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SaBra Alexandria Neal, PhD

SaBra.Neal@ngc.com

     sabra.a.neal@gmail.com     

Analytical, inquisitive systems engineer with a solid foundation in research, math, programming, and modeling and simulation. Seeking leadership and growth opportunities to expand skillset.  Technical abilities include; but, are not limited to modeling and simulation, data distribution, object oriented design, agile, git, PyQt, CMake, C, C++, Java, and Python.

EDUCATION                                                                                                                             

Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Science and Engineering May 2018

The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Dissertation Title: “Energy Efficient Data Driven Distributed Traffic Simulations”

Advisor: Dr. Richard Fujimoto

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science May 2013

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro, NC 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE                                                                                                    Principal Systems Engineer

Northrop Grumman – Mission Systems, Linthicum, MD 8/2018 – Present

FTL (Future Technical Leader) Class of 2022 8/2019 – Present

SYDECAR (Synthetic Digital Environments, Clutter and Returns) Project 8/2018 – 8/2019

  • Team Lead
    • Responsible for assigning task to team members, communicating project status with Project management, and onboarding new team members
  • Developed a project QBD (Quality by Design) tool in Python and PyQt
    • Responsible for implementing filtering features that worked with, Gantt charts, and bar graph pages reflecting project current status to Project management
  • Developed emitter pulse descriptor model in C++ that is driven from user inputted data
    • Responsible for documenting model in html and updating project website
  • Developed rabbit ear firmware model in C++
    • Responsible for integrating rabbit error model into the whole firmware simulation

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE                                                                                                                  Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) 8/2013 – 5/2018

College of Computing: School of Computational Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Atlanta, GA

  • Executed research that measured the power consumption of traffic simulators that predicted overall throughput time that are ran on mobile devices
  • Executed research that measured the power consumption of HLA Data Distribution Management Grid-Based Method during communication
  • Presented findings at Georgia Tech Big Data Industry Forum

Intern 5/2016 – 8/2016

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center ITL, Vicksburg, MS

  • Developed a discrete event simulation model for Joint Logistics Over the Shore operations in an austere environment
  • Developed a discrete event simulation model for Offshore Petroleum Discharge System


   5/2015 –  7/2015

  • Developed a technique to combine output from an Army Logistics simulation system in order to understand the time it would take to get through the system as a whole under different conditions and scenarios

5/2012 – 7/2012

May 2011 – July 2011

  • Manipulated existing terrain data to create realistic, computer-generated scenes to improve the ability to sense remote targets of interest

Intern 5/2013 –  8/2013

CRUISE Program, The Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

  • Conducted research in the area of crowdsourcing
  • Compiled literature that helped to identify how crowd sourced data could be used to drive a Dynamic Data Driven Application System that focuses on transportation system
  • Presented findings at CRUISE Symposium

Undergraduate Research Assistant (URA) 8/2011 – 5/2013

Department of Computer Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

  • Conducted research in the area of bioinformatics in the Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences
  • Developed genetic and evolutionary feature extraction techniques for facial recognition and biometric-based access control protocols
  • Developing novel feature extraction/selection techniques in an effort to recognize users of computing devices based on the way they use mouse.
  • Co-authored three conference publications

TEACHING EXPERIENCE                                                                                                             Teaching Assistant

Computational Problem Solving CSE 6010/CX 4010 8/2016 – 12/2016

School of Computational Science and Engineering, The Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Assisted students with class material and projects
  • Instructed lab lectures
  • Graded student assignments, and exams

Modeling and Simulation: Fundamentals & Implementation CSE 6730 6/2015 – 5/2015

School of Computational Science and Engineering, The Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Assisted students with class material and projects
  • Instructed lab lectures
  • Graded student quizzes, projects, and exams

Introduction to Computer Programming GEEN 163 8/2012 – 5/2013

Department of Computer Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

  • Assisted students with lab and homework assignments
  • Graded student lab and homework assignments
  • Assisted professor with grading student exams

Computer Programming Design GEEN 165 8/2011 – 5/2013

Department of Computer Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

  • Assisted students with lab and homework assignments
  • Graded student lab and homework assignments
  • Assisted professor with grading student exams

Data Structures COMP 280 8/2011 – 5/2013

Department of Computer Science, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

  • Assisted students with homework programming assignments
  • Graded programming assignments  and programing presentations
  • Instructed weekly help sessions for extra assistance on understanding class material

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS                                                                                     

Neal, S., Fujimoto, R.M. “Power Consumption of Future Event List Implementations in Discrete Event Simulations”, Spring Simulation Conference, April 2018

Neal, S., Fujimoto, R.M. “Energy Consumption of HLA Data Distribution Management Approaches”, Winter Simulation Conference, December 2017

R.M. Fujimoto, M. Hunter, A. Biswas, M. Jackson, S. Neal, “Power Efficient Distributed Simulation,” Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation, May 2017

Neal, S., Fujimoto, R.M., Hunter, M. “Energy Consumption of Data Driven Traffic Simulations”, Winter Simulation Conference, December 2016

Fujimoto, R.M., Guin, A., Hunter, M., Park,H.,  Kannan, R., Kanitkar, G.,  Milholen, M., Neal,S., Pecher, P., “A Dynamic Data Driven Application System for Vehicle Tracking,” 2014 International Conference on Computational Science, Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems Workshop, June 2014

Neal, S., Kanitkar, G., Fujimoto, R.M., “Power Consumption of Data Distribution Management for On-line Systems”, Principles of Advanced and Discrete Simulation, May 2014

Shelton, J., Adams, J., Alford, A., Venable, M., Neal, S., Dozier, G., & Bryant, K. (2012, July). Mitigating replay attacks using Darwinian-based Feature Extraction. In Computational Intelligence for Security and Defense Applications (CISDA), 2012 IEEE Symposium on (pp. 1-7). IEEE.

Adams, J., Shelton, J., Small, L., Neal, S., Venable, M., Kim, J. H., and Dozier, G.  “Darwinian-based Feature Extraction Using K-Means and Kohonen Clustering,” The 23nd Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference (MAICS), Cincinnati, OH, April 21-22, 2012

Shelton, J., Venable, M., Neal, S., Adams, J., Alford, A., and Dozier, G. (2012). “Pixel Consistency, K-Tournament Selection, and Darwinian-Based Feature Extraction.” The 23nd Midwest Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science Conference (MAICS), Cincinnati, OH, April 21-22, 2012

Oral Presentations

Presentation on Darwinian Feature Extraction, (December 2012), National Science Foundation Presentation, BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

HONORS AND AWARDS                                                                                                            

Graduate

  • 1st African-American PhD graduate of the School of Computational Science & Engineering, The Georgia Institute of Technology,
  • ACM SIGSIM WSC 2017 Student Travel Award December 2017
  • Google Research Summit Invitee September 2017
  • Facebook Women in Research Conference Invitee February 2017
  • ACM SIGSIM WSC 2016 Student Travel Award December 2016
  • Grace Hopper Travel Grant October 2015

College of Computing, The Georgia Institute of Technology

  • CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop April 2015
  • Presidential Fellowship Fall 2013 – Spring 2017 

College of Computing, School of Computational Science & Engineering,

The Georgia Institute of Technology

Undergraduate

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

  • Deans List Fall 2009 – Spring 2013
  • National Science Foundation Scholar (NSF) August 2009 – May 2013
  • Dowdy Scholarship August 2009 – May 2013

CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS ATTENDED                                                                 

  • Spring Simulation Multi-Conference, Baltimore, Maryland April 2018
  • Winter Simulation Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada December 2017
  • Winter Simulation Conference, Washington, DC December 2016
  • Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, Houston, TX October 2015
  • Computing Research Association – Women Workshop, April 2015
    San Francisco, CA
  • Principles of Advanced and Discrete Simulation, Denver, CO May 2014

ORGANIZATIONS                                                                                                                      

  • African American Task Group August 2018 – Present
  • High School Involvement Partnership Mentor (HIP) August 2018 – Present
  • Northrop Grumman Women International Network (NGWIN) BWI August 2018– Present
  • Northrop Grumman Women International Network (NGWIN) STEM August 2018 – Present
  • Gen to Gen  August 2018 – Present
  • Black Graduate Students Association 2013 – 2018
  • Society of Women Engineers 2013 – Present
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 2009 – Present
  • NC A&T Honors Program 2009 –2013
  • The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2009 – 2013

HONOR SOCIETIES                                                                                                                

  • Phi Kappa Phi Spring 2012 – Present
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computer Science Honor Society) Spring 2012 – Present
  • Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society Fall 2011 – Present
  • Golden Key International Honour Society Spring 2011 – Spring 2013
  • Alpha Lambda Delta (Freshmen Honor Society) Spring 2010