Dwain Seppala, resume

Competencies
Highly developed analytical skills commensurate with technical experience and education. Experience and knowledge of wide ranging manufacturing methods and technologies.

Professional Experience
Industrial Sculpting Las Vegas, NV 1990 - present
  Owner, Technical Designer and Artist
IS serves the entertainment industries offering one-off fabrication capabilities, computer-aided design, specialty fabricating. Recent clients: Temco Logistics Corp.; Dream Entertainment; Johnny Stuart Legends in Concert; Einstein Bros. Bagels; David Copperfield; Industrial Fiberglass and Design of Las Vegas; The Chicken Ranch.

ITT Tech Las Vegas, NV 2015-2016
  Instructor
Adjunct instructor of materials applications and manufacturing methods, college algebra, and programming.

Telecom Real Estate Services Las Vegas, NV 06/2013 - 01/2014
  Contracted Manager for Infrastructure Services and Marketing Program
I was a contractor to Kevin Keating, President of TRES, during the development of two multi-million dollar entrepreneurial efforts to market a large data center development project and a mobile, modular data center design. I developed technical illustrations, online marketing tools, and an overall marketing program. I created audio-visual presentations using Keynote and Adobe Suite CS5 tools that explained the technical workings of the myriad of components and systems that are required in data centers. I analyzed electrical power requirements on the order of Mega-Watts, analyzed cooling requirements, and interfaced with various general and specialty design and development firms.

Bigelow Aerospace Las Vegas, NV / Houston, TX 01/2008 - 09/2010
  Manager, Test Department, Project Manager Acquisitions and Assembly Coordination
Documented test designs, test procedures and equipment, safety procedures, test results and analysis. Supervised engineers, scientists, and technicians in analyzing and testing all aspects of inflatable space stations. Wrote data analysis application in Visual C++, testing & machine controls code with NI LabView, and Opto22 PLC code and hardware. Maintained databases for up to decade long space station integrity tests. Developed experiment procedure manuals and how-to treatises to aid technicians. Designed and implemented pressure cycle testing system for Boeing’s space capsule. Designed and fabricated a mini laboratory/data acquisition container along with a team of engineers, programmers, and scientists for Robert Bigelow’s BAASS research project.

Sandia National Lab Albuquerque, NM & Tonopah Test Range, NV 11/2002 - 01/2008
  Scientist; Member of the Technical Staff, Test Development
Wrote simulations code for Z-machine’s magnetic confinement fusion process combining C++, IDL, and UNIX scripts. LabView, PLC. Wrote data visualization handlers using Visual Basic that tapped Excel data files and plotted high-energy experiment data in graph form. Developed test and number crunching programs using MS Visual C++ for analyzing data collected during DOE nuclear weapons materials maintenance experiments. Built data analysis and control systems, ultra-sonic DAQ systems, and SCADA design including fiber optics for signal transfer isolation as applied to fissionable materials testing.

UNLV and Clark County Community College Las Vegas, NV 08/1998 - 11/2001
  Adjunct Instructor of Computer Science
Fundamentals of programming using C++ on UNIX system and PCs with Borland and MS
Visual Studio.

EG&G, Defense Contractor Las Vegas, NV 08/1997-10/1998 11/1994 - 01/1996
  Technical Writer and Illustrator
Developed user manuals for Soviet mobile radar systems. Gov’t TS clearance.

Publications
2005 Data Acquisition System Transducer Setup for the Armando Sub-Critical Fissionable Materials Test at the Nevada Test Site, a Sandia National Lab publication.
2003 Genetic Algorithms for the Travelling Salesman Problem Using Edge Assembly Crossovers, thesis at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Library call number QA164 .S46 2003a.

Education and Training
MS Computer Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 2002
BS Mathematics, University of Illinois at Chicago. Summa cum Laude
BA Fine Art, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa
Rope Access Training, SPRAT Level I
Programming seminar on Automated Programmable Controllers at Opto22 Corp
Intro to Shock Wave Propagation, Graduate College in Physics, Washington State University
Engineering of Shock and Detonation
Scaling for Engineering Design and Applications of Explosives
Science of Blast Waves, Science of Shock Waves
Explosives Engineering
Scientific and Technical Report Writing
Explosives Technology and Safety
Pneumatics Design & Hydraulics Design
R&D Electrical Safety
RAD Worker Training
Rigging Safety
Laser Safety
Lock-out/Tag-out Safety
IDL programming, ITT-VIS, Boulder Co.
Defense Nuclear Weapons School, Kirtland AFB, Albuquerque, NM
Strain Gage Theory and Applications, Vishay Micro-Measurements Group, Raleigh, NC

Memberships
The Elks Club, one of the most generous organizations for student scholarship funds and aid to children in burn hospitals.
  (BPOE = Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks)
Toastmasters
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society in Mechanical Engineering
Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians, Level I

Hobbies
Swing dancing including Lindy Hop, Balboa, and Charleston, as well as the Two Step.
Fishing, hunting, camping.