My Resume

David R. Witman
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Not actively seeking employment opportunities. Interests include but not limited to: computational science and engineering specifically focused on all areas of development for computational modeling and simulation tools.


Doctor of Philosophy, Computational Science
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, May 2016
GPA: 3.81/4.00

Master of Science, Computational Science
Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, December 2013
GPA: 3.77/4.00

Bachelor of Science with Distinction, Mechanical Engineering
Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, May 2011
GPA: 3.71/4.00


Department of Scientific Computing, under the advisement of Dr. Max Gunzburger and Dr. Janet Peterson, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Graduate Research Assistant
January 2014 - Present

  • Applying Reduced Order Modeling techniques to a wide variety of nonlocal problems including:
    • Solutions with discontinuities in space
    • Anomalous Diffusion problems
    • Burgers equation
    • Multiple dimensions
  • Reduced Order Modeling for the Wavelet-Galerkin Approximation to Differential Equations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, under the advisement of Neil Thompson and Kishore Sreenivasan
Freelance programmer
August 2014 - May 2015

  • Wrote parsing application to locate and categorize newsletter text into a database
  • Collaborated with stakeholders across continents and disciplines

Pratt & Whitney Hot Section Engineering, Advanced Methods, East Hartford,CT
Part-time Methods Engineer
May 2011 - December 2013

  • Constructed and maintained internal Methods development tools suite including automated compilation and testing
  • Developed new functionality for collaborative computing environment
  • Designed and built Graphical User Interface for use of collaborative computing environment in conjunction with load sharing facilities

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
Graduate Teaching Assistant
August 2011 - December 2013

  • Course focuses have included: Microsoft excel, computational methods for continuous problems and the statistical package, R
  • Held lab sessions and office hours to address any questions students had
  • Gave occasional lectures on subject material

Clarkson University, under the advisement of: Dr. Brian Helenbrook, Dr. Ken Wilmert, Steve Finley and Matt Devore, Potsdam, NY
Pratt & Whitney Senior Design Project
August 2010 - May 2011

  • Attempted to validate the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics tools in an impinging flow case
  • Designed and executed design of experiments Computationally and Simulated flow experiment
  • Presented findings to Pratt & Whitney at the conclusion of the project

Clarkson University, under the advisement of Dr. Brian Helenbrook. Potsdam, NY
Undergraduate Research Assistant
December 2009 - May 2011

  • Explored the use of a recursive eigenvalue decomposition method to form a reduced order model
  • Implemented and used data-extraction scripts to gather results
  • Presented findings at SIAM conference as well as Clarkson Symposium for Undergraduate Research

  • Publication: Using Reduced Order Modeling to Solve Nonlocal Diffusion Problems with Discontinuities (in Progress)
  • Publication: Reduced Order Modeling using the Wavelet-Galerkin Approximation of Differential Equations (Proquest)
  • Presented work at SIAM Thousand Islands meeting
  • Presented work at SURE conference
  • Attended Clemson SIAM student conference

Languages & Software: MATLAB, FORTRAN, Perl, Java, OpenMP, MPI, Python, C++, C, R (Statistical Package), LaTeX, HTML/CSS, Simulink, Labview, Tecplot, ANSYS, COMSOL
Operating Systems: Unix, Windows.


  • Vice-President SIAM at FSU
  • Clarkson University President of Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)

  • Passed FE/EIT exam (April 2011)
  • Presidential bronze award for service
  • Deans list (Aug. 2008- May 2011)
  • Presidential scholar (Dec 2009)
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
  • Clarkson University men’s cross country team
  • and Florida State Ultimate team