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Simon Pun

Materials Engineer

Simon is a materials and processes engineer at Aerojet Rocketdyne. When Simon is not working at his job, he is busy trying to develop a patent related to energy applications. Simon also worked at the 3M Company as a research assistant where he served as a project lead. One breakthrough was the...
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Teaching Assistant  
UC Irvine, September 2014 to June 2015
(Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science)
►Teach and demonstrate processing concepts such as alloying, sintering, cutting, polishing, and coating ►Incorporate lean teaching concepts where students are responsible to create efficient plans for manufacturing parts ►Teach and work with students to identify problems and troubleshoot material systems using various lab equipment

Research Assistant  
UC Irvine, June 2014 to Present

►Develop materials with superior physical properties such as thermal stability, high strength, and corrosion resistance ►Analyze atomic interactions in order to predict material performance, physical properties, and manufacturability ►Effectively manage research budget (material selection, equip. cost) while meeting development goals and deadlines ►Carry initial concepts to engineering review, and ultimately development and publication/ documentation

R&D Asssistant  
3M, November 2013 to July 2014

►Configure 3D printer to print with various R&D powders by understanding mech. and chem. components of printer ►Replace/ redesign mechanical parts (integrated fans, sensors, battery, ports, fixtures) if in undesired condition ►Design manufacturing protocols and administer material selection process

Summer Research Intern  
UC Santa Barbara, June 2013 to September 2013

►Create nanostructured alloys to alleviate damage from radiation and hydrogen attack in a nuclear fusion reactor ►Perform mechanical testing on research specimen using micro-indenter and predict performance using models ►Characterize specimen using OM, SEM, TEM, and APT for defects

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Orange County Section, April 2013 to Present

►Plan and host technical monthly meetings for over 1000 ASME members in Orange County, CA ►Represent ASME at professional events such as Mars Rover Updates and Expositions, OC Science Fair Judging, and OC Engineering Council

Technical Support Specialist  
KaufmanIT, September 2011 to January 2013

►Provide technical services to legal workers, lawyers, and finance analysts in various Orange County based companies ►Responsible to set up workstations and configure workgroup settings for clients according to their preferences ►Diagnose and fix issues using analytical approach: check power source, replicate error, troubleshoot, and assessment ►Answer technical questions raised by clients in regards of software functions and network infrastructure ►Demonstrate excellent customer service by communicating with clients in person, via email and telephone

EngiTECH Coordinator  
UC Irvine, August 2011 to May 2012

►Hosted the 2012 EngiTECH Career Fair for the Henry Samueli School of Engineering ►Managed an event for the Engineering Student Council with revenue of $40,000.00 ►Contacted companies and sponsors to donate and attend the EngiTECH Career Fair ►Managed a committee of 20 members to delegate duties ►Improved skills in database management, event planning and customer relations

Research Assistant  
UC Irvine, June 2010 to Present

►Perform cryogenic techniques on aluminum alloy with diamantane particles ►Obtain grain characteristics using Scanning Electron Microscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy, and X-Ray Diffraction ►Measure grain sizes using Image J ►Prepare Rockwell Hardness testing samples by cutting, grinding, and polishing ►Perform hardness testing using Rockwell Collins Instron ►Give research presentations at local symposiums and national conferences

Student Technician/ Lab Consultant  
UC Irvine, March 2010 to February 2012

Corps Member  
Jumpstart, September 2009 to June 2010


University of California, Irvine  
Master Of Science, Mechanical and Aerospace, Specialization in Materials Engineering, Sep, 2014 to Sep, 2015

University of California, Irvine  
Bachelor of Science, Aerospace Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Jan, 2009 to Jan, 2014


Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Network of Educators in Science and Technology Promise of the Future Award

American Society for Materials (ASM) International– Undergraduate Scholarship: First Place, $4000

HENAAC – Undergraduate Engineering Presentation: 1st Place, College Bowl Competition: 3rd Place

University of California – Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees Scholar, $20,000

UC Irvine – National Mathematics and Science Award, $6000

Orange County Engineering Council – Outstanding Engineering Student Award