Aaron Masikip

  • Construction Intern - Water
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Feb 24, 2022
Full Time Paid Intern Civil Engineering (general)

Personal Summary

I am an undergraduate civil engineering student at the University of California, Los Angeles who is interested in pursuing a career in water resources or environmental engineering. As a project engineer for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) at UCLA, I gained experience in stormwater system design for urban areas. I wish to forward my career in projects that solve infrastructural problems that will keep our communities safe and running.

Work Experience

Undergraduate Student Researcher
Oct 2021 - Present UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge

• Conducted tests for fecal indicator bacteria in LA rivers and streams to better understand the distribution of antibiotic resistance genes in the distinct topographical landscape of Los Angeles
• Completed IDEXX testing for E. coli and Enterococcus to enumerate fecal indicator bacteria in water samples
• Modelled Los Angeles rivers & watersheds along with land types using QGIS
• Measured DNA concentration and quality in water samples using Nanodrop technology

Retail Sales Assistant
May 2019 - Jul 2019 House of Plants

• Processed in-store payments for customers as well as systematized monthly payments and payment history for the shop owner's use
• Developed knowledge of care needs for over 40 different plants to answer customer questions
• Maintained and watered more than 80 plants in-store as well as transferred plants from nursery pots upon arrival
• Increased customer retention by fostering a friendly atmosphere along with developing a rewards system for returning customers
• Monitored the store for 8-hour shifts as well as followed protocol on opening and closing the store

Sustainability Intern
Jan 2019 - Jun 2019 Living Coat Discovery Center

• Worked directly with the Living Coast Discovery Center's Sustainability Manager
• Oversaw Zero Waste initiatives which involved interacting with guests in an educational setting as well as clerical duties for the Master Composter program
• Developed an intensive intern project focused on environmental consciousness in schools where I gave a proposal on how to effectively implement sustainable practices in an academic setting

Education

Civil Engineering
Oct 2020 - Jun 2024 University of California Los Angeles