Work Experience / Education / Publications

Staff Research Scientist, SSAI/NASA Langley Research Center — October 2010 - July 2017

For the past six and a half years I have been part of an algorithm development team for NASA’s Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System satellite-based Earth observation instruments.

Key Achievements :

Tutor, Physics Department, University of Auckland — 2008 - 2010

My role in the University of Auckland Physics Department involved demonstrating undergraduate physics labs. It required being able to communicate to the students the objectives and methods of the lab, as well as helping them understand the relevant physical concepts. I enjoyed the interactive experience and the exploring ways I could breakdown complex problems into simple terms.

Project Manager, Perceptive Insight Ltd — 2007-2008

I designed and implemented market research surveys for a wide variety of companies, including telecommunications, manufacturing, government and electronics. My role was to liaise with clients while designing the survey to ensure that we were capturing the required information. I would then launch the surveys and monitor their progress. After the data had been collected my role was to analyze and interpret the results and write reports for clients. I would then meet with the clients to discuss the results and provide recommendations based on the research. The role involved a large amount of data analysis, report writing, research design and interaction with clients.

Summer Physics Research Assistant, University of Auckland — 2006

Over the summer I worked as a research assistant in the Physics Department at the University of Auckland. My job was to set up and operate a set of radiometers. This included wiring the radiometers to the datalogger and then programing the datalogger to make the measurements. This gave me practical experience in electronics and making atmospheric measurements.

Sales Assistant, Sounds Music Store, Auckland — 2001-2006

A customer service based role involving helping customers find CDs, suggesting other CDs they might like, taking orders (in person and on phone). My work also required display maintenance, store and stock maintenance, and stock transfers.