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Chris Shakal

CATIA Hobbyist, Aspiring Engineer


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 enjoy making models of airplanes and engines, sometimes based on existing designs. (Disclaimer: No proprietary information is ever used.) 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 currently employed in the aerospace industry.


work experience

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

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

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.

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.

Gulfstream Aerospace Wing Structural Design Intern May 2015 - August 2015

Modified and optimized a CATIA model of a Gulfstream aileron test fixture. Wrote a VBA macro and GUI to automatically create 80+ assembly constraints. Created near-net shape forging models for various wing structural components. More projects in progress...

Gulfstream Aerospace Engineer October 2015 -

Structural design engineering


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



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



Workstation specs: Acer Aspire V3 571g with Intel Core i7 3610qm quad core CPU, 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 surfacing Aerodynamics Mobile Technology Aircraft Stability and Control Academics Art Piano 3D Rendering Fishing

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