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EDUCATION & CREDENTIALS
Green Building Certification Institute, LEED Green Associate, May 2013-2015, License No. 10829511
American University, Washington DC
M.S. Environmental Science, May 2013
Relevant Course Work and Activities
• 2010 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Cancun MX - Member of Official Observation Delegation
• Environmental Risk Assessment
• Geographic Information Systems
• Environmental Science I & II
• Global Climate Change Politics
• Environment and Development
• Sustainable Design and LEED
Hollins University, Roanoke VA
B.A. Chemistry, May 2007
Relevant Course Work and Projects:
• Senior Thesis:“Synthesis of 1, 3-diketones, imines, and transitional metal complexes”
- Conducted semester long research project and produced 20-page paper under supervision of Chemistry Department Chair, Dr. Sandra Boatman, for a 4.0 final grade.
• General Chemistry
• Organic Chemistry
• Analytical Chemistry
• Physical Chemistry
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE EXPERIENCE
Saturday Environmental Academy, Washington, DC
Teacher, October 2011- March 2012
• Provided education to 7th and 8th grade students on the environmental and social science of the Anacostia Watershed.
• Led and developed lesson plans, activities, and schedules on assigned class days.
• Traveled with and supervised student on outdoor excursions that reinforced the assigned lesson topic.
• Led Q&A sessions and facilitated discussion among students at the end of class day.
• Lesson topics included: watersheds, hydrology, water quality, ecology, social justice, etc.
Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC
Public Policy Intern, December 2011 – June 2012
• Monitored and reported relevant legislative and federal activity for the weekly e-newsletter.
• Created, organized, and maintained fact sheets of each Ocean Leadership Member organization for future online database.
• Updated and maintained database of relevant legislative activity and bills from 2009-current.
• Re-organized and updated the entire “Ocean Policy & Legislation” sector of the main website.
• Assisted the Senior Policy Manager with organizing and managing the 2012 Public Policy Forum and Knauss Sea Grant Fellow Reception.
• Drafted 34-page report on the proceedings of the 2012 Public Policy Forum.
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
Research Assistant, Biogeochemistry Department, May-August 2005 & 2006
• Worked with two Ph.D. biogeochemists in research directed towards the study of photoproduction of CO from the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and other aquatic environments.
• Proposed new experimental procedures that were accepted by mentors for implementation.
• Performed and managed lab experiments; collected, organized and analyzed results with limited to no supervision.
• Consulted with mentors Dr. Aron Stubbins and Dr. Ken Mopper to convert data into workable information and formulate project thesis.
Connecticut College, New London, CT
Research Assistant, Chemistry Department, May-August 2004
• Partnered with another chemistry student to study the kinetics and reaction mechanisms of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) related to topics of CFCs phase out, air pollution and ozone degradation.
• Performed 2-3 sets of experiments in a chemistry research laboratory setting daily, collected and analyzed data, and assisted in the maintenance of the laboratory and instrument.
• Consulted with mentors Dr. Bansi Kalra and Dr. David Lewis to formulate work up of project data and prepare presentations.
PUBLICATIONS AND PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
Stubbins, A., V. Hubbard, G. Uher, C. Law, et al. “Relating Carbon Monoxide Photoproduction of Dissolved Organic Matter Functionality.” Environmental Science and Technology 42 (2008): 3271-3276.
Hubbard, V. “Evaluating CO Photoproduction Pathways from DOM Using Simple Aromatics and Lignin Phenolics as Model DOM Chromophoric Sites.” 13th Ocean Sciences Meeting, Honolulu, HI, February 20-24, 2006.
Hubbard, V. and D. Mudzingwa. “Thermal isomerization of and HX elimination from hydrochlorofluoro-ethanes and Propanes.” 229th National meeting of ACS, San Diego, CA,March 13-17, 2005.
Hubbard, V. and D. Mudzingwa. “Kinetics of Thermal Isomerization of and HX Elimination from Hydrochlofluoro-Ethanes and Propanes.” Sixth Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference of Undergraduate Scholarship, Sweet Briar College, Lynchburg, VA, November 30, 2004.
Laboratory Instrument Proficiency: Gas Chromatography (GC), GC-MS, FTIR, UV-Vis Spectroscopy, NMR, Shock Tube Systems, Static Reactor, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, pH meter.
Computer and Internet Programs: PerfectLaw, Patricia, FileSite, FileTrail, PAIR, EFS Web, ArcGIS; SPSS; Microsoft XP Professional, Vista and Windows 7; Microsoft Office: Excel, Word, Powerpoint; ScienceWeb; Google Chrome, Drive, Forms; WordPress; Various social media.
OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
Sughrue Mion Law Firm, Washington, DC
Post-Allowance Patent Specialists, June 2012 - Present
• Review Notice of Allowances, post-allowance communications, and prosecution history for completeness and accuracy per attorney matter.
• Prepare and forward standard Notice of Allowance client letter and debit note to the appropriate client.
• Monitor respective cases for any post-allowance communications and report such to the client.
• Communicate with Examiner to resolve any formality issues affecting patent issuance.
DC EcoWomen, Washington, DC
Executive Board Member (Communications Committee), 2011-2012
• Social media director for the entire DC chapter.
• Developed and managed content for LinkedIn, Facebook, Flickr and Twitter daily.
• Achieved and maintained strong social media presence for the organization.
• Wrote bi-weekly blog post, and manage content from 4-5 volunteer bloggers online weekly.
Wenderoth, Lind & Ponack, L.L.P., Washington, DC
Patent Prosecution Paralegal, August 2008- September 2011
• Maintained accurate, detailed calendar to ensure the quality and timely processing of patent applications daily.
• Worked closely with senior attorneys to accurately prepare and file prosecution documents under strict deadlines.
• Drafted and transmitted office action analysis and reporting letters to client’s daily.
US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria, VA
Patent Examiner (Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals),November 2007- June 2008
• Reviewed 3-4 patent applications bi-weekly to ensure compliance with agency regulations and policy.
• Determined scope of patent protection legally merited by inventions presented to the USPTO.
• Researched relevant technologies to compare similar prior inventions to inventions claimed.
• Issued Office Actions and other non-count communications to patent practitioners/inventors and legal representatives.
• Processed patent applications in a qualitative and quantitative manner to meet strict production goals and deadlines.
References furnished upon request.