Mary Etta West

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MARY ETTA WEST
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
mwest.lazerade@gmail.com, github.com/ADataDate
    
An exceptionally talented, results driven Electrical Engineer with an invaluable skill set cultivated through five years of experience. Highly knowledgeable in the field through dedicated professional development and industry practice, combines research, circuit and PCB design, basic programming, thorough system analysis and documentation to consistently spearhead project success. Incorporating hands-on experience as an Electronic Technician, maximizes performance and drives operations utilizing electronic systems and bench test equipment expertise. Highly passionate about Electrical Engineering, the open source community and STEM education,  committed to excelling in the field, delivers state of the art troubleshooting and issue resolution effectively collaborating with team members to achieve all organizational goals. Areas of Expertise include:

   Circuit Design & PCB Layout , Rapid Prototyping,  MATLAB

   Microcontrollers , Bench Test Equipment Use, LTSpice/PSpice

    Git, Windows & Linux environments, Arduino Library Creation

  

EXPERIENCE & NOTABLE CONTRIBUTIONS

BOULDER ENGINEERING STUDIO • August 2018-Present
HARDWARE ENGINEER

Boulder Engineering Studio (BES) makes products happen. BES understands how to take ideas to market and executes with expertise through their multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and firmware engineers. BES provides unparalleled project design and product development for a variety of applications and diverse clientele while creating innovative products to meet customer and consumer expectations.

SPARKFUN ELECTRONICS • January 2016-Present
ELECTRICAL DESIGN ENGINEER
QUICK STATS:
•    RESPONSIBLE FOR 12  PRODUCTS WITH HOOKUP GUIDES, EXAMPLE PROJECTS AND ARDUINO                                       SKETCHES
•    PUBLISHED 12 BLOG POSTS
•    CONTRIBUTED 9 TUTORIALS
•    DEVELOPED AND DELIVERED FOUR WORKSHOPS
•    CREATED THE “LOGISTICS” TRACK FOR THE AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES CHALLENGE IN 2017
•    TAUGHT 1000S OF PEOPLE HOW TO SOLDER

SparkFun Electronics is an online electronics retail company serving the maker, pro-maker, and education markets. Within the Enineering department I am responsible for ideating and developing new products for these markets. Beyond the hardware design and test I develop software packages so the hardware can work in common maker programming platforms such as Arduino, MakeCode and Micropython which includes C++, Typescript (Microsoft’s version of JavaScript) and python. A total product package includes hardware, software, documentation, tutorials/hookup guide; the project in its entirety is self-guided giving rise to an intensely creative process. 

UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA LAS VEGAS • October 2012-2015
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT – NAVAIR - DSP FOCUS (OCT. 2014-DEC. 2015)
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT – GAN ELECTRONICS – ELECTRONICS DESIGN FOCUS (OCT. 2012-APR. 2013)

QUICK STATS:
•    RECEIVED TWO NASA RESEARCH GRANTS
•    DEVELOPED AN LMS ADAPTIVE NOISE CANCELLING FILTER IN MATLAB WHICH IS STILL USED IN CONTINUING       RESEARCH. I HAVE SHARED THIS PROJECT ON GITHUB AND WROTE A TUTORIAL ON LMS FILTERS. 

I worked in two separate labs over the span of three years. The first was a satellite research lab for the Nevada test site, now known as Nevada National security site,  testing GaN circuits. I developed transistor driver circuits and reported the iv characteristics. Ancillary to this project I also researched methods of attitude control  in constellation formations of microsatellites which included lasers and microthrusters. The bulk of my training certifications were necessary for this position: high voltage training at the Nevada test site, chemical safety training, and laser safety training. 
        
The second research lab was purely software-solution oriented.  A drone capable of detecting human presence through sound alone was in development to prevent poaching in south Africa. The problem was that their system did not take into account the noise from engine or wind contributing to their audio. I developed an application in MATLAB that adaptively filtered out the engine and wind noise. The engine noise was much more successful but future research candidates were able to build upon my work to develop classification methods from the recorded audio. 
 

RECHARGEABLE POWER ENERGY, NORTH AMERICA, LLC • October 2013-January 2015
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER (APR. 2014-JAN. 2015)
ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (OCT. 2013-APR. 2014)
QUICK STATS:
•    REVERSE ENGINEERED 1-WIRE PROTOCOL BASED COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A BATTERY PACK AND                         DEFIBRILLATOR TO DEVELOP A RECHARGEABLE BATTERY SOLUTION
•    CONTRIBUTED DESIGNS TO THE ENERGIE CYCLE RECHARGEABLE E-BIKE WHICH IS USED ON BIKE TOURS OF           RED ROCK MOUNTAIN IN LAS VEGAS, NV (48V, 10AH)

RPE is a Las Vegas based engineering company specializing in rechargeable battery pack design and most of it custom. RPE provided a full circle experience. I had an engineering mentor that drilled me on the basics which improved my test skills down to the component level. I also trained the technicians who were building the battery packs in the factory. One of the most interesting projects was called the E-Bleeder. A race car driver walked into our office with an idea and we seized the day. Our 3-man team designed and built an electric version of the bleeders found in race cars and semi-trucks to constantly monitor the tire pressure and bleed air only when necessary to maintain optimal tire pressure as the track heats up. It was my first non-academic project using feedback and understanding that mistakes can mean death. I learned to 3D model for this project and designed a baffle with a long tube where all the electronics would be housed in the axel.

NRG, IVANPAH SOLAR ELECTRIC GENERATION FACILITY • June 2014-August 2014
ENGINEERING SUMMER INTERN
QUICK STATS:
•    SAVED ONE DESERT TORTOISE FROM DEATH

The Ivanpah Solar Generation Facility is the largest solar power plant in the world (at least, it was in 2014). I was fascinated by how over 300,000 can be choreographed to direct heat (DNI) to a central tower. The internship, unfortunately, did not consist of working with the control engineers but with the chemists who test the water and with the managers who perform reporting. The bulk of my time was spent creating live reporting spreadsheets in excel that auto generated daily reports on plant performance. Wildlife was a major concern because of the displacement of animals during the construction. Part of my job was to make sure snakes, tortoises, kit foxes, rabbits and other desert life were safe.

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY (CSU) | Expected December 2019

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, GPA: 3.4
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, LAS VEGAS (UNLV) | December 2015

Awards: Dean’s Honor List (2015), Awarded two NVSGC Space Research Grants (2010-2013), President’s Honor List (2011), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Grant for $6,000 (2015), Active in engineering related clubs and community service projects.

Memberships: IEEE, Pi Mu Epsilon-Mathematical Honor Society, Practical Electronics Club, Engineers Without Borders and UAV Club.

Training: Laser Safety Training - High Voltage Training

Certifications: Chemical Safety Certification - Clean Room Certification Classes 10,000 - 1,000 - 100 

 ADDITIONALLY

DIGITAL MEDIA ACADEMY • March 2018 – April 2018
CURRICULUM DEVELOPER
Developed summer camp curriculum for a course on Wearable Tech and Fashion Design which uses LilyPad Sewable Electronics.   Developed as part of the “Girls Who Code” organization’s efforts to increase young women’s confidence in STEM subjects. 

ETTA WEST ELECTRONICS • September 2017 - Present
BUSINESS OWNER/ELECTRICAL ENGINEER
Wearables hardware designer.