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Data Mining ~ Data Analysis ~ Project Management ~ Teaching ~ Public Health
Statistical Analysis ~ Lab Skills ~ SAS ~ GIS ~ Hydrogeology ~ Environmental Engineering
Offer more than eight years of experience in environmental engineering encompassing geospatial analysis, surface and groundwater modeling, hydrology, hydrogeology, remediation, and public health evaluation.
Adept at conducting research, performing data mining and analysis, and coordinating all aspects of projects.
Experienced in using IPUMS microdata from Minnesota Population Center, and published a paper based on findings.
Possess advanced technical acumen with extensive expertise in SAS and GIS.
Excellent blend of interpersonal, supervisory, technical, critical thinking and communication skills.
5+ years of teaching experience at Northeastern University and Syracuse University.
Reliably and consistently adhere to rigorous safety and quality control rules and regulations.
Demonstrated abilities in experiment design, equipment and instrumentation calibration, process validation, and documentation.
Ability to establish effective and cohesive working relationships with all levels of an organization.
Prioritize, coordinate and manage projects to optimize productivity, efficiency, and use of time and resources.
Meticulously document procedures, calculations, measurements, observations and analysis of results.
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, St. Paul, MN, 2015 to Present
Research Scientist, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
Actively support department efforts by investigating and interpreting climate changes on mercury biogeochemistry in Northern Minnesota peatlands.
Prepared and presented reports, and worked closely with supervisor, Edward E. Nater.
Northeastern University, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2013 to 2015
Collaboratively executed research within Puerto Rico Test Site for Exploring Contamination Threats Superfund Research Program Center (PROTECT SRP).
Investigated and identified sources of groundwater chlorine volatile organic contaminants in karst aquifers of Puerto Rico by conducting simulation as well as data and geospatial assessments.
Built MODFLOW and GIS models for groundwater flow and solute passage in composite karst aquifers.
Studied impact of source and hydrogeology factors on phthalate contamination status within groundwater system of the karst aquifers in Northern Puerto Rico, and accurately recorded data.
Analyzed phthalate releases from superfund, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) inventory sites to the aquifers.
Amassed demographic information from IPUMS census of Minnesota Population Center to research household drinking water consumption across different social and demographic groups.
Leveraged multivariate analyses methods such as multiple linear regression and factor analysis to deduce household water-use cost.
Applied detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) and wavelet transform modulus maxima (WTMM) methods to determine long-term groundwater level fluctuation patterns.
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Professional Experience continued
Defined hydrogeological properties and anthropogenic activities on fractal behaviors of groundwater-level fluctuations.
Authored proposal for National Science Foundation (NSF) to consider water quality conditions in predicting mosquito occurrence and formulated plan to apply spatiotemporal data across different dimensions such as environment, economy and health to address water sustainability problems.
Concurrently served as mentor to PhD students in College of Engineering.
Syracuse University, Civil and Environmental Department, 2008 to 2012
Effectively modeled and mapped atmospheric mercury deposition in Adirondack Park of New York State using limited field data and simulation result.
Constructed innovative modeling scheme by dividing landscape into several different sub-areas, and explored the mechanisms of mercury deposition to those areas.
Researched soil mercury concentrations and pools in Northeastern United States including the relationship between soil mercury concentrations and pools with atmospheric mercury deposition as well as with organic carbon content.
Analyzed a long-term survey data of mercury concentrations for an entire aquatic ecosystem spanning zooplankton, prey fish, fish and common loons in Adirondack Park.
Concurrently served as a Teaching Assistant in the College of Engineering.
Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Environmental Engineering
Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 2012
Master of Science in Inorganic Chemistry
Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing/Xining, China, 2007
Bachelor of Science in Civil and Engineering
Yangtze University, Jingzhou, China, 2004
Engineer in Training (EIT), National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES)
MODFLOW Groundwater Modeling License, Schlumberger
Trichloroethylene (TCE) Vapor Intrusion, Science, Regulations, and Technical Options, Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association (NEWMOA)
Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), FORTRAN,
Python, SQL, C++, ArcGIS, SAS, GMS, Arc Hydro
Sigma XI, the Scientific Research Society
American Geophysical Union
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January 11, 2016
Research Scientist Search Committee
Minnesota Population Center
University of Minnesota
225 19th Avenue S. #0000 xxxxxx xxxx , xxxx , xxxxx 00000
Dear Search Committee Members:
Please accept this letter and accompanying resume in application for the Research Scientist opportunity that is currently available with the Minnesota Population Center (Job ID: 306058). In advance, thank you for your time and consideration.
In addition to exceptional academic credentials including a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering, I bring to you strong interdisciplinary research experience, proven success in data mining, and well-developed investigative, reporting, and computer programming skills. At Northeastern University, I used IPUMS-USA microdata to analyze household water-use patterns across various socio-demographic groups in Puerto Rico, and published my findings in a peer-reviewed journal, Science of the Total Environment . My skills in geospatial analysis, data science, and numerical modeling will enable me to effortlessly transition into the Minnesota Population Center and produce immediate results. To complement these qualifications, I offer considerable strengths in using SAS and GIS mapping software.
As a proactive contributor to the Minnesota Population Center, you will find me to be a self-motivated professional committed to supporting you in achieving your objectives through a superior blend of academic credentials and research expertise. I am confident that I could be a valuable asset to MPC and encourage you to call me so that we can discuss my qualifications in greater detail. I am available to join your organization immediately and look forward to speaking with you.
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Yu, X., Driscoll, C.T., Huang, J., Holsen, T.M., and Blackwell, B.D. (2013). Modeling and mapping of atmospheric mercury deposition in Adirondack Park, New York. PLOS ONE 8(3), e59322.
Yu, X., Driscoll, C.T., Johnson, C.E., and Montesdeoca, M. (2014). Soil mercury and its response to atmospheric mercury deposition across the Northeastern United States. Ecol Appl 24(4), 812 822.
Yu, X., Driscoll, C.T., Montesdeoca, M., Evers, D., Duron, M., Williams, K., Kamman, N.C. (2011). Spatial patterns of mercury in biota of Adirondack, New York Lakes. Ecotoxicology, 20, 1543 1554.
Yu, X., Ghasemizadeh, R., Muhaimuti, B., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2015). Sociodemographic patterns of household water-use in Puerto Rico. Sci Tot Environ, 524 525, 300 309.
Yu, X., Ghasemizadeh, R., Padilla, I., Yegen, C., Kaeli, D., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2015). Spatiotemporal changes of CVOC concentrations in karst aquifers: Analysis of three decades of data from Puerto Rico. Sci Tot Environ, 511, 1 10.
Yu, X., Sun. B., and Deng, T. (2006). Discussion for the analytical methods of lithium. J Trace Elements Study Guangdong, 13, 6 10.
Deng, T., Yu, X., and Li, D. (2008). Metastable phase equilibrium in the aqueous quaternary system (Li2SO4 + K2SO4 + MgSO4 + H2O) at 288.15 K. J Chem Eng Data, 53, 2496 2500.
Deng, T., Yu, X., and Li, D. (2009). Metastable phase equilibrium in the aqueous ternary system K2SO4+MgSO4+H2O at (288.15 and 308.15) K. J Solution Chem, 38, 27 34.
Ghasemizadeh, R., Yu, X., Butscher, C., Hellweger, F., Padilla, I., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2015). Equivalent porous media (EPM) simulation of groundwater hydraulics and contaminant transport in karst aquifers. PLOS ONE, 10(9), e0138954.
Maihemuti, B., Ghasemizadeh, R., Yu, X., Padilla, I., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2015). Simulation of regional karst aquifer system and assessment of groundwater resources in Manat -Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. J Water Resour Protect, 7, 909 922.
Schoch, N., Jachson, A.K., Duron, M., Evers, D.C., Glennon, M.J., Driscoll, C.T., Sauer, A.K. (2014). Wildlife criterion value for the common loon (Gavia immer) in the Adirondack Park, New York, USA. J Water Birds, 37, 76 84.
Wang, S., Gao, J., Yu, X., Sun, B., and Deng, T.L. (2007). Study on the interference of coexisting lithium ion on the measurement of magnesium ion. J Salt Lakes Res, 15(1), 44 48.
Yu, X. (2012). Spatial patterns of mercury in atmospheric deposition, soils and lake biota in the Adirondack Park, New York. (Doctoral Dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. (Order Number 3550433)
Yu, X. (2007). Studies on the metastable equilibria of the quaternary brine system. (Master Thesis). Retrieved from Qinghai Institute of Salt Lakes database. (http://ir.isl.ac.cn/handle/363002/2479)
Yu, X., Driscoll, C.T., Montesdeoca, M., Evers, D., Duron, M., Williams, K., Kamman, N.C. (2010a). Spatial patterns of mercury in Adirondack Lakes (oral presentation). Great Lakes Research Consortium Conference (GLRC) 2010 Conference, Syracuse, NY.
Yu, X., Driscoll, C.T., Montesdeoca, M., Evers, D., Duron, M., Williams, K., Kamman, N.C. (2010b). Spatial patterns of mercury in Adirondack Lakes (oral presentation). Northeast Ecosystem Research Cooperative (NERC) 2010 Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY.
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Yu, X., Ghasemizadeh, R., Padilla, I., Yegen, C., Kaeli, D., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2013a). Spatial patterns of temporal fractal scaling behaviors of groundwater level fluctuations. Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, San Jose, CA.
Yu, X., Ghasemizadeh, R., Padilla, I., Yegen, C., Kaeli, D., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2013b). Variations of the spatiotemporal patterns of CVOCs concentrations in northern karst of Puerto Rico. 2013 Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting, Baton Rouge, LA.
Yu, X., Ghasemizadeh, R., Padilla, I., Yegen, C., Kaeli, D., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2013c). Variations of the spatiotemporal patterns of CVOCs concentrations in northern karst of Puerto Rico. American Geophysical Union 2013 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Yu, X., Ghasemizadeh, R., Padilla, I., Yegen, C., Kaeli, D., and Alshawabkeh, A. (2014). Spatial patterns of temporal fractal scaling behaviors of groundwater level fluctuations. 30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, Amherst, MA.
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