Donald W. Platt
1485 Malibu Circle Unit 112
Palm Bay, FL

M.S. Degree Program, Space Systems, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL.

- Expected graduation date, Summer, 1997.
- 4.0 GPA Fall '95/Spring '96.

B.A., Earth Science-Physics (Astronomy Concentration), Western
Connecticut State University, Danbury, Connecticut, 1989.

- Named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1989.
- Named to Dean's List two semesters.
- President, Astronomy Club.

February 1996-Present Brevard Community College, Assistant Computer Lab Coordinator.

- Computer support for IBM PCs involving installation and troubleshooting of hardware and software.
- Supervisor of student computer lab assistants.
- Assist in planning for equipment upgrades for computer labs.

October 1994-Summer 1995 Stahl Optical Systems, Research Assistant, STDCE-2 Space Shuttle Experiment.

- Developed mathematical models to describe an oil surface as it undergoes heating in micro gravity in support of STS-73 USML-2 Space Shuttle mission.
- Developed a set of orthogonal polynomials to describe oil surface.
- Analyzed experimental data, published and presented results at an international professional optical engineering meeting.

September 1989-Summer 1995 Western Connecticut State University, Research Assistant, Astronomy Department.

- IRAF (Image Reduction and Analysis Facility software suite) data reduction/support.
- Installed, configured, used and troubleshot IRAF on VMS and Ultrix platforms.
- Ultrix (DEC UNIX) system manager, responsible for system administration.
- Coded data acquisition and reduction software in Pascal, C and FORTRAN.
- Observed at National Undergraduate Research Observatory (NURO).
- Used internet resources to aid in department projects (WWW, telnet, ftp).
- Trained Astronomy students to use IRAF and other astronomical data reduction software.

September 1989-Summer 1995 Western Connecticut State University, Computer Support Specialist, Computer Center.

- Responsible for troubleshooting IBM PC and Macintosh hardware and software problems.
- Assisted 300 staff members and 5000 students by installing and demonstrating computer hardware and software.
- Thoroughly proficient in the use and configuration of MS Windows, MS Office, Lotus 123, WordPerfect for DOS and Windows, MS DOS and Macintosh operating system.
- Installed IBM PC and Macintosh memory, hard drives, option cards and printers.
- Created File Maker Pro database programs to manage the University's computer software.

January 1988-January 1989 Harvard School of Public Health, Field Technician Subcontractor.

- Operated and maintained an IBM PC data acquisition system for a meteorological/air pollution monitoring station.
- Responsible for logging and backing up to disk bi-weekly meteorology data.
- Collected, processed and assured quality control of air pollution samples for shipment.


- "A Catalog Of Faint A, F, and G Stars At The South Galactic Pole," The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 83:203-235, Nov. 1992.
- "Cross-Correlation of F and G-Stars At The South Galactic Pole in Determining Radial Velocities," National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Salt Lake City, Ut., Mar. 1993.
- "Spectrophotometric Analysis of F and G-Stars at the Galactic Poles," National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Schenectady, N.Y., Apr. 1995.
- "Representing Free-surface Deformations from Slope Data Using Polynomials", SPIE International Symposium on Optical Science, Engineering, and Instrumentation, San Diego, Ca., Jul. 1995.
- Presentations involving astronomical data reduction and analysis at 3 Connecticut State University Research Conferences.