• Profile
  • Full name

    Rizwan Merchant

  • Born

    September 11th, 1987

    Lafayette, LA

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  • Work Experience
  • September 2016 - Current

    Informatics Research Institute at University of Louisiana at Lafayette

    Location: Lafayette, LA

    Research Assistant

    Developing Cyber Securty Assessment of Electric Vehicles, Charging Stations, and Building Energy Management Systems for the Informatics Research Institute and Idaho National Laboratory and United States of America Department of Energy.

  • January 2008 - Current

    Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment

    Location: Lafayette, LA

    Program Manager June 2017 - Current

    Oversees the CAPE Program's projects, and business activities, and developed organization charter and structure for organization .

    ESG-Grid Project Manager & Software Developer January 2014 - Current

    Developing smartphone controlled mobile Ground Station network to communicate with cubesats in orbit.

    CAPE-2 Assistant Project Manager & Software Developer June 2011 - November 2013

    Developed Ground Station software to communicate with the CAPE-2 Satellite in orbit, and Integration Manager for NASA Documentation

    CrawSat III Project Manager Feburary 2008 - January 2010

    Managed team and wrote software for CrawSat III Weather Balloon Project.

  • September 2013 - April 2016


    Location: Lafayette, LA

    Project Manager

    Worked on Research and Development of Robotic Swarm Utilizing Android Smart Phones as Undergraduate Research Assistant.

  • June 2015 - December 2015

    Techneaux Technology Services

    Location: Lafayette, LA

    Student Project Manager

    Managed a student project to develop a Help Desk Ticketing System Mobile Application for Android and iOS platforms, and was lead Android developer

    Software Developer Intern

    Maintained and developed company application, responsible for managing employee work logs, company invoicing, service ticketing, and various other features using .Net and LightSwitch.

  • June 2011 - July 2014

    UL Lafayette Upward Bound Summer Enrichment Program


    Taught web-development summer classes to high-school upperclassmen

  • Education & Certifications
  • December 2018

    Masters Degree

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, LA

    Masters of Science, Computer Science

  • May 2016

    Bachelors Degree

    University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Lafayette, LA

    Bachelor of Science, Computer Science Minor in Psychology, May 2016

  • June 2009 - June 2019

    Amateur Radio License

    Federal Communication Commission Issued License: KF5BNL

  • Professional Skills
  • C++90%

  • C#95%

  • Java85%

  • Python60%

  • Android Development 80%

  • Arduino100%

  • Networking Communications85%

  • Wordpress85%

  • Honors and Awards
  • Louisiana Clean Fuel Leader Award: Most Innovative Project of the Year 2017

    Awarded to the Diagnostic Security Module Team at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in Association with the Informatics Research Institute and the Idaho National Laboratory.

  • IEEE Region 5 Student Paper East Area Contest 2015

    2nd Place for research paper entitled "Android Smartphone-based Robotic Swarm Technology" to IEEE Region 5 East Area Student Paper Contest.

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