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Nathan James Burnside
149 Paddock Dr. East
1045 Erickson Rd
Savoy, IL 61874
Helena,  MT 59602
(217) 356-3203




Obtain employment in design of electro-mechanical systems


Extensive practical experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Master of Science candidate in Mechanical Engineering
Working knowledge of mechanical, thermal, and electrical systems


B.S. Mechanical Engineering, December 2000 GPA 3.60/4.00
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84606
M.S. Mechanical Engineering, August 2001 (anticipated)
Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84606


Combustion Advanced Heat Transfer Capstone Senior Design
Control Systems Transport Phenomena Advanced Fluid Mechanics
Instrumentation Thermodynamics Finite Element Programming
Quality Control Circuit Analysis Numerical Heat Transfer
System Dynamics Numerical methods Gas Dynamics


Fluent in Spanish Pro Engineer Digital imaging systems
GPIB/RS232 C/FORTRAN Microcontroller Programming
UNIX/LINUX Data Acquisition Systems Stepper Motor Control


Researcher (5/96-12/99) Los Alamos National Laboratory, NM
Designed and implemented a series of experiments studying DDT (Deflagration to Detonation Transition) in granular beds of high explosives.
Extensively analyzed particle size and surface area of granular explosives using light scattering and gas absorption techniques
Assembled data acquisition system including design of software interface between multiple oscilloscopes and PC-based controller
Programmed data reduction routines using fast Fourier transform methods
Student Design Team (9/98-4/99) Valtek Inc, Provo, UT
Helped redesign flow control flapper-valve unit
Analyzed dynamic properties of current flapper-valve design
Research Assistant (01/98-01/99) Jerry Bowman, PhD., Provo, UT
Wrote transient 1-D finite-difference code to validate heat transfer model
Presented results at AIAA conference in Reno, NV
Maintenance technician (5/95-8/95) AAA Car Wash, Helena, MT
Performed general maintenance on high pressure pumps, hoses, solenoid valves, furnace, and electrical systems
Handled book keeping and customer relations

Conference Proceedings


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Modeling a Flat Plate Painted with Phase Change Material
AIAA, Aerospace Sciences Meeting, 37th, Reno, NV, Jan. 11-14, 1999
Particle Characterization of Pressed Granular HMX
1997 American Physical Society Conference, Boston, MS
Thick Walled DDT Tube Experiments
1996 JANNAF Propulsion Systems Hazards Subcommittee Meeting