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					                              Amanda E. Pentecost
           Apt. 808, 3175 JFK Blvd. ▪ Philadelphia, PA 19104▪ (215)480-8898 ▪
                                   aep53@drexel.edu

EDUCATION

Drexel University, Pennoni Honors College                               Philadelphia, PA
Major: Materials Science & Engineering, BS                  Anticipated Graduation- 2013
Minors: Chemistry & Business Administration
Areas of Concentration: Nanotechnology & Biomaterials


HONORS AND AWARDS

   Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges               2011
   ASM International Philadelphia Chapter Scholarship                         2011
   Marilyn A. Burshtin Memorial Award                                         2011
   Drexel Alumni Association Legacy Scholarship                               2010
   National SMART Grant                                                       2010
   Anne Stevens Scholarship                                                   2009-Present
   A.W. Dorothy Grosvenor Scholarship                                         2009, 2010
   Anthony Digneo Endowed Scholarship                                         2009
   William J. Utzy Endowed Scholarship                                        2009
   Composites for a Buck, Drexel University 1st Place Award                   2008
   Drexel University Dean’s List                                              2008-Present
   Drexel University Dean’s Scholar                                           2008-Present

PUBLICATIONS

       Pentecost, A., et al., Deaggregation of Nanodiamond Powders Using Salt- and Sugar-
        Assisted Milling. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2(11): p. 3289-3294.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, Drexel University                        2008-Present

       Developed and implemented a novel approach to the issue of de-aggregating the carbon
        nanomaterial, “nanodiamond”
       Continued research under the Drexel University STAR program (Students Tackling
        Advanced Research, Summer 2009) as well as served as a mentor to a STAR student
        (Summer 2010) and helped to facilitate his project
       Collaborated in joint research with Thomas Jefferson University’s Orthopedic and
        Ultrasound Dept. to explore drug delivery applications
       Assisted in proposal writing and submission for a NIH grant
       Analyzed group samples using SEM




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Drexel - SARI Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences                        Spring/Summer 2012

       First undergraduate student to participate in the partnership between Drexel and SARI
        (Shanghai Advanced Research Institute)
       Collaborated with SARI’s Nanomedicine and Translational Medicine Center to develop a
        novel drug delivery system for the treatment of brain tumors
       Designed and implemented chemical experiments involving the purification and
        functionalization of nanodiamond powders and the discernment of their adsorption
        capacity for several anticancer drugs
       Participated in both in vitro and in vivo biological tests

PRESENTATIONS

       Materials Research Society Spring Meeting                                2012
       Princeton Undergraduate Research Symposium                               2011
       National Council for Undergraduate Research                              2011
       Pennsylvania Regional Nanotechnology Conference                          2011
       Materials Research Society Fall Meeting                                  2009 & 2011
       Drexel University Research Day                                           2009 & 2011
       STAR Poster Symposium                                                    2009

TECHNICAL SKILLS

       Microsoft Office
       OriginPro8 Graphing Software
       Malvern Zetasizer Nano ZS
       UV-Visible Spectrophotometer
       Fourier Transform Infra-red Spectroscopy
       Scanning Electron Microscope (Zeiss SupraVP with EDS)
       HeLa Cell Culturing

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

   Teaching Assistant, Drexel University                                         2011-Present
     Graded and provided extensive feedback to students for second and third year level
       classes including: Introduction to Polymers, Thermodynamics of Materials, and
       Structure and Characterization of Crystalline Materials (Fall) and Introduction to
       Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Kinetics of Materials, and Defects in Solids (Winter)
     Answered students’ questions via email and in-person appointments

   Math Workshop Facilitator, Drexel University                               2009-2010
     Participated in a training program focused on problem solving skills
     Prepared weekly materials and lectures focused on explaining specific mathematical
      skills (eg. guess and check, working backwards, drawing a picture)
     Guided groups of 4-5 students in practicing algebraic word problems

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   Learning Center Tutor, Drexel University                                   2009-2011
     Mentored peers in fundamental engineering courses
     Tutored students in both individual and group settings
     Led review sessions for students during finals week

   College of Engineering Peer Mentor, Drexel University                        2009-2011
     Presented to and led class discussions with University 101 students about different
        resources at Drexel and activities in the Philadelphia area

MEMBERSHIPS & INVOLVEMENT

       Material Advantage                                                     2010-Present
            o President (2010-2012)
       Tau Beta Pi (National Engineering Honors Society)                      2010-Present
            o Treasurer (2010-2011)
            o President (2011-2012)
       Engineers Without Borders                                              2010-Present
            o Treasurer (2010-2011)
       Phi Sigma Pi (National Honors Co-ed Fraternity)                        2009-Present
            o Aramark Chair (2011-2012)
       Alpha Sigma Mu (Materials Engineering Honors Society)                  2011-Present
       Materials Science & Engineering Department Ambassador                  2008-Present

LANGUAGES

       Russian & Spanish – speak, read, and write with basic competence




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