Hello, my name is Austin Miner, and happy to make your acquaintance! I've always had a passion for making and building things, whether they be contraptions built in my dad's garage or coding projects to challenge my abilities. This passion drove me to become an engineer, and through my research preferences lead me to become a Chemical Engineer. I have nearly five years of academic research experience, from leading a large scale data gathering project on CZTS solar cells to building a state of the are Laser Beam Induced Current Device, all the...
In order of most to least recent:
1) TAing two undergraduate classes at the UMN
2) Helping teach fellow graduate students how to use Matlab, Mathematica, and general class related topics that I was ahead on.
3) TAing an undergraduate statistical mechanics class in my senior year of undergraduate (I took the class as a junior, and my PI was the teacher for the course).
4) Tutoring through CLUE, a free tutoring program sponsored by the UW
5) Tutoring at my high school's library after school through a program sponsored by the high school.
University of Minnesota, Graduate Research Assistant
2015 - Present
• Worked with Jeff Derby on simulations of CZT crystal growth and served as Laboratory Safety Officer.
• Helped teach classes as teaching assistant.
• Experience working and negotiating with industry representatives in a scientific and professional capacity.
University of Washington, Undergraduate Research Assistant
2012 - 2015
• Designed, developed, and built the code and hardware for a state of the art Laser Beam Induced Current (LBIC) setup.
• Laboratory Safety Officer for ~1.5 years.
• Developed code in Mathematica to analyze large data sets.
• Led group of three undergraduates on a half a yearlong project to gather and analyze large data sets.
• Wrote, updated, and maintained multiple Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for solar experiments.
University of Washington, CLUE Tutor
2011 - 2012
Free walk-in tutoring provided by the UW, I worked here as a tutor, primarily for Math, Chemistry, and intro Comp Sci courses.