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Tanner Ballance

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Engineering Intern  
Curtiss Wright Nuclear Division-Scientech, May 2018 to August 2018, Idaho Falls, Idaho United States
Engineering Intern for the Instruments and Controls group of CWND Scientech. Performed audits and supplier reviews for Quality Assurance. Helped standardize documents us in the Quality Assurance and Document Control Programs Provided input and assistance for seismic design of nuclear safety related electronic systems.

Research Assistant  
Dr. Mark Owkes - MSU Bozeman, January 2017 to September 2017, Bozeman, Montana United States
(Computational Fluid Dynamics)
Briefly aided in the research on simulating the dynamics of contact angles of multiphase flow through a proton exchange membrane.

Teaching Assistant  
Montana State University, January 2016 to May 2018, Bozeman, Montana United States

Teaching Assistant for Computer Aided Engineering I in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Montana State University. Student Grader for the CAE I course as well as for Thermodynamics II.


Purdue Univ/W.L.  
Doctor of Philosophy, Mechanical Engineering, Jul, 2018 to Present

Montana State Univ/ME  
Bachelor Of Science, Mechanical Engineering, Aug, 2014 to May, 2018
Summa cum Laude (Highest Distinction) Achievement Award Scholarship Trio SSS Scholar Freshman Representative (2014-2015)

Montana State University  
Bachelor of Arts, Mechanical Engineering (Honors Baccalaureate), Aug, 2014 to May, 2018
Summa cum Laude (Highest Distinction) Performer in the Discovering Shakespeare event, December 2017


External Ventricular Drain Setup  by  Tanner Ballance, Brandt Seitz, Maddie Thomae    
September, 2017 - May, 2018
Capstone Project Sponsored by Dr. Matt Trebella of Lupine Medical. The team was tasked with building an experimental setup for studying external ventricular drains (EVDs). The setup was to be able to control a height differential for gravity fed flow and collect and record data for the research. The team designed and built a setup that was capable of performing all the tasks required by the sponsored. I was primarily responsible for the electronics of the system which included: 1) a user interface 2) control of a stepper motor 3) data collection and communication between electronic devices

Cat Chaser Bot  by  Tanner Ballance, Dave Hoffman    
March, 2017 - May, 2017
A short project in which we modified a robot's obstacle detection code to chase objects instead of avoiding them. Turns out, the robot's ultrasonic sensors are not very well suited for object tracking.

Modeling Free Convection in Non-compressible Flow  by  Tanner Ballance, Brandt Seitz    
March, 2018 - May, 2018
Developed a non-compressible flow solver that can incorporate the temperature equation and temperature effects on viscosity and density to simulate free convection. This upped the complexity of solving the Navier-Stokes equations for non-compressible flow by coupling the temperature equation with the other equations through variable fluid properties. Overall, the solver was successful and stable at simulating different free convection cases.