Mena Klittich
Mena Klittich

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Contact: mrk51@zips.uakron.edu

Hometown: Zionsville, IN

Education:                                                                 2011                                                                                   B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering International Minor in French                           Michigan Technological University

Research Interests:

My current research interests involve thermal management in biomedical and electrical applications, specifically the interfaces between conductive and non conductive materials. I am a bio-design student working with the Austin Bio-Innovation Institution in Akron, which allows me to link my passion for research with patient needs. To that end, I also have interests in wound healing, biological adhesives, and prosthetics.

Work Experience:

5/2011-8/2011                                                                                                                                 Student Intern in Advanced Technologies Amway                                                                     ●Designed applications of active and passive packaging heating technologies                 ●Introduced proof of concept models for future products

5/2010-8/2010                                                                                                                                   Student Intern in R& D Dow AgroSciences                                                                                      ● Created a method for synthesis and characterization of insecticide co-crystals                     ● Built skills in chemical characterization using HPLC, DSC, and particle size apparatus

1/2009-7/2009                                                                                                                             Student Co-op Alcan Packaging                                                                                                          ● Member of team inventing and testing new package designs for food products from polymer films and plastics.                                                                                                                     ● Designed experimental methods to analyze new products, learned how to protect IP, and how to choose the correct material and production method for the application                       ● Inventor on two patent applications for novel package design and material use               Worked one-on-one with external clients to design packages to meet changing needs and took prototypes from pilot plant through to customers’ manufacturing locations

5/2008-8/200                                                                                                                                     Student Intern in R&D Dow AgroSciences                                                                                        ● Established new procedures for High Throughput Screening capability, cutting evaluation time from 2 months to 3 days                                                                                           ● Authored an internal paper and presented findings to R&D community

5/2007-8/2007                                                                                                                                     Student Intern in R&D Dow AgroSciences                                                                                        ● Assisted building new formulation capability for a novel application method                       ● Cooperated with engineers and polymer chemists in Midland Central Research to design high-throughput methods for assessing formulation properties.