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Chris Shakal

CATIA Hobbyist, Aspiring Engineer

biography

My first experience with CAD was in September 2011 as part of a freshman engineering drafting/CAD course. CATIA V5 was the software I used, and it's been an obsession since then. I frequently model things in CATIA for fun, which is apparently uncommon among my peers. I am occasionally dabbling in other 3D modeling and analysis (FEA, CFD, etc.) programs as well. I just recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a minor in CAD/CAM. I plan to get a Master's degree in the next couple years, and I am actively seeking employment within the aerospace industry.

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work experience

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Teacher's Assistant January 2013 - December 2013

I graded homework and helped students learn engineering drafting and CATIA.

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Nat'l Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (Japan) Research Intern June 2013 - July 2013

Researched current trends and issues within the aviation biofuels industry. Performed lab tests on biofuels to find cloud point, pour point, etc. Created written report on all findings.

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Gulfstream Aerospace CPLM Intern May 2014 - August 2014

Assisted with CAD data version control, CAD geometry validation between file types, CATIA user support, and enhanced understanding of CATIA Knowledgeware.

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Gulfstream Aerospace Wing Structural Design Intern May 2015 - August 2015

Currently working on modifying and optimizing a CATIA model of a Gulfstream G500 aileron structural test fixture. Wrote a VBA macro and GUI to automatically create 80+ assembly constraints to simulate the movement of the components in the test fixture depending on the load cases. Additional projects in progress...

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Volunteering

Numerous hours (church-related and otherwise) of volunteer and mission trip work

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education

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Daytona Beach Campus) B.S., Aerospace Engineering - Aeronautics Concentration 2011 - 2015

CAD/CAM Minor | Honors Program | Dean's List | Summa Cum Laude | 3.97 GPA

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additional

Workstation specs: Acer Aspire V3 571g with Intel Core i7 3610qm quad core CPU, 2 GB VRAM on NVIDIA GeForce GT640m GPU, 6 GB RAM, external 23.6" IPS display
Honors and awards: Class of 2011 High School Valedictorian ERAU Dean's List 2011-Present Sigma Gamma Tau Aerospace Engineering Honor Society Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society ERAU Honors Student Association Taekwondo Black Belt Academic Excellence Award 2008-2011
Interests: CAD/CAE, especially CATIA Aerodynamics Aircraft Stability and Control Academics Art Piano Rendering Fishing Mobile Technology

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