Wesley D. Ballew


13600 Copper Croft Run NW, Apt. A

Blacksburg, VA 24060


Objective      To participate in graduate studies towards a Masters degree in    

   Engineering Mechanics


Education    Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering                   May 2002

                            Minor in Physics

    North Carolina State University

·        Graduated Cum Laude

·        University Scholars Program: Freshman – Graduation

·        Pi Tau Sigma – Mechanical Engineering Honor Society

·        Dean’s List: 6 semesters

·        GPA     3.49 / 4.00 Major         3.39 / 4.00 Overall       


   Research   North Carolina State University           20 hr/week,  August – May 2002

Experience   Research Assistant

                             Department of Mechanical Engineering – Analysis and Redesign of a

     Fiber Reinforced Plastic Bridge Deck

·        Constructed and analyzed Finite Element models of composite bridge decks using ANSYS

·        Participated in composite adhesive testing using varied surface treatments and tensile tests


Work   Engineering Related:

Experience  GKN Automotive – Sanford N.C.                     Summer 2000-Fall 2002                          

                            Mechanical engineering Co-op                                        

·        Participated in robot implementation for automation of CNC lathes

·        Planned and performed testing for equipment accuracy and efficiency

·        Created work instructions, for plant employees, for new processes


                            Other Related:                          

                            Lineville Caverns, Lineville, N.C.                                      Summer 1997

                            Tour Guide

·        Lead groups of tourists through a Limestone Cavern

·        Gained everyday experience in group presentation and public speaking


Computer     Software:             ANSYS, AutoCAD, Unix, MathCAD, Matlab, PV Wave