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VINCENT ASHIKORDI, CertBA, DipBMn, BSc Flat 169, 12 Bank Street, Adelaide, SA 5000 I vashikordi@gmail.com I www.behance.net/vadesign I +61 (0) 48 734 8501

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES      

An articulate professional who is able to communicate effectively in multidisciplinary teams. Sees issues in broad contexts, adopting, where necessary, a big-picture approach to providing solutions without losing sight of the minute detail. Productive, and detail-oriented, consistently seeking quality and impact in every task. Energetic and enthusiastic, and always keen to explore new ideas and techniques. A critical thinker with an empathetic approach to problem solving, placing emphasis always on usability, experience and human welfare. A speaker of four languages, including English with near-native fluency.

CORE STRENGTHS

CORE SKILLS

Project management Technical report writing Design Entrepreneurial leadership Visual communication Reverse engineering Advanced computer literacy Qualitative and quantitative research

Knowledge of Microsoft Project, PRINCE2 and APM BoK Microsoft Word Product design, workplace design, branding, UX, design process Project management plan, business plan InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop CAD, CAM, CFD, FEA, SolidWorks, ProEngineer, Ansys, Sketchup Windows and Mac OS X Content and discourse analysis, emergent coding, NVivo 10

EDUCATION 2013 – 2014 (2 years) Master of Science, Energy and Resources Management, University College London, Australia campus, Adelaide, Australia. 2009 – 2012 (3 years), Level 2 – 4 Bachelor of Science (Honours), Product Design Engineering, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom. 2008 – 2009 (1 year), Level 1 Bachelor of Science, Product Design Technology, University of the West of England, Bristol, United Kingdom. 2006 – 2008 (2 years) Diploma in Business Management, Association of Business Executives, London, United Kingdom. 2005 – 2006 (1 year) Certificate in Business Administration, Association of Business Executives, London, United Kingdom.

PROJECT EXPERIENCE 2014 – 2014 (1 month) Project management plan for the development of a ‘landslide identification and detection system’, University College London, Australia campus, Adelaide, Australia Developed in conjunction with a team of energy professionals from Santos Ltd, Australia and KOGAS Corporation, South Korea, the project aimed at developing a detailed project management plan adopting 1


PRINCE2 project management methodology and project management tools. The PM tools included: product breakdown structure; work breakdown structure; organisational breakdown structure; responsibility allocation matrix; cost breakdown structure; Microsoft Project; P/I matrix; risk register; and earned value analysis. Coordinated the project and ensured that the plan remained consistent with the project objectives and success criteria defined in the early phases of the project. 2011 – 2012 (6 months) BSc (Hons) dissertation, ‘Creating energy conservation awareness in the office’ Brunel University, London United Kingdom Aimed at mitigating the trend in the increasing demand for energy in commercial offices, the project explored the use of ‘haptics’ and ‘semiotics’ as a functionally engaging alternative to the traditional use of switch-off stickers rampant in some of today’s offices. This culminated in a more intelligent everyday computer mouse capable of serving as an energy conservation agent in the office. The mouse creates energy conservation awareness among office workers through ‘individual’ and ‘group-level’ feedback. The product won the 2012 Dyson Foundation Award and attracted industrial interests in relation to sponsorship, further development and commercialisation. Snapshots of the project can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/lncqrs9 2011 – 2012 (3 months) Computational fluid dynamics analysis of Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 – 4, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom The project explored the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 – 4. The task involved undertaking the CFD (which entailed three stages – pre-processing, solving and postprocessing) using secondary CAD data obtained via the 3D scan of a physical Lamborghini Gallardo LP 560 – 4 model. The objective was to evaluate the aerodynamic efficiency of the car, making iterations where necessary in order to obtain an optimal car profile. The physical model was scanned using Konica Minolta Vivid 910 3D Digitiser and then modified in Geomagic Studio 12. The CFD analysis of the LP 560 – 4 model was performed in Ansys CFX, for which a distinction was awarded. The full project can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/lod84cw

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2011 – 2011 (3 months) Sevil Peach, architecture and design consultancy, London, United Kingdom  Worked as a cross-functional designer within a team of architects and designers. Key contributions included qualitative analysis and summary of primary research data, and creative and technical input in brainstorming sessions. This led to the identification of design opportunities and the development of workplace solutions for some of the largest computer technology, pharmaceutical and re-insurance corporations in the world. 2010 – 2011 (1 year) Smallfry, consumer product and medical device innovation consultancy, Coventry, United Kingdom  Played a key role at Smallfry mainly as a design engineer and an R&D assistant. Primary responsibilities included medical device research and reverse engineering. Produced test rigs, detailed CAD models, mechanical simulations and analyses in SolidWorks and ProEngineer. 

Improved communication among the design and engineering teams. Enabled the teams to make informed design decisions by showing in detail, the critical functional aspects of products and the interactions between their mechanical and electronic components.

Led the development of a high-tech sport product working with a high-calibre advertising agency on a nationwide advertising campaign for Chevron Texaco. The campaign was aired on ITV in the UK, enabling Smallfry to gain national recognition.

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Single-handedly initiated and applied a rigorous and professional approach in the redesign of the Smallfry workplace. The design approach involved qualitative and quantitative research, ensuring all stakeholders were adequately consulted throughout the process. This resulted in a more efficient use of workspaces, and improved team collaboration and employee welfare.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE 2012 – 2012 (3 months) Osusu Sa Lone, British NGO, Bristol, United Kingdom  Initiated and developed Osusu Sa Lone’s brand identity, website, fundraising strategy and social media strategy, which culminated in a holistic online presence. The endeavour enabled Osusu Sa Lone to easily raise funds beyond the confines of its locality. 2011 – 2012 (10 months) Made in Brunel, engineering and design student exhibition, London, United Kingdom  Functioned as Alumni Stories Coordinator and Story Team Editor. Contributed to the organisation of the foregoing exhibition and the production of a 7000-copy, 320-page published Made in Brunel 2012 book. Book title: ‘journeys fuelled by ideas’. ISBN: 978-1906506322. 2011 – 2011 (2 months) Create for Japan, charity fundraising event for the Japan tsunami victims, London, United Kingdom  Collaborated with students and alumni of the London School of Economics and Political Science to organise ‘Create for Japan’. 

Played a key role in clearly communicating the vision and objectives of the event by chairing brainstorming sessions. This facilitated the design and development of engaging and impactful PR/marketing materials, which were deployed prior to and at the event.

ACHIEVEMENTS 

2012, Santos Scholarship Award for ‘essay quality, potential and academic standing’.

2012, First Class Honours - BSc Product Design Engineering. Dissertation: ‘Encouraging Energy Conservation among Office Workers’.

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2012, Regional finalist of the Royal Academy of Engineering Innovation Hothouse. Exhibitions: New Designers 2012; Made in Brunel 2012.

2012, James Dyson Foundation Made in Brunel 2012 Award for ‘design innovation for a specifically understood market; the highest quality appropriate design thinking, with commercial understanding.’ Awarded to the best final year major projects.

2012, Brunel University Gold Award for ‘undertaking 200 hours of voluntary work in the local community.’

2008, Novartis Scholarship Award for ‘excellence in academic endeavour’.

REFERENCES References are available upon request.

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Curriculum Vitae