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SAMPLE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESUME Sophomores, Freshmen

Polly Mer
School Address: SMC 1220, 5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15289-1220
Permanent Address: 284 Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94120
Email: pollymer@andrew.cmu.edu Cell: (412) 862-9999
OBJECTIVE

To obtain a summer internship in the field of Chemical Engineering that will utilize my analytical,
leadership and interpersonal skills.

EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering May 2015
Double Major in Biomedical Engineering
Minor in Psychology
Overall GPA: 3.15/4.0
San Francisco High School San Francisco, CA
High School Diploma, June 2011
GPA 3.82/4.0

PROJECTS

Capsaicin Analysis Project, Chemistry Lab, Spring 2012


Designed and performed an experiment to determine the quantity of capsaicin in peppers and salsas
using reversed-phase HPLC (team project).
Chemical Engineering Filtration System, Fall 2011
Designed a filtration system to remove dye from water, while minimizing costs (team project).

WORK
EXPERIENCE

Carnegie Mellon University Career Center Pittsburgh, PA


CIT Career Assistant Spring 2012 present
Organize and advertise career workshops.
Create career-related handouts and research opportunities to facilitate job and internship searches.
YMCA Camp San Jose, CA
Camp Counselor, Summers 2009, 2010
Coordinated the daily activities of 22 children.
Planned camp events with other camp counselors.

LEADERSHIP

Vice President, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), 2012 present


Organize the monthly speaker series which has seven corporate and alumni speakers.
Motivate the 150 members to attend meetings and events.

SKILLS

Laboratory: organic synthesis & purification, fluorescence & brightfield microscopy, HPLC, atomic
absorption
Instruments: gas absorber, rheometer, NMR, FTIR, UV/VIS, GC/MS
Computer: MathCAD, MATLAB, SIMULINK, ImageJ, AutoSketch, MS Office
Spoken Languages: Fluent in Spanish; Conversant in French

ACTIVITIES

Alpha Beta Gamma Womens Fraternity, 2011 present


Intramural Soccer, 2011 present
Tartan Newspaper, Writer, 2011 present
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2012 present
Soccer Team, San Francisco High School, 2007 2011

HONORS

College of Engineering Deans List (GPA 3.75 and above), Spring 2012
Andrew Carnegie Scholarship, Fall 2008 present
Valedictorian, San Francisco High School, June 2011

SAMPLE CHEMICAL ENGINEERING RESUME Seniors, Juniors

Polly Mer
School Address: SMC 1220, 5032 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15289-1220
Permanent Address: 284 South Main Street, San Francisco, CA 94120
Email: pollymer@andrew.cmu.edu Cell: (412) 222-2424
OBJECTIVE

To obtain a position in the field of Chemical Engineering that will utilize my analytical, technical and interpersonal
skills.

EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA


Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, May 2012
Double Major in Biomedical Engineering
Overall GPA: 3.25/4.0

RELEVANT
EXPERIENCE

Merck & Company Future Talent Program


Elkton, VA
Global Vaccine Technology and Engineering Intern, Summer 2011
Optimized shakedown, performed Operational Qualifications and revised P&IDs on four chromatography
columns ($250k each) to be used in Gardisil downstream process.
Gained experience with DeltaV automation interface for large-scale chromatography column packing.
Trained in clean room manufacturing techniques and cGMP practices.
Koppers Follansbee, WV
Process Engineer Intern, Summer 2010
Conducted process studies to identify bottlenecks and to recommend process improvements.
Implemented lockout/tagout measures to ensure safety of workers when equipment is not in use.
Created flowcharts of various processes in the plan using AutoSketch.
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, PA
Undergraduate Researcher Materials Research Program, Summer 2009
Measured biocompatibility of iron nanomaterials with various coating combinations in cancer cells.
Gained experience in cancer research, nanotechnology, and professional research practices.

PROJECTS

Teapot Project, Transport Lab, Spring 2011


o Improved heating time for commercial teapot design by 20% (Team of five students).
o Led fabrication and machine shop communication and also collaborated on design.
Capsaicin Analysis Project, Chemistry Lab, Spring 2010
Designed and performed an experiment to determine the quantity of capsaicin in peppers and salsas using
reversed-phase HPLC (Team of four students).

ADDITIONAL
EXPERIENCE

Career and Professional Development Center, Carnegie Mellon Pittsburgh, PA


CIT Career Assistant, Fall 2009 present
Research opportunities for engineering internships.
Create career-related handouts to facilitate job and internship searches.

LEADERSHIP

Selection Chairperson, Lambda Sigma Honor Fraternity, Spring 2010 Spring 2011
Organized service projects and planned agenda for meetings.
Conducted interviews and selected new Lambda Sigma members.

SKILLS

Laboratory: organic synthesis & purification, fluorescence & brightfield microscopy, HPLC, atomic absorption
Instruments: gas absorber, rheometer, NMR, FTIR, UV/VIS, GC/MS
Computer: MathCAD, MATLAB, SIMULINK, ImageJ, AutoSketch, MS Office
Spoken Languages: Fluent in Spanish; Conversant in French

ACTIVITIES
& HONORS

Varsity Tennis Team, 2008 present


Alpha Beta Gamma Sorority, 2008 present, House Manager, 2009 2010
Tau Beta Pi, Engineering Honor Society, 2009 present

American Institute of Chemical Engineers, (AIChE) 2009 present


College of Engineering Deans List, Fall 2007, Spring 2010

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OBJECTIVE

To utilize a strong background in biochemical engineering and colloidal science for


product research and process development.
EDUCATION

Carnegie Mellon University


Pittsburgh, PA
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, May 2012
Thesis title: Surfactant Microstructures as DNA Sequence Tags
Advisor: Prof. James W. Schneider
GPA: 3.70/4.00
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL
B.S. Chemical Engineering, High Honors, May 2007
Specialization: Energy/Environment/Economics
GPA: 3.97/4.00
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

Carnegie Mellon University (2007-present)


Produced bioactive liposomes by co-extrusion of peptide nucleic acid amphiphiles
(PNAA) and helper phospholipids, aiming to create useful oligonucleotide sequence
tags for highly sensitive bioanalytical devices
Designed and synthesized di-alkyl PNAA that were sufficiently hydrophilic for studies
in aqueous solutions but adequately lipophilic for incorporation and retention into
liposomal bilayers
Measured sequence-specific binding of DNA onto PNA-functionalized liposomal
surfaces by capillary zone electrophoresis, with emphasis on enhancing the extent of
binding by reducing electrostatic repulsion in the system
Employed di-alkyl PNAA to improve PNA-DNA duplex retention in mixed micelles for
micellar electrokinetic chromatography applications
Illinois Institute of Technology (2004-2005)
Performed thermodynamic analysis of fuel cell systems to prevent carbon deposition
WORK EXPERIENCE

American Air Liquide


Countryside, IL
Research Assistant, February 2005-August 2007
Investigated the effects of air derivatives in the preservation and decontamination of
various food products
Designed, constructed, and operated biochemical laboratory wash tanks and gas
chambers
Implemented automatic data collection scheme for multiple instruments with LabView
software
Pritzker Institute of Medical Engineering
Chicago, IL
Research Assistant, December 2003-February 2005
Participated in team studying the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac rhythm problems
Installed and updated software in Linux server
TEACHING AND SUPERVISING

Undergraduate Research Mentor


Monolayer Phase Behavior of Peptide Amphiphiles Nicole Gartner (2010-2012)
pH-Controlled Rupture of Liposomes for Oral Delivery of Vaccines Elizabeth Newton
(2009-2011)
DNA Adsorption to Liposome-Like Surfaces on Gold Diana Yoon (2009)
Teaching Assistant
Physical Chemistry of Colloids and Surfaces (2010), Heat and Mass Transfer (2009),
Unit Operations of Chemical Engineering (2008), Chemical Reaction Engineering
(2008)
TECHNICAL SKILLS

Organic Chemistry
Solid-phase peptide synthesis, lipid synthesis, esterification, bromination, and thiol
reactions
Molecular Analysis
Mass
spectrometry
(MALDI-TOF,
ESI-Ion
Trap),
UV
spectrometry,
CD
spectropolarimetry, Langmuir-Blodgett monolayer deposition, fluorescence resonance
energy transfer (FRET)
Bioseparation
Capillary zone electrophoresis, reverse-phase chromatography (HPLC), size exclusion
chromatography (FPLC)Also proficient in method development
Colloidal Characterization
Dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, quartz crystal microgravimetry
Programming Skills
Matlab, Mathematica, C++, LabView
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Sequence-Specific Binding of DNA to Liposomes Containing di-Alkyl Peptide Nucleic


Acid (PNA) Amphiphiles P. Mer and J.W. Schneider. Langmuir. 2012, 21, 2488-2494.

Thermodynamic and Structural Characterization of Amino Acid-Linked Dialkyl Lipids


S. Tristam-Nagle, R.N.A.H. Lewis, J.W. Blickenstaff, M. DiPrima, P. Mer, R.N.
McElhaney, J.F. Nagle, J.W. Schneider. Chem. Phys. Lipids. 2012, 134, 29-39.

Electrostatic and Hydrophobic Interactions of DNA Oligomers with Peptide Nucleic


Acid (PNA) Liposomes P. Mer and J.W. Schneider, 229th ACS National Meeting, San
Diego, CA (2012)

Hydrophobic Anchoring of DNA into Surfactant Microstructures P. Mer, S.T. Grosser,


J.W. Schneider, 229th ACS National Meeting, San Diego, CA (2010)

Detection of Sequence-Specific DNA Binding onto Liposomal Surfaces with Capillary


Zone Electrophoresis
P. Mer and J.W. Schneider, International Electrokinetics
(ELKIN) Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2010)

DNA Binding to Peptide Amphiphiles in Surfactant Microstructures P. Mer, Center


for Complex Fluids Engineering Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA (2009)

DNA Binding to Peptide Amphiphiles in Surfactant Microstructures P. Mer, S.T.


Grosser, C. Lau, N. Gartner, J.W. Schneider, Materials Research Society Fall Meeting,
Boston, MA (2010)

HONORS & ACTIVITIES

Best Poster Award, Division of Colloid and Interface Chemistry, 229 th ACS National
Meeting (2012)

John E. Swearingen Fellow of Chemical Engineering (2008-2010)

Presidents Scholar (2002-2007)

Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Association, President (2009)

American Chemical Society

Materials Research Society

American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Greater Pittsburgh Soccer League

LANGUAGES

Fluent in Portuguese

Proficient in Spanish and Italian


POLLY MER
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