MECHANICAL ENGINEER WITH A FLAIR FOR DESIGN

HI, MY NAME IS GABI!

I am a recent Mechanical Engineering graduate from the University of Hawai'i, with a passion for designing beautiful, functional products. I am seeking opportunities to advance my design skill set and to gain professional experience in the engineering and design industry, with the long term goal of pursuing a Master's Degree in Industrial Design. 

EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Honolulu, HI

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

May, 2019

Technical Elective Courses: Systems Engineering, Entrepreneurial Design

ISTITUTO EUROPEO DI DESIGN

Turin, Italy

Car Design: An Introduction

July 2016

Certificate of completion six week intensive program in association with Ferrari; Modena Italy

SKILLS

SOFTWARE

ENGINEERING
SOLIDWORKS
AUTODESK FUSION 360
REVIT
AUTOCAD
MICROSTATION

LANGUAGES

ENGLISH
HUNGARIAN
JAPANESE
GERMAN

DESIGN

LOGO
COMPANY FACING
UX/UI

PRODUCT / ENGINEERING

  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

  • Product development

    • System level ideation and concept generation​

    • translation of consumer needs to TLR's, KPP's​​

  • Rapid prototyping, machinery operation

3D PRINTING
MACHINING
  • Mechanical systems design and assembly

WORK EXPERIENCE

RELEVANT PAST AND CURRENT EMPLOYMENT
BOX FARM LABS LLC

Honolulu, HI

COFOUNDER, CTO

June 2019 - Sept 2020

  • Product Development: Performed R&D and developed products for agricultural and aerospace life support systems. Selected as one of eight (8) teams to participate in the Purple Mai’a start-up competition for indigenous innovation in Hawai’i by designing and initiating going-to launch strategy for indoor expandible edible crop producing device

  • Documentation: Generated technical documentation such as letters of resource support, budgets, work and development plans (Gantt Charts, requirements tables, KPP’s and TLR’s)

  • SBIR&STTR Grant Proposals: Wrote NASA STTR for edible crop production system in microgravity environments in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, University of North Dakota (UND) and NASA Ames. Wrote NSF SBIR and USDA SBIR Grant proposals for plant phenotyping system and a low-cost hydroponic system for expanding species of crop compatible for growth in tropical environments.

  • Intellectual Property Strategical Planning: Drafted provisional patent application, began trademarking process and worked with OIC and external lawyers on IP protection strategy.

  • Brand Identity Design: Created and incorporated Box Farm Labs design language cues into physical product.  Established digital footprint by creating website using Wix and utilized SEO to drive awareness to product.

Subsystem Lead for Box Farm Capstone Project                                                
  • Research and Development: Designed, manufactured and tested first of its kind automated edible crop production device for NASA-funded Martian simulations/aerospace missions at the University of North Dakota in the Inflatable Lunar Martian Habitat (ILMH) on Mission 7B on week-long isolation mission. Performed product development, engineering work and Finite Element Analysis (FEA) on systems and subsystems. Designed and manufactured novel vertical hydroponics system and innovated a bacteria and microbial growth prevention mechanism and a plurality of components for robotic subsystem.

  • Subsystem Lead:  Managed six subsystem engineers by implementing Lean Six-Sigma methodologies into R&D activities and program execution. Performed development and tracking of Top Level Requirements (TLR’s) and generated manufacturing and testing plans.

  • Marketing Strategy: Established partnerships with business entities and secured over $12,000 in grants, products and services as Business and Marketing Manager of project. Generated publicity through news stories across 17 television and newspaper outlets.

August 2018- May 2019

ADMIN SPECIALIST, CONTRACTOR

Honolulu, HI

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII OFFICE OF INNOVATION AND COMMERCIALIZATION

July 2020-September 2020

  • Program Development: Assisted in development of SBIR/STTR pipeline for Hawaii tech startup companies emerging from UH funded by the Hawaii Technology Development Corporation (HTDC).

  • Business and Technical Consultation: Provided SBIR/STTR consultation and guidance for UH Researchers, Faculty and start-up companies. Provided product design and business strategy advice for 30 start-up teams in 5-day Hacking 4 Recovery event put on jointly with Stanford University and the UH OIC.

  • Event Coordination: developed flyers, set up registration, coordinated with speaker to handle logistics for the event and identified follow-up opportunities with a reach of over 300 participants for SBIR/STTR information sessions.

  • Web Content Development: Compiled information and developed webpage content for the Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC) website with SBIR/STTR grant general information, application processes and eligibility criteria.

MECHANICAL ENGINEER

Honolulu, HI

US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

September 2020 - Present

  • Mechanical System Design: Utilized entry-level knowledge of HVAC and plumbing concepts to perform HVAC load calculations in Carrier HAP 5.1 software and design of Mechanical systems on four military building upgrade projects in compliance with Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-410-1 and 3-420-1). Designed functioning Revit families for selected mechanical components unavailable from the manufacturer based on shop drawings for insertion into design. Experience in designing and selecting mechanical equipment for VRF systems using Mitsubishi Diamond software. Performed site visits for verification of as-built drawings. Learned Life Cycle Cost Analysis.

  • Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration: Collaborated with Civil, Structural, Electrical branches and in-house CAD Technicians on performing and modifying mechanical designs. Coordinated with manufacturers on equipment selections based on load calculations. Documented and authored a 30-page guide on CAD conversion process between Revit, AutoCAD and MicroStation for delivery to subcontractors in compliance with AEC CAD Standards.

  • Currently Holds Common Access Card (CAC) and Security Clearance
GRAPHIC DESIGN

Honolulu, HI

FREELANCE

May 2015 - Present

  • Logo and brand identity design: Including apps and business cards; book and music album cover design. Notable projects include published book 9th Street Chronicles, company facing for Hawaii Real Estate Partners, logo design for German company G7 Success and two University of Hawaii programs: “Robot Autonomy and Navigation Lab” and “Hawaii’s Engaged STEM Pathways” program

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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII

Honolulu, HI

SENIOR DESIGN/CAPSTONE PROJECT TEACHING ASSISTANT

January 2019 - May 2019

  • Teaching: Assisted professor in producing coursework and grading assignments. Taught and tutored in CAD and rendering. Provided technical feedback on 4 Critical Design Reviews and 12 student presentations.

  • Mentorship: Mentored 4 teams in project management, technical design, generating fundraising schemes, and resolving inter-team conflicts

  • Note: Asked personally by Dep.t of Mechanical Engineering Chair and exempted from Master’s Student-only eligibility criteria for TA-ing for course while concurrently taking other section due to the success Box Farm senior design project.

PROJECTS

BOX FARM 

Honolulu, HI

SUBSYSTEM LEAD

August 2018 - May 2019

  • Designed, manufactured and tested first of its kind automated edible crop production device for NASA-funded Martian simulation/aerospace missions

  • Statics and Living Systems Lead, oversight of six subsystem engineers, lead design of automated recirculating hydroponic system capable of growing 32 plants for microgravity (Martian) environments, 

  • Business and Marketing Manager: Design of project’s image, logo, website and information material; coordinate fundraising and securing corporate partnerships from 6 sponsors and over $10,000 raised in grants and donations; generation of publicity through reaching  over 1,000,000 people across 2 rounds of news stories through 17 news outlets 

  • Inflatable Lunar Mars Habitat (ILMH) Mission 7B crewmember, first crew of four

Honolulu, HI

iFirst Medical Technologies

May 2015 - Present

Portable blood typing cartridge
  • Designing and prototyping of first of its kind blood testing cartridge

AWARDS

1

ST

Francis J Rhodes Montgomery Design Competition

$5757

Research grant for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Grant from Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC)

$3600

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