Peter Francis Saliba
Tucson, Arizona 85711
To participate in a challenging project that offers knowledge and skill development and provides the opportunity to work with others and utilize and build upon my education and experience in the sciences.
Bachelor of Science, Physics - University of Arizona, December 2011
Overall Math and Science course GPA: 3.55
Participated in numerous internships and outside-of-class research projects.
Placed in the top 10 at Pima in the AMATYC math test: www.amatyc.org/
2009-2011 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
2007-2009 Pima Community College Tucson, AZ
Fulfilled course requirements for Associate of Science degree.
Research Assistant University of Arizona:
05/2009–08/2009, Institute of Atmospheric Physics Tucson, AZ
12/2011 - present
Chosen as a National Science Foundation Physics REU intern.
Completed U of A Laboratory Chemical Safety Training.
Continue to work in a professional team environment on EPA funded air-quality research.
Developed procedures that conformed to EPA's standards for obtaining, preparing, and handling samples of air particulate.
Obtain, prepare, and test air particulate samples for gravimetric and pH measurements, and for composition analysis using ion chromatography.
Use and maintain Agilent GC/MS and other lab instruments.
Maintain a clean laboratory environment for chemical analysis.
Perform analysis on experimental data.
Developed sample labeling, and organization system.
Electronics University of Arizona:
Design Planetary Sciences Department Tucson, AZ
Chosen as a NASA Space Grant intern by the U of A. Internship took place at Pima Community College.
Designed, developed, tested, and built custom electronics for a high altitude experiment.
Researched, chose, and integrated ICs to fit experimental needs.
Prototyped, designed layouts for, etched, soldered, tested and performed troubleshooting on circuit boards.
Senior Project (2011)
Working on a professional research team at the U of A Institute of Atmospheric Physics. Duties included: Researching and deciding components needed to support field sensors; erecting two 30' towers for sensor placement; building custom electronics as necessary; programming logging, control, and communications equipment; deploying equipment into the field; writing technical notes and setup guides for all of the sensors and equipment; analyzing collected data; presenting status updates in weekly team meetings. Received an A for this project, and was hired at the lab after projects completion.
Advanced Physics Lab Individual Creative Project (2011)
Researched, designed, and built a low-cost lock-in detector circuit for frequency and phase detection. Used this device to perform various optics experiments.
Other Skills Related Projects and Accomplishments (2009-2011)
Used a high vacuum diffusion pump system for a vacuum deposition project. Performed numerous optics experiments. Received an A in senior level spectroscopy class. Received an A in senior level digital electronics class.
Pima College ASCEND team member (2008-2011)
Created experiments to send on a high altitude balloon and designed and built electronics to support these experiments.
Pima College team member for NASA HASP project (2008-20011)
Designed and manufactured electronics to measure solar intensity from a high altitude balloon in association with Embry-Riddle University.
Skills & Training
"Machine Shop Skill and Safety Course," University of Arizona Physics. Topics covered: shop safety, lathe, drill press, band saw, mill, grinder, belt sander.
Research skills: Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectroscopy usage and maintenance. Familiarity with various air-quality and weather sensors, logging and control systems. Clear and concise upkeep of laboratory notebook.
Electronics skills: Designing schematics and layouts, etching, and soldering circuit boards. Using oscilloscopes, multimeters and other tools. Programming and using microcontrollers. Hardware programming with Quartus II software. Using Eagle and other circuit layout software. Using Electronics workbench simulation software.
Computer skills: Matlab, C++ programming, HTML web page design, Unix, familiarity with Windows OS and office programs (including Word and Excel.)
Interpersonal skills: Experienced in working with others in student and professional research and engineering teams.