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26910 216th Ave SE

Maple Valley, WA 98038

Melissa Gile

+1 (206)-491-7279
melgile75@gmail.com


EDUCATION
University of Washington: Seattle, WA
September 2011-June 2016
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering: Focus in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering
Mathematics Minor, Interdisciplinary Honors

RESEARCH AND WORK EXPERIENCE


DAAD RISE Professional: BASF: Catalysis Research: Mannheim, Germany
June-August 2016
Independently design pilot plant experiments in order to attain kinetic data of selective hydrogenations with a
team of engineers, performed in both German and English
Optimize reaction conditions from interpretations of pilot plant results and complex chemical engineering models
University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials: Seattle, WA
September 2015-Present
Collaborating with a team of MBA, PhD and undergraduate students to market and develop an improved vascular
graft; gaining practical experience designing and optimizing new technologies from breakthrough research
Competed in the UW 2016 Health Innovation Challenge with a research and market plan that was voted one of
the top 6 of 34 teams in Washington State by over 100 health care professionals in the Seattle area
Pfaendtner Research Group: Seattle, WA
September 2012-October 2015
Studied organic photovoltaic polymers using both classical and quantum molecular simulations in an independent
research project with the guidance of Professor Pfaendtner
Supported by the 2013 NASA Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals: Germany
July 2014-July 2015
Participated in a citizen ambassador program that consists of 8 weeks of language school, a semester at a German
University, and a five-month internship at a German firm, gaining a broad overview of German life and culture
Experienced everyday life in a new language and culture, developing flexible communication skills and confidence
while navigating unknown situations
Chemisches Veterinruntersuchungsamt (CVUA-MEL) Intern: Mnster, Germany
March 2015-July 2015
Analyzed food products for various substances such as carcinogens and vitamins using concepts and applications
in chemical engineering such as High Performance Liquid Chromatography and statistical tests
Optimized processes such as the Ion-Exchange Chromatography analysis that tests for sugars, improving the
efficiency with which the group completes their tests
Seattle Sounders FC: Seattle, WA
June 2010-September 2012
Provided professional soccer coaching and demonstrations for children ages 4 to 14 years old, developing flexible
communication skills and the ability to lead and teach groups of individuals with a range of needs and capacities

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS


NASA Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Poster and Oral Presentation
University of Washington Summer STEM Poster Presentation
Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Symposium
SEBA Science and Technology Showcase Poster Presentation
UW CoMotion Health Innovation Challenge Poster Presentation and Elevator Pitch Competition
UW Business Plan Competition Poster Presentation and Elevator Pitch Competition

September 2013
August 2013
May 2013, 2014, 2016
November 2015
March 2016
April 2016

Newbloom, Gregory M., Hoffmann, Stephanie M., West, Aaron F., Gile, Melissa C., Sista, Prakash, Cheung, Hoi-Ki C.,
Luscombe, Christine K., Pfaendtner, Jim, and Pozzo, Lilo D. Solvatochromism and Conformational Changes in
Fully Dissolved Poly(3-alkylthiophenes), Langmuir 31 (1): 458-68. DOI: 10.1021/la503666x. 2015.

26910 216th Ave SE


Maple Valley, WA 98038

Melissa Gile

+1 (206)-491-7279
melgile75@gmail.com


LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Emerging Leaders in Engineering: Seattle, WA
September 2011-Present
Attending weekly seminars that stimulate reflection on topics in leadership and management through interactive
demonstrations, theoretical and practical discussions, and guest lecturers
UW College of Engineering Student Advisory Council: Seattle, WA
September 2015-December 2015
Represented the priorities and needs of students in the UW Department of Chemical Engineering by serving on a
counsel that advises the Dean and Associate Dean of the UW College of Engineering on topics such as the budget,
admissions processes, and use of UW College of Engineering resources.
Engineering Ambassadors: Seattle, WA
April 2013-October 2015
Co-founded a student group that educates underprivileged K-12 students about STEM and its impact in society
Developing and executing various styles of presentations about topics in science and engineering, making STEM
topics relatable and accessible for audiences of many ages
GGUA Flchtlingshilfe (Refugee Aid): Mnster, Germany
November 2014-July 2015
Tutored a 19 year old woman in mathematics and biology, encouraging her to improve her academic performance
by improving fundamental study habits and confidence in communicating with her teachers and peers
Joel Nafuma Refugee Center: Rome, Italy
Summer 2012
Analyzed the issues surrounding the integration of migrants in Italy by interviewing refugees about their life
stories, documenting the effects of immigration policies and political upheavals on forced migrants

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS


DAAD Study Scholarship for Graduates of All Disciplines
Husky 100 Tri-Campus Award
UW Society of Women Engineers Outstanding Female Award
C.E. Boucher Memorial Scholarship
Wayne & Grace Stanley Scholarship
The Boeing Company FIRST Scholarship
Emerging Leaders in Engineering Scholarship
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Fellowship
Frank and Barbara Robinson Endowed Engineering Scholarship
Washington State Opportunity Scholarship
Annual Deans List
Seattle Swedish Community Scholarship

2015-17
2015-16
2015-16
2015-16
2015-16
2011-14; 2015-16
2011-14; 2015-16
2014-15
2011-14
2012-14
2011-14
2011-12

SKILLS, CERTIFICATIONS, AND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCIES


Language Proficiencies
German: very comfortable speaking, listening to, reading and writing
o Certified C1.1 foreign language training by the Carl Duisberg Centren; pending Goethe Institut C1 Test
Coding Languages/Software
Matlab
Linux Operating Systems

Visual Molecular Dynamics


LaTeX

Aspen
Gromacs (Molecular Dynamics)

Hobbies and Interests


Soccer

Swing Dancing

Drawing, Painting