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Design Engineering

College Park, MD, 20740
August 20, 2012

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Frederick Tsai

(t) 732-***-****


**** **** ***, ******* ****, Maryland 20740


AAI Corporation, Hunt Valley, MD Summer 2010

Aircraft Engineering Intern

Modified design of main landing gear of UAV Shadow 200 to accommodate new product loads in Unigraphics.

Created Matlab script to process flight data from landing recoveries to test parachute ground release mechanism functionality.

Assisted in execution of UAV parachute vibration testing and documented results. Proved newly developed release mechanism did not defectively activate under adverse vibrations.

Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, College Park, MD 2009-2010

Full-time Co-Op, Tunnel Operator

Operated wind tunnel instruments and data acquisition systems by controlling wing speeds and iterating trial runs.

Machined components required for proper connection of clients’ models to the test balance. Became proficient with drill presses and band saws as well as various hand-held tools.

Provided assistance during maintenance of tunnel machinery and electronics such as replacing damaged propeller blades and installing new video imaging equipment.


Microsoft Office, MATLAB, C++, Visual Basic, Labview, Ansys, Autodesk Inventor, Pro/E, SolidWorks, Unigraphics

Conversational Mandarin Chinese


BS, Aerospace Engineering May 2012

University of Maryland, College Park, MD GPA (Cumulative): 3.23/4.00

Relevant Coursework:

Computer-Aided Design Finite Element Analysis Statics and Mechanics of Materials

Technical Writing Aerospace Structures Principles of Aircraft Design

Aerospace Engineering Lab Vibrations and Aeroelasticity Aerospace Instrumentation and Experimentation

Project Highlights:

AIAA Design Build Fly – Aerodynamics Group Leader (Team of 7) Spring 2012

Researched common model aircraft sizes and airfoil shapes in online databases.

Headed wing and empennage construction out of balsa wood, and their integration into the fuselage.

Calculated component drag coefficients and total drag coefficient.

“Conceptual Design of Aircraft for Same-day Package and Mail (SPAM) Delivery System” Fall 2011

Principles of Aircraft Design Course – Senior Project University of Maryland

Designed conceptual Cessna C208B with alternate Pratt-Whitney engine for better range and endurance.

Formulated Excel spreadsheets to calculate all parameters for both jet and propeller-driven aircraft during concept stage.

Compiled processes, data, and recommendations into a design report.

Introduction to Engineering Design Team Summer 2006

Young Scholars Program – University of Maryland

Collaborated with teammates to design and build a hovercraft capable of detecting and maneuvering around infrared beacons.

Attached a musical component to hovercraft using computer software to create tones and rhythm.

Connected electrical components of hovercraft by the use of solder and fastened them to the vehicle.


James A. Clark School of Engineering Dean’s List Fall 2010

USAUltimate 1st Team All Region: Atlantic Coast Region 2011-2012

USAUltimate 2nd Team All Region: Atlantic Coast Region 2010-2011

USAUltimate College Freshman of the Year: Metro East Region 2007-2008


University of Maryland Men’s Ultimate Frisbee Team Captain Fall 2009-Present

Organized and directed 4 home tournaments with 20+ teams attending each event, raising 10K

Organized and directed the Colonial Ultimate Frisbee Festival, the largest competitive Frisbee tournament on the East Coast, raising 8K

Planned and led team practices 3 days a week and coached new players during weekends.

Maintained a club budget of about 15K each season.


American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)

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