Research Assistant

Name : Rafael Izarra
Industry Type : Engineers
City & State : Seattle,WA
Job Title Research Assistant
Relocation Preferences : Any
Objective : Analytical and team-focused professional with a BS, MS and recent completed Doctor degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialist in Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Petroleum Production Technology. Knowledgeable of thermo-fluid sciences, and transport phenomena, including turbulence modeling with active/passive scalar transport, fluid flow in porous media, multiphase flow modeling, pressure loss estimation, atmospheric boundary layer simulations and others. Proficient in MS Office, Mathcad, AutoCAD, Tecplot, CFX, Fluent, ICEMCFD, programming in FORTRAN and C, working in UNIX and Windows. Utilize superior communication and outstanding interpersonal skills to appropriately conduct presentations and establish functional relationships with professionals within and outside the organization. Capable of independently managing and conducting research projects within multicultural environments. Adept at prioritizing tasks to meet milestones and project deadlines; efficiently perform multiple tasks within fast-paced environments. Fluent in English and Spanish (native) and with knowledge of German. Member of ASME and APS-DFD. Permanent legal U.S. resident with green card. Received four academic awards and published in the International Journal of Pollution & Environment and seven international computational engineering conferences/courses.
Resume :  
RAFAEL IZARRA
919 17th Avenue, Apt. 1 Seattle, WA 98122 (425) 516-7494 rafael.izarra[at]uni-siegen.de

APPLICATION, MODELING, OR RESEARCH ENGINEER
COMPUTATIONAL FLUID DYNAMICS || PETROLEUM PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY || POLLUTION DISPERSION MODELING
FLUID MECHANICS || HEAT TRANSFER

Analytical and team-focused professional with a BS, MS and Doctor degree in Mechanical Engineering, specialist in Fluid Mechanics, Computational Fluid Dynamics and Petroleum Production Technology. Knowledgeable of thermo-fluid sciences, and transport phenomena, including turbulence modeling with active/passive scalar transport, fluid flow in porous media, multiphase flow modeling, pressure loss estimation, atmospheric boundary layer simulations and others. Proficient in MS Office, Mathcad, AutoCAD, Tecplot, CFX, Fluent, ICEMCFD, programming in FORTRAN and C, working in UNIX and Windows. Utilize superior communication and outstanding interpersonal skills to appropriately conduct presentations and establish functional relationships with professionals within and outside the organization. Capable of independently managing and conducting research projects within multicultural environments. Adept at prioritizing tasks to meet milestones and project deadlines; efficiently perform multiple tasks within fast-paced environments. Fluent in English and Spanish (native) and with knowledge of German. Member of ASME and APS-DFD. Permanent legal U.S. resident with green card. Received four academic awards and published in the International Journal of Pollution & Environment and seven international computational engineering conferences/courses.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
UNIVERSITY OF SIEGEN, Siegen, Germany [2006-2009]
RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Provided technical support for CFD courses, including conduction and correction of fluid mechanics exams, supervision of theses and lead group of students for different academic/research/industrial projects of the Institute of Fluids & Thermodynamics.
Estimated and optimized pressure losses for ventilation systems in electronic equipments and authored reports.
Validated and improved Micro-scale meteorological models (EU research project) by processing CFD data.
Designed and implemented the Czibere turbulence model in CFD commercial software using FLUENT 6.3.

SIMON BOLIVAR UNIVERSITY, Caracas, Venezuela [2000-2005]
PROJECT ENGINEER
Held responsible and active participation for the development and deliveries of several industrial projects with PDVSA-Intevep.
Created petroleum well-core reservoir simulator utilizing finite volume technique for bi-dimensional porous media flow program in Fortran 90. Together with a team were made software presentations, wrote user manual and technical reports.
Executed CFD multi-phase fluid flow simulations by applying CFX4 software for multiple models/configurations of crude oil separators. Cooperated with the technical/administrative deliveries and presentations. Authored technical reports.
Designed control system for cyclone/heliocoidal oil - gas separator for experimental bank using PLC control.

PDVSA-Intevep, Los Teques, Venezuela [2003-2004]
MS THESIS-INTERN
Developed a multiphase fluid flow simulator for Eulerian-Eulerian axisymetric flow conditions using the Control-Volume-based Finite Element Method (CVFEM) in Fortran 90. The program was applied for simulation of cyclone separators.

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF SIEGEN, Siegen, Germany
DOCTOR OF ENGINEERING IN FLUID MECHANICS [DEC- 2009]
Research area in fluid mechanics with emphasis in CFD improvements and quality assurance for turbulence modeling.
Dissertation in: Second moment modeling for the numerical simulation of passive scalar dispersion in urban environments.

SIMON BOLIVAR UNIVERSITY, Caracas, Venezuela
MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING [2005]
Majors in Computational Fluid Dynamics & Petroleum Production Technology with one year internship at PDVSA-Intevep.
Master thesis in: Program of Control-Volume Finite Element Method for Multi-Phase Flow of Cyclone Separators.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING [2000]
Intern at PDVSA E&P. Proposed safety procedure for design and replace oil pipelines using PDVSA and ANSI-ASME standards.
Bachelor thesis in: Numerical Simulation of a Cone-Shaped Body Gas-Liquid Hydrocyclone Separator.

OTHER PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS
CYCLONE SEPARATOR DESIGN || SHA SAFETY REGULATIONS || DESIGN IN COMPUTER USING AUTOCAD || CAR ENGINE SHOP
GERMAN COURSE DEUTSCH ALS FREMDSPRACHE || WIND EFFECTS ON BUILDINGS & DESIGN OF WIND-SENSITIVE STRUCTURES ENVIRONMENTAL WIND ENGINEERING AND WIND ENERGY STRUCTURES

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