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Mihai  Pruna

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Polytechnic Institute of New York University, New York, NY

Graduate Coursework in Mechanical Engineering, 2009-2010

* Reviewed and presented technical papers in Computational Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer and  


* Programmed microcontrollers and built electronic circuits and mechatronic devices.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), Daytona Beach, FL

Master of Aerospace Engineering, December 2004

Areas of Concentration: Aerodynamics and Propulsion; CGPA 3.777/4.0

* Led a team of peers on an assignment to solve supersonic viscous airflow over a flat plate 

  numerically by developing a CFD code.

* Led a team of undergraduate students designing a centrifugal turbojet engine.

* Wrote 2D/3D, steady and unsteady panel codes.

* Developed genetic algorithms to solve optimization problems.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, April 2003

CGPA 3.978/4.0, Minor in Mathematics

* Tested airfoils and aircraft models in wind tunnels in the Experimental Aerodynamics Lab course.

* Tested various specimens for yield, failure, cracks and hardness in the Materials and

  Structures & Instrumentation labs.

* Participated in the preliminary design of a light aircraft. In the detail-design course, led a  

  team of students designing the window support panels in a business jet using CATIA to    

  perform Finite Element Analysis, backed by analytic methods learned in Aircraft Structures courses.


Other Coursework:

Engineering Contract Services

Certificate of Proficiency in Aircraft Stress Analysis, 2007


Work Experience             


Programmatic Modeling Connection, LLC , February 2014-present


* Developing PUPI, a visual programming applications toolkit:


Self, September 2013-present

Computational Aided Engineering Software Consultant

*Developed design, manufacturing and analysis software for Aerospace and AEC clients.


CADNexdus Inc, March 2012-September 2013

Software Engineer

* Developed design and analysis software using the CAPRI platform and OpenFOAM CFD toolbox


Thornton Tomasetti Inc, October 2007-July 2009 / June 2010-present

Integration Engineer / Applications Developer

* Developed add-on applications for CAD software packages such as AutoCAD and Revit in C# and Visual Basic under Microsoft .NET.

* Automated Engineering spreadsheets, Microsoft PowerPoint presentations and Word Documents 

  through Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros.

* Automated the generation of structural and CAD models in CATIA using VBA and computational

  geometry techniques.

* Integrated between various CAD, fabrication and structural modeling software packages by developing

  custom translator programs.

* Programmatically data-mined static and dynamic structural analysis results from text and binary files.

* Developed .NET applications to transfer data between databases using Microsoft SQL Server.

* Evaluated CFD software packages for potential use in the AEC industry.



Independent iPhone Developer

* Developed MathFall, an educational Math puzzle game available in the iTunes App store.


Polytechnic Institute of New York University and National Science Foundation, New York, NY

July 2009-May 2010

GK12 Fellow

* Taught C++ and RobotC programming and mentored after-school robotics programs at Boys and

  Girls High School in Brooklyn, NY.

* Developed a curriculum for teaching C++ programming at high school level.

* Developed classroom activities using Lego Robotics sensors and other computer-based resources.


Dassault Falcon Jet Corporation, Little Ferry, NJ, January 2005-October 2007

Structural Engineer

* Assisted with structural repairs on Dassault Falcon aircraft.

* Analyzed damages such as corrosion, dents, cracks and delamination and issued acceptability  

  statements and repair solutions.

* Coordinated between service centers and Dassault Aviation Headquarters.


ERAU Aerospace Engineering Department, Daytona Beach, FL, September 2003-December 2004

Graduate Teaching Assistant

* Taught the wind tunnel lab portion of the Experimental Aerodynamics for Engineers course and 

  supervised the operation of the school wind tunnels during class experiments


New Piper Aircraft, Engineering Flight Test, Vero Beach, FL, May 2004-September 2004

Aerodynamics/Performance Engineer Co-op

* Performed flight test data reduction for aircraft certification and development.

* Expanded performance data for future Piper designs and performed drag reduction studies.

* Developed software in Visual Basic for automating cruise regime data expansion for piston-engine  


* Acted as flight test engineer on certification, development and maintenance flights.

* Contributed to Type Inspection Reports and performed various flight test administrative duties.


ERAU IT Department, Daytona Beach, FL, September 2000 - April 2003

Computer Lab Assistant

* Supervised one of the University’s computer labs. Answered queries about software packages 

  installed on lab computers and helped troubleshoot hardware and software malfunctions.


Computer Skills


 Languages: C#, C++, Objective C, PBASIC, MATLAB, Pascal, Visual Basic, HTML, Maple, Processing, Javascript, AutoHotkey

 API / SDK / Frameworks: CATIA, Revit, AutoCAD, Tekla, Microsoft .NET, Cocoa, Cocos2D, SQL, ADODB

Engineering Software:  CATIA, OpenFOAM, ELMER, GasTurb, NASTRAN, FEMAP, Algor Simulation, Proteus VSM, AutoCAD, Revit, Tekla

Other Software: GIMP, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, 3D Studio Max



Flight Training

50 Hours in light aircraft, soloed.

Passed Private Pilot Airplane written exam.



All-American Scholar Award

Dean’s List and The National Dean’s List

Jim Crane/IOC Endowment Scholarship

ERAU Aerospace Engineering Department Academic Achievement Award



English, Romanian (native), French, Italian, basic Greek



Sigma Gamma Tau National Aerospace Engineering Honor Society, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association


Work Authorization Status

Green Card holder


References available on request.