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Brown University, Providence, RI

B.A. History; May 2010 (GPA: 3.8/4.0)


Research Experience:

University of California- Irvine, Irvine, CA; Research Assistant, Education Department (1/2009 – 6/2011)

  • Interpreted data from 200 students and successful entrepreneurs to support manager’s dissertation: “Elements of Human Effectiveness: Intelligences, Abilities and Personality Traits That Predict Success and Fulfillment in Life.”

US Chamber of Commerce, Washington D.C.; Research Intern, Congressional & Public Affairs (6/2004 – 9/2004)

  • Analyzed 200 pages of free trade agreement documents for publication entitled “Embracing Globalization and Free Trade Agreements”.
  • Advised senior lobbyists about crucial legislation necessary for ratifying the “US-Morocco Trade Agreements” and “US- Australia Free Trade Agreements”.

Academic Publications:

  • “Computerized Cognitive Training Methods to Increase Intelligence” (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Project, 2009)
  • “Strategies for the Direct Enhancement of Intelligence” (International Mind and Brain Education Society, 2009)
  • “Strategies for the Direct Enhancement of Intelligence” (American Educational Review Association, 2010)
  • Leyrer, J., Engelman, N., Saldana, S., Rutherford, T., & Klunder, J. (2011). The development of a manual for instruction in inductive reasoning. Paper submitted to the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Teaching Experience:

SAIE Academy, Shenzhen, China; History and Language Arts Teacher (8/2014 – Present)

  • Teaching four courses in world history, geography, American civics and cultural studies for 30 international school students aspiring to study at elite universities around the world.
  • Substitute teacher for psychology, world cultures, Western civilization, and English composition.
  • Hasdil Intensive School of English, Tripoli, Libya; English Instructor (3/2014 – 7/2014)
  • Taught one hundred Ministry of Interior administrators, police officers, and scholarship students to develop basic through advanced proficiency in English.

Hasdil Intensive School of English, Konya, Turkey; English Instructor (1/2014 – 2/2014)

  • Substituted for two months for an intensive English school in Konya.  Helped around twenty students from beginning to advanced stages of proficiency.

Laureate Vocational, Rabigh, Saudi Arabia; English Instructor (8/2013 – 1/2014)

  • Completed four month substitute contract for three classes of 20 employees each in technical English certification at the HIWPT Campus in Rabigh.

Mcgill University/RCJY Project, Jubail, Saudi Arabia; English Instructor (4/2013 – 8/2013)

  • Completed four month substitute contract by training two classes of 25 SABIC employees in basic and technical English certification.

Substitute ESL Trainer, Seoul, South Korea; English Language Instructor (6/2011 – 6/2012)

  • Completed short-term substitute teaching contracts for BCM Language Center, Pagoda, and Poly School.
  • Taught over 200 students basic English communication and cultural competencies.

Wordsmart, San Diego, CA; Research Associate (3/2008 – 9/2008)

  • Evaluated ~50 books, research articles, websites, to write over 200 new exercise problems and 20 pages of literary content for Wordsmart 2.0, a language and literature development application.

Leadership Experience:

Alumni of the Ivy League, New York, New York; Executive Director (2/2012 – Present)

  • Helped founder Osman Niazi grow online networking program to 95,000+ members from alumni networks of the Ivy League, Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, Insead.

Prep Works, Cleveland, Ohio; Co-Founder and Programming Developer (1/2011 – 10/2011)

  • Co-developed free, online step-by-step training program to prepare native English and ESL students for the GED test.
  • Generated over 15,000 hits from over 30 different countries around the world.

Cognition Exploratory Learning Digital Age (CELDA) (10/2010 – 10/2011)

  • Presented “Computerized Cognitive Training Methods to Increase Intelligence” to online conference
  • Reviewed over 30 different presentations in both 2010 and 2011.

Brain Boost, Irvine, CA; Program Development Associate (12/2009 – 6/2011)

  • Designed, proposed, obtained funding, and executed study of educational interventions designed to increase working memory, inductive reasoning, language development and other cognitive skills necessary for academic  and vocational success.

Frontier, Providence, RI; Founder and Co-Director (9/2004 – 6/2005)

  • Proposed, researched, designed, and co-directed non-profit that provided extensive SAT preparation for students at Hope High School, yielding an average improvement of 300 points.

Youth Community Organization Serving Others (Y.C.O.S.O.), CA; Founder and Director (2000 – 2003)

  • Managed 18 volunteers in project that delivered $100,000 worth of food clothes, toys, and living essentials from 12 local donors and businesses to soup kitchens, homeless shelters and senior centers.


Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (2009)

  • Awarded $2000 to conduct a monetary award to conduct promising research in educational psychology research project “Computerized Cognitive Training Methods to Increase Intelligence”.
  • Proposal published in annual UCI research awards journal.

Brown University Internship Assistance Program (2004)

  • Awarded $5000 for conducting internship at US Chamber of Commerce.

Gene Autry Humanitarian Award (2003)

  • Awarded by Disney Company to recognize exemplary service to the community.

Special Interests:

Youth Mentorship

  • Currently head of Community Service Club at SAIE International School.

Encouraging Social Justice through Individual Initiative and Education

  • Founded four community service projects that aimed at improving: General welfare of disadvantaged populations through improved transportation networks (YCOSO), College preparedness for lower socio-income high school students, especially on the SAT (Frontier), Development of key cognitive analytical processes crucial to educational success (Brainboost), Basic adult literacy and academic skill development (Prepworks)

International Travel:

  • Taught in five foreign countries: South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Libya, China.
  • Traveled to ten other foreign countries: Canada, Mexico, Bahrain, Jordan, England, Tunisia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Nepal.