high standards for himself, but is not competitive and will often share his research with other students and extend his knowledge to those who can benefit from his research and experience. Perhaps this was the main problem for Ben. He joined our program as it was just getting off the ground, and thus full of introductory level courses.

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t 212-***-**** f 212-***-**** His performance in these courses was not always good, because quite frankly, I think he was beyond this level, did not find it challenging, and therefore, could not get motivated to complete work on time. Where he excels in more advanced level courses. In these courses he was easy-going, engaged, and truly professional. He offered suggestions, listened well, and shared his lab experience with other, and tied ideas together across disciplines. He was particularly strong in the STS Seminar course, which is course designed on the scientific process of research design and peer review. Ben’s participation was outstanding. He was careful to be supportive highlighting the strengths of his peers’ research proposal, but always adding insight on ways to improve the experimental design, organizing data, or interpreting results. He shined during the journal club portion of this course with a strong presentation and critical assessment of the work. With respect to experimental design, like many undergraduates, he often wanted to tackle big problems, not recognizing the legwork that needs to go into protocol development. This proved to be the case with his environmental estrogen mimic senior thesis project. His ideas were smart, geographically relevant, and timely. But we did not have a member on the faculty familiar with estrogen detection, and thus asked Ben to determine the best environmental detection instrument. This proved difficult, and so with some gentle guidance we steered him toward a genetically engineered yeast reporter construct capable of detecting a wide range of estrogen like compounds in water.

Ben was truly engaged with this project but underestimated the time needed to conduct the literature review, development protocols for yeast cultures, and to gain access to NYC water treatment plants. Still, his ideas were on the mark, and for an undergraduate, he laid some good groundwork for the project, especially in light of the fact that there was no real faculty supervision from someone who is knowledgeable with these systems. I understand that he did not let go of this initial interest, and as a “ side project” in graduate school continued to look for better sensors of estrogen mimics and landed on an olestra protocol and further 65 West 11th Street, Rm 350 New York, NY 10011

t 212-***-**** f 212-***-**** t 212-***-**** f 212-***-**** developed it. This is a demonstration of commitment, and the ability to see a long project to its end.

Ben is bright, determined, kind, and creative. He appears to be a lab rat, and truly enjoys the research environment. He has researched many graduate programs and has carefully chosen those that extend his work in Interdisciplinary Science. I look forward to seeing the impact that this experience will have on his career and his work.


Katayoun Chamany

Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Natural Sciences and Math Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts 65 West 11th Street NY,

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I!am!writing!this!letter!in!support!of!Mr.!Ben!D’angelo.!I!was!an!assistant!professor!of! physics!at! Hunter!College,!a!campus!of!the!City!University!of!New!York,!from!2007K2013.!I! recently!left!Hunter!to! direct!a!small!business!in!Stony!Brook!University’s!Incubator!in! Calverton,!NY.!I!also!work!part!time!for! Sapling!Learning!as!a!staff!scientist.!Mr.!D’angelo!was! a!student!in!my!Fundamentals!of!Biophysics!course! (PHYS283)!at!Hunter!College!in!the!Fall!of! 2008.!The!class!is!designed!for!biology,!chemistry,!and!preK medical! students! who! are! looking! for! a! topical! introduction! to! the! field! of! biophysics.! ! Reading! assignments!are!given!at! the!end!of!each!class!and!actively!discussed!at!the!beginning!of!the!next!class.! The!course!does!not!require!calculus,!though!the!homework!problems!and!exams!require!the! skills!of! estimation,!dimensional!analysis,!basic!statistics,!and!the!ability!to!use!the!synthesize! concepts.!Ben’s! performance!was!exemplary!in!this!class.!He!was!a!great!contributor!to!the! inKclass!discussions,!which!


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t 212-***-**** f 212-***-**** In!the!spring!of!2012,!Ben!returned!to!Hunter!and!took!my!PHYS121!(CalculusKbased! Electricity!

and!Magnetism)!course.!At! the! time,! Ben! was! interested! in! pursuing!an!engineering!degree! and!was! starting!the!appropriate!coursework!at!City!College,!the!principle!engineering!campus! within!the!CUNY!

system.!Ben!performed!well!in!the!course.!Like!before,!he!was!exceptionally!active!in!class! discussions

From!my!earlier!interactions!with!Ben,!I!learned!that!he!had!a!degree!in!Science,! Technology,!and! Society!from!the!New!School!for!Social!Research!in!Manhattan He!was! concerned!that!the!untraditional! curricula!at!the!New!School!did!not!translate!well!to!most! graduate!admission!standards,!and!enrolled!in! Hunter!College,!CUNY,!to!strengthen!his! transcript.!

Ben! has! kept! in! touch! with! me! (via! email)! during! his! time! in! California.! I! understand! that! his!

research!experience!has!been!very!positive,!and!he!feels!a!graduate!degree!program!will!help! him!achieve! his! professional! goals.! ! His! knowledge! base! is! a! good! foundation! for! his! entry! into! a! more! formal!

curriculum!of!study,!and!I!am!confident!that!he!has!the!ability!to!excel I!strongly!recommend!Mr.!Ben!D’angelo!for!your!consideration!of!admission




July 17, 2017

To Whom It May Concern:

Since 2011 Benjamin D'Angelo has been consulting for my organization on a part time basis for approximately 20 hours a week. His consistent efforts and expertise are very beneficial and greatly appreciated.


Guillermo Bravo


BK Consultants

Miami, FL



Staff!Scientist! Sapling!







Incubator! Calverton,!NY!


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