Matthew Givens


Senior Mechanical Engineering Student at the University of Utah, former NASA intern



Matthew William Givens
(801) 710-3275

Education ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering – 3.4 GPA
Anticipated graduation: May 2017
- Aerospace engineering emphasis
- Astronomy minor
- American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
- Utah Students for the Exploration and Development of Space

Engineering Work Experience ---------------------------------------------------------------

Undergraduate Researcher January 2015-Present
Design, Automation, Robotics & Control (DARC) Lab
- Studying ground effect aerodynamics of quadcopter drones
- Assisting with research on 3D printing IPMC material
- Awarded UROP research grant for the spring of 2016

Research Intern March 2016-August 2016
NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
- Group leader of the Rotorcraft Testing & Analysis intern group
- Modeled and simulated multicopter drones with CFD software

Other Work Experience ------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tool Mentor May 2016-Present
Lassonde Studios, Salt Lake City, UT
- Assist students with building and designing products

Astronomy Outreach TA
University of Utah Department of Physics and Astronomy January 2014-Present
- Setup and telescopes for star parties, answer guest questions
- Travel to K-12 schools and teach kids about the universe

Drone Repair Technician October 2015-February 2016
Drones Etc. Salt Lake City, UT
- Communicate with customers and repair their crashed drones
- Prototype and manufacture 3D printed parts for reducing company expenses


- SolidWorks
- Rhinoceros3D
- MATLAB and Simulink
- C, C++, Arduino C
- 3D printer operation and repair
- CNC, vertical mill, and lathe experience
- Motion capture systems
- Microsoft Office, LaTeX
- Adobe Photoshop, Premiere Pro

Other Experience -------------------------------------------------------------------------------

- Volunteer at the 2014 and 2016 Utah First Robotics Competition
- 2014 member of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps
- 2011-2014 member of Utah marching band, 2014 drumline section leader
- Volunteer for the Legacy Initiative, a humanitarian outreach organization