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Hud Wahab, PhD

Product Manager
Laramie, WY, USA
Research Smart Contracts Product Manager Research Engineer Full time

I've been a materials science, AI researcher and tech enthusiast for over 10 years. Over the course of my career I've included back-end developments for data acquisition, automation and AI for research analytics and continue to do so on a daily basis. My day-to-day includes communications to build strong, productive relationships with a broad variety of supervisors, collaborators and stakeholders to conceptualize and design roadmaps of numerous research projects across multiple disciplines (physics, chemical engineering, data science, computational modelling); the workload is then delegated to graduate students following agile philosophy. Currently, my interests are in building real-life blockchain applications. In particular, I am exploring end-to-end solutions related to Oracle and the IoT space as part of the first cohort in the Plutus pioneering program.

Work Experience

Postdoc Research Associate
UWYO Feb 2019 -

Project: NASA-funded Artificially Intelligent Manufacturing of Flexible Electronics

Primary role:
I am the project lead to deploy state-of-the-art machine learning approaches to optimize the manufacturing process of flexible electronic circuits. I have a deep understanding in materials characterizations and discerning a broad variety of data quality obtained from multiple equipment. In writing grant proposals, I define the roadmaps for new projects following market needs as well as funding agency goals. Following the agile philosophy, I prioritize the tasks from multiple supervisors across different disciplines (data science, experimental characterizations, and computational modelling) and communicate bi-monthly the project status to external stakeholders. I provide training, and delegate work to several graduate students (2 PhD, 4 Masters) and guide them towards their personal growth.

Secondary role:
• Author/maintainer of python packages and gitbook documentation
• Publish and present research at international conferences

Doctoral Research Associate
University of New South Wales Mar 2014 - Jul 2018

Project: DAAD-funded Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme

I ran several highly critical experiments at national laboratories, about 2-3 times a year over a span of 3 years. The limited opportunities resulted in situations where handling complex technical problems under pressure are common. In that time, I gained deep knowledge about 2D materials for advanced semiconductor applications and developed complex data analytics and modelling using Python. My experimental data corroborated well with atomistic simulations that I ran at high performance computing facilities. My project was an international effort between Australia, Germany and Korea, which relied on strong communication skills in both English and German.

Research assistant
Laser Center, Münster, Germany Feb 2012 - Feb 2014

Project: German BMBF federal-funded optical technologies in innovative small and medium-sized enterprises, reference: 13N12282

I characterized and developed new laser systems as manufacturing tools for LIMO GmbH. I learnt and applied a statistical design of experiments to optimize efficiency of cutting stainless steel up to 6 mm. Progress were presented in bi-annual meetings with industrial partners. Additionally, I helped develop the automated system in laser processing semiconductor substrates for Rosen GmbH with an output of 3000 pieces a day. I finished tasks setup by project managers using Jira.


PhD, Physics
University of New South Wales Sep 2014 - Jul 2018
MSc, Photonics
University of Applied Sciences Münster, Germany Oct 2011 - Oct 2012
BSc, Physical Engineering
University of Applied Sciences Münster, Germany Oct 2008 - Oct 2011

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