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Contact information

  • Name: Kaisa Crawford-Taylor
  • Cell: +1 219 743 4619
  • Email: kct@kaisact.com
  • Address: Apt 4 209 Central Avenue, Coon Valley, WI 54623

Academic history

Professional Experience

  •  Undergraduate Astrophysics Researcher (2016 - Present)
  • Machine Learning Research with Fastenal (2017)
    • Conducting machine learning research with the Fastenal headquarters in Winona, WI
    • Project: Optimizing Inventory Redistribution
    • Team Members: Wanqian Huang, CJ Corey, Ian Neville
    • Advisors: Dr. Song Chen, Dr. Vidden
  • Freelancer (2018 - Present)
  • Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS) (2017 - Present)
    • Lead Peer Tutor (2019 - Present)
      • Management position. Preside over OMSS's peer tutoring program
    • Peer Tutor (2017 - 2019)
      • Tutored math, astrophysics, physics, and computer science
  • Physics Tutor (2017 - Present)
    • Tutor upper and lower level physics courses at the campus library
  • Technical Support (2017)
    • Eagle Help Desk of the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
    • Provided technical support in person, over the phone, and via the email ticketing system
  • ACE Hardware Cashier (2015 - 2016)
    • Cashier at Wisconsin Rapids location ACE Hardware
    • Money handling and customer service
  • Independent Research (2013-2016)
    • Project: Generating Supermassive Black Hole Binary Candidates through a Selective Channeling Python Program (2014-2016)
      • Presented research at the 2016 White House Science Fair to Bill Nye amongst other notable scientists. (read article)
    • Project: Causation of Quasar Radio Emission Variation (2013 - 2014)

Qualifications and Skills

  • Computer Science
    • Python, Java, MatLab, Mathematica, R Studio, IDL, SQLite, AMPL
    • Web design and management
    • Mobile app development (Android, iOS)
    • Linux, MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android
    • Video game design (Godot)
  • Physics
    • Experimental physics
      • Measured the speed of light within 3% error
      • Interference and diffraction experiments
      • Nuclear radiation counting
    • Computational physics
      • 3-body systems under the influence of radiation pressure
      • Wave simulations with interference
      • Ray tracing
      • Percolation theories
      • Self-organized criticality simulations
      • Genetic modeling for optimizing decision making
  • Mathematics
    • Topology
    • Number theory
    • Mathematical Physics
      • Partial differential equations
      • Ordinary differential equations
      • Fourier series and transforms, Laplace transforms
    • Real Analysis
    • Industrial Mathematics (machine learning and other applied techniques)
    • Statistics
    • Calculus series
    • Game Theory (zero-sum/non-zero-sum games, n-player games)
  • Art
    • 2D (Artist since childhood)
      • Vector art (Adobe Photoshop, Inkscape, GIMP)
      • Watercolor (animals, landscapes)
      • Charcoal and graphite portraits (human subjects)
    • 3D (10 years experience)
      • Blender (low-poly and realistic)
        • Modeling (hard surface, characters, basic organics)
        • Rigging (humanoid)
        • Texturing (diffuse, normal, specular)
        • Animating
        • Motion Capture (applying)
      • Godot
  • Other
    • Technical writing for research papers and grant proposals
    • Creative writing (short stories, rhetoric analysis, poetry)
    • Public speaking (love it!)
    • Microsoft Office, iWork Studio, Open Office, G Suite
    • Advanced spreadsheet techniques such as pivot tables and non-built-in statistics
    • Conversational German reading/writing and listening/speaking comprehension level (native English speaker)
    • Money handling and customer service
    • Management and organizational systems

Awards and Honors

  • Grants
    • Undergraduate Research and Creativity (URC) Spring 2019 Grant
    • Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium (WSGC) Summer 2018 Grant
    • Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation (WiscAMP) Summer 2017 Grant
  • Scholarships
    • Judith L. Kuipers Endowment Fund (2019)
    • Shelmina Abji Scholarship for Women of Color in Computer Science (CSH) (2018-2019)
    • Logan Math & Computer Science Scholarship (2017-2018)
    • Linda Host Memorial and David Bange Scholarship Fund for Mathematics & Statistics (2016-2017)
    • Eagle Apprenticeship Research Scholarship (2016-2018)
    • First Year Research Exposure Scholarship (2017-2018)
    • Junior Science and Humanities National Symposium
      • 2nd place in Astronomy/astrophysics with Generating Supermassive Black Hole Binary Candidates through a Selective Channeling Python Program
    • Junior Science and Humanities Wisconsin Western/Upper Peninsula Michigan Region
      • 1st place with Causation for Quasar Radio Emission Variation
      • 2nd place with Generating Supermassive Black Hole Binary Candidates through a Selective Channeling Python Program
  • Deans List (Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2019)
  • Select organizations
    • Elected president of UW-L's International Student Organization (ISO) (2018-2019)
    • Elected secretary (2016-2017) and webmaster (2017-2018) of UW-L's Asian Student Organization
    • Accepted Golden Key member (2017 - Present)
    • Accepted into the Central Wisconsin Rotary Club (2015)
  • Brown Belt in Aikido (2011)