Helena Salvi Engineer

Washington D.C., DC, USA
Controlled Environment AgricultureFluid System/Irrigation DesignGreenhouse HorticultureLeadershipPest ControlPottingProblem SolvingPropogationpruning

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The George Washington University, Washington, DC August 2014-May 2018
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Awarded SEAS Scholarship


• CAD (AutoCAD, ProE, and Solidworks) • Technical Drawing and Dimensioning (GD&T) • C and Java Programming • Fluid System Design
• MATLAB • Interdisciplinary team projects • Machining • Greenhouse Horticulture

GWU Thermo-Fluid Laboratory, Washington, D.C. 2017-Present
Research Assistant – designing and modeling fluid, optical, and dynamic load experiments
• Conducted PIV and PLIF experiments to characterize oyster breathing in turbulent waters
• Contributed to design and build of 5-ton wave-generation facility
• Developed computer models of bi-fluid tunnel for fluid/optical experiments
• Communicated with manufacturers for specialized product procurement

GWU Kitty F. Parker Greenhouse, Washington, DC 2017-Present
Design Engineer – Potomac Sea-Grass Conservation Group
• Managed team of student Biologists and budget of $1000
• Redesigned and built 400-gal aquatic sea-grass propagation units
• Maximized growing efficiency, increased output by 80%

GWU Wilber V. Harlan Greenhouse, Washington, D.C. 2015-2017
Greenhouse Assistant – right hand of experienced botanist in research greenhouse
• Aquaponics System Design Project- Led team of students to design 110-gal indoor aquaponics system
• Designed and maintained up to 10 different aquatic and terrestrial tank displays
• Responsible for day-to-day mechanical maintenance and troubleshooting
• Managed greenhouse facility autonomously when supervisor working off-site

GWU Department of Biological Sciences, Washington, D.C. 2014-2015
Laboratory Assistant – prepare/organize lab with necessary equipment and solutions each week
• Oversaw routine care of live specimens and maintenance of aquatic displays
• Developed proficiency in operation of lab equipment such as autoclave, centrifuge, incubator, PCR and electrophoresis machines, as well as lab safety, PPE, and waste disposal protocol
• Created organization system within lab for easier access to materials

The George Washington University, Washington, DC
Team Leader – Tidal Irrigation Senior Design Team
• Designed and built irrigation system simulating tidal frequency for semi aquatic plant species
• Responsible for structural design, system integration, budgeting, and scheduling
• Actively involved in ecological research of salt intrusion in coastal wetlands


2015-2017 Greenhouse Assistant at GWU Harlan Greenhouse

Continues working on volunteer status – maintaining aquaponics and irrigation systems.

2017-Present Design Engineer at GWU Kitty F. Parker Greenhouse

Design and build 400 gallon aquatic-grass popogation pools

2017-Present Research Assistant at GWU Thermo Fluids Laboratory

Designing and modeling fluid systems