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John Weston Breda

John BredaUndergraduate Student
Chemical Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742

E-mail: jwestonbreda@gmail.com
Phone: 443-523-4357


  • University of Maryland, College Park (8/08 - Present)
    B.S. in Chemical Engineering, minor in Physics
    Honors College
    Expected graduation: May 2012
    Cumulative GPA: 3.70
  • University of Delaware, Owens Campus (9/06 - 5/08)
    Dual enrollment junior and senior years of high school

Work Experience

  • Lithium-Ion Battery Research (9/11 - Present)
    Winner of the ASPIRE undergraduate research grant to fund project under Dr. Chunsheng Wang
    Preparing new Li-ion cathode material that will increase battery capacity and reliability
    Using TEM, XRD, and SEM to analyze the finished product and characterize results
  • ClearComm Technologies (6/09 - 8/09 and 5/10 - 8/10)
    Assembled microwave filters for cell phone towers
    Troubleshot defective units and fixed imperfections that prevented proper tuning
    Completed orders to meet assembly deadlines
  • Chick-Fil-A (10/05 - 8/08)
    Supervised cashiers as a Team Leader
    Worked directly with customers by taking orders at the counter and in the drive-thru
    Cooked food and operated fryers in the kitchen
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Chem-E Car Competition
    Winner of the 2011 Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition
       o Finished in 1st place out of fifteen competing universities
       o Accepted to compete in the National Chem-E Competition in October
    Team Leader of structural design group
    Constructed and tested Zinc-Air batteries
    Designed and built competition car and chemical reactor for iodine clock reaction
    Created CAD drawings for car components using SolidWorks®


  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with MATLAB and Mathcad


  • Active member of University of Maryland’s AIChE chapter
       o Volunteered to run a basketball concession stand to help raise group funds
       o Served on a committee to design family friendly demonstrations for Maryland Day
  • Undergraduate Student Senator for the Engineering School from 2010-2012
  • Serving on the Campus Affairs Committee to help shape policies passed by the Student Senate
  • Volunteer sound technician for Cornerstone Community Church
  • Home brewing beer and mead
       o Experimented with seven different recipes encompassing a variety of traditional styles
       o Researched information on brewing chemistry to improve my final product


  • H. Russell Knust Scholarship for 2011-2012
  • Engineering Alumni Centennial Scholarship for 2010-2011
  • Delegate Norman H. Conway Scholarship for 2009-2011

Recent Achievements

  • Awarded ASPIRE grant for undergraduate research
  • Dean’s List Spring of 2009 through Spring 2011


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