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335 Crown Ridge

New Braunfels, Texas 78132

Asuka Autumn Grace Orr

830-237-3816
asukaorr@tamu.edu

Objective

To gain competitive research experience in biotechnology, sustainable energy, or environmental engineering.

Education

Texas A&M University College Station, TX


BS in Chemical Engineering
Expected year of graduation: May 2016

Experience

Research Assistant, Transport of Nanomedicine in the Environment: January 2015-present


Texas A&M University, Chemical Engineering Department, College Station, TX
Investigate the growth inhibition and uptake of
Characterize polymeric nanoparticles.
polymeric nanoparticulate drug delivery
Culture single-cell green algae species.
systems (PNDDS) in the algae species
Chlorella
vulgaris
and
Raphidocelis
subcapitata.

Current GPA: 3.537


Current Major GPA: 3.57

Molecular Modeling Group Leader: September 2014-present


Molecular Modeling Research Intern: May 2014-September 2014
Texas A&M University, TAMU Undergraduate MiniPharma, College Station, TX
Investigate the properties of beta-lactone dual Collaborate
with
synthetic
chemistry,
inhibitor anti-cancer drugs that target fatty acid
biological assay, metabolome analysis, and
synthase-thioesterase domain (FAS-TE).
fungal growth/genetics teams of MiniPharma.
Perform
large-scale
molecular
dynamic
Oversee progress of molecular modeling
simulations on a supercomputer to estimate the
research interns.
free energy of binding.
Organize weekly meetings.

Presentations

Peer Teaching Assistant: August 2013-present (10 to 15 hours per week)


Texas A&M University, Engineering Academic & Student Affairs, College Station, TX
Interact with students during class.
Run project demonstrations.
Hold office hours.
Report common problems students have with
course material.
Grade papers.
Emphasis on programming, graphics, and
Proctor exams
problem solving.
R. Blando, E. Brackhahn, K. Campbell, A. Orr, C. Molak, B. Seyed, D. Romo, and L. Perez, In-Silico
Binding Energy Calculations of Dual Inhibitors of Fatty Acid Synthase and the Proteasome 2014 Summer
Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation Session, College Station, TX. August 6, 2014.

Volunteer
Experience

Chemistry Road Show volunteer: 2013-May 2014


Texas A&M University, Chemistry Department, College Station, TX
Assemble experimental equipment.
Conduct experiments for large groups of young
students.
Timekeeper and Rules Judge: February 2014, March 2014, February 2015
Texas A&M University, Regional Science Bowl, College Station, TX
Settle rules disputes.
Ensure that all competition rules are followed.

Awards
and Honors

Activities

Member, SWE (Society of Women Engineers) (2012-Present)


Member, AIChe (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) (2014-Present)
Member, OXE (Omega Chi Epsilon, Chemical Engineering Honor Society) (2014-Present)
Public Relations Officer, Texas A&M Birding Society (2012-2014)

Skills

Computer:
AutoCAD
Autodesk Inventor
Discovery Studio
Chimera
Visual Molecular Dynamics (VMD)

College of Engineering Distinguished Student Award (2014)


Pete Hunter Dunham Jr. 74 Scholarship from Texas A&M University (2012-2013)
BP (British Petroleum) Foundation Excellence Award from Texas A&M Foundation (2013-2015)
Thomas A Smith Scholarship from Texas A&M University Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical
Engineering (2013-2015)

Adobe Photoshop
MATLAB
LabVIEW
Linux

Laboratory:
Gas Chromatography
IR Spectrophotometry
Ultraviolet-Visible Spectrophotmetry
Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS)

Updated: 15 February 2015