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Lab Technician / Data Analyst

Benton Harbor, MI, 49022
August 16, 2012

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Matthew Sisson

**** ****** ****** • Benton Harbor, MI 49022

269-***-**** •


Dec 2010 University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Bachelor of Science, Astronomy & Astrophysics and Interdisciplinary Physics

• GPA: 3.516/4.00

• Sigma Pi Sigma, Physics Honor Society

Work Experience

Dec 2007 – University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI

Jan 2010 Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment

• Helped by quickly responding to gamma-ray burst events at any time of day

• Discovered supernovae and other transients by carefully but efficiently looking over many images

• As a personal project, investigated transiting exoplanet system TrES-3b, performing data reduction and photometry on months of observations to determine occultation depth and duration

May – MSB Distributing Stevensville, MI

June 2007 Sales Associate

• Learned valuable communication and presentation skills by giving product demonstrations to customers

Additional Experience

Aug 2009 – Student Astronomical Society Ann Arbor, MI

Feb 2010 Vice President

• Organized tutoring nights for undergraduate astronomy course students

• Participated in open house events, operating telescopes and the planetarium for students and the public

May – Research Experience for Undergraduates Ann Arbor, MI

Aug 2008 Internal Student Liaison

• Gained leadership experience by familiarizing external students with the campus and coordinating program events


• Basic proficiency in C++, Fortran, IDL, LaTeX, and Maple

• Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

• Comfortable with Mac OS, Windows, and Linux

• Experience with DS9, XEphem, and FITS file format

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