About Me

Hi there!

My name is John Morris and I am a mechanical engineering student at California State University – Long Beach.  I am a member of the Pi Tau Sigma mechanical engineering honor society, the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and have been on the Dean’s and President’s honor lists multiple times.

I am rapidly approaching completion of a Bachelor’s degree, and I now want to supplement my book knowledge with practical, real-world experience.

To this end, in recent years, I have been utilizing my extensive elective computer science education in a variety of areas.  I am most proud of the websites I have designed and manage, and of the plugins I’ve developed for WordPress.  But I have worked on countless hobby projects ranging from Android apps to Windows and Linux applications.

 

But, now I want to shift my focus to mechanical engineering.  Computer science is intriguing, and I am fond of the field, but engineering is my true passion.  For my entire life I have had a compulsion to understand how the world around us works.  I have never been able to simply cross over a bridge.  I have to stop and visualize the forces transmitting through the bridge structure into the surroundings.  I can’t simply sit in an airplane peacefully.  I have to think through the operation of the wings and watch the contrails forming.  When driving, I don’t just sit there.  I have to walk through the combustion process in my head, and visualize the machinery that converts it into forward motion.  Computers are a hobby, engineering is a compulsion.

To this end, I have worked long and hard in my engineering education and am seeking internships and job opportunities to solidify my book knowledge with practical experience.

You can find a résumé for viewing or download below.  As well as view my portfolio of recent personal and school projects, blog, and contact information on the pages of this site.

 


 

Résumé

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Education

California State University, Long Beach | Pursuing Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (2016)

  • Major:   Mechanical Engineering, Cumulative GPA: 3.6
  • Related coursework:   3D Solid Modeling, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Engineering Computer Methods (Matlab)

Los Angeles Pierce College

  • Certificates of Achievements:   Programming for Computer SciencePersonal Computer Service Technology, and Network Technology
  • Major:   Mechanical Engineering / Computer Science
  • Related coursework:  2D Drafting, Physics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Electricity, Chemistry, Computer Programming and Networking

Computer Skills

  • Languages:   PHP (proficient), HTML (proficient), CSS (proficient), JavaScript (proficient), C (capable), C++ (capable), Java (capable), Python (familiar), Matlab (familiar)
  • Programs:   MS Office (including Excel and Access), AutoCAD, SolidWorks
  • Operating Systems:  Windows 98/2000/XP/7/8, Linux, OS X
  • Networking:   Windows and Linux Servers, Active Directory, Group Policy, TCP/IP, OSI model
  • Development Experience:  WordPress plugins and themes, websites, mobile device applications

Experience

Sailing Instructor / Recreation Leader | City of Ventura | 2002 – Present

  • Achieved and maintain United States Coast Guard captain (near coastal) and master (inland, 25-ton) licenses, US Sailing instructor certification, ASA instructor certification, and CPR & first aid certifications.
  • Organize and communicate complex boating subjects to students of varying skill levels and ages.
  • Created and maintain sailing instruction curriculum and materials for three separate courses.
  • Regularly manage and coordinate 2- to 5-member teams of staff to provide optimal and safe conditions for boating education.
  • Perform routine maintenance and repairs of vessels and facilities.

Volunteer Web Developer | Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center | 2008 – Present

  • Developed and maintain the online presence of the Leo Robbins Community Sailing Center (http://LRSailingCenter.com).
  • Coded a database-driven website which receives approximately 4000 hits per month.
  • Implemented and manage social media strategies and methods to interface with hundreds of followers.
  • Regularly interface with clients and business partners via email, telephone, and social media.

Honors & Awards

  • President’s list, Dean’s list, member Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, and member Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.
  • 2011 Excellence in Instruction Award: National award presented by the United States Sailing Association, the governing body for the sport of sailing in the United States.