Zack Stull


About Me

 

Hey, I’m Zack! I am a Virginia native raised in Culpeper and living in Arlington. Following true Virginia fashion, I attended the best university in the state – Virginia Tech, of course – where I studied mechanical engineering. Since February 2017 I have been working as a marine engineer for the naval contracting company Test and Evaluation Solutions, LLC. My work there supports the U.S., Australian, and South Korean navies by assessing ship survivability – particularly vulnerability and recoverability. When not at work I can be found exploring Arlington and DC, hanging out with friends, or catching up on my most recent Netflix series. But mostly, I enjoy the opportunity to try something new!

 

Experience

 
TNE Solutions

Test and Evaluation Solutions, LLC
Marine Engineer, 2017 – Present
Warrenton, Virginia, USA

Test and Evaluation Solutions, LLC (TNE) is a technical services company focused on the assessment of naval ship survivability. My responsibilities at TNE include building ship models and running analyses using the Integrated Recoverability Model (IRM). Assessing the output of these analyses requires extensive data analysis and visualization. I prepare reports and give presentations to other contractors, government organizations, and the US Navy with the results of these analyses. By the nature of my work I am also gaining an in-depth understanding of ship onboard systems and fault tree analysis.


 
 
OpenAdaptronik

OpenAdaptronik
Research Assistant, 2016
Kranichstein, Germany

OpenAdaptronik is a government funded research project led by Fraunhofer LBF. The goal of the project is to make adaptronic technologies available to the general public by finding less expensive ways of designing and implementing the technology. The results of this research are being made available to the public under the project’s website. My research, as part of the OpenAdaptronik project, was focused on the open-sourced engineering development tools (CAD, FEA, simulation/modeling) currently available. I analyzed their functionality and how they compared to their closed-source alternatives.


 
 
Systemzuverlässigkeit und Maschinenakustik

Institute of System Reliability, Adaptive Structures, and Machine Acoustics (SAM)
Translator, 2015 – 2016
Darmstadt, Germany

The Institute of System Reliability, Adaptive Structures, and Machine Acoustics is a part of the mechanical engineering department at TU Darmstadt. While working for the institute, I translated their website from German into English. I also translated and proofread the scientific papers produced by the institute.


 
 
Blacksburg Transit

Blacksburg Transit
Operator I, 2014 – 2015
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

While studying at Virginia Tech I worked part-time as a bus driver for Blacksburg Transit. I earned a Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) with an endorsement for transporting passengers. As a bus driver, I was responsible for safely transporting up to 100 people at a time around town. During my time at Blacksburg Transit I learned how to provide quality customer service to the riders, how to effectively communicate using a radio system, and how to inspect a bus for safety.


 
 
CenTiRe Lab

CenTiRe Lab – Virginia Tech
Research Assistant, Summer 2014
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

During the summer after my second year of college I worked as a research assistant in the CenTiRe Lab at Virginia Tech. The CenTiRe Lab’s mission is to increase the cooperation between industry and university when it comes to tire research. For my task, I was given the cross-section and material properties of a tire designed by one of the lab’s industry partners, and was responsible for creating and analyzing a 3D computer model of the tire. Throughout the course of the project I developed my skills using CAD, FEA, and CAE software tools.

 

Education

 
Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
Graduated May 2017
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA

As my undergraduate university of choice, Virginia Tech is where I spent the majority of my undergraduate time. I completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering along with a minor in Mathematics. Additionally, I was a member of the University Honors college at Virginia Tech and graduated Cum Laude. During my time at Virginia Tech I joined several organizations and enjoyed participating in intramural sports.


 
 
Technische Universität Darmstadt

TU Darmstadt
B.Sc. in Mechanical and Process Engineering
Graduated December 2016
Darmstadt, Germany

In addition to my studies at Virginia Tech, I participated in a 3 semester dual-degree exchange program with the Technical University of Darmstadt. Upon completion of the program I earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from both universities. The mechanical engineering program at TU Darmstadt is similarly ranked to that of Virginia Tech’s and is consistently placed among the top 3 programs of all German universities. The courses were taught completely in German, and as a prerequisite for the program I learned to speak the language.

 

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