Hello! I am Marcello Ricottone. Currently, I crunch data and build models for a Fortune 500 Pharmaceutical company. Before that I worked at a Chemist and Neuroscientist at the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia University. In 2014, I graduated Cum Laude from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City with a degree in chemical engineering. During my time there, as well as at my current job, I explored and applied various optimization methods to practical problems. This passion extended and evolved into a passion for finding, cleaning, and crunching data.
LDPE plant explored the polymerization reaction of the ethylene in a PFR. A serious issue with ethylene polymerization is the heat evolved. In Matlab, i created an non-isothermal model to accuractely gauge cooling requirements. Through this project I've designed many unit ops and performed heat integration to reduce operating costs. Finally I determined profitability and total cash flow over 30 years of plant operation.
I'm not a huge coffee drinker but I love tea. Most of the tea I drink is loose leaf which requires an infuser. This project explores whether the geometry of the tea infuser would change how quickly a cup of tea is brewed. Six geometries were used: cylinder, torus, sphere, helix, square pyramid, and cube. COMSOL was used to model the mass transfer. I expanded initial model to see the effect of non-isothermal diffusion.
While working at the Motor Neuron Center at Columbia UNiversity, I explored the efficency of HB9 Cre-ERt efficency in limb innervating motor pools. HB9 is a promoter that is expressed higher in dorsal limbs. I collected data on the number of deneratived nerves with the altered HB9 promoter to quanitify efficiency of the recombination.
The nightlife in NYC is legendary and for good reason. But how does one decide which lounge to attend? This project sought to solve this issue. I collected data from NYC lounges, which was used to create a mixed integer nonlinear problem. I then formulated and simplified the MINLP optimization problems based on data collected and proceeded to solve them in Matlab and python. Taking in user input, the algorithm gave the user the ideal lounge.
Cockroaches are a resilient and bothersome insect. However, by outfitting cockroaches with the appropriate control mechanisms we can increase the usefulness of these common household pests.Teaming up with an electrical engineer, a prototype system was implemented using an Arduino Uno. We researched and developed a procedure for applying a control mechanism which provided control over a cockroach movements.
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Data Science, Optimization, Machine Learning, and everything in between
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